The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Barbecue sauce

Barbecue, or as we have always called it, BBQ is just not the same without a good sauce. I’d like to share three of mine today. They are all good on any kind of meat or grilled seafood. This first one is very simple and is particularly good on chicken. The second takes a little time but is worth the wait. It’s excellent on pork. The third is perfect when grilling fish or shrimp. It can be used to baste the seafood while it is grilling or is also good as a marinade before grilling.

BBQ sauce #1
(Makes about 3/4 cup)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Tbl Worcestershire
  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 Tbl vinegar
  • 12 drops Tabasco sauce

Mix all together and heat over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Use immediately.

Cost:
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
butter – $2.38
vinegar (small) – $0.92
Tabasco sauce – $1.59
Total – $1.66

BBQ sauce #2
(Makes about 3 cups)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 Tbl butter
  • 2 Tbl vinegar
  • 1 Tbl orange juice
  • 6 Tbl brown sugar
  • 2 c ketchup
  • 1 c water
  • 1 1/2 c finely diced celery
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 Tbl Worcestershire
  • small can of crushed pineapple

In a large, deep pot, saute the garlic and onion in the butter. Mix in remaining ingredients. Allow to simmer for 45 minutes adding water if it becomes too thick. Let cool 10 minutes before using.

Cost:
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
butter – $2.38
vinegar (small) – $0.92
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
brown sugar – $1.44
ketchup (small) – $1.58
celery – $0.99
mustard – $1.28
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
crushed pineapple – $1.09
Total – $3.55

BBQ sauce #3
(Makes about 1 3/4 cups)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 c peanut or sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1/2 c sherry

Mix all together well.

Cost:
oil (small) – $2.28
soy sauce $1.89
sherry – $2.00
Total – $2.89

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January 3, 2010 Posted by | -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick goulash

This recipe is great when you have to throw dinner together in a hurry. It can be ready to serve in 15 minutes!

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
½ medium onion, minced
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
Salt & pepper to taste
1 large (16 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juice
¾ c ketchup
2 Tbl brown sugar
8 oz (1 cup) macaroni noodles, cooked and drained

Brown grown beef with seasonings and onions. Drain grease and return to pan. Add the canned tomatoes and brown sugar. Mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in macaroni noodles and ketchup. Stir and cook until heated through. Serves 4 – 6.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
onion – $1.12
diced tomatoes – $0.89
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
elbow macaroni – $1.75
Total – $5.17

February 15, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Kielbasa snackers

With the Superbowl right around the corner, I thought for the next few days I’d post some great party recipes. These snackers are DELICIOUS!!

What you’ll need:
1 c sweet and sour sauce or 1 (8-ounce) jar prepared sweet and sour sauce
2 cups ketchup
1 lb bacon
2 c brown sugar, packed
2 (1 lb) pkg kielbasa

Cut sausage into 1 ¼ inch slices. Cut bacon strips in half. Wrap each sausage slice with a strip of bacon and spear closed with a toothpick. Place in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. In a bowl, stir together sweet and sour sauce, ketchup and brown sugar. Pour over the top of the snackers. Bake for an additional hour, uncovered, or until the sauce has caramelized on the meat. Makes about 30 individual snackers.

Cost:
sweet & sour sauce – $1.09
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
polska kielbasa – $1.69
Total – $6.30

January 28, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -party ideas, -sausage, -super snacks | , , , , | Leave a comment

Baked buffalo wings with bleu cheese dipping sauce

No football party would be complete without buffalo wings!

For wings:

What you’ll need:

2 lb chicken drumettes
2 Tbl honey
2 Tbl ketchup
2 Tbl Tabasco sauce
1 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
Paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Remove skin from chicken. In a large zipper close baggie mix honey, ketchup, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Add chicken. Seal bag and refrigerate at least 15 minutes but no longer than 24 hours, turning occasionally. Pour chicken coated in marinade onto prepared pan and sprinkle with paprika. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until crisp and juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut. Makes about 24 wings.

For dipping sauce:

What you’ll need:

1/3 c cottage cheese
½ tsp white wine vinegar
2 Tbl milk
1 Tbl crumbled bleu cheese
1/8 tsp white pepper (it can be black but I prefer white for this recipe)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped

In a blender or food processor, place cottage cheese, vinegar, milk, half of the blue cheese, the white pepper and garlic. Cover and blend on low speed until smooth and creamy. Spoon into serving dish. Stir in remaining blue cheese. Cover; refrigerate until serving. Makes about ½ cup of dressing.

Cost:
chicken wings – $4.85/bag
honey – $1.12
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
cottage cheese _$2.12
vinegar – $1.19
milk – $3.99/gallon
bleu cheese – $3.16/pound
garlic cloves – $1.12
Total – $8.98

January 16, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, -party ideas, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy beef bake

I just love oven bakes. They’re so easy.

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
½ c onion, finely diced
1 can pork & beans
1 can tomato sauce
3 Tbl brown sugar
1 c biscuit mix
2 eggs
¼ c milk
1 Tbl ketchup
½ c shredded cheddar

Brown ground beef and onion. Drain and return to pan. Add beans, tomato sauce and brown sugar and cook over medium heat until heated through. In a large bowl mix together remaining ingredients. Put beef/bean mixture in a casserole dish. Drop biscuit mixture by tablespoonfuls around the top of the beef mixture. It won’t cover the whole top. Bake @ 375 minutes for 20 – 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Serves 5.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
onion – $1.12
pork & beans – $0.33/can
tomato sauce – $0.33/can
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
biscuit mix – $3.00
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
milk – $3.99/gallon
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $5.93

January 10, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment