Friday, February 22, 2013

Hamburger Dip

My mother has been making these for me for as long as I can remember. I am a huge fan of a good french dip and a hamburger dip is a great substitution. When I moved to NYC I was amazed to find they don't even know what a french dip is. I had to slowly introduce my husband to them and now he loves them but not as much as me. 

My kids love hamburgers but they don't love dipping them in au jus so I make hamburger dips for Ben and I and regular hamburgers for them. I hope one day their taste buds will change and they too will love these. 

The trick to them is the bread. You need a good crust on the outside and soft in the inside hoagie roll. That way when you dip it, the bread doesn't get too soggy. And don't over dip. I hope you try these and like them as much as me. 

1 lb ground beef
1 packet of au jus
3 hoagie rolls
6 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
butter for bread
salt and pepper


Add packet to medium pot and follow directions. Heat while you make burgers.

Pre heat griddle. Separate ground beef into thirds. Form patties into oval long burgers the same shape as bun. Salt and pepper each patty and when the griddle is hot place each patty on and cook for 4 minutes depending on thickness. 

Flip burger and add cheddar cheese and cook for another 4 minutes. Don't be shy with the cheddar. Butter each side of the hoagie and toast in broiler for about 2  minutes. 

Assemble sandwich cut in half and add au jus to small bowl on the side. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Crockpot Chili

My sister Brandi has been telling me about this chili recipe for quite some time. Her and my other sister Lindsy make it all the time and said my dad loves it. Well its safe to say my dad is a bit picky so I had to try it for that reason and because it just seemed so darn easy. I am always looking for a good crock pot recipe because with two kids it can be very hard to make dinner every night.

Well we all loved it and am looking forward to making it again. Maybe next time I will add two cans of everything like she recommended so I can freeze some for a later date. Try it and let me know what you think.


1 CAN OF CHILI BEANS (sometimes 2 cans) 
1/2 ONION - diced


Add all the cans with juices to the cold crock pot and then turn on. Then I chop the onion and throw it into a hot pan with a little oil til they are soft and then brown the turkey until no longer pink. Then I add the chili seasoning to the turkey/onion mixture and then pour all of it into the, hopefully hot, crock pot. Cook on low all day or high for 4-6 hours. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Salisbury Steak

My son loves Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes. I totally understand because I too loved it as a kid but I never had someone make it for me. I either had it in the cafeteria or in a tv dinner. I had tried to make it a few times and Coolidge was very happy with what I came up with but I was not. I kept searching and found a recipe on Tasty kitchen by a blog called Meeshie's mom. It got 5 stars and I found it was just what I was looking for, so I gave it a try. It was just what I hoped it would be so I want to share it with all of you. I altered it a bit because my son doesn't like certain things.

1/4 cup onion finally diced or even grated
1 clove garlic minced
3 tablespoons of butter
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of dried parsley
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cans low sodium beef broth or beef consomme

Saute garlic and onion in 1 tablespoon of butter until translucent. Set aside and cool.

Mix beef, eggs, bread crumbs, dried parsley, and onion mixture. Form into patties.

Saute patties in 2 tablespoons butter. Brown on both sides and becareful when flipping because they will be delicate. Place in roasting pan or casserole dish.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a skillet melt 1/4 cup butter. Add 1/4 cup flour and cook until flour is cooked through and resembles wet sand. Slowly add beef consomme 1/3 at a time whisking each time and simmering for about 30 minutes.

Pour gravy over patties and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Makes about 5 to 6 patties depending on how thick you make them.