All-American dishes are the right call for most occasions. It's both the fact that they never get old, and the opportunity to prepare them a little better each next time that makes us revisit burgers, cobblers and-and alike in our kitchen over and over again.
5. Slowly Cooked Sloppy Joes
If you're looking to recall the smell of your childhood home, this is the recipe to choose. You'll need a 16 oz package of ground pork sausage and 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef.
Mix with 1/2 of chopped green bell pepper and small onion. Stir it in a Dutch oven for about 10-15 minutes until the meat changes color.
To prepare the sauce to dip and cook the meat in, use the following:
- 1/4 cups of flour and brown sugar
- 1/2 cups of both ketchup and water
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- A tablespoon each of Worcestershire sauce and chili powder
- 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar and yellow mustard
- A 8 oz can of tomato sauce
Once mixed together, cook for 4 hours on High in a covered slow cooker, stir occasionally. Serve on toasted buns.
4. Squash Casserole With Potato Chips
This hearty meal can be done in 45 minutes. Cut 1/2 pound of yellow squash and a pound of zucchini into thin slices, arrange in a dish.
Add a single chopped small, sweet onion and 2 teaspoons of salt, then cover with water. Place in 350-degrees preheated Dutch oven, bring to boil for about 5 minutes, then drain.
Blend a cup of grated carrot, 8 oz can of dried water chestnuts and a can of sour cream with 1/2 teaspoon of salt along with a can (11 oz) of chicken soup, in a large bowl. Fold in squash mixture.
Grind enough potato chips to fill a cup, sprinkle them over a greased cooking dish. Place squash mixture in the dish then covers with remaining chips.
Cook in a 350-degrees preheated oven for about half an hour. Cover with aluminium foil after a while to prevent from losing the nice golden brown color.
3. Easy Blackberry Cobbler
One of the nation's favorite desserts, this cobbler recipe is budget-friendly. Mix together a large egg and a cup of both sugar and flour, and carefully pour over 4 cups of blackberries placed in a small cooking dish, sprinkled with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
You'll also need 6 tablespoons of melted butter before placing the dish in a 375-degrees preheated oven; needs about 35 minutes to turn into a light-brown color.
You can also add some whipped cream and cover with fresh mint sprig.
2. Baked Macaroni And Cheese
One of our favorite classics, Mac and Cheese is done in 2 to 3 easy steps. Melt 2 teaspoons worth of butter and add another 2 teaspoons of flour.
Cook on Medium-Low for a couple of minutes while whisking. Stir in slowly 2 cups of milk, cook for another 5 minutes.
Withdraw from heat, add 1/2 teaspoons of both black pepper and salt with 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper.
Stir with already cooked pasta (8 oz package) and a cup of ground Cheddar cheese. Pour it in a greased baking dish and cover with another cup of cheese, place in a 400-degrees preheated oven.
It should be done in 20 minutes, just let it still for 10 minutes afterwards.
1. Beef Pot Roast
Tender and juicy beef is the perfect choice for family dinner. You should get 3 pounds of trimmed, boneless chuck roast.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper over it. Roast in a pan with olive oil until the meat turns brown, then put the meat aside. Pour 2 cups of chopped onion in the pan and let it get tender before putting the meat back in.
Add a cup of dry red wine with 4 thyme sprigs and a bay leaf. Add two chopped garlic cloves and a 14 oz can of beef broth, also.
Let it simmer, before placing the covered pan in 350-degrees preheated oven. Cook for 90 minutes, or just until it becomes tender.
Peel some potatoes (2 pounds) and cut them, do the same with 4 large carrots (cut into diagonal pieces).
Place the vegetables in the pan, cook for another hour. Serve the cooking liquid and vegetable mixture separately.
Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaf, then shred the meat with two forks. You can garnish with fresh thyme leaves if you want to.
If you're not feeling overly confident in your cooking ability, you can discretely finish Sloppy Joes in a pan.
Also, Macaroni and Cheese recipe can be prepared while only melting some butter, and adding the rest of ingredients mixed with cooked macaroni before placing the dish in the oven.