Mince & Tatties
Mince & Tatties
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This comes from a good friend, he is Scottish, so this is a pretty good recipe I would rely on. In the States and Canada, this is known as Ground Beef & Potatoes. I like the Scottish name myself. There will be a few variants listed for this that I think are fitting and adds a bit of international flair to this dish. This is a make what you want recipe, no servings are given, and no quantities for ingredients are given, use your judgement and go from there, season to taste with some of the ingredients. Sounds like a wonderful dish to make!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 -2 hours
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 -2 hours
Mince & Tatties
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This comes from a good friend, he is Scottish, so this is a pretty good recipe I would rely on. In the States and Canada, this is known as Ground Beef & Potatoes. I like the Scottish name myself. There will be a few variants listed for this that I think are fitting and adds a bit of international flair to this dish. This is a make what you want recipe, no servings are given, and no quantities for ingredients are given, use your judgement and go from there, season to taste with some of the ingredients. Sounds like a wonderful dish to make!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 -2 hours
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 -2 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the minced beef, grind this yourself using the course plate, the wagon wheel. Drain the fat, but keep in mind, there is flavor in that, so leave at least half of that, and it is a natural fat so it is healthy for those keeping track.
  2. Add the onion, carrot, stock, and mustard, simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, longer the better, if getting dry, add more stock. This is one of those recipes that is simmered longer time the flavor develops more.
  3. Mix your slurry with equal parts of cornstarch and cold water, stir into the mince, simmer to thicken the gravy.
  4. When thickened to your liking, serve. Traditional would be with peas (preferred) and either mashed or boiled potatoes.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I settle on a serving size. This is low cost however.

Variants: 1. Even Mick stated this would be great with chips (fries). 2. Over pasta. 3. Over rice.

Recipe and photo provided by Mick at Mick's Feckin Cook Book and theĀ link to this recipe is here.
Scotland.

Beefy Onion Soup Mix
Beefy Onion Soup Mix
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This comes from a good friend and very knowledgeable chef and sounds like a great shortcut for use in recipes.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Beefy Onion Soup Mix
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This comes from a good friend and very knowledgeable chef and sounds like a great shortcut for use in recipes.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and pulse until very fine. Store in an airtight jar until needed.
  2. To use, 1/4 of mixture = 1 store packet.
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Used in Recipes Listed on this Site:
5-Ingredient Crock Pot Pot Roast.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and theĀ link to this recipe is here.
United States.

Best Ever Beef Stew
Best Ever Beef Stew
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Love a good beef stew, and this sounds pretty good. I cannot vouch for this being 'best ever' but it does sound good.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Best Ever Beef Stew
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Love a good beef stew, and this sounds pretty good. I cannot vouch for this being 'best ever' but it does sound good.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Shake the beef in a resealable plastic bag with the flour, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder until evenly coated. Heat a splash of olive oil in a skillet then add the floured beef to the pan and brown on all sides. Remove using a slotted spoon or tongs and place into the bottom of your slow cooker. Season with pepper as desired.
  2. Saute the diced onion in the same hot skillet for 2 minutes. Don't worry about cleaning it out in between, that's added flavor! Transfer the onions into the slow cooker as well.
  3. Pour the Worcestershire sauce, water, beef stock powder into the same skillet and whisk until mixed. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Add the diced potatoes, carrots, celery, bay leaves to the slow cooker. Now, pour the mixture from the skillet into the slow cooker. Cover, cook on Low setting for 8 hours. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
Recipe Notes

The beef would cost about 200 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 98 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Au Jus Substitute
Au Jus Substitute
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I needed this cheater recipe for another recipe that called for a packet of dry au jus mix. I have never seen that available where I live so the next best thing is a bit of research and I found this.
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cups 5 minutes
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I needed this cheater recipe for another recipe that called for a packet of dry au jus mix. I have never seen that available where I live so the next best thing is a bit of research and I found this.
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cups 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Put everything in a blender and mix for about 30 seconds to make a fine powder. Store in a airtight container.
  2. To prepare a "packet" of au jus, mix 4 1/2 teaspoons of the mix with 2 cups of water and heat for about 15 minutes until hot and slightly thickened.
  3. To use a "packet" of au jus in recipe, simply use 4 1/2 teaspoons for each packet called for.
Recipe Notes

Used in Recipes Listed on this Site:
Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak III,
French Onion Dip Sandwiches II

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Condensed French Onion Soup
Condensed French Onion Soup
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I had to find this for a recipe I am adding that calls for Condensed French Onion Soup. This makes the equivalent of 1 can of soup, which is about 1 1/2 cups.
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1 can
Servings
1 can
Condensed French Onion Soup
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I had to find this for a recipe I am adding that calls for Condensed French Onion Soup. This makes the equivalent of 1 can of soup, which is about 1 1/2 cups.
Servings
1 can
Servings
1 can
Ingredients
Servings: can
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan heat oil and molasses (or honey) over medium heat, the add onions and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the onions are soft and sticky.
  2. Dissolve the beef stock powder in the boiling water and mix then add to the saucepan with the onions. Then dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water, mix well and add to the saucepan. Mix and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Bring to a boil and stir until thickened. Use as you would the canned version.
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Used in Recipe Listed on this Site:
Slow Cooker Pork & Noodles.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
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This is a recipe that screams for the use of a slow cooker. As the author of this recipe stated, slow cookers can maintain a very low temp, much lower than a hob can maintain, so this will simmer for 6 hours and the flavors will blend perfectly and the beef will be tender. For this recipe, it involves some work on the hob first, then the slow cooker takes over. This feeds a crowd, perfect for visiting friends or family. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
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This is a recipe that screams for the use of a slow cooker. As the author of this recipe stated, slow cookers can maintain a very low temp, much lower than a hob can maintain, so this will simmer for 6 hours and the flavors will blend perfectly and the beef will be tender. For this recipe, it involves some work on the hob first, then the slow cooker takes over. This feeds a crowd, perfect for visiting friends or family. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non-stick pan, heat a splash of olive oil and cook the onion and garlic until the onion is soft. Place this in your slow cooker. Add another slash of olive oil in the same pan. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, add the ground beef to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT THE SPAGHETTI, to the slow cooker and give that a mix. Cook on Low setting for 6 hours.
  3. For the spaghetti, you can do this two different ways.
  4. 1st Way. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water until just tender. Reserve about 2 cups of water from the pasta pot and set aside, drain the rest and return the pasta to the pot and add sauce, about 4-6 cups and 1 cup of the reserved pasta water, gently mix over medium heat for a few minutes and the sauce will thicken and coats the pasta, serve.
  5. 2nd Way. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water until just tender. Drain and plate a serving of pasta and top with sauce, serve.
Recipe Notes

The ground beef, or beef in general is costly. Depending on your location, you may be able to get ground beef and will pay top dollar for it. Getting large cuts of beef and grinding (or chopping) yourself is preferred and most cost effective. For ground beef, I will go with about 200 Baht/kilo. For 8 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Slow Cooker Beef and Gravy III
Slow Cooker Beef and Gravy III
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Straight forward basic recipe, use the shortcuts for cost savings. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Slow Cooker Beef and Gravy III
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Straight forward basic recipe, use the shortcuts for cost savings. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put everything in your slow cooker and give it a mix. Cook on Low setting for 7-8 hours or until fork tender. Serve over hot rice or pasta.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 200-250 Baht/kilo. Figuring 250 Baht, for 6 servings, this is about $1.23 per serving. Good value.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Brown Gravy Mix.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Beef and Gravy II
Slow Cooker Beef and Gravy II
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This is an easy recipe and just a variant of Slow Cooker Beef and Gravy I. Use the shortcuts stated and you make make this dish for less than what you think. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Beef and Gravy II
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This is an easy recipe and just a variant of Slow Cooker Beef and Gravy I. Use the shortcuts stated and you make make this dish for less than what you think. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Coat eat piece of beef lightly in flour mixture. In a large skillet, heat olive oil as needed over medium-high heat. Brown beef in batches, Remove to a paper towel lined plate. When all beef is browned, add to your slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl combine soup, onion soup mix, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock, beef stock powder, water, alt and pepper to your liking. Mix well and pour over beef. Cook on Low setting for 6-8 hours until gravy has thickened a bit and the beef is cooked through. Serve over egg noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes. Garnish with parsley if desired and a vegetable on the side.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 200-250 Baht/kilo. Figuring 250 Baht, for 4 servings, this is about $1.84 per serving, less for 6 servings. Not a cheap meal, but would be a great meal for visiting friends and family.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Onion Soup Mix.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
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Sounds really good. This would be great on pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, or even on a bun with a slice of Swiss cheese. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
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Sounds really good. This would be great on pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, or even on a bun with a slice of Swiss cheese. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of olive oil then brown the strips of beef, no need to cook them through, just quickly brown them and then add to the slow cooker. Add the minced garlic to the slow cooker and mix into the beef strips.
  2. Mix the stock powder with the hot water, when mixed, add the corn starch and mix. Pour this into the slow cooker along with the black pepper, soy sauce, chopped tomatoes and juice, sugar, and onion. Slice the bell peppers and refrigerate. Set the slow cooker to Low setting for 6-8 hours or High setting for 3-4 hours. For low setting, at the 4 hour mark, add the sliced bell pepper and mix in. For high setting, at the 2 hour mark, add the sliced bell pepper and mix in, continue cooking. This keeps the bell pepper crunchy and not turning to mush.
  3. When the beef is tender and cooked through, mix 1 tablespoon of corn starch with just enough water to make a paste, then stir that into the pot and cook for another 10 or 15 minutes, this will thicken the sauce to a gravy like consistency. Serve over rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, or in a bun with a slice of Swiss cheese.
Recipe Notes

The beef would run about 200 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this comes out to about 98 cents per serving. Excellent cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Mike Early.
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Salisbury Steak Meatballs
Salisbury Steak Meatballs
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Sounds really good. There is a load of ingredients, for the meatballs and the sauce. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Salisbury Steak Meatballs
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Sounds really good. There is a load of ingredients, for the meatballs and the sauce. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Meatballs
For the Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C, or if you choose to pan fry these, omit this step.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the meatball ingredients until completely combined. Form into golf ball size meatballs and place on a baking sheet pan or a rack on a sheet pan, just place on a plate if you are going to pan fry these.
  3. To cook these, baking is preferred, bake for 20 to 30 minutes, cut one in half to make sure they are cooked through. Pan frying may result in meatballs falling apart.
  4. In a large non stick skillet, add about a tablespoon of butter and olive oil and heat, then add the onion and cook until golden brown and softening. While doing this, add 1/2 cup beef stock to the corn starch to make a paste.
  5. When the onions are cooked, add 2 cups of beef stock to the skillet, the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and mustard. Bring to a gentle boil and add the cornstarch mixture. Return the meatballs to the pan, reduce the heat to low, simmer for 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through sauce is thick, use more beef stock as needed if the sauce is too thick.
  6. Serve meatballs and the gravy over pasta and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
Recipe Notes

Only thing pricey here is the ground beef. At about 250 Baht/kilo, this comes out to about 75 cents per serving for 10 servings. Great value.

Shortcuts: Seasoned Breadcrumbs, Tomato Ketchup.

Adapted from an internet recipe.