Thursday, August 6, 2009

Last Night of Large Scale Baking...

So, the other night was the last night of this mens group called "Band Of Brothers" that I have been cooking for. Its just a group of guys, college aged, that come and eat, play some games and have fellowship time. I have made about 7 0r 8 recipes of various degrees trying not to repeat various categories like mexican, or italian. I like variety in my life! So, here is what I have made (to the best that I can recall)

Make your own Tacos
Turkey Joe's
Fancy Mac & Cheese
Pork Loin
Penne w/ Meat Balls
Chow Mein
Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
Dorito Casserole

(I feel like there might be another one that I can't remember)

Anywho...I made all of these recipes at home, then took them over to church so that they could eat them! There was also some sort of side dish that accompanied them, like garlic potatoes, veggies, salads, cornbread, and other things. And, OF COURSE there was dessert to go along with them, like cookies, cakes, and cupcakes and an apple crisp. I really did enjoy doing this project because I like to share my cooking with other people, for them to be happy and enjoy it! I am sad that it is now over....but, to cheer me up, I am going to share some recipes with my wonderful readers!

~Dorito Casserole~
(From Mixing Bowl Magazine)
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. (1.25 oz.) taco seasoning
1 small onion, chopped
1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed fiesta nacho cheese soup
1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes and greed chilies
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 bg. (14 oz.) Dorito nacho cheese chips, crushed
1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Sour cream

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion; drain. Add taco seasoning (and water) and cook according to package directions. In a large baking dish, layer the bottom with 1/2 of the crushed chips. Set remaining chips aside. In a large bow, combine seasoned beef and onion mixture, nacho cheese soup, cream of mushroom soup, black beans, and undrained diced tomatoes with chilies. Mix well. Pour into pan with chips. Layer with remaining chips and top with the cheese. Bake for 20 min. or until cheese in melted and edges bubble. Top servings with sour cream and/or salsa if desired. Enjoy!

Browning the onions and ground beef

Adding the taco mix and water

Casserole pre-bake

Casserole post-bake

Nummy Jiffy Cornbread

~Apple Crisp~
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/4 c. quick cooking oats
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
3/4-1 c. butter, melted
2 tsp. cinnamon
6 c. chopped apples
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. water
3 tbsp corn starch

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar and 3/4 c. melted butter. Mix together. Add more butter if mixture is dry. Pat 1/4 of this mixture into the bottom of a greased 8 1/2 x 11 in. pan. (will not cover entirely) Mix together the cinnamon and apples in a large bowl and arrange in the pan. In a saucepan boil the sugar, water and corn starch. Once it boils, remove from heat and pour over the apple mixture in the pan. Top with the remaining oat mixture, being sure to distribute evenly. Bake in oven for 1 hr. Let cool slightly and serve with vanilla or caramel ice cream. Enjoy!

Apple crisp pre-bake

Apple crisp post-bake

I hope that you enjoy these recipes and I do recommend them! The casserole was a hit as well as the apple crisp! Good for eaters of all ages!

~Turkey Joe's~
1 lb. ground turkey
1 sm. onion, chopped
2/4 c. brown sugar
1 10.75 oz. can tomato soup
Dash of worcheshire sauce
Pinch of red chili powder/flakes

Brown the onions and ground turkey until translucent and cooked though. Add the can of tomato soup and brown sugar and spices. Let simmer until the soup is no longer watery, about 20 min. Server on buns of choice.

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