Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My MIL's Marvelous Meat Loaf

2 slices whole-wheat bread into 1/2 cup milk

When moist, add and mix well:
1 egg
1 or 2 shredded or coarsely chopped onions
1 minced clove garlic
1 and 1/2 pounds ground turkey (or, if you eat it, lean ground beef)
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon each basil and freshly ground pepper

I often add 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, a grated carrot, or 1/2 cup or so fresh or frozen peas

Mix thoroughly, preferably with fingertips; mold into a loaf in a shallow baking dish or pack into a greased loaf pan;
sprinkle with paprika, bake at 350 degrees about 1 hour, or until 180 degrees.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Demetri's $20 Burgers

This is one of my favorite meals of all time. I always request this for my birthday dinner!!!

2 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 tablespoon butter
1 small red onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3/4 cup plain yogurt (also good without yogurt)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce (if you dare, which I do not)

1. Saute onion and garlic in butter over medium heat until onion soften and begin to turn brown.
2. Mix together all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the meat in a bowl until smooth.
3. Add meat to mixture until evenly blended.
4. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
5. Make into patties and fry or grill according to your preference.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bow Down Before Me For I Have Made Pulled Pork Sandwiches!!

All I can say is this was pretty easy and it was damn good! Demetri ate 3 sandwiches and Zoey ate 1.5!!!!! Plus, it uses the CROCK POT!!!!!


1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 (4 pound) pork shoulder roast
1 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 extra large onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
8 hamburger buns, split
2 tablespoons butter, or as needed

1. Pour the vegetable oil into the bottom of crock pot. Place the pork roast into pot; pour in the BBQ* sauce, apple cider vinegar, and chicken broth. Stir in the brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, onion, garlic. Cover and cook on High until the roast shreds easily with a fork, about 6 hours.
2. Remove the roast from the crock pot, and shred the meat using two forks. **
3. Spread the inside of both halves of hamburger buns with butter. Toast the buns, butter side down, in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Spoon pork into the toasted buns. Add BBQ sauce* to taste.

* I put Kraft honey BBQ sauce in the crock pot but then topped the sandwiches with KC Masterpiece - Original. The guy at the meat counter suggested I do this to sweeten the meat.
** The original recipe suggests putting the pulled port back into the juices in the crock pot. We did this with some of the meat and found that the juices were too oily and also made the buns soggy. And no one wants to eat wet bread (Hi Corey!!!)