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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Buttermilk Pecan Pie!

This takes two great southern pies and combines them into one.  The texture is more like the traditional Kentucky Buttermilk Pie,  but the addition of pecans really enhances the overall flavor.  This is also a really easy pie to make!   It's a dessert you can whip up without a lot of extra planning, because you usually have these ingredients on hand.  Here is what you will need:
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbs. all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter, melted 1 stick
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 (10 inch) unbaked pie shell
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Whisk the eggs lightly.  Add the sugar, flour, and pinch of salt.  Add the melted butter, buttermilk and vanilla.  Beat well.
Place the unbaked pie shell on a cookie sheet.  This prevent spills and the pie just bakes more evenly.  Sprinkle the chopped pecans in the bottom of the shell. 
Pour the filling over the pecans.  Place the pie on the center rack and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until just brown.  If it starts to crack on top, it's done!
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Sloppy Joes!

You might wonder why you need a recipe for something like a "Sloppy Joe", because they do make that canned Sloppy Joe sauce and it's actually pretty good, but every time I use it, I end up doctoring it some, because it just needs a little something!   Also, there are times you want Sloppy Joes and you don't have that can of stuff to use!   Once you use this recipe, you might not want the canned Sloppy Joe sauce anymore, because  this just tastes so much better!    Here is what you will need for these yummy sandwiches:
2 lbs. of ground chuck
1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
1/2 medium green bell pepper, diced
1 cup ketchup
1 cup tomato sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
dash of hot sauce (optional)
Brown the ground chuck along with the onion and bell pepper.  Drain any excess grease.  Add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  As soon as it bubbles, turn it down and cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.   Be sure to stir it a couple of times while it cooks.  It will be sort of thick.  If it's too watery, it won't stay on the bun well.   It it's still a little loose or has too much liquid, remove the lid and simmer it uncovered for about 10 minutes and then serve!
Serve on buns! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cheeseburger Pie!

This is a quiche-like pie that even the non-quiche eaters will love!  If you have those people in your family that have already decided that anything called "quiche" is not edible, we decided to call this a "Cheeseburger Pie"!  Who could hate that?    This is so easy to make and it's also very economical.  Here is what you need:
1/2  lb. ground beef
1/3 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup half and half cream (could use milk)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. hot sauce (optional)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1  1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1  9" deep dish pie shell, unbaked
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
In a skillet, brown the ground beef and onion together.  Drain any excess grease. 
In a mixing bowl, stir together the milk, mayonnaise, eggs and seasonings, including the hot sauce if you are using it.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese. 
Sprinkle the ground beef and onion in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.
Sprinkle 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese over the beef.
Pour the egg and milk mixture evenly overall.  Place the pie plate on a cookie sheet or pizza pan to bake.  This catches any spillovers and it also helps the quiche cook more evenly.
Place in the preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese over the top and return to the oven for 15-20 minutes. 
 A sharp knife inserted in the center should come out clean.  Remove from oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with a salad or fresh sliced tomatoes and dinner is served!