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Roast Beef Dinner

Roast Beef Dinner for Two

Roast Beef Dinner for Two

Roast Beef Dinner for Two

Having a Roast Beef Dinner is a big event at cookbookinabox’s  house.  Several reasons which many probably may identify . Health is our biggest reason, fat,  cholesterol is higher in red meats.  Expense, it is more expensive to have choice cuts on a regular basis.  Meatless meals is often our choice.  However, there are times when a nice Roast Beef Dinner brings good memories and is comfort food.  

Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Grandmother’s Cast Iron Dutch Oven

We have the cast iron dutch oven that was my husband’s grandmothers.  It had made a long trip through Texas when the family travel by horse and wagon in the early 1900’s. So it is always a treat and fun to use this kettle.  I also like to use this kettle for soups as well.

Beef Bottom Round Roast

Beef Bottom Round Roast

Since there are only 2 of us in the home, I bought a small beef bottom round roast under 2 pounds.  The recipe was adapted from Joy Of Cooking’s, Beef Pot Roast, cooked in a convection oven instead of the stove.

Preparing the beef roast for the oven

After baking the beef roast and removing to a plate to keep warm, I decanted the juices and fat into a fat separator.  I poured off the juices into a measuring cup, and poured about 4 tablespoons fat back into the dutch oven to make the roux for gravy.  I used the juices and added cream to make 2 cups for the liquid to the 4 tablespoons of fat and  4 tablespoons of flour.

Making the roux for gravy

Roast Beef Dinner

A special Sunday Dinner Roast Beef, tender, juicy to be enjoyed with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 pound beef bottom round roast
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots finely sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock or bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • GRAVY
  • 4 tablespoons fat
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups meat juices
  • cream to make 2 cups liquid

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Trim off fat, make cuts into the side of the meat to prevent curling
  • Flour all sides of the roast.
  • Heat the oil in the Dutch oven.
  • Brown the roast on all sides.
  • Add the onions, carrots, and broth to the roast.
  • Cook about 5 minutes.
  • Bake in the preheated oven 2 hours or until meat is tender, to 155 F to 165 F for medium well.
  • Remove meat from pan to a dish; cover to keep warm
  • GRAVY
  • Strain off the vegetables.
  • Decant the juices and fat into a fat separator.
  • Pour off the juices, on top, to a measuring cup, add cream to make 2 cups liquid
  • Pour 4 tablespoon fat and juices to the Dutch oven, stir to loosen the bits and pieces of the meat.
  • With a whisk, add the flour, stirring until blended.
  • Gradually add the 2 cups of the liquid, stirring with the whisk to smooth.
  • Simmer the gravy up to 10 minutes to thicken.
  • Taste and correct seasonings as needed.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon thyme.
  • Serve over the meat and potatoes.
Roast Beef Dinner for Two

Roast Beef Dinner for Two

The Roast Beef Dinner menu

Marinated Vegetable Salad
Mixer Whole Wheat Bread
Roast Beef and Beef Gravy
Mashed Russet Potatoes
Steamed Asparagus
American Persimmon Cake

 

Visit these links:      Simply Recipes – Roast Beef;            allrecipes – All American Roast Beef

 

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Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Quiche, France’s answer to Italy’s Pizza

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

They are both called pies, and are served in or on  a crust.  The quiche is a flaky pastry shell filled with an egg custard of  cheese, meats and/or vegetables..  The pizza is a yeast dough crust for savory toppings, hot and spicy also of cheese, meats and/or vegetables.  Introducing the Cheese-Bacon Quiche also referred to as a Quiche Lorraine.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Quiche Lorriaine was first a custard base of few pieces of meat and poured into a hollowed out bread shell  Now the delicious Cheese-Bacon Quiche is poured into a pastry shell.  Some quiches have the meats, cheeses or vegetables on the bottom of the pastry shell with the egg custard poured on top. Quiches make a very good breakfast, brunch and small tart-like quiches make tasty appetizers or hors d/oeuvres.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Savory pastry shells can be made by adding  egg yolks or Parmesan cheese.  The pastry for this particular quiche was made with coconut oil.  Coconut oil does not have a flavor of coconut and the pastry is very flaky making it somewhat hard to handle getting into the pie plate.  The flakiness of the pie dough adds texture to the custard filling.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

An egg custard filling with cheese, bacon and onion baked in a crust, a classic French recipe for Quiche Lorraine.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast - Brunch
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6 serving
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked 8-inch pie shell
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of nutmeg freshly grated
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350 F.
  • Chill pie shell before filling. Remember to warm a glass pie plate before putting into hot oven.
  • Fry the bacon in skillet until crisp.
  • Remove from skillet, drain on toweling and crumble.
  • Drain excess bacon grease from pan, save 1 teaspoon or enough to cook the onions until transparent.
  • In a large bowl, combine milk, eggs, 1/4 cup cheese, salt, pepper, sugar, nutmeg and hot sauce.
  • Stir in the bacon and onion.
  • Pour into the prepared pie shell.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • Sprinkle with the paprika.
  • Bake 350 F for 35 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Notes

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Menus and serving Recommendations

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiches served at a brunch could be made in to small pie like tarts, accompanied with bowls of fresh melon and mango and the Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake.   Lunchtime Cheese-Bacon Quiches would be enjoyed with a nice spring lettuce salad with oranges and pecans or tomatoes and green onions and walnuts.  Think quiche for that extra appetizer for your next dinner.

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Cheese-Bacon Quiche

Other sources of quiche recipes.

Simply Recipes

Spark Recipes®

 

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Baked Pork Chops

 

Baked Pork Chops in Sauce and Vegetables

Baked Pork Chops in Sauce and Vegetables

Now summer is over, grilling outdoors begins to wane as the temperature changes. I began to look for a new recipe for  pork chops.  Having many cookbooks, I decided I would try a recipe that I have not tried from The New Your Times Menu Cook Book by Craig Claiborne, 1966.  The recipe for Country Pork Chops became my Baked Pork Chops. 

Baked Pork Chops

Browned Pork Chops and Vegetables

Browned Pork Chops and Vegetables

I really did not adapt it so much. A pork seasoning dry rub was used to marinate the pork chops before browning. I used Dijon mustard in place of prepared mustard and beef bouillon in place of the beef stock.  My other changes were using a thinner pork chop, not the 1 inch thick and only 2 instead of 6 and preparing a smaller amount of the sauce. The sauce recipe would be enough for 6 chops.  Actually thought the sauce would be good over other meats and less expensive cuts such as pork or steak cutlets. 

Sauce Ingredients

Sauce Ingredients

Once again using my old reliable cast iron skillet for the browning and making the sauce..

Cooking the Sauce

Cooking the Sauce

Baked Pork Chops in Sauce

Baked Pork Chops in Sauce

Baked Pork Chops

Pork chops topped with a mild tomato sauce and chopped vegetables to make an interesting change of pace from summer time grilling.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 4 center cut pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon pork seasoning dry rub or salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup carrots finely diced
  • 1/4 cup celery finely diced
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup beef bouillon or stock
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Trim excess fat off pork chops.
  • Heat the olive oil in large skillet.
  • Season pork chops on both sides with pork seasoning dry rub or salt and pepper.
  • Brown on both sides about 10-15 minutes.
  • Put the carrots, celery and onions in a shallow two quart casserole.
  • Arrange the browned pork chops on top.
  • Pour out any excess fat from the skillet.
  • Add the bouillon or stock, tomato sauce, mustard and Worcestershire sauce to skillet.
  • Whisk together to blend.
  • Pour mixture over the pork chops; cover.
  • Bake for 50 minutes.
  • Remove cover and bake 15 minutes longer.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Notes

Recipe taken from Craig Claiborne, Country Pork Chops, The New York Times Menu Cook Book1966.
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Baked Pork Chop Dinner

Here is a suggestion for your dinner of Baked Pork Chops:  baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, country prepared green beans from the pressure cooker seasoned with onion and Ciabatta Bread.

Baked Pork Chop Dinner

Baked Pork Chop Dinner

Summer Time Cole Slaw and American Apple Pie would round out this country Baked Pork Chop Dinner.

Some other Pork Chop recipes you might like to try:

Annie’s Eats – Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Simply Recipes –  Brined Pork Chops

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Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Crock-Pot Cookery

As summer is slipping away for another year and heading into the fall and winter months, the recipes are also changing.  like the seasons.  The comfort food of soups, casseroles of macaroni and cheese and crock-pot or slow cooker meals are plentiful.  Do you have a favorite crock-pot recipe?

Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham was the right dish to take to a carry-in 3 hours away.  This recipe was inspired by Crock-Pot by Rival. Country Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. My changes were additions such as garlic and onion powders, and 1/4 cup  or less of jalapeno  peppers.  I also layered the potatoes, ham and cheese before adding the sauce.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Serving Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

A recipe for a carry-in or pitch-in.

This carry-in was with my farm family.  There was no lack of food, with bratwurst, fried chicken, hot dogs and hamburger, shredded pork, spaghetti and meatballs. chili, scalloped corn, baked beans, green bean casserole, all with a variety of finger foods, and salads.  Oh the desserts! Pie, cake, brownies, and a favorite cookie, Buckeyes. Of course they were hit of chocolate and peanut butter.

Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Richly seasoned potato and ham dish for making in the crock-pot or slow cooker. It could be the entree for a meal with ham, cheese, mushroom soup and potatoes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Vegetable Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 -12 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 8 potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound fully-cooked ham, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno peppers finely diced
  • 1 package 1 oz country-style gravy mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 can (10 1/2 oz cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Lightly grease crock-pot.
  • Layer potatoes, ham, part of the cheese and jalapeno peppers in the crock-pot
  • Whisk the gravy mix, onion and garlic powders, soup and water until well blended and smooth.
  • Pour the blended gravy over the potatoes.
  • Cover and cook on LOW 7 to 9 hours (HIGH: 3 to 4 hours).
  • To with cheese last 30 minutes of cooking.

Notes

To prevent darkening of uncooked potatoes, put into a cup of water and 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar, toss, drain and continue with recipe.................
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Suggested menu with Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Allrecipes.com – Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Recipe4living.com – Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

 

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Ginger, Tomato and Lentil Soup

Bowl of Ginger, Tomato, and Lentil Soup

Bowl of Ginger, Tomato, and Lentil Soup

Cooking from scratch can be time consuming, there are just times when short cuts are necessary. Ta Da!! Ginger, Tomato and Lentil Soup.

A can of tomato soup is handy to have on the kitchen shelf for a quick lunch.  I have a husband who prefers a thick soup.  So tomato soup at our house may have various flavors and additions.  Usually I will add angel hair pasta, rice, beans, or left overs of an entree or vegetable.  This time it was a deliberately  planned  new recipe. 

Cooking lentils and onion

Cooking lentils and onion

 

 

 

In the pantry was a bag of red lentils.  So that was the beginning of thickening the soup.  Cooking lentils does not take a long time, about 20 minutes for 1/3 cup of them.  I add finely diced onion and minced garlic.  All into the water to heat and simmer to soft lentils.  Instead of draining the water, most was absorbed into the simmering.

Next I added the can of tomato soup, 1 can of water, maybe a bit more later, the freshly grated ginger, oregano, salt and pepper to cook an additional 15 minutes.

Ginger, Tomato and Lentil Soup

With the aid of a can of tomato soup for saving time, a savory hearty soup of spicy ginger and lentils and seasoned with onions and garlic make a quick and filling lunch time soup.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 3/4 cups
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup red lentils
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 10 3/4 ounce canned tomato soup
  • 1 can water
  • 1 teaspoon raw ginger freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup mild Cheddar cheese shredded or cheese of your choice.

Instructions

  • In a medium sauce pan, mix together water, lentils, onion and garlic.
  • Heat to simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are softened.
  • Add can of tomato soup.
  • Add one can of water, more if needed or preferred thinner.
  • Add grated ginger, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Simmer 15 minutes.
  • Serve into soup bowls topped with the shredded cheese.

Notes

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While the soup was simmering, I fixed a fruit compote of mixed canned and fresh fruit with yogurt on top, decorated with a walnut half.  Supplied some crackers and lemonade.  There was a quick lunch  for 3 or 4 in less than an hour. 

 

Mixed Fruit with Yogurt

Mixed Fruit with Yogurt

 

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