Recipe Save: Crockpot Cabbage Rolls

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: ## minutes
Actual Cooking Time: ## minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, minced or pureed (so the kids can’t see it.  :-)
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice (I typically use brown rice)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1 cabbage (whole head)
  • boiling water
  • 1 c beef broth (or stock)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can golden mushroom soup

Preparations:

  1. Place whole head in a large pot filled with boiling water.
  2. Cover and let cook until tender and leaves and be pulled apart. 
  3. While cabage is cooking, stew chopped onion and garlic in butter in a large skillet for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add rice, meat, salt, and pepper.
  5. Stir just to mix well.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Remove softened outer leaves.
  8. Cut thick center stem from each leaf.
  9. Take one large cabbage leaf at a time, put 1 rounded tablespoonful of meat mixture in center of a leaf. Roll leaves.
  10. Put stuffed cabbage leaves with seam down close to each other in the crockpot.
  11. Combine beef broth and soup; Pour over cabbage rolls.
  12. Cook on low 6 hour or high 4 hours.  Cooking time may vary based upon your individual crockpot.

 

Recipe Save: Taco Seasononing – Bulk

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Actual Cooking Time using microwave method: 5-10 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 C chili powder
  • 2 T t garlic powder
  • 2 T onion powder
  • 2 t red pepper flakes
  • 2 t cayenne pepper
  • 2 T oregano
  • 2 T paprika
  • .4 C cumin
  • 3 T salt (more to taste)
  • 6.5 T finely ground pepper

Instructions

  1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients and store in airtight container.

Cook’s Note:

I typically use 3 T in place of a store bought packet of seasoning.

Meme: Unconscious Mutterings

Haven’t done this in a while.  :-)

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Recipe Save: Roberts Taco Salad

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Actual Cooking Time using microwave method: 5-10 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning mix
  • 1 head Lettuce
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 tomatoes
  • 3-4 green onions (chopped)
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • tortilla chips
  • Western dressing

Instructions

  1. Brown hamburger with taco seasoning.
  2. Set aside. Cut up lettuce and tomatoes.
  3. Drain beans.
  4. Combine all ingredients, except cheese and tortilla chips.
  5. Toss.
  6. Add cheese and tortilla chips to your own serving.
  7. Break up the tortilla chips into bite size pieces.
  8. Top with western dressing.

Cook’s Note:

The reason you don’t add the cheese and chips to the whole meal is just in case you have left overs, the cheese and chips get soggy.  That way you can add those items fresh when you have it the next day.

Recipe Save: Meatballs

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Actual Cooking Time using microwave method: 10-15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time using pot of sauce method: 3 hours
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preparation Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl by hand.
  2. Use your bare hands for best results.
  3. Roll meatballs to about the size of a golf ball.

Microwave Cooking Instructions

  1. Place meatballs on a microwave safe plate, as close together without touching.
  2. Microwave from 5-10 minutes or until each meatball is done.  I typically stop the microwave after a few minutes and move them around and turn them over.
  3. Drop in sauce and serve.

Pot of Sauce Cooking Instructions

  1. Drop meatballs into large pot of sauce.
  2. Simmer or cook on low in a slow cooker for at least 3 hours or until meatballs are cooked all the way through

Cook’s Note:

I honestly prefer the microwave method equally to the pot of sauce method.  Whatever is most convenient for me is how I proceed.  I make my spaghetti sauce in a slow cooker during the day.  If I know I can be home to drop the meatballs into the sauce, I’ll do that.  If I have to work and it is more convenient to make them in the microwave I do that.  My family loves them either way.

Recipe Save: Candied Bacon

Origin:  Modified from a recipe provided by catering at work
Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Number of Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 pound lean sliced bacon

Preparation Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Process pecans in a food processor 20 seconds or until finely chopped or crush in a plastic freezer gab using a rolling pin. 
  3. On a plate, combine the sugar, flour, and pecans and mix till well blended.
  4. Line a baking sheet (the kind with a lip around all edges) with parchment paper.
  5. Dredge the bacon slices in the mixture, arrange the slices close together on the lined baking sheet.
  6. Spoon remaining mixture onto bacon and press into the bacon.
  7. Bake till browned and almost but not quite crisp, about 30 minutes.

Recipe Save: Pie Crust

 

Origin:  Online and then modified in my kitchen
Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: varies
Number of Servings: 2 single crusts or 1 double crust

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 10 tablespoons softened butter
  • 11 tablespoons cold lard
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Preparation Instructions

  1. Mix flour, salt and sugar with Kitchen Aid mixer.
  2. Cut in butter a tablespoon at a time.  
  3. Add cold lard and continue cutting in until flour is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal with butter bits no bigger than small peas. 
  4. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of ice water over mixture.
  5. With a fork, fluff to mix thoroughly.
  6. Squeeze a handful of dough — if it doesn’t stick together, add remaining water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  7. Divide dough into two balls and then flatten into 6-inch discs.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
  9. Fill with your favorite pie filling recipe.

Recipe Save: Macaroni & Cheese

Origin:  Online / Grandma’s Kitchen
Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 45 minutes baked
Number of Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow noodles
  • 1 large block velveeta
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

Preparation Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Boil elbow noodles and set aside.
  3. Cube 1/2 a block of velvetta cheese & slice butter and set aside.
  4. In a baking dish add noodles, cheese, butter, one small can of evaperated milk,salt and pepper.  
  5. Thinly slice remaining Velveeta and layer on top.  
  6. Bake about 45 mins or until cheese on top is bubbling and golden brown.

Recipe Save: Maid Rites

Origin: Wendy
Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion (minced or pureed)
  • 2 tsp beef bouillon granulars
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 4 hamburger buns

Preparation

  1. Brown ground beef
  2. Add onion and sprinkle bouillon over meat.
  3. Add enough water to barely cover meat.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer until water has cooked away (about 30 minutes).
  5. Stir in mustard and serve on hamburger buns.

Cooks Notes:  I like mine with cheez-wiz, mustard and pickles but you can serve with whatever fixin’s you’d like.

Recipe Save: Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

Origin: Internet and then modified to my families preference
Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes + 2 hours wait time
Actual Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Number of Servings: 3 cups of cooked noodles

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped, minced or pureed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 2 cans tomatoes, chopped (1 lb)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
  • 1 can tomatoe paste (12 oz.)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp dried basil leave
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Preparation

  1. Mix all ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours
  3. Serve over hot spaghetti, noodles or other pasta.  Our family prefers angel hair pasta.

Cooks Notes:  If you like home made meatballs, you can prepare the meatballs in the morning and let them cook in the sauce all day.

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