Mom’s Cabbage Rolls

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Ingredient list

1 large head green cabbage
1 lb lean ground beef
2 C cooked rice
1 t minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 can tomato sauce
2 onions, chopped
3/4 C brown sugar, packed
1-28 oz can tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1/2 C honey
Juice of 3 lemons
Salt, pepper, paprika
Instructions

Boil whole cabbage in water for 10 minutes. Remove as many leaves as possible. Combine beef, rice, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika. Place a large spoonful on each cabbage leaf. Roll up tightly. Secure with a toothpick. Cut up the rest of cabbage, add 2 onions and apple. Mix together and spread half of the mixture in two 9 x 13 pans. Arrange cabbage rolls on top. Combine brown sugar, tomatoes, tomato paste, honey, and lemon juice. Pour over all. Cover pans with foil and bake at 300 for 30 minutes. Bake at 325 for 2 1/2 hours. Baste with juices.

Taco soup, or spiced beef soup

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Ingredient list

1 lb lean ground beef(or turkey)
1 onion
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg dry Ranch dressing
2 large cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
1 can of black beans
1 can of pinto beans
1 can of whole kernel corn
Instructions

Brown meat and onion. Drain. Put all tomatoes, ranch dressing and taco season into blender and blend till mixed..my kids did not like tomato pieces so I always blended them so they were smooth. Pour into a stovetop pan, add beans and corn and meat and simmer until well blended and hot. Eat and enjoy…Add grated cheese and fritos or sour cream for toppings.

Swiss Chard Enchiladas

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Ingredient list

12 corn tortillas
1 c. grated cheddar or jack cheese
1 head swiss chard chopped
1 medium onion finely chopped
3 cloves garlic finely chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 medium tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
1/4 medium onions
4-6 dried red chile pods
1 c. hot water
1 fried egg optional
Instructions

In a large skillet heat oil, saute garlic and onions until golden. Add chard and saute quickly until aldente. In blender until smooth blend the medium tomatoes, garlic cloves, medium onion, dried chile pods and one cup water. Pour blended mixture over sauted chared to make enchilada sauce. Heat over medium heat 2-3 minutes. On cookie sheet layer sauce and tortillas and cheese. About 2 or 3 layers. Heat in oven at 325 for 5 minutes. Serve with fried egg on top. The egg is optional.

White lasagna

Ingredient list

1 lb lasagna cooked
3 lbs ricotta + 1 container
4 eggs
parsley
grated Parmesan cheese
garlic powder
salt
milk if needed
Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350. Beat ricotta very fine, mix eggs and seasonings. If too dry, add a little milk. Boil lasagna about ten minutes. Do not over cook lasagna. Add oil to the pot so lasagna noodles will not stick. Strain lasagna and run water over them to stop the cooking. Put sauce in bottom of large pan and place 3 strips of lasagna, layer of ricotta mix, Parmesan cheese, sauce; continue with layering until pasta is finished. Pour sauce and parmesan cheese over top layer. Cover pan with foil and cook in oven one hour. Let stand fifiteen minutes. You can add two boxes of drained chopped spinach to ricotta if you would like vegetable Lasagna.

Cabbage rolls

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Ingredient list

1 head of cabbage
1 med. onion
1 T. butter
2 lbs. ground beef
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. water
2 c. beef broth
Instructions

Remove core from cabbage. Place whole head in a large kettle filled with boiling water. Cover; cook 5-10 minutes. Remove softened outer leaves. Repeat until all leaves are softened and have been removed; drain. Cut thick stem from each leaf. Saute medium onion in butter. Add ground beef, egg, salt, pepper and water. Mix thoroughly. Place about 1/4 cup hamburger mixture at stem end of each leaf. Roll each leaf, tucking ends in toward center. Place cabbage rolls, seam side down, in ungreased baking dish. Pour 2 c. beef broth over cabbage rolls. Cover with foil for 30 minutes. Bake at 350º for about 1 1/2 hours. Makes 4-6 servings.

Eggplant parmesan

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1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 medium eggplant, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 beaten egg
1/2 c. cooking oil
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
homemade tomato sauce
1 (6-oz.) pkg. mozzarella cheese, sliced
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350º. Combine flour and salt. Dip eggplant into beaten egg, then in flour mixture. In large skillet, brown eggplant in hot oil; drain well on paper towel. Place one layer of eggplant in 10x6x2-inch baking dish; cut slices to fit. Sprinkle with half the Parmesan cheese. Top with half tomato sauce. Repeat with eggplant, Parmesan cheese, sauce and mozzarella. Cook until heated through; 30-45 minutes.

Swedish Meatballs

Ingredient list

2 lb. hamburger
1 lb. ground pork
2 eggs
5 slices of bread, soaked in milk and rung out
1 med. onion, grated
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 to 1 tsp. ground allspice
Gravy:
1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. water
salt and pepper
gravy master (for color)
Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Make meatballs, 1 to 1 1/2-inch in diameter. Brown in 1/4-inch oil. Drain on paper towel, place in casserole dish. Prepare gravy: Drain oil from pan. In bowl, combine flour, water, salt and pepper and gravy master. Mix and place in heated frying pan. Stir until smooth; pour over meatballs.

German pancakes

Ingredient list

6 large eggs
1 cup of milk
1 cup all purpose flour
dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 Tbsp butter
Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. As oven preheats, put the butter in an ungreased 9×13 baking dish and place in the oven, just until melted.
3. Place the eggs, milk,flour,salt and vanilla in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Pour batter into baking dish, over melted butter.
4. Bake for 22-27 minutes or until edges are golden brown and puffy.
5. To serve, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar (and syrup
if desired).

Empanadas

Ingredient list

Ingredients 1/2 kg. (Rump beef) cut by knife in squares,1 bunch green onion, oregano (4 or 5 strings)2 onions, 4 tbsp oil,3 Hard eggs.At ease: Cumin, salt, sweet paprika and olives. 1) Cut the onions into small cubes.
Instructions

Beef picadillo filling and empanada assembly:
Combine the beef, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together and chill until ready to use.
heat the oil in a large frying pan or sauté pan, add the onions and salt, cook until the onions are soft, about 8 minutes.
Add the meat mixture to the onions and cook on medium heat until the meat is done, stir frequently.
Let the meat mixture or picadillo cool down, and then mix in the chopped green onions and chopped oregano.
To assemble the empanadas add a spoonful of the meat mixture on the center of each empanada disc, add a slice of egg and sliced olive.
Brush the edges of the empanada discs ( I buy them frozen, and defrost for use) with the egg whites, you can also use water but the egg white is a good natural “glue” that helps seal the empanada.
Fold the empanada discs and seal the edges gently with your fingers, twist and fold the edges of the empanadas with your fingers, as a final step use a fork to press down and finish sealing the empanadas.
Lightly brush the top of the empanadas with the egg yolk; this will give them a nice golden glow when they bake.
Let the empanadas rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until ready to bake.
Pre-heat the oven to 400 F and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until golden on top.
you can pan fry in oil until brown or crisp.
Serve warm with chimichurri sauce or other dipping sauces.

Chimichurri sauce

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3 cups extra virgin olive oil
2 large onions – preferably Vidalia – chopped coarsely
8 cloves of garlic – chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lemon juice
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon: oregano, thyme, marjoram, savory, sage, and basil

For lamb, add 1/2 cup chopped rosemary (fresh rosemary is best but, dry will do in a pinch).
Instructions

Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust amounts as needed. Best if made at least a day ahead of time to allow flavors to meld. If you have any left over, you can store it in the fridge for quite a long time.

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