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Homestyle Baked Mac & Cheese

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Can you think of anything better than a Homestyle Baked Mac & Cheese? I’ll bet your answer is no, and I would agree.

Meatloaf Withh Sundried Tomatoes (2)

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Meatloaf Withh Sundried Tomatoes (2)

Yields: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Equipment: 9 x 13 baking dish

Ingredients:
1 box or pound of Cavatappi (or elbow macaroni)
3 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter plus 6 tablespoons
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
12-ounces Gruyère  cheese, grated (4 cups)
8-ounces white Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
4-ounces Mascarpone, room temperature
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon sweet Paprika (substitute smoked paprika)
1/4 cup dried parsley flakes, plus extra for garnish
Finely shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish on top (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375-degrees F.
Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the macaroni, and cook according to the instructions of the box, 6-8 minutes, drain really well.

At the same time, heat the milk and heavy cream in a small saucepan, but do not boil. Melt 8 tablespoons (1-stick) in a large (6-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes while whisking, until it’s light blond in color. Whisk in the hot milk and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add the pepper, Kosher salt, and grated nutmeg, continue whisking until sauce thickens and becomes smooth.

Off the heat, switch to a wooden spoon, stir in the Mascarpone first, then the Gruyére and white Cheddar. Add the cooked macaroni, and half the parsley, stir well. Pour into a 9 x 13 buttered baking dish.

Topping:
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large sauté pan. Add the Panko breadcrumbs, Paprika remaining parsley and toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs all over the top of the casserole. *Dot the top with the remaining butter. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and macaroni is browned on top. Optional, sprinkle finely shredded Parmesan cheese and parsley over the top while hot.

Serve hot.

*Dot: To scatter bits of butter over food.

 

Meatloaf With Sundried Tomatoes

 

 

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Homemade Skillet Tamale Pie

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Cook Time: 50-55 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 8 servings
Equipment: Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients:
1 box of Krusteaz honey corn bread
1 egg
1/2 cup of sour cream
3/4 cup cream style corn
3/4 cup enchilada sauce
2-1/2 pounds of ground pork
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced onions
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of chili powder
1-1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
7 tablespoons of drained Rotel
1/4 cup low sodium beef broth
2 cups of shredded Mexican blend cheese
1/2 cup of chopped scallions for garnish

Directions:
Set oven temperature at 400 degrees F.

First, wipe down the cast iron skillet with a paper towel that’s been lightly greased with vegetable oil. Follow the directions of the back of the corn bread box. To a large bowl, add the egg, milk, and vegetable oil. To those ingredients, add in 3 tablespoons of drained Rotel, (tomatoes with green chilies), cream corn, and sour cream. Mix all those ingredients together until well combined. Next, add in the dry ingredients from the box. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into the cast iron skillet and bake for 20 minutes.

While the corn breads in the oven baking, start the filling for the tamale pie. In a large saute pan, add olive oil with diced onions. On medium high heat, saute the the onions for about 3-4 until soft, then add in minced garlic, let cook for another minute. Next, add in the ground pork, cumin, chili powder, Kosher salt, dried oregano, and black pepper. Brown the ground pork, onions, and spices for about 10 minutes. To the meat mixture, add in another 4 tablespoons of the drained Rotel along with 1/4 cup of low sodium beef broth. Stir to combine, and let simmer, on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for another 15 minutes or until liquid had evaporated.

Take the corn bread out of the oven. Using a fork, poke holes all over the top of the corn bread. Then add 3/4 cup of enchilada sauce all over the top. Letting the sauce seep down into the corn bread. Using a slotted spoon, (allowing any extra liquid to drain completely from the meat) transfer the meat mixture onto the top of the corn bread.

To the meat, top generously with the shredded cheese. Spray the dull side of the foil with cooking spray. This will ensure the cheese won’t stick. Cover the skillet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and broil for an additional 5 minutes until cheese is golden brown. Top with slice green onions. Remove the skillet from oven and let rest for about 15 minutes to set.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast Over White Cheddar Polenta

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It’s “TV binge” time!  I need to get caught up on some of my programs. I’m thinking, the answer to accomplishing dinner today is the Crock Pot. Dinner can be cooking all the while I’m finishing up this season of the Walking Dead. I’m starting this at 8:00 am, so I’ll have the whole day free!

I’m starting out  with a sirloin tip roast that’s about 4-1/2 pounds. The marbling is great,which means lot of flavor, and the butcher has tied it up so it holds its shape for even cooking.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours on the high setting
Equipment: Crock Pot, cast iron skillet
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients:
4-1/2 pound sirloin tip roast that’s been tied, seasoned and seared
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
4 whole garlic cloves
1-15 ounce can diced tomatoes (no sodium)
1 cup diced red onions
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup of diced carrots
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 minced and seeded Fresno chili
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 a 15 ounce can of beef consomme

Polenta
2 cups of half and half
3 cups of water
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper
1-1/2 cups of polenta
1/4 stick of unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups of shredded white cheddar
2 tablespoons of freshly minced chives

Directions:
First step is to 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt and 2 teaspoons of fresh cracked blaack pepper the roast on both sides. Take a paper towel with a little Canola oil on it and wipe down the cast iron skillet. Set the temperature of the stove top burner to med-high heat. Let the skillet get super hot, almost smoking. Place the season roast into the pan and leave it alone to do its thing. After about 3-4 minutes, using your tongs, if the roast releases itself easily, then turn the meat over and sear the other side. If the roast gives you some resistance, then let it sear for another minute. Next, do the same to the other side. The searing time may vary slightly, maybe, anywhere from 6-8 minutes total for both sides.

Remove the roast from the skillet and place the meat into the slow cooker. Next, is to retrieve the bits from the bottom of the skillet, this is flavor you don’t want to waste. With the pan still on med-high heat, add in a 1/4 cup of low sodium beef broth. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the bits with the back of the spoon. Once all the bits have come loose, turn the heat off. Pour this flavorful liquid over the roast.

To the slow cooker, with the roast,  add in the veggies, fresh rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, dices tomatoes with their juice, and beef consomme. Season with Kosher salt and pepper, then place the lid on. Cook on high for 7 hours.

After the 7 hours, remove the roast carefully. Cut the cooking twine,  and using two forks, shred the meat. Place the shredded pot roast back into the crock pot and stir everything together. Set the crock pot to warm and place the lid back on.

Next, the white cheddar polenta with chives. Polenta cooks really quickly. This is why it should be made right before you’re ready to serve. It’s super simple and fast. Once the liquid is boiling, it’s finished in 5 minutes. Make sure to have the cheese shredded and ready to go.

In a large pot with 2 cups of half and half, along with 3 cups of water. Add 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Bring the liquid up to a hard boil. Once boiling, slowly whisk in 1-1/2 cups of Polenta. Whisking vigorously until the polenta thickens. Immediately, remove the pot from the heat. To the polenta, changing to a wooden spoon, add in 1/4 stick of unsalted butter. Mix that through and then add in shredded white cheddar cheese and fresh chives.

Spoon some of the white cheddar polenta into the bottom of a bowl and top with that delicious tender and flavorful pot roast. Don’t forget to get some of the juices from the slow cooker to ladle all over the top of the meat and polenta.  YUM!!!

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Cabbage Soup

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Cabbage soup has to be one of my very favorites when it comes to food for the soul. I find, if your a fan of stuffed cabbage than you will love this soup. For this soup, I’m using an 8 quart stock pot. This size pot will hold enough liquid and cabbage needed for this recipe. I’m also using Savoy cabbage (green cabbage is fine as well) and a 90% lean ground sirloin which will make for a healthier and better tasting soup.

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Yields, 6 servings
Equipment: 8 quart stock pot
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40-45 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2-1/2 pounds ground sirloin
5 cups of chopped Savoy cabbage ( or green cabbage)
1 cup of diced onions
1 cup of diced carrots
2 bay leaves
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 tablespoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup of quick cooking rice  (quick cooking rice in a bag)
2 quarts of unsalted chicken stock
2 cups of good tomato juice
Home-made croutons for garnish
Grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese for garnish

Directions:
The very first thing I do is to prep all the veggies that will be going into the soup so they will be ready for me when I need them. This includes the onions ,garlic, carrots, and cabbage.

So I just start out with a little olive oil in the bottom of the pot. You need that because the meat is very lean. On med high heat, I add the ground sirloin, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon, and start the browning process.  To the ground sirloin, I add in the Kosher salt, black pepper, tomato paste, and some crushed red pepper flakes. Once the meat has browned completely, about 5-7 minutes,

I add in the diced onions and minced garlic. I cook those together letting the onions start to soften, another couple of minutes. Next, the diced carrots, stirring those through. I let all this cook together for another 5 minutes.

With the stove still on med- high heat, I add in the unsalted chicken stock. Once the stock is added, carefully, with my wooden spoon, scrape up any bits that may be stock to the bottom of the pot.  Lowering the heat to medium,  I slowly add in the chopped Savoy cabbage. Using the wooden spoon to push the cabbage down into the liquid.

As the Savoy cabbage softens and has all been submerged into the chicken stock, I add in a cup of quick cooking rice. All that is, is the rice you can buy and cook in the pouch. I just remove it from the pouch and add it right into the pot. I let all this simmer (adjust the heat, if needed, to a slow simmer) for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Finally, the very last ingredient I add is tomato juice. I add that right at the end, stirring it completely through. I then turn the heat off and cover the soup. Letting all those flavors mingle together for about 10 minutes or so before serving. Remove the bay leaves before serving.  I garnish with some home-made Ciabatta croutons and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. You can find my recipe for my homemade croutons very easily. Type, Ciabatta croutons into the “search bar” at the top of my home page.

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