One of America’s Favorites – Burgoo

April 30, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Kentucky burgoo served with mashed potatoes

Burgoo is a spicy stew, similar to Irish or Mulligan stew, often served with cornbread or corn muffins. It is often prepared communally as a social gathering. It is popular as the basis for civic fund-raisers in the American Midwest and South.

Traditional burgoo was made using whatever meats and vegetables were available—typically, venison, squirrel, opossum, raccoon or game birds, and was often associated with autumn and the harvest season. Today, local barbecue restaurants use a specific meat in their recipes, usually pork, chicken, or mutton, which, along with the spices used, creates a flavor unique to each restaurant.

A typical burgoo is a combination of meats: pork, chicken, mutton or beef, often hickory-smoked, but other meats are seen occasionally; and vegetables, such as lima beans, corn, okra, tomatoes, cabbage and potatoes. Typically, since burgoo is a slow-cooked dish, the starch from the added vegetables results in thickening of the stew. However, a thickening agent, such as cornmeal, ground beans, whole wheat, or potato starch can be used when cooked in a non-traditional way. In addition, soup bones can be added for taste and thickening.

The ingredients are combined in order of cooking time required, with meat first, vegetables next, and thickening agents as necessary. A good burgoo is said to be able to have a spoon stand up in it. Cider vinegar, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or chili powder are common condiments.

Cooking burgoo in Kentucky often serves as a communal effort and social event, in which each attendee brings one or more ingredients. In Kentucky and surrounding states such as Indiana, burgoo is often used for fund-raising for schools. This kind of event has been claimed to have been invented by the family of Ollie Beard, a former Major League Baseball player.

In Brighton, Illinois, a local traditional burgoo is prepared and served annually at the village’s summer festival, the Betsy Ann Picnic. Franklin, Illinois self identifies as the Burgoo Capital of the World;[citation needed] they have an annual burgoo cookout over July 3 and July 4. Burgoo events are also held in Cass County, Illinois in the towns of Chandlerville and Arenzville. Arenzville claims to be the home of the world’s best burgoo.

Several cities have claimed to be the burgoo capital of the world such as Franklin, Illinois, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and Owensboro, Kentucky.

 

Homestyle Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

February 25, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Passing along a quick and easy recipe for Homestyle Turkey Shepherd’s Pie. The recipe is from the Jennie – O Turkey website. It’s made using the always a fresh and delicious JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, I always use this when making my 3 Bean Turkey Chili. Easily prepared in 30 minutes and only 240 calories and 26 net carbs! Check the Jennie – O website out for all it’s many delicious and healthy recipes! Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

Homestyle Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
The aroma of this lean Shepherd’s Pie is enough to lead the whole family to the table. Make dinner in under 30 minutes and under 300 calories with savory ground turkey, mashed potatoes and cheese.

INGREDIENTS
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 (12-ounce) jar fat-free turkey gravy
½ cup frozen corn kernels
½ cup frozen tiny peas
2½ cups prepared mashed potatoes
½ cup shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS
1) Spray 10-inch oven-proof skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium-high heat; add garlic and turkey. Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165ºF as measured by a meat thermometer. Add basil, thyme, pepper, gravy, corn and peas; simmer uncovered 5 minutes or until mixture is hot. Spoon mashed potatoes over turkey mixture.
2) Sprinkle with cheese. Broil 4 to 5-inches from heat source 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese is melted.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 240
Protein 24g
Carbohydrates 29g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 750mg
Saturated Fat 1g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/84-homestyle-turkey-shepherds-pie

Christmas Dinner – Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, Beef Gravy, Green Beans,……….

December 25, 2017 at 6:23 PM | Posted in cooking, Food | 3 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Christmas Dinner – Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, Beef Gravy, Green Beans,……….

 

 

Our Prim Rib Roast!

Merry Christmas to all of you! My family is having Dinner here today, about 11 of us. Me and Mom are preparing; Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, Beef Gravy, Green Beans, Cream Style Corn, Sugar Snap Peas, Deviled Eggs, Dreamland Salad, and Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain Dinner Rolls. For Dessert Mom made a Chocolate Pie, Butterscotch Pie, and a Pecan Pie. Sorry no pictures, a little too hectic and people walking around. Again I hope each of you have an incredible Christmas! And may your 2018 be even better! Tomorrow all, and to all a good night.

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Hot Turkey Sandwiches

November 24, 2017 at 6:25 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is – Hot Turkey Sandwiches. Here’s a delicious recipe for your leftover Turkey, Hot Turkey Sandwiches! Made with Jennie – O leftover Turkey along with Cranberry Sauce, Sourdough Bread, and Turkey Gravy. Served with Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing. Your Turkey may even be better the second time around! You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

Hot Turkey Sandwiches
Here’s a great recipe for your holiday leftovers that’s ready in under 15 minutes. Enjoy layers of lean turkey breast, cranberry sauce and toasted sourdough, topped with gravy.

INGREDIENTS

½ cup cranberry sauce
4 slices sourdough bread, toasted
1 pound thinly sliced JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, heated
1 cup mashed potatoes, heated
1 cup prepared stuffing, heated
½ cup turkey gravy, heated

DIRECTIONS

1) Spread cranberry sauce on bread slices.
2) Place turkey over cranberry sauce.
3) Top turkey with mashed potatoes and stuffing. Pour gravy over potatoes and stuffing.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 350
Protein 19g
Carbohydrates 57g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 15g
Fat 6g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 990mg
Saturated Fat 1g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/431-hot-turkey-sandwiches

One of America’s Favorites – Chicken Fried Steak and Mashed Potatoes

November 20, 2017 at 6:32 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Chicken fried steak served with mashed potatoes topped with gravy

Chicken fried steak (also known as country fried steak) is an American breaded cutlet dish consisting of a piece of beefsteak (tenderized cube steak) coated with seasoned flour and pan-fried. It is associated with the Southern cuisine of the United States. Despite the name, the dish contains no chicken, but is so-named for the cooking method is similar to that of fried chicken.

Chicken fried steak resembles the Austrian dish Wiener Schnitzel and the Italian-South American dish Milanesa, which is a tenderized veal or pork cutlet, coated with flour, eggs, and bread crumbs, and then fried. It is also similar to the recipe for Scottish collops.

The precise origins of the dish are unclear, but many sources attribute its development to German and Austrian immigrants to Texas in the 19th century, who brought recipes for Wiener Schnitzel from Europe to the USA. Lamesa, the seat of Dawson County on the Texas South Plains, claims to be the birthplace of chicken fried steak, and hosts an annual celebration accordingly.

 

The Virginia Housewife, published in 1838 by Mary Randolph, has a recipe for veal cutlets that is one of the earliest recipes for a food like chicken fried steak. The recipe for what we now know as chicken fried steak was included in many regional cookbooks by the late 19th century. The Oxford English Dictionary’s earliest attestation of the term “chicken-fried steak” is from a restaurant advertisement in the 19 June 1914 edition of the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper.

Chicken fried steak is prepared by taking a thin cut of beefsteak and tenderizing it by pounding, cubing, or forking. It is then either immersed in egg batter and/or dredged in flour to which salt, pepper, and often other seasonings have been added (called breading). After this, the steak is fried in a skillet or, less commonly, deep-fried. Restaurants often call the deep fried version chicken fried and the pan fried type country fried. The frying medium has traditionally been butter, lard, or other shortening, but in recent years, health concerns have led most cooks to substitute the shortening with vegetable oil.

 

Chicken fried steak with chipotle cream gravy

The cuts of steak used for chicken fried steak are usually the less expensive, less desirable ones, such as chuck, round steak, and occasionally flank steak. The method is also sometimes used for chopped, ground, or especially cube steak. When ground beef is used, it is sometimes called a “chuckwagon”. Chicken fried steak is usually served for lunch or dinner topped with cream gravy and with mashed potatoes, vegetables, and biscuits served on the side. In the Midwest, it is also common to serve chicken fried steak for breakfast, along with toast and hash browns.

The steak can be served on a hamburger bun as a sandwich, cubed and stuffed in a baked potato with the gravy and cheese, or cut into strips and served in a basket with fries and gravy, which is then known as “steak fingers”.

A 1943 American cookbook recipe for Wiener Schnitzel includes a white salt and pepper cream gravy.

Chicken fried steak is among numerous popular dishes which make up the official state meal of Oklahoma, added to the list in 1988.

Typically, in Texas and surrounding states, chicken fried steak is fried in a thick layer of oil in a pan and served with traditional peppered milk gravy. The same dish is sometimes known as “country fried steak” in other parts of the United States, where it is subject to some regional variations. Often there is a brown gravy, and occasionally the meat is either pan-fried with little oil, or simmered in the gravy. In some areas, “country steak” may refer to Salisbury steak, a chopped or minced beef patty in brown gravy.

 

Other meats may be used, with “chicken-fried chicken” having appeared on many menus, substituting a boneless chicken breast for the steak. Chicken fried chicken differs from the dish known as “fried chicken” because the meat is removed from the bones, and cooked in the fashion of chicken fried steak. Another term is “chicken-fried-steak-fried chicken”.

Boneless pork chops, usually center cut, can be served in this manner, as well as chicken fried buffalo steak.

 

 

Mashed potato

Another One of America’s Favorites – Mashed Potato

What’s Chicken Fried Steak without Mashed Potatoes!

Mashed potato (British English) or mashed potatoes (American English), is a dish prepared by mashing boiled potatoes. Recipes started appearing in 1747 with an entry in The Art of Cookery by Hannah Glasse. Dehydrated and frozen mashed potatoes are available in many supermarkets.

 

 

The use of “floury” types of potato is recommended, although “waxy” potatoes are sometimes used for a different texture. Butter, vegetable oil, milk and/or cream are usually added to improve flavor and texture, and the potatoes are seasoned with salt, pepper, and any other desired herbs and spices. Popular ingredients and seasonings include: garlic, cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, crisp onion or spring onion, caramelized onion, mustard, horseradish, spices such as nutmeg, and chopped herbs such as parsley.

One French variation adds egg yolk for pommes duchesse or Duchess potatoes; piped through a pastry tube into wavy ribbons and rosettes, brushed with butter and lightly browned. Pomme purée (potato puree) uses considerably more butter than normal mashed potato – up to two parts potato for one part butter. In low-calorie or non-dairy variations, milk, cream and butter may be replaced by soup stock or broth. Aloo Bharta, an Indian sub-continent variation, uses chopped onions, mustard (oil, paste or seeds), chili pepper, coriander leaves and other spices.

 

Mashed Potatoes with butter and chives

 

Mashed potato can be served as a side dish, and is often served with sausages in the British Isles, where they are known as bangers and mash. Mashed potato can be an ingredient of various other dishes, including shepherd’s and cottage pie, pierogi, colcannon, dumplings, potato pancakes, potato croquettes and gnocchi.

In the United Kingdom, the cold mashed potato is mixed with fresh eggs and then fried until crispy to produce the potato cake. This dish is thought to have originated in Cornwall and is a popular breakfast item. When instead combined with meat and other leftover vegetables, the fried dish is known as bubble and squeak.

A potato masher is a utensil which can be used to prepare the potatoes, as is a potato ricer.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 30, 2017 at 5:19 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making Chili……

 

If your chili is too thin, try adding tomato paste to thicken it. Add the tomato paste in small amounts until the desired thickness is reached. If the tomato paste doesn’t work, try a small amount of cornstarch or flour. Some people even say a tablespoon or two of instant mashed potatoes work to thicken a chili. I’ve found the best Chili is cooked in a Crock Pot and let simmer all day! Chili on!

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – CORNED BUFFALO BRISKET WITH COLCANNON

March 1, 2017 at 6:31 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is CORNED BUFFALO BRISKET WITH COLCANNON. It’s one of many delicious recipes found on the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Also at the site you’ll be able to order the Wild Idea Corned Buffalo Brisket used to make this week’s dish, and you can purchase any of the delicious and healthy cuts of Buffalo. It’s Wild Idea Buffalo, check it out soon! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://wildideabuffalo.com/

 

 

CORNED BUFFALO BRISKET WITH COLCANNON

Our heat and eat Corned Buffalo Brisket just might be the very best thing that we make! All the corned brisket flavor, but made with our 100% grass-fed/grass-finished bison and no added nitrites. Here are the very simple heating recommendations and my recipe for Colcanon. You will love this!

Ingredients for Corned Brisket:

1 – Wild Idea Corned Buffalo Brisket, with package juices and seasoningscorned-buffalo-brisket-with-colcannon
½ to 1 – bottle beer (avoid stout or dark beer)

Instructions:

1 – In a heavy pan over medium high heat, add beer and package contents.
2 – Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low and allow to heat through. About 7 minutes.
3 -Transfer Corned Brisket to cutting board and pull apart in pieces or slice.

Colcannon (Irish mashed potatoes with cabbage or kale.)
A great twist on your standard mashed potatoes and a great way to get some extra veggies in. Note: I used both cabbage & kale for a greener outcome and I also pureed a second time in my smoothie blender, which produced green potatoes. If you do not puree greens twice, your potatoes will be a very pale green with pieces of vegetables, which is equally delicious and pretty.

Colcannon Ingredients:

2 – lbs. butter potatoes or golden potatoes, washed

½ – lb. cabbage or kale, sliced
¼ – cup parsley sprigs

4 – green onions, chopped

½ – cup hot milk

3 – tablespoons butter
, melted, plus more for serving
2 – teaspoon salt
1 – teaspoon black pepper
water
salt

Preparation:
1 – Place potatoes in pot of boiling water and simmer until fork tender, about 30 minutes. Drain all but 1 inch of Wild Ideawater from the pot and continue to cook uncovered until water is gone and pan bottom is dry.
2 – Allow the potatoes to cool a bit for easy handling and then pull the skins off the cooked potatoes while they are still warm.
3 – While potatoes are cooking, in another pot, bring about 2 cups of salted water to a boil. Add cabbage or kale, cover and simmer until tender. About 5 minutes. Add parsley and green onions and continue to simmer for two minutes.
4 – Drain vegetables in a colander. Press vegetables with the back of a spoon to release water. Place cabbage mixture in blender or food processor with ¼ cup hot milk and process until finely chopped.
5 – Place the potatoes in a mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher. Then add ¼ cup hot milk, melted butter, salt and pepper, and mix until fluffy.
6 – Add the cabbage puree and mix until just incorporated. Reheat if needed before serving. Pass with extra butter.
http://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/corned-buffalo-brisket-with-colcanon

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 6, 2016 at 6:27 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Add some flavor to your Mashed Potatoes…..

 

For a different flavor and less fat, use chicken stock instead of butter or milk when whipping up mashed potatoes.

 
Thank you to Ginny F. for passing this hint along!

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Open Faced Turkey and Gravy Sandwich

November 24, 2016 at 6:26 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is – Open Faced Turkey and Gravy Sandwich. This one uses JENNIE-O® Bone-in Turkey Pot Roast along with mashed Potatoes, Gravy, served on a slice of Bread and topped with chopped Parsley. As always you can find this recipe at the Jennie – O website along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes. Enjoy and Make the Switch! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Open Faced Turkey and Gravy Sandwichopen-faced-turkey-gravy-sandwich

INGREDIENTS

¼ pound shredded JENNIE-O® Bone-in Turkey Pot Roast
1 slice bread
¼ cup hot mashed potatoes
¼ cup turkey gravy, heated
chopped parsley, if desired

 
DIRECTIONS

1) Heat turkey.
2) Place bread slice on plate. Top bread with mashed potatoes and turkey. Spoon gravy over turkey. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATIONJennie O Make the Switch
PER SERVING
Calories200
Protein13g
Carbohydrates18g
Fiber2g
Sugars1g
Fat2.5g
Cholesterol45mg
Sodium900mg
Saturated Fat2.5g

 
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/920-open-faced-turkey-and-gravy-sandwich

Jennie – O Turkey: Make-Ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

November 19, 2016 at 6:06 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I’m passing along another Side dish for your Thanksgiving Day Meal, Make-Ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Put a spin on those everyday Mashed Potatoes by adding Goat Cheese! At the Jennie – O site you’ll find full menu ideas and recipes. So check it out if your looking for some Thanksgiving recipes! Enjoy and Make the Switch! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Make-Ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Whip these rich and creamy mashed potatoes up the night before to save time Thanksgiving Day. And if you love this easy Thanksgiving recipe, you’ll love our entire Make Ahead Thanksgiving Menu.

INGREDIENTS

4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, choppedmake-ahead-goat-cheese-mashed-potatoes
5 garlic cloves
4 ounces goat cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
½ cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped green onions
salt and pepper, if desired
DIRECTIONS

1)Place potatoes and garlic in Dutch oven with water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain and mash with potato masher. Stir in goat cheese, butter, chicken broth, cheese and green onions until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2) Place in 2-quart baking dish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
3) To serve: Heat oven to 350°F. Let potatoes stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Bake, covered (in foil) 30 minutes; remove foil and bake 10 minutes more, or until heated through.

 

 

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATIONJennie O Make the Switch
PER SERVING
Calories300
Protein11g
Carbohydrates41g
Fiber3g
Sugars0g
Fat9g
Cholesterol25mg
Sodium220mg
Saturated Fat6g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1079-make-ahead-goat-cheese-mashed-potatoes

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