Trudy’s Sausage Quiche
1 pound sweet Italian or mild sausage
2 tablespoons flour
½ cup fresh chopped onions (optional)
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 deep dish unbaked pie shell
3 beaten eggs
1 small can Carnation evaporated milk
Brown sausage and onions – break up well. Drain fat well and pat with paper towel to remove any remaining fat.
Combine sausage, onions, cheese, and flour in pie shell.
Beat together eggs and milk – pour over sausage mixture.
Place on baking sheet to bake. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Trudy’s Sausage Quiche
This is one of the best meatloaf recipes that we have ever made; in fact, Mert’s uses this recipe if we have somebody that wants us to make a ready-to-bake meatloaf for them. Trudy is Nancy’s mom – Nancy gave us permission to use several of Trudy’s recipes – check them out at the recipe wall at the stores.
Trudy’s World’s Best Meatloaf
2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup milk
1.5 pounds lean ground beef
2 slightly beaten eggs
¼ cup fresh chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
½ teaspoon ground sage
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup ketchup
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon dry ground mustard
Mix all of the meatloaf ingredients. Mix well, but not excessively (over handling the ground beef makes it tough.) Put the meatloaf mixture in a greased or lightly sprayed loaf pan.
Mix all of the topping ingredients. Spread on the top of the meatloaf mixture before baking.
Bake at 350 degrees until center of meatloaf is done – approximately one hour. To test for doneness, cut into the center of the meatloaf
Remove the meatloaf from the loaf pan immediately and place on a plate or serving platter. Allow to rest for about 5 minutes. Leaving the meatloaf in the loaf pan will allow it to absorb the grease from the baking process.
Optional ingredient – pre-cooked bacon on top of the meatloaf mixture before the topping is applied.
Optional ingredient – fold into meatloaf mixture chunks of sharp cheddar cheese.
Serve with fresh salad and baked potato.
Slow Cooker Pork Country Style Ribs
2 to 3 pounds boneless country style ribs
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
8 oz thickly sliced fresh white mushrooms
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
1 envelope (approx .88 oz) mushroom gravy mix
1 heaping tablespoon flour
Place the boneless ribs in the slow cooker.
In a bowl, combine the soup, sliced mushrooms, gravy mix, and paprika. Pour onto the ribs in the cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for about 3 to 4 hours.
Remove the chops to a warm platter and keep warm.
Make a smooth paste with 1 heaping tablespoon of flour and 2 tablespoons of cold water. Add the flour and water mixture to the broth and stir to blend.
Turn to high and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
Serve the ribs and gravy with mashed potatoes with your family’s favorite steamed or fresh vegetables. Also great with noodles instead of the potatoes.
Prep time 15 minutes
Slow Cooker Time 7 hours on low or 3.75 hours on high
Curried Chicken And Orange Kabobs
½ cup canola oil
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 to 2 tablespoons curry powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon coriander
1 ½ pounds chicken breast
1 large sweet red pepper
1 large sweet yellow or orange pepper
1 small onion
1 large unpeeled navel orange
In a small bowl, mix oil, minced onion, garlic & spices; reserve half of mixture for basting kabobs while cooking.
Cut chicken, peppers, onion & unpeeled orange into 1 inch pieces. On four metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread pork, vegetables and orange; brush with remaining curry mixture. Save a couple orange slices to squeeze over the meat as you eat it.
Lightly oil grill grates. Preheat grill to medium heat. Grill kabobs, covered, 10-15 minutes, or until vegetables and chicken are tender, turning occasionally. Chicken internal temperature should be 165 degrees F and juices should run clear. Baste frequently with reserved curry mixture during the last 4 minutes of cooking.
From Prep to Table 30 minutes
Grilled Bratwurst Meal-In-One
This recipe serves 12 – divide ingredients for smaller number of dinner attendees
3 lb uncooked bratwurst links
3 lb small red potatoes, cut into wedges
1 lb baby carrots
1 large red onion, sliced & separated into rings
8 oz whole white mushrooms, washed & dried
¼ cup butter, cubed
1 envelope onion soup mix
2 tablespoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
This meal-in-one can be grilled in foil packets, or baked in a baking dish in the oven, or baked in the oven in foil packets.
For each of two foil packets, arrange a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 17”x15”) on a flat surface.
Preheat grill medium heat.
Cut brats into thirds. Divide the brats, potatoes, carrots, onion & mushrooms evenly between the two double-layer foil pieces. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with soup mix, soy sauce and black pepper.
Bring edges of foil together; crimp to seal, forming two large packets. Seal tightly- turn to coat.
Grill, covered, for 23-28 minutes on each side or until vegetables are tender & sausage is no longer pink.
Prep time 10 minutes
Grill time 45 minutes
Thai-Style Sea Bass
4 (5-6 oz) skinless sea bass fillets
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups hot cooked rice noodles or rice
Rinse fish and pat dry. Measure thickness of fish; sprinkle with salt. Place in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish.
For marinade, in a small bowl combine lime juice, fish sauce/soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, sugar, ginger, red pepper. Pour half of the marinade over fish. Seal bag; turn to coat fish. Marinade refrigerated for 1 hour, turning bag occasionally. Cover and chill remaining marinade.
Drain fish, discarding marinade in bag. Lightly oil grill grate. Preheat grill to medium heat. Grill fish, uncovered, 4 to 6 minutes per ½ inch thickness or just until fish flakes, turning once.
To serve, drizzle remaining marinade over fish and rice noodles and, if desired, sprinkle with fresh cilantro.
Prep time 25 minutes
Marinade time 1 hour
Grill time 4-6 minutes per ½ inch thickness
½ cup shredded peeled apple
¼ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup drained unsweetened crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
½ lb ground pork
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 hamburger buns, split
Optional toppings like lettuce, tomato, avocado, mustard, mayo
In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into two patties. Allow to come to room temperature.
Lightly oil grill grate. Preheat grill to medium heat. Grill, covered, 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees F. Top with cheese. Grill 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Serve on buns with optional toppings.
Start to finish 30 minutes
4 boneless pork loin chops
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon cinnamon
grated zest of 1 orange
Mix all ingredients except pork together in a small bowl. Rub all sides of pork chops with spice mixture. Allow to stand 15-30 minutes at room temperature.
Lightly oil grill grate. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (about 450 degrees F).
Grill chops over direct heat until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove chops from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
Prep time 5 minutes
Rub time 15-30 minutes
Cook time 8-10 minutes
4 salmon fillets (4 oz each)
4 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate
½ teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Brush salmon with orange juice concentrate. Sprinkle with salt, paprika and pepper. Lightly oil grill gate to prevent sticking. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Place salmon, skin side down, on covered grill 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
From prep to table 20 minutes
Serve with fresh green salad.
One of my favorite discoveries as a relatively new associate with Mert’s was the game freezer. Among many surprises I found kangaroo. It seemed only natural to go to the people that farm them for recipes and I was happy to find one in particular that is perfect for, not only winter, but for something completely different before the yearly turkey assault.
You will need:
about 2 pounds of kangaroo meat, a small jar/tin of curry paste, 6 medium potatoes, 3 carrots, 28 oz can diced tomatoes, 6 tablespoons of your preferred vegetable oil, margarine, or butter, 2 onions, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon grated ginger or a teaspoon of powdered, 2 sliced red chilies, 1 can beef stock, red wine vinegar, salt, water.
To get started, take the kangaroo that has been thawing in your refrigerator for a day or so and put in your slow cooker, still turned off, to allow the meat to come to room temperature – about 30-60 minutes.
While this is going on, you peel the carrots and potatoes and cut them up – the potatoes into heavy wedges and the carrots into rounds about 1/2 inch thick, your choice.
In another area you will have your onions, garlic and ginger, slicing the onions finely, mincing the garlic, and grating the ginger. Do not mix them with anything else yet. To them add the sliced red chilies, discarding seeds if you want less heat.
Now we turn to the kangaroo. Cut the meat into pieces about the size of the last joint of your thumb – being careful not to add thumb to the recipe!
With a heavy bottomed skillet, heat, at medium high, 2 tablespoons of oil. When it’s hot, add a couple handfuls of meat to the pan and brown it for no more than 2 minutes. You’ll have to do this in batches to avoid crowding this process, and to assure even browning. Add more oil if needed.
During this time, if you feel like a bit of juggling, layer the potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker.
Take the browned meat and add it to the top of the vegetables, layering nicely. Use it all. Now return to the frying pan. With two more tablespoons of oil, bring to medium heat again and add the onions. Add a pinch of salt to the frying onions to sweat them and help them to turn from clear to golden. That only takes a few minutes, so keep an eye on them and stir occasionally.
Now create a space in the middle of your pan of onions – add the chilies there, the garlic and the ginger. Stir it around until you can really smell it. Wow! In another space, you’ve carved into the onion field, add half of the curry paste then stir this whole mixture around until you can really smell that curry. This is how the mess hall got its name. Now add the can of tomatoes and beef stock. If this is too much for your frying pan, transfer all and include the scrapings from the pan to a large saucepan. Let all of this cook down a bit and get concentrated. Then pour it all over the meat and vegetables in the slow cooker. The curry and onions, etc., will be tenderizing the meat so make sure it’s all coated with this curry mixture.
Finally – cover and set slow cooker for 4 hours at high or 8 hours at low. At the end of the cook time there may be a bit of separation and a little mixing will fix that. Serve with rice and mango chutney . . . and possibly, an India Pale Ale.
This recipe works for any meat, but for chicken or pork, use chicken broth instead of beef and brown it longer – about 4-5 minutes.
This recipe is a great go to for kangaroo, but there are many recipes online – mostly from Australia and New Zealand. Cheers!
by Alan Coe