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

Turkey Polpettone

I believe I told you before that I get the Betty Crocker newsletter sent to my email weekly. I just love the featured recipes they send me and I usually try at least one of them. I got one today that looks absolutely scrumptious so I just had to share it with you. This recipe comes from award-winning TV chef Michael Chiarello and is created with Progresso® panko and Italian style bread crumbs.

Turkey Polpettone

Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 45 min
Makes: 4 servings

What you’ll need:

For patties:

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup Progresso® Italian style bread crumbs
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon sea salt, preferably gray salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 oz whole-milk mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 equal pieces

For coating:

1/2 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1 cup Progresso® panko crispy bread crumbs
1 egg

Olive oil for frying

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Place turkey in large bowl. Add remaining burger ingredients except cheese; work in gently by hand. Divide mixture into 8 equal pieces. Flatten each piece into round patty. Top 4 of the patties with a piece of cheese and then with second patty. By hand, press edges together to seal and make patties of even thickness.

2. On separate sheets of waxed paper, place seasoned flour and panko bread crumbs. In shallow bowl, beat egg lightly. Coat patties lightly with flour mixture, next dip into egg and then coat with bread crumbs, pressing crumbs gently onto patties.

3. Heat 10-inch ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add enough olive oil until 1/8 inch deep. When oil is hot, add patties. Cook about 1 1/2 minutes until nicely browned, then turn and cook other sides 1 to 2 minutes or until browned. Place skillet with patties in oven; bake about 10 minutes until turkey is no longer pink in center.

Make the Most of This Recipe

Michael’s Tips

“These highly seasoned turkey burgers have a surprise inside: an oozing nugget of mozzarella. In Italy, polpettone are large meatballs, and you could certainly shape these into balls and simmer them in marinara sauce. Instead, I make them in a burger shape.”

Michael Chiarello serves these turkey burgers with his Radicchio Salad, also found on BettyCrocker. He serves any remaining dressing from the salad recipe over these burgers.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving: Calories 580 (Calories from Fat 280); Total Fat 31g (Saturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 190mg; Sodium 1170mg; Total Carbohydrate 42g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 3g); Protein 33g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 15%; Iron 20% Exchanges: 3 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Cost:
ground turkey – $3.50
dry bread crumbs – $0.99
onion – $1.12
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
mozzarella – $3.49/block
Total – $9.28

February 23, 2009 Posted by | -turkey, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 1 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

4-H Corn Special

My son participated in 4-H and I think I enjoyed it as much as he did. This is a recipe that has been made at many 4-H dinners.

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 ½ c cooked rice
2 c seeded, chopped tomatoes
2 c corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
1 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce
1 c crushed saltine crackers
¼ c butter, melted
Salt & pepper to taste

In a large skillet, brown beef and onion; drain and return to pan. Stir in rice, tomatoes, corn, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce. Mix until well combined. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish. Combine cracker crumbs and butter; sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
onion – $1.12
rice – $2.12
tomato – $1.00
whole kernel corn – $0.40
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
saltine crackers – $1.29
butter – $1.75/pound
Total – $7.98

January 12, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, -casseroles, -kids favorites, -party ideas, -vegetables, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

French onion soup

The first time I ever ate this was in New Orleans. If you don’t have ovenproof serving dishes you can broil the cheese on the toast only and then place one slice on top of each bowl of soup.

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl butter
1 large onion, sliced
½ tsp sugar
1 ¼ c beef broth
1 ¼ c water
2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
4 slices French bread
½ c shredded Swiss cheese
1 Tbl grated parmesan cheese

Arrange bread on a baking sheet and cook in a 300 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes until crisp and dry. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and sugar. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Add broth, water and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer 10 – 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together cheeses. Spoon soup into 4 oven proof serving dishes. Top each with 1 slice of bread and sprinkle generously with cheese mixture. Place under broiler 2 – 3 minutes to melt cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
onion – $1.12
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
French bread – $1.50
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $3.83

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -vegetarian (*or almost*), -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment