The Very Best Salisbury Steak
1 (10 1/2 ounce) cans Campbell’s French onion soup
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ketchup
1 -3 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, to taste
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 cup water
In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup condensed French onion soup with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and black pepper.
Shape into 6 oval patties.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown both sides of patties.
Pour off excess fat.
In a small bowl, blend flour and remaining soup until smooth.
Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder.
Pour over meat in skillet.
Cover, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Note: I add mushrooms in the gravy.
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Italian Stuffed Mushrooms
4 bacon strips, diced
30 large fresh mushrooms
1 cup onion and garlic salad croutons, crushed
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1/4 pound ground fully cooked ham
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
Remove stems from mushrooms; set caps aside. Finely chop half of the stems (save the remaining for another use). Add chopped stems to drippings with bacon; saute 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Firmly stuff crouton mixture into mushroom caps. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Yield: 15 servings.
Recipe found here: Italian Stuffed Mushrooms
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Hearty Minestrone Soup
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
2 cups sliced celery
1 cup chopped onion
6 cups chopped zucchini
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1/2 cups chopped green pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
In a large saucepan, cook the sausage until no longer pink.
Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings.
Saute celery and onion in drippings for 5 minutes.
Add sausage and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Yield: 9 servings.
Recipe found here: Hearty Minestrone Soup
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Swamp Juice a la Slime
1/2 cup light corn syrup
Green paste food coloring
5 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 cups white grape juice
2 drops yellow food coloring, optional
1 cup club soda, chilled
Fresh pineapple slices, optional
Refrigerate 10 champagne flutes or cocktail glasses until chilled. In a small bowl, combine corn syrup and green food coloring; dip rims of chilled glasses into mixture. Turn glasses upright, allowing mixture to slightly run down sides of glasses. Freeze until firm.
In a pitcher, combine the pineapple juice, grape juice and yellow food coloring if desired. Refrigerate until chilled.
Just before serving, stir club soda into juice mixture. Pour juice into prepared glasses; garnish with pineapple if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2 quarts).
Recipe found here: Swamp Juice a la Slime
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Elegant Pumpkin Pie
1 package (14.1 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry
1 can (30 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 carton (24.3 ounces) Philadelphia ready-to-serve cheesecake filling
2 cups whipped topping
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup glazed pecans
Unroll each sheet of pastry into a 9-in. pie plate; flute edges. In a large bowl, beat the pie filling, milk and eggs until smooth; pour into crusts. Cover edges loosely with foil.
Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 35-40 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove foil. Cool on wire racks.
In a large bowl, combine the cheesecake filling, whipped topping and salt. Spread over pies; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 pies (8 servings each).
Recipe found here: Elegant Pumpkin Pie
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Blue-Ribbon Butter Cake
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup water
1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
Pour into a gre
ased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges and center tube of pan. Invert cake onto a wire rack over waxed paper.
For sauce, combine the sugar, butter and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in extracts.
Poke holes in the top of the warm cake; spoon 1/4 cup sauce over cake. Let stand until sauce is absorbed. Repeat twice. Poke holes into sides of cake; brush remaining sauce over sides. Cool completely. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Recipe found here: Blue-Ribbon Butter Cake
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