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Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet

Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 carton (16 ounces) refrigerated fully cooked barbecued shredded pork
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
1/2 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute red pepper and onion in butter and oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Stir in the pork, tomatoes, broth, cumin, pepper and salt; heat through.

Drain pasta. Add pasta and cheese to pork mixture; stir until blended. Sprinkle with green onions.

Freeze option: Freeze cooled pasta mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place in a shallow microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet

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Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad

Ingredients
2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
1/2 pound bacon strips, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup creamy Caesar salad dressing
1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Coarsely ground pepper, optional

Directions
Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings.
Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add bacon and reserved drippings; toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled.

Whisk the mayonnaise, dressings, sour cream and mustard in a small bowl. Pour over potato mixture; toss to coat. Stir in onions and cheese. Sprinkle with pepper if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Loaded Potato Salad

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Chop Suey

Chop Suey

Ingredients
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups diced pork loin
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup hot water
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can bean sprouts, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup cold water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar

Directions

Prep
25 m
Cook
20 m
Ready In
45 m

Heat shortening in a large, deep skillet.

Sear pork until it turns white, then add onion and saute for 5 minutes.

Add celery, hot water, salt and pepper. Cover skillet and simmer for 5 minutes. Add sprouts and heat to boiling.

In a small bowl combine the cold water, cornstarch, soy sauce and sugar.

Mix together and add to skillet mixture.

Cook for 5 minutes, or until thickened to taste.

Recipe found here: Chop Suey

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Cherry Turnovers

Cherry Turnovers

Ingredients
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
6 tablespoons cold water

FILLING:
2 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Directions
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine cherries and sugar. Mash slightly; let stand for 15-20 minutes. Stir in cornstarch until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cinnamon. Cool.

Divide dough into eight portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion into a 5-in. circle. Place about 3 tablespoons cherry mixture on one side of each circle; fold dough over filling. Press edges with a fork to seal. Prick tops with a fork.

Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over warm turnovers. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Cherry Turnovers

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Herb & Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

Herb & Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

Ingredients
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
2 green onions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
4 hamburger buns, split
Optional toppings: lettuce leaves and tomato slices

Directions
In a small bowl, mix cheddar cheese, cream cheese, parsley and 1 teaspoon mustard. In another bowl, mix green onions, bread crumbs, ketchup, seasonings and remaining mustard. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly.

Shape mixture into eight thin patties. Spoon cheese mixture onto the center of four patties; top with remaining patties, pressing edges firmly to seal.

Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Serve on buns with toppings as desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Herb & Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

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Italian-Style Salisbury Steaks

Italian-Style Salisbury Steaks

Ingredients
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
1 can (8 ounces) Italian tomato sauce

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four oval patties. In a large skillet, brown patties in oil on both sides. Drain.

In a small bowl, combine diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Pour over patties. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

Freeze option: Freeze individual cooled steaks with some tomato mixture in resealable freezer bags. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 4 servings.

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Florentine Spaghetti Bake

Florentine Spaghetti Bake

Ingredients
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage and onion, crumbling meat, until sausage is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in pasta sauce and mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook until heated through, about 15 minutes.

Drain pasta. Combine the egg with the next five ingredients. Spread 1 cup sausage mixture in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Top with spaghetti and remaining sausage mixture. Layer with egg mixture and mozzarella cheese.

Cover and bake 45 minutes. Uncover; bake until lightly browned and heated through, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 9 servings.

Recipe found here: Florentine Spaghetti Bake

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