Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables

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Spring is here and with a lot of yard work on today’s to do list I decided on this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe for supper to save some time during the day. This recipe is a delicious combination of sauce and vegetables and because it is done in the slow cooker the chuck steak is supper tender.

The next time you need to free up some time by using your slow cooker give this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe a try.

Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables
 
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Recipe type: Slow cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 chuck steaks ( about 6 ounces each ¾ to 1 inch thick – I cut large steaks into 4 serving size pieces)
  • 12 ounces potatoes (skin on cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 4 medium carrots (cut into 1 inch pieces – if large cut them in half lengthwise.
  • 4 parsnips (peeled cut lengthwise and cut into 1 inch pieces
Instructions
  1. place onion, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally or until onions have softened; place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and tapioca.
  2. Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper and place them into the slow cooker kind of working them into the sauce.
  3. Loosely tie the vegetables into a cheese cloth bundle and place them on top of the steaks.
  4. Cook for 8 – 9 hours on low or 5 – 6 hours on high or until steak and vegetables are tender. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl and serve steak, sauce, and vegetables together.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with Roasted Potatoes for Two

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This is a recipe for 2 but it could easily be doubled. This Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops recipe is simple and only requires a few ingredients; it’s delicious.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with Roasted Potatoes for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces of small red potatoes (halved)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 boneless pork chops (¾ to 1 inch thick)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl generously season the potatoes with salt and pepper; toss in the olive oil to coat.
  3. Place potatoes cut side down in a rimmed baking sheet covered with aluminum foil – the potatoes should take up about ½ of the pan. Place on center rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until just tender. (baking time could be a little longer depending on the size of the potatoes.)
  4. While potatoes are baking place the bacon on a large plate and weigh the bacon down using another plate – microwave for 3 minutes or until bacon starts to shrivel. (limp but not stiff) place bacon on paper towels to let cool.
  5. Wrap pork chops with 3 strips of bacon with ends down to secure the bacon.
  6. Remove the potatoes from the oven and place the pork chops on the other half of the sheet. Return to oven and bake until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 135F. (about 15 minutes depending on size)
  7. Preheat the broiler and place the pork and potatoes about 6 inches from the broiler element. Broil until bacon is browned and crispy and chops register 145F. Tent with aluminum foil and let rest 5 minute before serving.

 

Bacon Chicken Casserole

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The local market has deli chicken on sale so I decided to put this Bacon Chicken Casserole on the menu for supper.

This is a simple recipe that’s fairly quick to put together and doesn’t require a lot of prep time because the chicken is precooked.

If you have leftover chicken give this one a try it’s really good. Enjoy

Bacon Chicken Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta (8 ounces)
  • 1 box (9 oz) frozen baby sweet peas
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion (chopped about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken (from 2-lb chicken)
  • 2 jars Alfredo pasta sauce (15 oz each)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes of cooking add the peas and cook until pasta is done; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy. Place on paper towels to drain, and then crumble; set aside.
  4. In the same skillet using the bacon drippings cook onion and mushrooms until tender. Add the mixture to the pasta and then mix in ½ cup Parmesan cheese, add the chicken and Alfredo sauce.
  5. Place the mixture in a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray, top with the bacon and the other ½ cup of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and cheese starts to brown.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe

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It’s amazing how good these butter cookies are because they require so few ingredients – chances are you will have every thing you need on hand.
When I first looked at this recipe I thought it should have had baking powder in the ingredients, but it did not. The cookies were prepared as written without baking powder. They were a little flat but they had good texture and are delicious – actually I could not stop eating them.

This is a really simple recipe, give it a try, and enjoy.

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe
 
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Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter while gradually adding the sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla and then add the flour mixing until just moistened.
  4. Place the cookie dough 1 teaspoon at a time on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 8 minutes, let rest for 1 minute, and then remove to a wire rack to cool.

 

Chicken Cacciatore for Two

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Chicken Cacciatore for Two

Sometimes it’s hard to scale down a recipe for 2 people without sacrificing the quality of the recipe, but this Chicken Cacciatore for Two recipe is delicious. This recipe is fairly quick to put together and doesn’t require a lot of cooking time. You can use 2 chicken leg quarters in this recipe or 3-4 chicken thighs depending on whats available. I used 3 because that’s what was in the package.

If you’re cooking for two give this one a try it’s excellent. Enjoy

Chicken Cacciatore for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs or 2 leg quarters
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces fresh portabella mushrooms (trimmed and quartered)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ½ teaspoons dried rosemary
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5-ounces)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. In a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides; remove chicken to a plate. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet.
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  3. In the same skillet cook the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper until vegetables are softened and start to brown. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, and pepper flakes and cook until mixture is rust colored. Mix in the wine stirring any dripping off the bottom of the pan and continue cooking until liquid is evaporated.
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  6. Mix in the diced tomatoes and chicken broth and then work the chicken into the mixture. Cook covered over low heat for about 25 minutes until chicken reaches a temperature of 175F. Remove cover and cook on medium high until sauce starts to thicken and chicken is done. (185F.)

Adapted from cookscountry.com

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

I needed to free up some time in the afternoon so I decided to put this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak on tonight’s supper menu. I think there is some room for improvement but I decided to prepare it as written to see how it was.

I thought it was a little on the salty side but I guess it depends on your taste – my wife loved it. The next time your looking for a good slow cooker recipe give this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak recipe a try.

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (I used ground round)
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 one ounce package dry Au jus mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
Instructions
  1. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  2. In a large bowl using your hands mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and milk; form into eight patties.
  3. In a medium size bowl mix together the soup and Au jus mix.
  4. Roll the patties lightly in flour and brown them on both sides in a large skillet using the oil. Arrange the parries in a pyramid shape in the slow cooker and pour the soup mixture over the top.
  5. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until burger is done.
  6. Serve hot with the gravy over the top of the patties and mashed potatoes.

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Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Smothered Chicken Bake

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Smothered Chicken Bake recipe

Smothered Chicken Bake

The sun dried tomato pesto gives this Smothered Chicken Bake recipe a delicious and unique flavor. This is a simple recipe that requires few ingredients, and is quick to prepare; you can have this dish on the table in less than an hour.

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 slices bacon (cut crosswise into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (diced)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup Sun Dried Tomato pesto
  • 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce ((15 oz)
  • Serve over rice or pasta
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy; remove bacon and set aside on a plate covered with paper toweling to drain.
  3. In the same skillet cook red pepper pieces in the bacon dripping to crisp-tender; using a slotted spoon place remove the pepper, and place in medium size bowl. Add the Alfredo pasta sauce, Sun Dried Tomato pesto, and mix until combined.
  4. In the same skillet, season the chicken with pepper and cooked until nicely browned on both sides. Place chicken in the bottom of an 11 x 7 casserole dish and pour the sauce over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165F.
  5. Serve chicken and sauce over rice or pasta.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com

Rabbit Cacciatore

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rabbit-cacciatore recipe

This Rabbit Cacciatore is perfect for wild or domestic rabbit meat. This recipe has a delicious combination of flavors and tastes exceptionally good on a cold night.

If you have rabbit meat available give this one a try you wont be disappointed, it is delicious.

Rabbit Cacciatore
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit cut into 6 – 8 pieces (about 2 ½ pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine (I used homemade cherry wine)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced) or more to taste
  • 3/ cups fresh mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each)
  • 2 red bell peppers (seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • 1 can sliced black olives (4 ounces)
Instructions
  1. Place flour, salt, ½ tablespoon thyme, and pepper into a food grade disposable bag and work with your hands to combine.
  2. Shake rabbit pieces in flour mixture one piece at a time. In a large skillet over high heat using the olive oil cook rabbit until nicely browned on both sides; set aside on a platter.
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  4. Reduce heat to medium, add the onion and cook for about 1 minute. Add the garlic, mushrooms and pepper pieces and continue cooking for about 2 more minutes. Stir in the other ½ tablespoon of thyme and the rosemary. Add the wine to the skillet and using a spoon scrap any dripping from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about in half. (about 1 minute)
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  7. Reduce heat to low - place the rabbit pieces back into the pan and pour the diced tomatoes over the top. Add the bay leaf, cover, and cook until rabbit is tender. (domestic rabbit meat 35 minutes – wild may take longer depending on the rabbit)
  8. remove rabbit to a serving platter, add the olives, and continue cooking sauce until sauce starts to thicken. (about in half)
  9. rabbit-cacciatore sauce reduction
  10. Serve rabbit and sauce over spaghetti.

Adapted from Simply Recipes

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

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Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

This is pretty much a basic recipe leaving a lot of room to add additional spices, but I wanted to keep this recipe as quick and simple as possible. The recipe was prepared as written – I thought the end result was pretty good.

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the sweet potatoes and eggs.
  2. Using a large spoon mix the flour and baking powder into the sweet potato mixture and then mix in the butter and milk. The mixture will be thick and lumpy. (If you want a thinner batter add extra milk a little at a time. (Be careful the batter thins quickly)
  3. Cook pancakes in a skillet, or over a griddle on medium high heat. Cooking until golden brown and bubbles form on top and edges start to firm up, flip and finish cooking.
  4. Serve hot with butter and syrup.

Adapted from Food.com

Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

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Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

Baking Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

For a simple biscuit recipe – this has to be about the best.

I was planning on having stew for supper and thought hot biscuits would be great to have along with it. This Drop Biscuits Recipe looked like it was simple to put together, and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to give it a try. It was just my wife and I for supper, and between the 2 of us there wasn’t a crumb left over.

The next time you need a quick biscuit recipe give this on a try.

Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter (cut into ¼ inch pieces – I threw them in the freezer for a few minutes to get them good and cold.)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cups whole mild ( I used some cream I had left over from the holidays and mixed it with 2% milk.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. Fold the butter pieces in and using your fingers or a pastry blender work the butter into the dry ingredients to form a pea like texture.(a food processors makes quick work for this)
  3. Add the milk and stir until just moist.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or lightly spray with cooking spray. Using ¼ cup measuring cup place dough on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until biscuits are golden brown, about 20 minutes, let cool a little bit and serve warm.

Adapted from Serious Eats