Saturday, September 29, 2012

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Swiss Meatloaf and Potatoes Puffs
Raw Ground beef
Everyone one must think I a little nuts with all the meatloaf recipes I have been posting, but I really like the stuff, especially cold in sandwiches.  Here is a good one I found in an Amish Cookbook.  Serve it with the Potato Puffs.

Swiss Meatloaf
1 large egg, beaten lightly
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground sage
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs (about 24 crackers)
3/4 cup grated Swiss Cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2-3 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat the egg in a large bowl.  Add the evaporated milk, sage, salt and pepper and mix well. Add the ground beef, cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup of the Swiss cheese and the chopped onion; lightly blend.
Form into a loaf and place in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish.  Arrange bacon pieces on top of loaf.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Swiss cheese on top and bake 10 minutes longer.

Potato Puffs
English: A small plate with a serving of mashe...
English: A small plate with a serving of mashed potatoes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup hot milk
2 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons butter
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

Add beaten egg yolks to mashed potatoes.  Then add salt, parsley, and milk.  Mix well.
Folk in stiffly beaten egg whites.  Drop by spoonfuls into a flat buttered baking dish. placing potatoes about an inch apart. (Greased muffin tins could be used as well)
Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until potatoes are puffed and gold brown.  Serve at once.
Serves 6.

The Old Guy 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cauliflower Au Gratin

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I found this recipe on the internet.  Thank you to whom ever posted it.  I have made it several times and it is a keeper.



Cauliflower au gratin

INGREDIENTS for the béchamel:
1 stick of salt butter
2 cups of flour
6 cups of milk
salt and pepper to taste

INGREDIENTS for the gratin
3 cups of shredded cheese
5 cups of diced ham
1 cauliflower cut into small pieces

Extra cheese to use over the the top


  1. In a large pot add water with a bit of salt and cook the cauliflower for about 15 to 20 minutes
  2. In a medium size pot melt the butter then add the flour and consistently mix to create a nice doughy well blended paste
  3. Slowly add the milk and keep on incorporating it until forming a creamy sauce
  4. Preheat the oven to 375
  5. Strain the cauliflower and add it to the béchamel along with the ham and cheese and mix it all together
  6. Pour the whole thing into an oven-safe deep dish and place it in the oven for 25 minutes
  7. Change the oven temperature from 375 to high boil (or about 475) for about 5 minutes then remove from the oven, let it rest 5 minutes and serve
The Old Guy
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sweet and Sour Pork and Chop Suey

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Sweet and sour porkSweet and sour pork (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Your favorite Chinese Take-Out cooked at home.  Much healthier (no MSG), and really easy.  It is much more gooder. (lol)

Sweet and Sour Pork

1-1/2 pounds pork, cut in 1 inch chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup Bisquick
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon paprika
1 can pineapple tidbits, drain (save the liquid)
2 cups liquid (saved juice and water)
2 or 3 drops red food coloring (to make it look like the take out version. Could omit if desired)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup green pepper strips
1/2 cup onion, sliced
2 medium tomatoes, cut into chunks
Sprinkle pork with salt and coat with egg, then Bisquick.  Fry until brown.  Drain and set aside.  Combine sugar, cornstarch and paprika, 2 cups liquid, soy sauce and vinegar.  Cook until mixture boils, then boil 1 minute.  Mixture will get thick.  Add green pepper, and onion and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.  Add pineapple and tomatoes and heat through.  Add pork and stir well.  Server over a bed of hot cooked rice.

Chop Suey

1-1/4 pounds chop suey meat
2 tablespoons shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste

Brown the above quickly in very hot pan, then add.....
1 cup celery, sliced
1 cup onion, coarsely chopped
1 can bean sprouts, drained
1 (4ounce can) sliced mushrooms juice and all

3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup soy sauce.

Cook meat and vegetables until tender.  Make gravy and add to meat mixture just before serving. Serve on a bed of cooked white rice or Chinese noodles.  Pass extra soy sauce.

The Old Guy
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Monday, September 3, 2012

One Pot Hamburger Casserole

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Raw Ground beefRaw Ground beef (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A wonderful, fast and tasty casserole that all should enjoy.

1 package (7 ounce) small pasta shells
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups cubed cooked potatoes
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) corn, drained
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Add carrots and celery; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender.  Add garlic; cook 1 ninute longer.
Stir in the potatoes, corn, tomato sauce, salt and pepper; heat through.  Drain pasta and add to skillet; toss to coat.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Cover and cook until cheese is melted.

The Old Guy
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Pizza Burgers

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ProvoloneProvolone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Pizza burgers are usually kid's favorites, but by adding spices and cheese top the meat and serving them on an English muffins the adults will love them as well.

Grilled Pizza Burgers

1 egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground beef
4 slices provolone cheese
4 English muffins, split and toasted
1/2 cup pizza sauce

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.  Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.  Shape into 4 patties.
Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side. or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees and juices run clear.  Top burgers with cheese; cover and grill 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Serve on muffins with pizza sauce.

The Old Guy

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