Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie




Really easy, really fast and really tasty.  This family favorite recipe came right off the box of Bisquick.  My mom reminded me about it a couple of weeks ago,  I can't believe I had forgotten.  It goes great with baked potatoes, garden salad and the best part of all is that it only takes 40 minutes from start to finish.   Can't beat that....






Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time:  40 Minutes
Serves:  6
Nutrition Info:  1 Serving, 325 Calories

Ingredients:

1 lb Lean ( at least 80%) Ground Beef
1 Large Onion, Chopped ( 1 Cup)
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese ( 4 Oz)
1/2 Cup Original Bisquick Mix
1 Cup Milk
2 Eggs

Directions:

1.  Heat oven to 400 Degree.  Spray 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
2.  In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally , until beef is brown; drain.  Stir in salt.  Spread in pie plate.  Sprinkle with cheese.
3.  In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients with fork or wire whisk until blended.  Pour into pie plate.
4.  Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Crock-Pot Stuffed Peppers













This is a pretty simple and delicious way to cook stuffed peppers.  I don't know about you but I  love Crock-Pot cooking. I love coming home and having my entire house smell like I've been cooking all day.  There are so many different ways to cook stuffed peppers. Some people cook the beef and rice ahead of time but I really think that  the way you do it in this recipe is the best.   Because they simmer in the sauce all day the peppers and the stuffing end up with the perfect texture and flavor.   Just make sure to use instant rice with this recipe so you don't end up with crunchy rice..  
Oh, and one more thing .... I never know what to serve as side dishes with stuffed peppers.  You already have your meat, rice and vegetable but it just not enough to make a complete meal.  Tonight I'm serving the peppers with a side salad, fresh rolls and spaghetti. Spaghetti is the perfect side dish because you have all that extra yummy sauce in the bottom of your Crock-Pot!  Enjoy..
P.S.  This time around I threw in some Dried Cranberries, just because I love them.  





Ingredients:


4 Large Bells peppers, ( Red, Orange, Yellow or Green)
Olive Oil 
1 Small Onion Diced
2 Cloves Garlic, Finely chopped
28 Ounce Can of Ground Peeled Tomatoes 
1 Cup of Water
1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Basil
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt 
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Lb Lean Ground Beef ( at least 90%)
3/4  Cups Instant Uncooked Rice
1/4 Grated Parmesan Cheese 

Directions:

1.  Slice the tops off of the peppers and remove the ribs and seeds.  Set these aside.

2.  In a medium size skillet, drizzle enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  heat to medium low and add diced onion and chopped garlic.  Saute until onion is translucent being careful not to burn ( a few minutes ).   Remove from heat and set aside.

3.  In a medium bowl, add ground peeled tomatoes, cooked onions and garlic, tomato paste, fresh basil, sugar, salt and pepper.  Stir until combined.  

4. Set two cups of this prepared sauce to the side.. pour the remainder of the sauce in the bottom of your  5-6 Quart Crock-Pot. Add one cup of water to the bottom of the Crock-Pot and stir until combined.   

6.  To the remaining 2 cups of sauce that you put to the side,  add the ground beef, instant rice and Parmesan cheese.  Mix with your hands until well incorporated.  

7.  Divide meat mixture evenly and stuff into each of the bell peppers.

8.  Place each pepper in Crock-Pot and bake on high for 3- 4 hours or on Low for 5-6 Hours.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Old Fashioned Apple Pie




This is my favorite apple pie recipe and it's is taken right off the pie plate.  I love an imperfect looking apple pie, plus it's the only way mine ever come out. Lots of craters, sloppy edges and a few holes here and there!  

A couple of things about baking a pie:  

1.  If the crust looks like it's getting to brown, take a piece of aluminum foil and place it on the top of the pie, this will keep it from browning any further.  Some people think you need to wrap the foil around the edges but all you really need to do is just place it on the top. 

2.  One good way to know if the pie is ready to take out of the oven is to check and see if the filling is bubbling.  You should be able to see this through the slashes you made in the crust.  




 

This is the pie plate I found in a thrift shop, it's made by Royal China Jeannette USA. 









 Ingredients:

Pastry For a 2 Crust Pie
4 cups Sliced Apples
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Grated Rind of 1/2 Lemon
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
Some Chilled Butter

 Directions:

Divide Pastry for a 2 crust pie in half, line pan with half, save 2nd half for top, refrigerate both.  Slice 4 cups apples, mix with 1 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, grated rind of 1/2 lemon, 1 tbs. lemon juice.  Arrange slices inside chilled shell, 1/2 " from edge, working toward center till shell is covered.  Pile remaining slices on top.  Dot with butter, cover with top crust slashed in several places.  Seal edges and crimp.  Bake in preheated 450 oven for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350, bake 30 minutes.   

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