Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak

Tender ground beef patties, are slow cooked to perfection, in a luxurious mushroom gravy.

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak- www.hunwhatsfordinner.com

My crock pot and I always become reacquainted during the colder months of the year. Mostly because of busy days helping at school. Most Wednesdays I can be found helping in Queenie's old kindergarten class. I spend the day helping the wonderful teachers with tasks they normally wouldn't have time to do. I've become quite a pro using the photocopy machine and the laminating machine. I also get to make fun crafts with the kiddos, who are so sweet and cute! But spending the day in Kindie Land is exhausting. I'm not sure how teachers do it. I'm there one day and it takes me almost two days to recover, LOL. So when I'm busy playing in Kindie Land, I want my old friend Crock Pot to be working on my dinner, here at home.

I like to use my crock pot to try out new recipes. I love browsing recipes on Pinterest and I have often seen recipes for crock pot salisbury steak. I knew Hubby would love it, since he's always complaining that I don't serve beef often enough. So I decided to try it. Now before you start wondering why anyone would cook meat before putting it into the crock pot, just remember that you aren't fully cooking the patties, but just browning the outside, so they don't fall apart while cooking. As they finish cooking low and slow all day, in gravy, they become so tender and delicious. I am not crazy about ground beef, or salisbury steak, but I ate two of these puppies, without complaining, LOL. They just melted in your mouth and the gravy was A-MA-ZING!

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak- www.hunwhatsfordinner.com

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak

2 lbs lean ground beef
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1/2 C panko bread crumbs
1 egg
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 C mushrooms, chopped
1 Tbs flour
1 C milk
salt and pepper
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 C beef broth

In a large bowl, combine the beef with the onion soup mix, bread crumbs and egg. For mixture into 8 equally sized patties.

Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the olive oil. Once the oil begins to ripple, add the patties to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side; until a nice brown crust forms on the meat. Place browned patties into the crock pot, stacking alternately, like a pyramid.

Reduce heat under skillet to medium. Add the onion and mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper. Once onions become translucent, sprinkle mixture with flour. Stir to coat and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add in the milk, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Let cook until thickened; about 3-4 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in chicken soup and beef broth. Pour gravy mixture over patties in crock pot. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hrs. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #19

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!

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Make sure to visit all three blogs, to see if you've been featured this week! All featured recipes will be pinned to our Simple Supper Tuesday Pinterest page

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Pasta Fagioli Soup- Luv a Bargain

Recipes that CAUGHT MY EYE

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms- Lou Lou Girls

Double Chocolate Sweet & Salty Party Mix- Summer Scraps

Coca Cola Pork Chops- Frugal Living Mom

French Silk Pie- Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole- Menu of Musings


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Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies~ Secret Recipe Club

Delicious butter cookies are baked until just golden and filled with melted Peppermint Crunch candies.

This month for the Secret Recipe Club, we decided to do a cookie carnival, for the holidays. Everyone who signed up was assigned another blogger's blog, from which they were to choose a cookie recipe to make and share today. The blog I was assigned to was Tara's Multicultural Table. Tara's blog is a wonderful mix of several types of cuisines. She was born in Japan, spent a few years in Germany as a child, before moving to Alabama. Her husband is of Filipino descent and they are currently living in the Floriday Panhandle. Just by reading about Tara, I knew her blog would be full of delicious dishes, from around the world.

Tara has several wonderful cookie recipes on her blog. From Australian Vanilla Crescent Cookies, to Filipino Meringue Cookies, you will find anything to suit your tastes. I decided to make some White Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies, due to time constraints. I needed something easy and something I knew my kids would enjoy. I ended up leaving the dough in the fridge for a few days, since I just didn't have time to roll and bake the cookies. Finally, I wrangled the kids and had them help roll little balls of dough and make the "thumbprints" in them, before baking.

I also decided to use some Andes Peppermint Crunch candies, rather than white chocolate, for the filling. As the dough was baking, a wonderful sweet buttery scent filled the air. Queenie mentioned that she didn't think she could wait for them to be cool or filled, before digging in. That's how good they smelled. These cookies are tender and buttery. The peppermint filling pairs wonderfully with the cookie and the chocolate drizzle adds just an extra bit of sweetness. Super pretty and easy to make, these would look wonderful on any holiday cookie tray.

Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
adapted from Tara's Multicultural Table

2 2/3 C flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 C salted butter, softened (if using unsalted increase salt to 1 tsp)
1 C sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 C Andes Peppermint Crunch Squares, chopped
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 C green chocolate melts

In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar; until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined. Mix in flour mixture, making sure not to over mix.

Form the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hrs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Break off 1 inch pieces of dough and form into a ball. Place dough balls on cookie sheets, one inch apart. Using your thumb, slightly flatten each dough ball in the center; leaving an indentation.

Bake in a preheated oven until bottoms begin to turn golden; about 10-15 minutes (I started checking the cookies after 9 minutes). If indentations have risen, gently press them down again. Let cookies cool completely.

In a small sauce pan, over low heat, melt together the Andes Peppermint Crunch Squares, with the coconut oil. Once melted, transfer to a pipping bag, or plastic condiment bottle. Squeeze peppermint candy into the indentations in each cookie. Let cool for at least an hour, for the filling to set.

In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the green chocolate melts, using 30 second increments. Transfer melted chocolate to a pipping bag, fit with a #1 tip. Drizzle cooled cookies with melted chocolate.

Keep cookies in an airtight container for 5 days, or freeze until needed.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What's for Eats? Sunday December 14, 2014

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries and you won't be standing in front of the fridge at 4pm, wondering what to make!

Weekly Meal Plan Dec 14, 2014 www.hunwhatsfordinner.com
Image courtesy of basketman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Happy Sunday!! I can't believe there is less than 2 weeks before Christmas! I have to say that we are pretty much done Christmas shopping. We only have a few more gifts to buy. Much better then past years, LOL. This week should be exciting, with Holiday Showcases at school and end of the week Christmas parties as well. I've been invited to Queenie's class party, since I will be starting to help students in her class with reading, in January. I have super cute and healthy party treats planned, so stay tuned for those!

Other than that, we don't really have anything else planned for the week. I would like to go check out all the houses in our area, that are decked out to the nines with Christmas lights. We always load up the kids and stop at Tim Horton's for hot chocolate and Timbits, then drive around to find the houses with the best Christmas lights. The kids LOVE it!!

Here is my meal plan for the week. I'm bringing a few things over, that I didn't get to last week. 

Hun... What's for Dinner? Roast Chicken and Cauliflower

Hun... What's for Dinner? Taco Perogie Casserole

  • leftovers
  • Omelettes (broccoli, ham, cheese) with toast and fresh fruit