Thursday, July 14, 2011

Suzie’s Sloppy Joes

I have a jam-packed day today & we all need to eat at different times, so I am making these awesome sloppy joes for dinner.  You just throw everything in the Crock-Pot and everyone gets a tasty, hot dinner whenever they are ready to eat!

Suzie’s Sloppy Joes

Makes 8 servings

3      pounds 95% lean ground beef
1      cup chopped onion
3      cloves garlic, minced
1 ¼  cups ketchup
1      cup chopped red bell pepper
¼     cup plus 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
¼     cup packed dark brown sugar
3      tablespoons prepared mustard
3      tablespoons vinegar
2      teaspoons chili powder 
        Toasted hamburger buns

     Cook and stir ground beef, onion and garlic in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned and onion is tender.  Drain and discard fat.

     Combine ketchup, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, suger, mustard, vinegar, and chili powder in CROCK-POT. Stir in beef mixture.  Cover; cook on low 6 to 8 hours.  To serve, spoon mixture onto hamburger buns.

Source:  Croc-Pot Slow Cooker Best Loved Recipes

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Beer Enchiladas with Jalapeno Slaw

Yes, ladies & gentlemen I have yet another awesome way to use my “Magic” Meat Sauce.  I really love these Beer Enchiladas!!!  My picky pants family doesn’t care for cabbage, but I make the Jalapeno Slaw anyway because it is a perfect match to the enchiladas.  It is very tasty.
Beer Enchiladas with Jalapeno Slaw
¼     head green cabbage, shredded
1      white onion, thinly sliced
2      jalapeno chilies, seeded and finely chopped
2      tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 ½  cups “Magic” Meat Sauce
½     cup beer
1      teaspoon ground cumin
½     cup vegetable oil
9      small corn tortillas
1 ½  cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


1. In a medium bowl, combine the cabbage, onion, chilies and
     vinegar; season with salt and toss.  Refrigerate until soft
     about 1 hour.
2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium
    saucepan, combine the “Magic” Meat Sauce, beer and cumin
    and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Cook, stirring
    occasionally, until the alcohol cooks off, about 7 minutes.
3. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the tortillas
    one at a time and cook for a few seconds on both sides;
    drain on paper towels (I just use a nonstick skillet and omit
    The oil.)  On a work surface lay the tortillas flat and place
    2 heaping tablespoons of the meat mixture down the center
    of each.  Roll up and place side by side, seam side down, in a
    9-by-11-inch baking dish.  Cover with the remaining meat mixture;
    Sprinkle with the cheese.  Bake until the cheese is just melted,
    About 15 minutes.  Serve with the slaw

Source: Rachel Ray Everyday

Homemade Manicotti

I am going to post this one for Hayley and her daddy.  These Homemade Manicotti just melt in your mouth!  They are super easy to make you just need a really good 8” non-stick sauté pan.  The original recipe called for store bought meat sauce but I have substituted “Magic” Meat Sauce because it just takes this dish over the top!

Homemade Manicotti


2     cups ricotta cheese
1 ¾ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
¾    cup grated Romano cheese
1/3   cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
2     tablespoons milk
3     large eggs
¾    cup all-purpose flour
3    cups “Magic” meat sauce


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl,
    combine the ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, ½ cup Romano, the
    parsley, and milk.
2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs with 1 cup water.  Whisk in the
3. Heat a greased 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.
     Ladle 3 tablespoons batter into the skillet, swirling to cover
     the surface of the pan.  Cook for 1 minute, flip and cook for
     1 minute more.  Repeat with the remaining batter, greasing
     the skillet after each crepe.  Stack the crepes on a plate.
4. Spread half of the meat sauce into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
    Spoon the cheese mixture down the center of each crepe.  Roll
    Closed; arrange in the baking dish.  Top with the remaining meat
    sauce and cheeses.  Bake for 25 minutes.

Source:  Rachel Ray Everyday – recipe submitted by Patricia Nelson

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Inside-Out Pizza Rolls

Here is another great recipe that uses Magic Meat Sauce.  It is similar to a calzone, easy to make and perfect for busy nights.  Just let the dough thaw in the fridge while you are at work.  The original recipe called to fresh made dough but I adapted it to use frozen dough for convenience.
Inside-Out Pizza Rolls
1   loaf of frozen bread dough, thawed according to package directions.
     flour for rolling out dough
2   cups of Magic Meat Sauce
½  pound mozzarella cheese, cut into  ½ inch cubes (or 8oz
      shredded mozzarella)
1   large egg, lightly beaten


1. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let it warm up a little.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium skillet, cook the meat
    sauce over medium heat, stirring, until reduced to 1 ½ cups, about
    10 minutes, let cool.

3. On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 12”x16”
     rectangle.  Scatter the cheese on top , leaving a 1 ½ inch border.  Spoon
     the meat sauce over the cheese.  Brush the border with some of the
     beaten egg and roll the dough up loosely, beginning at the short end. 
     Transfer to a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, bursh with more egg and
     cut 3 vents on top.  Bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes.

Source:  Rachel Ray Everyday

Stuffed Shells

This is one of Alex’s favorite dishes.  It takes a little work but freezes well, so I like to make a double batch and freeze a batch for later.
Stuffed Shells
5   cups of good quality pasta sauce
1   (30 oz) container part-skim ricotta cheese
1   (8 oz) bag Italian 5 cheese blend of finely shredded cheese
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
2   eggs, lightly beaten
1   (8 oz) box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed out
3   tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1   (12 oz) box of jumbo shells


1.  In a large 10” by 15” baking pan (or a 9”x12” & an 8” square baking pans) spread about
      1 ½ -2 cups of the sauce on the bottom of the pan(s).

2.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and put a large pot of salted water on to boil.

3.  In a large bowl add ricotta cheese thru nutmeg and blend with a hand mixer, until
     all ingredients are incorporated.

4. When water comes to a boil, add pasta and cook according to package directions
     being careful not to overcook the pasta.

5. Drain pasta and cool until you can handle it without getting burnt*.  Hold the shell in
    one hand and use a spoon to fill each shell with the cheese mixture.  Place the shells
    in the pre-pared pan(s). 

6. Use the remaining sauce to drizzle over the pasta.  (you can sprinkle with
    additional parmesan cheese or shredded cheese if you have some) Cover
    with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes, uncover and bake an additional
    15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

7. Let cool for 10-15 minutes and serve with salad and good quality crusty bread.

*Do not allow pasta to cool to much, it needs to be warm or the shells will break when
   you try to fill them.

SOS Hamburger Gravy

This is a great comfort food that you can have on the table in under 20 minutes!  I like to serve it with mashed potatoes (go frozen if you are in a hurry), biscuits (again frozen or refrigerated), and green beans. 

SOS Hamburger Gravy


1 ½ lbs extra lean ground beef
½ - 1 teaspoon steak seasoning (I use McCormick’s Just a Pinch steak seasoning)
1 (1.61 oz) package of brown gravy mix that makes 2 cups (I use Pioneer brand)
1 (1.61 oz) package of white gravy mix or peppered white gravy mix that makes 2 cups (I use Pioneer brand)


Place hamburger in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven, sprinkle with steak seasoning, and brown over medium high heat.  Drain any fat, you really shouldn’t have any if you use extra lean hamburger.

While hamburger is browning mix the gravy mixes in 1 cup of cold water. 

When the hamburger is browned and no longer pink add 3 cups of cold water and bring to a boil.  Give the gravy mix and water a quick stir, and add to boiling hamburger and water mixture.  Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes.

Serve hot over mashed potatoes and biscuits!