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Breakfast Sausage

1 lb. ground pork or ground turkey
1 egg, lightly beaten (optional)
1 tsp. coarse kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground sage
1/4 tsp. ground savory
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Scant 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Pinch dried thyme
1 1/2 tbsp. palm oil
3/4 tsp. honey

Place ground meat in a large bowl, add the egg if used and mix well.  Combine salt and seasonings.  Sprinkle a little of the seasonings over the meat and work in well; repeat until the seasonings are well mixed into the meat.  Drizzle the palm oil over the meat and work in well, then do the same with the honey.

Shape into patties and fry at a lower temperature than is usual for sausage; the honey will cause the sausage to brown quickly.  Turn frequently and watch closely to avoid burning.


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Dad’s Meatloaf

From the good old Betty Crocker Cookbook, with a couple of adaptations; Dad made this one really well:

¼ c. onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 c. dry bread crumbs
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. dry mustard
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. ground sage
1¼ c. milk
1 egg
¾ lb. (370 grams) Italian sausage
¾ lb. (370 grams) hamburger
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a large bowl, mix onion, garlic, bread crumbs, salt, mustard, pepper, and sage.  Set aside for 30 minutes for flavors to meld.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Spread in ungreased loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350ºF / 175°C oven for about 90 minutes.

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Drive-in Barbecues

Another of Mom’s recipes – this one has a nice kick to it.

3 lbs. ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion

Brown the beef and onion together.  To the browned mixture, add:

1 c. water
1 1/2 c. catsup
4 tbsp. paprika
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Cook together and let simmer about 20 minutes.

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Spicy Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

From Classic Chinese recipes

8 oz. lean steak, trimmed and cut into thin strips
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Dash of chili oil
1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, grated
1/2 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
2 tbsp. dark soy sauce
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
6 oz. broccoli florets
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
2/3 c. beef stock
2 tsp. cornstarch
4 tsp. water
carrot strips to garnish

Mix together the garlic, chili sauce, ginger, five-spice powder and dark soy sauce in a bowl.  Pour the mixture over the steak, tossing to coat the strips evenly.

Heat 1 tbsp. of the oil in a heavy skilled.  Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.  Heat the remaining oil; add the steak and the marinade, and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the beef is sealed.  Return the broccoli to the skillet and stir in the light soy sauce and stock.

Blend the cornstarch with the water to form a smooth paste; stir into the mixture in the skillet.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened and clear.  Cook for 1 further minute.  Transfer to a warm serving dish and garnish with carrot strips.  Serve with rice.

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Steak Marinade

1/2 c. Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. Dijon-style mustard
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. olive oil

In small bowl, combine all ingredients except the olive oil; whisk until smooth.  Slowly whisk in the oil until well blended.  Marinate steak in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.

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Meat Loaf

1/4 c. crushed crackers
1/3 c. milk
1 1/2 lbs. ground sausage
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 t. dried thyme
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. paprika
1 t. salt
1 t. ground black pepper
4 bacon strips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put the cracker crumbs in a small bowl and pour the milk over them; set aside.

Melt the butter in a skillet and saute the onion and garlic.  Mix ground meat with onion and all the remaining ingredients except bacon.  Place in a glass loaf pan; top with the bacon strips.

Bake 75 minutes.  Let set 10 minutes before slicing.

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Spaghetti Sauce Bolognese

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1 1/2 c. water
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp. sugar

Brown hamburger and garlic in olive oil.  Add remaining ingredients; simmer at least 30 minutes.

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