September 17, 2012

Cheesy Stuffed Burgers

As you know from my previous post, we have a freezer full of meat. Lots and lots of meat. One thing I love about buying a cow is how much ground beef we get from it! We won't have to buy ground beef for a year....even after giving some of it away...seriously, it's a good way!

My husband text me randomly last week and said he wanted to make cheese stuffed burgers, so that we did!

Cheesy Stuffed Burgers
Makes two burgers

1lb ground beef
house seasoning, Montreal steak or seasoning of your choice
4 slices cheddar cheese, each slice divided into four equal parts
1 tablespoon butter, divided
1 egg
2 buns of your choice
  1. Season ground beef generously with the seasoning of your choice. Blend together well, add the egg and blend again. 
  2. Divide the meat into two equal sized portions, remove a small chunk of the meat from each, this will be used to fill the divot where the cheese/butter is placed.
  3. Form two equal sized patties making a divot in the middle. Place the half of the cheese/butter in each and cover with reserved meat to complete the patty.
  4. Grill over medium/high heat for approximately 6 minutes on each side.
Look at that deliciousness!
GO make these NOW! You won't regret it!!!

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September 13, 2012

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Each year we buy a steer to support the local county 4H Club. I often wonder when restocking the freezer what on earth I am going to do with all of this meat! We have a great butcher and this particular cow must have been well fed because it weighed in around 1400lbs! The steaks look great but seriously...there is only so much you can do with round steak, chuck roasts and rump roasts and honestly, I don't care much for pot roast!

Anyways...I did some googling and came across some slow cooker recipes for Beef Stroganoff and came up with this...
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
  • 2lbs round steak, cut into one inch cubes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package homestyle or egg noodles, cooked according to package directions
Place the first six ingredients into the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 8 hours. About 30 minutes before you plan to eat, stir in the cream cheese and sour cream. Serve over noodles.

I think it turned out good. I just don't LOVE this type of meal per say...My husband sure liked it though!

Until next time...

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September 4, 2012

Cajun Chicken & Andouille Sausage Pasta

I love pasta. It's as simple as that. I'm beginning to think I may have a would think with the amount of pasta I ate while I was pregnant I would be sick of it...that is clearly not the case. I threw this dish together the other day when I really wanted to make Jambalaya but then realized I was missing a few ingredients....So I came up with this and it was pretty darn good!

Cajun Chicken & Andouille Sausage Pasta
2 boneless skinless chicken breast
4 links andouille sausage, sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 cubanelle pepper, thinly sliced
4 roma tomatoes, diced
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons olive oil
cajun/blackening seasoning, to taste
salt & pepper, to taste
bow tie pasta, cooked according to package directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Season the chicken breast generously with the Cajun seasoning on both sides. Place chicken in pan and brown on both sides, approx 3 minutes. Place pan in preheated oven and finish cooking for 8-10 minutes. Depending on the size of the breasts. Remove from oven, remove chicken from skillet, slice and set aside. In the same skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, set aside.

For the sauce :
In a sauce pan or skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, peppers, garlic, cook until soft and then add the tomatoes, artichoke, white wine and a dash of cajun seasoning. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Toss the chicken, sausage, sauce & pasta together and serve with crusty bread.

Sorry for my lack of quality pictures...I was using my iPhone...

Till next time!

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