Beef, pasta, Recipe, Side Dish

Cowboy Pasta Salad

 

This recipe is super delicious. The calories are listed below. You might not want to look at that. BUT I will say that this recipe is worth the investment! I found the recipe on http://www.bellyfull.net. I changed it up a bit to what I had on hand and I didn’t follow the directions exactly the way Belly Full wrote them out, but that was simply because I didn’t read the directions until I was already halfway done. I guess I got the directions in my head the way I thought they should be verses the way they were. Nevertheless the recipe is super delish!

Honestly I had reservations. It’s a very odd and off the wall recipe if you ask me, but it performs in the end. We all loved it. We actually had it as a main dish but you could serve it on the side that’s for sure. For your waist line… that’s probably the way it should be served. This would be great for a potluck, or church event, or even to take to a party. My intention was a work potluck, but instead I got the flu and missed it.

Give this a try. I think it will surprise you!! We thought the taste was even better the second day. It says you can eat it hot or cold but I wasn’t a fan of it cold. I liked it either heated or room temperature.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried Rotini
  • 1 pound uncooked bacon
  • 1 pound 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup barbeque sauce (I used G. Hughes sugar free)
  • 2 tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Heinz Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounce) Whole Kernel Golden Sweet Corn, drained
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (Optional I omitted)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used any cheese mix I had on hand)
  • 5 diced green onions
Directions:
  1. In a large pot Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot (to prevent additional mess) add diced bacon and cook in small batches until all the bacon is cooked. Allow bacon to drain on a few paper towels and set aside. Remove bacon grease from the pot, but there isn’t any need to wash the pot. The bacon drippings will add flavor.
  3. Add ground beef to the same pot. Cooked on a medium heat and break up the meat as you are cooking it. Once the meat is cooked and the grease has been drained mix in the cumin, red pepper flakes and the salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and Sriracha Sauce until combined and smooth. Add pasta, bacon, beef, drained corn, cheese, and green onions. Mix well
  5. Eat right away or place in the refrigerator and re-heat when you are ready to eat. We found that the longer it sits the better it will taste.
Fall, Recipe, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

 

I had never had an acorn squash in my life but when I saw them on sale one day I knew I had to give them a try. They were so pretty and green that they called my name.

To my surprise an acorn squash taste a lot like a pumpkin. The texture and consistence are the same and the flavor is very close. The color is different inside and out and I have to admit I liked them more than I thought I would. I think more than even the acorn squash, I loved the stuffing recipe.

This stuffing would be awesome all alone! Forget the acorn squash if you don’t like squash and just make the stuffing. It makes an amazing presentation and taste divine!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (6 ounces) long grain and wild rice mix (Uncle Ben’s)
  • 2-1/3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecan halves, toasted
  • 4 medium acorn squash
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the rice with contents of seasoning mix, broth, sage and thyme. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 23-25 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté celery and onion in oil until tender. Stir in cranberries, and pecans.
  4. Remove from the heat. Stir in rice mixture.
    Cut squash in half widthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes.
  5. With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice from the bottom of each half so squash sits flat. Fill squash halves with about 1/2 cup rice mixture.
  6. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Pour water into pan.
  7. Coat one side of a large piece of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray.
  8. Cover pan tightly with foil, coated side down. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until squash is tender.
  9. Yield: 8 servings.

(Adapted) Original Recipe Source

Fall, Pork, Recipe, Side Dish

Herbed Sausage Stuffing

This recipe is really great! I didn’t have a lot of expectations because I have never had sausage dressing. I thought it was great. I didn’t think anyone one else in my house would like it but everyone gobbled it down. The next time I make this I am going to use hot sausage instead of mild I think the hot would be amazing.

It’s a very hearty recipe. I didn’t really follow the original recipe and this is actually a half recipe. It’s really good and easy. I would make it again that’s for sure!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) packages Regular Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (8 ounce) package herbed dry bread cubes
  • 1 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 egg, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In a large saucepan or stockpot, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink.
  3. Add mushrooms, onion, celery and garlic; cook 10-12 minutes or until onion is translucent, stirring frequently.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; add remaining ingredients and stir well.
  5. Pour into a buttered 2-quart casserole.
  6. Bake covered for 60 minutes.

Adapted from Original Recipe Source