Beef & Spinach Stew
Beef & Spinach Stew
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This is an Arabic dish and I really don't have the proper name for it, so let's just go with Beef & Spinach Stew for now. This was provided by a good friend and he is asked to prepare this often by friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Beef & Spinach Stew
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This is an Arabic dish and I really don't have the proper name for it, so let's just go with Beef & Spinach Stew for now. This was provided by a good friend and he is asked to prepare this often by friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat a splash of olive oil then add the onion and garlic, cook until the onion is translucent. Add the beef and brown that until just cooked through, breaking it up and stirring with the spatula.
  2. Add spinach and stir in, season with salt and pepper as desired, add the cumin and allspice. The spinach will wilt down. When wilted and tender, remove from heat.
  3. Serve over rice with a squeeze or splash of lemon or lime juice over the top.
Recipe Notes

Figure 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings this is about $1.10 per serving.

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

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
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Easy make ahead shortcut. The amounts of cayenne and crushed red pepper will determine the heat levels of this.
Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup 5 minutes
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
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Easy make ahead shortcut. The amounts of cayenne and crushed red pepper will determine the heat levels of this.
Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cup
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Use when called for in recipes or just to rub chicken or pork chops prior to grilling.
Recipe Notes

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

Lebanese Chicken with Rice
Lebanese Chicken with Rice
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This is a traditional Lebanese dish and it sounds tasty! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Lebanese Chicken with Rice
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This is a traditional Lebanese dish and it sounds tasty! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil over high heat in a pan. add the chicken and cook on both sides until golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the onion and ground beef to the same hot pan. Cook until the onions and meat is beginning to brown, then add the garlic and cook another minute or two. Then add the cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper, and salt, cook two minutes while stirring.
  3. Stir in the rice making sure that it is fully covered with the oil and spices, place the chicken in the rice. Add the pine nuts.
  4. Pour in the stock or water and cover. Cook on a simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally and as you do so allow the chicken to break up. You may need to add extra hot water if the rice gets a little dry.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle with minced parsley. Serve with yogurt on top and sliced cucumber.
Recipe Notes

Four thighs I will estimate about 50 Baht. For the beef, I will estimate about 75 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 92 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Turkish Eggplant and Ground Beef Casserole
Turkish Eggplant and Ground Beef Casserole
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This is a common dish in the eastern Mediterranean called Moussaka. This sounds really good. Very common ingredients, this sounds really good. It is unclear on the size of the eggplant used so I will clarify that when I prepare this. Times are estimated.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Turkish Eggplant and Ground Beef Casserole
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This is a common dish in the eastern Mediterranean called Moussaka. This sounds really good. Very common ingredients, this sounds really good. It is unclear on the size of the eggplant used so I will clarify that when I prepare this. Times are estimated.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Peel the eggplants using a vegetable peeler, begin at one end and remove a strip of peel from end to end. Leave a strip of peel about the same width, then peel another strip from end to end. Slice the eggplants about 1/4 inch thick and place in a large bowl of salted water and let them soak for about 30 minutes.
  2. Slice the green pepper into thin rings. Grate 1 large tomato or maybe 2 plum tomatoes.
  3. Cook the onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet until tender. Then add the bell pepper slices and cook until soft. Then add the ground beef and cook until browned, then add the grated tomato, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and the allspice. Mix this together, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 10 minutes then remove from heat.
  4. Grate the other 3 large tomatoes or 4-8 plum tomatoes and put them into a small saucepan. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, oregano, and sugar. Simmer this on low heat for about 10 minutes then remove from heat.
  5. Remove the eggplant slices from the water and blot them dry with paper towels. Fry them on both sides in olive oil until tender and golden brown on both sides. Drain them well on paper towels.
  6. Line the bottom of a large baking dish with the fried eggplant slices to make a single layer, make sure there are no gaps between the pieces. Spread the tomato sauce over the eggplant. Next, cover the tomato sauce layer with the meat mixture.
  7. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  8. In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute, then whisk in the milk and continue whisking until the sauce thickens, when it has the consistency of pudding it is ready.
  9. Pour the hot sauce over the meat layer, covering it completely. Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over the top of the casserole. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top turns golden brown and the casserole is heated through.
  10. Let the casserole rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht/500 grams ground beef and about 90 Baht for the cheese, Edam or a mild Cheddar would work well. For 6 servings, this is about 93 cents per serving.

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

Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)
Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)
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I love Swedish Meatballs, and have had the honor and pleasure to have them made by a Swedish lady about 7-8 years ago, had not had them since, I need to change that. I have contacted several Swedish friends and I am always pointed to this recipe to use. So here it is and I look forward to making this and reporting my findings. The spices stated are important. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)
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I love Swedish Meatballs, and have had the honor and pleasure to have them made by a Swedish lady about 7-8 years ago, had not had them since, I need to change that. I have contacted several Swedish friends and I am always pointed to this recipe to use. So here it is and I look forward to making this and reporting my findings. The spices stated are important. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For the Meatballs
For the Gravy
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Get out a large baking dish.
  2. Place the bread crumbs into a small bowl, and mix in the cream. Allow to stand until crumbs absorb the cream, about 10 minutes. While the bread is soaking, melt 1 teaspoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion until it turns light brown, about 10 minutes. Place onion into a mixing bowl; mix with the ground beef, ground pork, egg, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Lightly mix in the bread crumbs and cream.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Pinch off about 1 1/2 tablespoon of the meat mixture per meatball, and form into balls. Place the meatballs into the skillet, and cook just until the outsides are brown, about 5 minutes, turning the meatballs often. Insides of the meatballs will still be pink. Place browned meatballs into a baking dish, pour in chicken broth, and cover with foil. Bake until the meatballs are tender, about 40 minutes. Remove meatballs to a serving dish.
  4. To make the gravy, pour pan drippings into a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the flour into the pan drippings until smooth, and gradually whisk in enough beef broth to total about 2 1/2 cups of liquid. Bring the gravy to a simmer, whisking constantly until thick, about 5 minutes. Just before serving, whisk in the sour cream, taste so you do not over do the sour cream. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve the gravy with the meatballs and mashed potatoes or boiled macaroni.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht max for the beef and pork. For 6 servings this is about 75 cents per serving. You can keep the meatballs and gravy warm in a slow cooker.

Shortcut: Heavy Cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili
Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili
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What is Cincinnati Chili? I have no idea except that is has cinnamon and allspice in it. Normally, I guess, this is made with ground beef which is boiled rather than pan browned, but I will be using minced pork, but by all means if you use chicken, leave a comment on the results. I will make with ground chicken as well. Maybe Cincinnati was the start of Chili Mac? Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 hours
Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili
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What is Cincinnati Chili? I have no idea except that is has cinnamon and allspice in it. Normally, I guess, this is made with ground beef which is boiled rather than pan browned, but I will be using minced pork, but by all means if you use chicken, leave a comment on the results. I will make with ground chicken as well. Maybe Cincinnati was the start of Chili Mac? Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, add the onion and ground meat.
  2. Brown the ground meat and onion, breaking up the ground meat with your spatula but still leaving it a bit chunky. Drain fat, then place in your slow cooker.
  3. Add to the slow cooker the garlic, tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire, vinegar, salt, pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, allspice and beans. Give every a mix, there is a lot in the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on High setting for 2 hours. Then switch to Low setting for another 1 hour. (You can also cook just on Low setting for 5 hours.)
  5. Cook desired pasta in a pot of boiling water until tender, drain. Put pasta in a bowl and ladle on the chili. Top with cheese and onions to your liking. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Beef in my village will run about 250 Baht/kilo, but you have to mince that yourself. Minced pork at Tesco will run about 115 Baht/kilo, chicken, I have no idea on the price for ground chicken as I have not done this yet. For 8 servings, made with beef this is only 92 cents per serving. For 8 servings, made with pork this is about 43 cents per serving. Using beef and 8 servings, this is still only about 92 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Tomato Sauce.

Variants: 1. Replace the tomato sauce with a can of whole peeled tomatoes, chopped, plus juice. 2. Use your favorite chili seasoning packet in place of the chili powder, cumin, and black pepper.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beer Braised Chicken Thighs I
Beer Braised Chicken Thighs I
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Potential here! This is a must try! Serve over egg noodles.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Beer Braised Chicken Thighs I
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Potential here! This is a must try! Serve over egg noodles.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and the allspice. Coat the chicken with the flour mixture. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat. Add the chicken skin side down and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 3 to 5 minutes; transfer to a plate. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the skillet. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook until softened, 3 minutes. Stir in the beer, scraping up any browned bits.
  2. Return the chicken to the skillet, lower the heat, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a platter; tent with foil. Boil the liquid in the skillet for 2 minutes to reduce slightly. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of butter and the parsley.
  3. Meanwhile, in another large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the carrots, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the green beans and 3 tbsp. water, cover and cook until crisp and tender, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Divide the vegetables among 4 plates and top with the chicken and sauce.
Recipe Notes

Chicken thighs will cost about 65 Baht/kilo, 8 thighs would be about 1 to 1 1/2 kilo, but if you buy quarters (you need to buy 8 quarters) the thighs are larger, price is about the same, but you get 8 legs to use in another recipe. I will estimate this at 130 Baht for just purchased thighs (be on the safe side), so the meal is about 95 cents per serving.

Serve over egg noodles would be a great idea.

Adapted from an internet recipe.