Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Easy Pizza Bread

Pizza bread is a very easy and quick supper. It makes a great weekend meal or a great meal on a night you really don't feel like cooking.

What you need:

Spaghetti or pizza sauce
French bread, hamburger or hot dog buns, or rolls
toppings of your choice (pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, bacon [or bacon bits], mushroom, peppers, olives, onions, ..... the list is endless!)


Place bread open-faced on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven (I broil for about 1 minute). Spread a little sauce on each bun. Sprinkle with cheese. Add toppings.

Place under broiler for 1 -2 minutes. Watch closely so that you don't burn the bread!

That's all! :-) Easy & quick!

You can also do this Mexican style. The variation is to add taco meat & cheese instead of pizza sauce. After it's broiled... top with lettuce, tomatoes, taco sauce, & sour cream!

Honey Oatmeal Bread

This is my favorite bread recipe! I very rarely make loaves because rolls are more convenient for our family. I make a big batch and then freeze whatever is left. Anyone can just pull out the big bag of rolls, take however many they want, and pop them in the microwave. Loaves just seem too messy and they dry out too fast.

2 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups of quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup of honey
2 cups of whole wheat flour
3/4 cup cooking oil
4 beaten eggs
2 packages of dry yeast (or 2 Tablespoons)
2 Tablespoons salt

Pour the boiling water over the oatmeal and set aside until it cools (you can put it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes or so...just make sure it is lukewarm! Not hot.)

Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup of warm water.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl and beat well. Then add the yeast, being sure everything is just warm before adding.

Work in (which basically means sprinkle flour on it and knead it) until it is a nice, spongy dough that is not sticky. Be careful not to add too much flour or you will get a heavy bread.

Grease top and let it rise for around 1 1/2 hours*. Knead and shape into rolls, and let it rise again for 30-60 minutes.

Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.

*Another option is to put it the refrigerator for later use (cover with a wet towel, plastic wrap, or a lid if you used a large Tupperward bowl.)

When you pull out the cold dough, shape into rolls and let it rise for around 4-5 hours (perfect for Sunday dinner! Just shape into rolls Sunday morning and bake for 10 minutes when you get home.).

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

White gravy or Cream soup mix

White Gravy

(replaces any type of cream soup, can add sausage for gravy with biscuits, add cheese, sour cream [for stroganoff]... whatever you like)

I personally think the BEST is made in a cast iron skillet!
2 TBSP cold butter or oil
flour (about 1/8 cup or more... depending on how thick you want it)
2-4 cups of milk (or more)
salt & pepper

melt butter in frying pan. sprinkle with flour. Use a fork to mix together and to get rid of the lumps. Gradually add milk and keep stirring until the lumps are gone. I let mine bubble as it thickens.

Pour over biscuits, casseroles, or use as a replacement for cream soups.

Country Style Meat- N- Taters

I fixed this for our supper tonight, and since it is done early I will share a tip I learned from my mother- in- law. If you want to keep your food warm, just wrap it in foil, a big heavy bath towel, and put it in a warm oven (turned off). It should stay warm for several hours. (good idea for Sunday dinners)

Country style Meat N Taters

Red potatoes
Ground meat (I used venison)
White gravy

  • Boil red potatoes whole (clean well first, cut an "x" and place in a large pot, cover and boil until tender... Mudder [our grandmother] says to add a little oil to the water to speed up the cooking! It works!)
  • brown meat and drain
  • make a white gravy <---- click here for recipe
Quarter the tender red potatoes (I left the skin) and mix together with the browned meat. Top with white gravy. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder, & garlic powder. This would also be tasty topped with shredded cheese & mushrooms!

I made peas and carrots as sides.

Blackberry or Raspberry Cobbler

I found a cobbler recipe online but changed it around to make it easier:

3 1/2 cups to 4 cups of fresh berries (I used wild raspberries)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
6 tablespoons butter or margarine

Crust: 1 can of biscuits, 1 tablespoon melted butter, sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400

Pour fruit into a 2 quart casserole dish or a pan of equal size
add water. combine sugar & flour in a small bowl (add more flour if you want it thicker). stir to mix and then sprinkle over the berries. Dot with diced up butter.

Use a rolling pan to flatten the biscuits. Slice them into strips with a pizza cutter and place on top of the cobbler in a lattice design. Drizzle melted butter over the top of the biscuits. Then sprinkle sugar over the biscuits.

Cover the pan with foil and bake at 400 for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking until the crust is golden brown (15-20 more minutes) and the berries are bubbling. The juices will thicken as it cools.