Sausage, Ham and other YUMS from the Pig

My grandmother told me that when she was young, they ate every part of the pig except for the squeal. This section doesn't go quite that far, but the pig has long been a staple source of food for those of us with a tight food budget. If you want a real deal on pork, look for a farmer and buy a whole pig and have it processed the way you want it at a customer butcher - or get a friend and split one.


Pork Steak and Dressing

Pork Steaks | 1/4 cup stock | 2 cups dried bread cubes | 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning | chopped onion and garlic | 1/4 cup melted butter | 2 cups gravy (or a can of cream of mushroom soup)

Brown steaks on both sides. Deglaze the pan (pour 2 cups stock or water with bouillon in it while it is hot and stir vigorously to get all the pork steak "stuff" mixed with the water). Use this water to make the gravy. Put pork steaks in a shallow baking dish. Lightly mix together the dried bread cubes, onion melted butter, poultry seasoning, and the stock. Place a mound of stuffing on each steak. Pour the gravy over the stuffing and steaks. Beak in 350 degree oven for one hour.

Pork Steak and Noodle Bake

Pork Steaks | 2 cups cooked noodles | salt, pepper | chopped onion and garlic | 3 cups gravy or 1 can cream of mushroom soup and 1 cup of water

Brown pork steaks, saute onion and garlic, make gravy. Put cooked noodles in casserole pan, put steaks on top, pour gravy or cream of mushroom soup mixed with water over the steaks. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Piggies in a Poke

Wieners or sausages | 1 cup flour | 1 cup milk | 2 eggs | cooked beans

Arrange sausages in a rectangular casserole dish. Heat in 425 degree oven for 5 minutes, drain off any fat. Add beans to franks. Mix the milk and eggs, and then add to flour, lightly season with salt and pepper, or season it heavily with chopped sauteed jalapenos, onions, and garlic. Pour batter over beans and sausages. Bake in 425 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Sausage and Rice Casserole

1/4 to lb sausage | 1 cup rice | 1/2 cup milk | 2 cups stock | 1-2 cups cooked black-eyed peas | creamed corn | onion, garlic,

Fry sausage, drain fat, add uncooked rice, garlic, onion, saute for 2 minutes. Take off heat and put in baking dish. Add 2 cups stock to hot pan to deglaze the bits of sausage. Pour into baking dish. Add creamed corn, milk, black-eyed peas, and the rest of the stock. Sprinkle top with crushed cracker crumbs mixed with melted butter. Bake one-half hour in a 350 degree oven.

Easy Very Tasty Grits Casserole

1 cup uncooked grits | 2 cups cooked beans | 3 cups hot stock | fried sausage, ham, or smoked sausage | 2 tbsp.butter | Louisiana hot sauce | 3-4 eggs | onions and garlic | 1 cup milk | cheese (optional)

Put the grits in boiling stock with minced garlic and chopped onion. Cook over low heat until thick. Remove from heat and add cheese, butter, salt, pepper, and some hot sauce or salsa. Fry meat with onion, mix with beans, put in a casserole pan. Add more hot sauce or jalapenos if desired. Beat eggs and milk together, add to grits and mix well. Pour on top of beans/sausage mixture. Bake in a large (3 quart) uncovered greased casserole at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves six or so.

Pork Steak Delight

Pork Steaks | onion, garlic, chopped | 2 cups uncooked rice | 5 cups thin gravy (or 1 can cream soup + 4 cups stock)

I make this a one pot meal in a covered cast iron skillet. Cut pork steaks in half and brown in skillet. Remove and set aside, add 2 cups of rice, onion, garlic (also sliced hot peppers if you like them), and fry for about 2 minutes. Add one to the rice and stir vigorously to deglaze the pan, then add the gravy or the cream of mushroom soup (if you add canned soup, add 4 cups stock). Put pork steaks on top of rice in gravy, bake at 325 degrees for one hour, until the steaks are tender. Variation: use sliced potatoes instead of rice.

Ham-Potato Bake

4 cups sliced cooked potatoes | 1/4 cup milk | 2 medium carrots, shredded | 1 chopped onion | 1-1/2 cup cooked ham, cubed | 1/4 cup bread or cracker crumbs | 1 tbsp. melted butter | 2 cups gravy or 1 can cream of mushroom soup | 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Put half the potatoes and half the carrots in a 2 quart casserole. Stir together the ham, soup, shredded cheese, milk, onion, salt and pepper. Pour half of the ham mixture over the potatoes and then put another layer of potatoes and carrots. Cover that with the rest of the ham mixture. Combine bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle over the casserole. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until heated through (about 45 minutes). Serves 4 to 6

Pork Skillet Dinner

Pork Steaks | Salt and pepper | 2 cups tomato juice | 1 small head of cabbage, shredded | 6 carrots, sliced | 3 potatoes, sliced | chopped onion and garlic | 1 cup stock

Cut pork steaks in half, brown in skillet on both sides, add tomato juice. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add carrots, potatoes, onions, cabbage and stock. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender (20-30 minutes).

Cabbage Sausage Casserole

Favorite smoked or polish style sausage | 1 head of cabbage, chopped | 1 onion, quartered | 2-3 potatoes, quartered | 3-4 chopped carrots | 2 cups stock

Put 1/2 of the ingredients in the skillet in this order: cabbage, onion, carrots, potatoes, sliced sausage, and then put a second layer in the same order. Add 2 cups stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for about one hour.

Zucchini Sausage Casserole

1/2 lb sausage, fried and drained | 2 C sliced zucchini | 1/4 cup minced onion | 12-15 crackers, crumbled | cream soup plus 1-1/2 cups milk or 3 cups gravy

Combine sausage, zucchini, onion and soup or gravy and place in a greased casserole pan. Top with crumbled crackers., bake about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

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