MISCELLANEOUS Good things to eat we couldn't Classify Elsewhere

These miscellaneous good things to eat ended up here 'cause there was no space elsewhere.

Easy Dressing Side Dish

Brown 1 onion, chopped, in 3 tbsp bacon grease or oil. Add 1/3 cup chopped celery, 1 tsp sage, 2 cups chicken stock, and mix well. Pour this mixture over 8 to 10 slices of very dry bread cut into cubes. Pour into well greased baking dish, cover, and bake at 325 degrees for one hour. You can add shredded and sauteed squash (zucchini, yellow squash) or carrots to this.

Rice Loaf

2 cups cooked rice | 2 tbsp minced onion | 2 cups dry bread crumbs | 2 tbsp minced green pepper | 2 cups stewed tomatoes |1/4 tsp sage | 4 eggs, beaten | 1/2 cup peanut butter

Mix all togther and bake in a heavily greased and floured loaf pan for 1-1/2 hours at 350 degrees. Serve with a white sauce made with tomato juice instead of milk, add some chopped green onions to the sauce.

Refried Beans

Cooked pinto beans | salt and pepper | oil or bacon grease

Put oil or bacon grease in skillet, drain the liquid from 1 cup of the beans, and put them in the skillet, mash thoroughly, add cup of the liquid from the beans. Keep doing this with more beans until you have enough for the meal. The general rule of thumb is one cup of beans, one-half cup of liquid. For bean dip, make refried beans, add some salsa, chopped onions, and maybe some cheese.

Chillaquillas

Corn tortillas | onions | enchilada sauce | cheese

Fry onions in oil, tear tortillas into pieces and add to onions. Fry a few minutes. Add enchilada sauce and cheese, stir until cheese is melted.

Rice Pilaf

2 cups uncooked rice | 1/2 cup spaghetti broken into pieces (about 1" pieces) | onions, garlic, chopped hot peppers | thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley | 6 cups stock

Place some oil in a skillet and add the onions, garlic and sliced hot peppers. Saute until the onion is clear, add rice and broken spaghetti, saute a couple of minutes more. Add seasonings and stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the water is absorbed (about 20 minutes). Fluff with a fork and serve.

Friday Meatless Loaf

2 cans beans | 2 cups oatmeal | 2 eggs, beaten | minced onion | barbecue sauce or ketchup

Drain beans (save liquid), chop them with a knife. Add the liquid back to chopped beans, add oatmeal, eggs, onion, and a half cup of ketchup or barbecue sauce. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or so. You can substitute 3-1/2 cups cooked beans and bean soup for the 2 cans of beans. You can also add cup peanut butter.

Okra and Tomatoes

4 slices bacon | 2 small onions -- chopped | 1-1/2 pounds small fresh okra, washed, stemmed -- cut in 3/4" rounds | 4 ripe but firm large tomatoes -- peeled & chopped | 2 teaspoons salt | salt/pepper -- to taste | 1 small hot red pepper

In a skillet, fry the bacon over moderate heat until crisp, drain on paper towels, crumble, and set aside. Add the onions to the skillet, reduce the heat to low, and cook 10 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Add the okra, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and hot pepper, stir well, and simmer till the okra and tomatoes are just soft, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle the top with crumbled bacon. If the okra and tomatoes end up too soupy, thicken them up slightly with a few dry bread crumbs or crushed croutons.



Robert Waldrop







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