Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tater Tot Casserole

Another family favorite growing up. Gotta love the tater tots!

2 lbs. ground beef
1 large bag tater tots
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can of milk (Use soup can to measure out)

Brown the beef and onion. Drain grease. Whip soup and milk together. Set aside. Layer beef, tater tots, cheese and half of soup mixture. Repeat layers. Top with cheese and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Garlic Beef Enchiladas

These are our very favorite enchiladas, SO GOOD! They take a while to make (which is why with two small children they are very rare in our house), but well worth the time!

1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp rubbed sage
1 can (14 1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes
SAUCE:
4 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (14 1/2 oz) beef broth
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 to 2 tbsp chili powder
1 to 2 tsp ground cumin
1 to 2 tsp rubbed sage
1/2 tsp salt
10 flour tortillas
2 cups (8 oz) shredded Co-Jack cheese

In a saucepan over medium heat, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add flour and seasonings; mix well. Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in broth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until bubbly. Stir in tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through. Pour about 1 1/2 cups sauce into an ungreased 13x9 baking dish. Spread about 1/4 cup beef mixture down the center on each tortilla; top with 1-2 tbsp cheese. Roll up tightly; place seam side down over sauce. Top with remaining sauce. Cover and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. YIELD: 4-6 servings

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe’s
2 lbs. ground beef 1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 onion (chopped) 1can tomato soup
¾ c. celery (chopped) ½ can of water
1 large carrot (shredded) 1 TBLS vinegar
2TBLS brown sugar 1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp. mustard
Brown ground beef. Sauté onion, celery, carrot. Add all ingredients together. Stir over medium heat. Serve warm and over hamburger buns. Makes a lot.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

This is a family favorite and was passed down by my Grandma Healy. Every time I make it I think of her...

Meatballs:
1 pd ground beef
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
2 TBS finely chopped onions
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg

Mix all of the above ingredients together and roll into 1 inch balls.
You can cook them by either:
1-cook over medium heat until brown on your stove (about 20 minutes) or;
2-cook in an ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees until light brown (about 20-25 minutes)
While meatballs are cooking make your sweet and sour sauce.

Sweet & Sour Sauce:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 TBS cornstarch
1 can pineapple chunks
1/2 cup vinegar
1 TBS soy sauce
1 small green pepper coarsely chopped (or not)

Mix brown sugar and cornstarch in skillet. Stir in pineapple chunks, vinegar and soy sauce. Heat to boiling stirring constantly; reduce heat. Add meatballs to sauce and cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Stir in green pepper. Continue cooking until peppers are crisp but tender, about 5 minutes. Serve over rice.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Stuffed Peppers

This recipe from what I was able to taste was pretty good, but being allergic to bell peppers I didn't eat much, just enough to know it was yummy! I hope you all can enjoy it though!

  • 5 large green bell peppers
  • 1/2 lb hamburger
  • dehydrated onion (to taste) or about 1/2 a fresh chopped onion
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese (or more if you like them a little cheesier)

Pull out stems and clean out the seeds in the peppers. Rinse. Cook hamburger with onoin. Cook rice for 15 minutes. Mix with hamburger, tomato paste and Parmesan; spoon into peppers. Place in baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Shepherd's Pie

(Very yummy, and super easy!!!!!)

1 lb ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 (14 oz) can cut green beans, drained
1 (10 ¾ oz) can tomato soup
6 potatoes, peeled, boiled, and mashed
½ cup milk
1 tsp salt
2 cups grated cheddar cheese


Brown ground beef. Add onion, salt, and pepper
and saute until onion is tender. Put into 9x13
inch baking dish. Top with drained green beans.
Spread tomato soup over beans. Combine
mashed potatoes, milk, and salt. Mix well. Spoon
potatoes over mixture. Top with grated cheese.
Bake at 350* for about 30 minutes.
Makes 6 servings

Crock Pot Lasanga

My theme for the week is going to be ground beef :). I know that sounds funny, but having a father-in-law as a cow farmer, i have TONS of beef in my freezer and only so many ways to cook it. I could use some extra ideas! Happy cooking!

Crock Pot Lasanga~
8 oz Spiral pastas or wide egg noodles (cooked) --the measurement is noncooked, but then cook it :)
2 1/4 C spaghetti sauce
1.5 pound ground beef
6 oz velveeta cheese, cubed
3 C shreaded mozerella cheese

Cook noodles as per directions on package and add a little bit of oil to keep them from sticking together. Spread 1/4 of the suace into slow cooker, layer 1/3 noodles, beef and cheeses. Repeat layer two more times ending with the last of the sauce.

Cover and cook on low 4 hours or until cheese is melted.

**I used a bit more sauce, but my family likes their pasta more saucy :). This was even delicious as leftovers!!**