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Char Siu (Chinese BBQ)

Ingredients

  1. Meat (preferably pork. If Baby Back Ribs, cut them into individual bones)
  2. Char Siu marinade mix (https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Chinese-Barbecue-Seasoning-Ounce/dp/B00YK05CMW/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1539349859&sr=8-3&keywords=char+siu+powder)
  3. 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  4. 1/4 cup honey
  5. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  6. 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  7. 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  8. Ginger and garlic as desired

 

Method

  1. Marinate meat in marinade mix in vacuum-sealed bag overnight or more.
  2. Preheat oven to 225. Place meat on a rack over a foil-lined tray (this gets messy)
  3. Bake 3-4 hours. Cover with foil for the early cook time.
  4. Baste with sauce. Broil until caramelized.
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Cheese stuffed potato cottage pie

This popped up as one of those .gif recipes. Love them or hate them, you do occasionally find a gem in there. The original recipe is from this reddit post,  so check out the post and the original recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs Russet potatoes
  • 1 stick + 6 TBSP butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup Half and Half
  • 8 oz Vermont Sharp cheddar, cubed
  • 1 TBSP Vegetable oil
  • 2.5 lbs Sirloin tips, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 2 cups red cooking win
  • 1 1/2 cups Beef stock
  • 2-3 sprigs Thyme
  • 1 TBSP strained tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  • Make mashed potatoes ahead of time
    • Peel and chop potatoes. Cover with at least 1 inch of water and boil until soft (about 30 minutes). Drain.
    • Add in melted butter, stir well
    • Add in Half and Half, stir well
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Set aside and allow to cool, can refrigerate if needed

To make the Cottage Pie

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F, grease a 9×11 baking dish
  • In a skillet, heat up Vegetable oil. Add beef and brown on all sides. Remove beef and set aside.
  • Melt 1 TBSP Butter in the skillet. Add Onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add Garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the Flour and mix well. Add the beef back in.
  • Then add Red Wine, Beef Stock, and Strained Tomatoes, Thyme, Salt and Pepper. Stir to mix.
  • Place the lid back on, and bring to a gentle boil. Cook until meat becomes tender.
  • Meanwhile, create potato balls: Scoop Mashed Potatoes into your hand and form a disk. Place a cube of cheddar in the middle and form a ball around it. Make 15 potato balls stuffed with cheese.
  • Pour beef mixture into prepared baking dish, then top with stuffed potato balls. Bake for 30-40 minutes until potatoes are crisped up and golden brown on top.

Pressure Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup (UNSALTED!!!!) peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Method

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute. Addbroth, peanut butter, soy sauce, cilantro, lime juice, red pepper flakes, and ginger. Stir until peanut butter dissolves.
  2. Add chicken thighs, pressure cook for 15-20 minutes. Quick release pressure.
  3. Remove chicken with slotted spoon and shred. Turn Instant Pot to saute, bring to a boil, add cornstarch mixture to thicken.
  4. Serve over rice.

Italian Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • .7 ounce package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 5 lb pot roast
  • 3-5 tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in water
  • Flat pasta

Method

  1. Combine broth with salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, parsley, garlic powder, bay leaf, and salad dressing mix in sauce pan. Stir well and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Place roast in slow cooker and pour broth mixture over the meat.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours.
  4. Remove meat from slow cooker and shred.
  5. Dump braising liquid into fat separator. Pour 90% of mixture (excluding fat) into a saucepan.
  6. Return meat to slow cooker. Pour remaining braising liquid into meat and stir. Set slow cooker to keep warm.
  7. Bring remaining braising liquid to a boil and reduce 10-15%. Add cornstarch/water mixture until thickened as desired. Pour gravy into slow cooker and mix with meat.
  8. Serve over flat pasta.

Carolyn’s Dill Dip

Again, no clue where this recipe came from, but my Aunt Carolyn used to make it at family events. Simple and very tasty for veggies and such.

Ingredients:

  • 8oz Sour Cream
  • 8oz Mayo (Helman’s)
  • 1 TBSP Beumonde
  • 1 TBSP Parsley
  • 1 TBSP Dill Weed
  • 1 TBSP Dried Onion

Directions:

  1. Mix together.
  2. Refrigerate for a few hours.

Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, and Tater Tot Bake

INGREDIENTS
  • One 32 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese or Colby jack cheese blend
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk (whole milk would be fine too)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Once bacon cools, crumble it into small pieces, and set it aside.
  2. Coat the inside of your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Dump half the frozen tater tots into the crock pot, and spread into an even layer. Top tots with 1/3 of the cheese and 1/2 the crumbled bacon.
  4. Place uncooked chicken on top of the tater tot layer. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Top chicken with 1/3 of the cheese.
  5. Spread remaining tater tots over the chicken layer. Top with remaining bacon and cheese. Pour milk over the top of the dish.
  6. Cover your crock pot and cook on HIGH on 3 hours, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Serve warm.

Easy Buttermilk Corn Bread

This recipe goes perfectly with Chili.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Butter
2/3 cup Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 cup Buttermilk
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 cup Cornmeal
1 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease and 8×8 in pan.
  • In a measuring cup, combine baking soda and buttermilk, set aside. In a separate bowl combine cornmeal, flour, and salt, set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sugar.
  • Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended.
  • Add in the buttermilk mixture, stir well.
  • Add in cornmeal mixture, mix until well blended and few lumps remain.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes