20 January 2011

Recipe: Cheesy Potatoes and Ham

Paula A. Tomey-Allen

6-8 Medium Yukon Yellow Potatoes, washed, peeled and sliced thin
1 Cup Cubed Ham Steak; (about one large Ham Steak)

½ Stick Butter
3 Tablespoons Flour
1 Can Evaporated Milk
2 Can Hot Water
1 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt
1 Teaspoon Parsley
1 Tablespoon Instant Minced Onions
1/3 Block Velveeta Cheese, cubed

3 Tablespoon Butter, melted
2 Cups Corn Flakes, crushed

Preheat oven to 400.

Spray large casserole roaster with cooking spray.

Arrange sliced potatoes in pan. Add cubed Ham Steak.

With heat on medium, melt ½ stick Butter in large deep pan. Stir in Flour and mix well.
Add and stir in Evaporated Milk and Hot Water. Stir until dissolved and thickens.
Add, Seasoning Salt, Parsley, Minced Onions. Stir well.
Add cubed Cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat.

Pour cheese mixture over Potatoes and Ham and gradually mix together.

Melt 2 Tablespoons Butter in large bowl in microwave. Add crushed Corn Flakes. Stir well. Sprinkle over Potato Cheese mixture.

Bake uncovered for about one hour. Check Potatoes for tenderness. Add more time to baking, if needed, ten minutes at a time, until tender.

Let set for about ten minutes before serving.

Serves about 8-10

19 January 2011

Recipe: Watkins English Shepherd's Pie

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photo by J.L. Nehring

Revised from a Watkins Recipe Card

3/4 cup evaporated milk
2 cups soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoon Watkins Beef Soup Mix (or beef bouillon powder)
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoon Watkins Onion Flakes
2 teaspoons Watkins Parsley
2 teaspoons (Watkins Meat Magic) (or Worcestershire sauce)
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Watkins Thyme
1 cup diced, cooked carrots
2 pounds extra lean ground beef
4 cups hot mashed potatoes
Remainder of evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Watkins Onion Powder Granules
1/4 teaspoon Watkins Black Pepper
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, sliced
(Watkins Minced Green Onion) (or Green Onion, minced fine)

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Mix milk with bread crumbs, sprinkle with Beef Soup Mix. Add eggs, Onion Flakes, Parsley, Meat Magic, the 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, Thyme, carrots, and beef; mix well. Turn into 11-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 F. for 45-60 minutes. May require longer. Check middle for doneness.

Meanwhile prepare mashed potatoes with milk, butter and seasonings.

Remove pie from oven and carefully drain grease. Cover meat evenly with cheese slices, reserving 1 tablespoon of small cheese pieces. Swirl prepared potatoes on top; dot with pieces of remaining cheese. Add a sprinkling of Minced Onion; broil until potato peaks brown and cheese melts. (Make sure your pan can be used in broiler. If not, put in oven and watch for cheese to melt.)
Makes 6 - 8 servings.

Recipe calls for Watkins products but you can substitute other brands.

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Note: This is the best Shepherd's Pie recipe I have ever eaten! It's a meat loaf consistency, vs. stew like. 

05 January 2011