Easy Taco Pie

Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly 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
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly 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
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Optional Toppings
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease glass pie dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan and brown the beef until no longer any pink is visible. Break up the beef as it cooks with the spatula.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water and reduce heat, cook for a few minutes to reduce the liquid and makes a thick sauce.
  4. Add the beef to the prepared pie dish and spread to make an even layer.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, cream, garlic, salt, and pepper, mix together then pour over the beef.
  6. Top with the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg is set and the cheese starting to brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Serve with toppings of sour cream, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, or toppings of your choice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 125 Baht for the beef and about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, this is about $1.05 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use ground pork in place of beef.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patty J. Fike, and the original recipe is here.
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Drunken Garlic Slow Cooker Roast

Drunken Garlic Slow Cooker Roast
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Sounds good. On my too cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Drunken Garlic Slow Cooker Roast
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Sounds good. On my too cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
7-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large heavy pan, when hot, brown the roast on both sides while seasoning with salt and pepper. Remove the roast to a plate and set aside.
  2. Same pan add the remaining oil and add the onions and cook until they just start to soften and wilt then add the garlic and cook a few more minutes until the onions are translucent.
  3. In a measuring cup, add the hot water and the bullion cubes and mix to dissolve, then pour that into the pan, also to the pan, add the beer, brown sugar, vinegar, and stir to mix well.
  4. Pour the mixture, carefully, into your slow cooker insert, place the roast on top of that mixture. Switch the slow cooker to Low setting for 7-8 hours. Check for tenderness at 7 hours. If needed, continue to cook until the roast is tender to your liking.
  5. When the roast is tender, remove from the slow cooker and place on a platter. Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil.
  6. While the liquid is heating, mix together a slurry of 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2-3 tablespoons of cold water, stir into the liquid until the gravy is thickened to your liking.
  7. Serve with mashed potatoes or pasta, spoon gravy over slices of roast and potatoes.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 300 Baht/1 kilo of beef. For 4 servings, this is about $2.20 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
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Sounds good, I will have to make these.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
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Sounds good, I will have to make these.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add everything except the avocado to a medium size bowl and mix to combine. Add the avocado and mix that in.
  2. Spread on bread of your choice, top with another slice of bread, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs.

Variant: Add a pinch of curry powder.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Simple Thick Cut Pork Chops

Simple Thick Cut Pork Chops
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Four ingredients and very simple instructions makes for tasty thick cut pork chops. This is for 1 1/2 to 2 inch thick chops, bone in or bone out.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Simple Thick Cut Pork Chops
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Four ingredients and very simple instructions makes for tasty thick cut pork chops. This is for 1 1/2 to 2 inch thick chops, bone in or bone out.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Rub olive oil over all sides of the pork chops, about a tablespoon or so. Generously salt both sides and pat that in well and the same with the pepper. Let the chops sit out.
  3. Preheat your oven to 200 C. Once the oven is hot, heat a oven proof pan, cast iron would be ideal, over high heat.
  4. When the pan is almost smoking, add the chops and sear for 2 minutes on each side.
  5. Place the pan in the oven and figure about 15 minutes for a 1 1/2 inch thick chop, 20 minutes for 2 inch thick. Internal temp should be 63 C / 145 F. Remove from oven and let rest for for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

I will price this the next time I pick up boneless pork chops. This is low cost however.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Stir Fried Pork Heart with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Tim Heo Xào Chua Ngọt)

Stir Fried Pork Heart with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Tim Heo Xào Chua Ngọt)
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Sounds very nice. On my to cook list for sure. This may not be a main item to use for cooking, but heart is a great meat to use.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Stir Fried Pork Heart with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Tim Heo Xào Chua Ngọt)
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Sounds very nice. On my to cook list for sure. This may not be a main item to use for cooking, but heart is a great meat to use.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing, need to clean the heart, cut in half lengthwise, remove the string parts and cut off the tubes on the top end and discard those. Wash the heart and remove any blood. Slice the heart lengthwise into strips. Add the pieces to a bowl and add salt and pepper as desired, mix well and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. For the cucumber, cut in half lengthwise scoop out seeds, then cut each piece into thin slices. Prep the rest of the vegetables and fruit as stated.
  3. Heat a non stick pan with a splash of cooking oil, when heated, add the 1/2 the onion and stir fry until soft, then add the heart and stir fry until the heart is cooked through, remove the heart and onion and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the remaining onion and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the tomato, pineapple, cucumber and stir fry. Add the fish sauce, Maggi sauce, and salt as desired. Continue to stir fry to soften the cucumber and tomato.
  5. Add the heart back to the pan, mix, adjust seasoning to taste with fish sauce or salt, and pepper. When the heart is warmed through, remove from heat.
  6. Garnish with chopped spring onion, serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I buy a pork heart, they do sell them in town once in a while. I think this is low cost overall.

Provided by Vietnamese Food and the link to this recipe is here.
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Hamburger Casserole III

Hamburger Casserole III
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Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Hamburger Casserole III
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Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. In a small bowl, add the milk and bread crumbs and let them soak.
  3. In a large bowl, add the beef, salt, pepper, onion, egg, and bread crumb mixture, mix together with a large spoon or your hands.
  4. Add the meat mixture to a 9 inch pie dish, and pat down evenly. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. While it is baking, cook your potatoes and prepare your mashed potatoes.
  6. When the meat has baked 30 minutes, remove it from the oven, very carefully pour off the fat from the dish, and wipe the pan side and bottom clean as well.
  7. Now top the meat with the mashed potatoes, spread evenly, sprinkle with cheese then sprinkle with paprika. Place back in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the potatoes heated through, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht/500 grams of beef and about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 4 servings, this is about $1.40 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Chicken Liver With Mushrooms

Chicken Liver With Mushrooms
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This sounds like it has good potential, and apparently makes a good gravy as well for mashed potatoes. I am going to have to try this one soon.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken Liver With Mushrooms
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This sounds like it has good potential, and apparently makes a good gravy as well for mashed potatoes. I am going to have to try this one soon.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix the chicken stock powder in the hot water, set aside.
  2. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and melt the butter, add the onion and liver, stirring and turning the livers to brown them up and soften the onion, cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and the 2 tablespoons of water and cook for about 5 minutes to wilt the mushrooms, then add the chicken stock water, flour, salt and pepper, and parsley, stir occasionally.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce the temp to a simmer and cook uncovered, stir often to slightly thicken the gravy.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes or pasta and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken Meatballs in Cream Sauce (Tefteli)

Chicken Meatballs in Cream Sauce (Tefteli)
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These sound great and you could call them the Slavic version of Swedish Meatballs. Paired with mashed potatoes, this sounds perfect. I made these on 5 Sep 2017, and they are excellent! Highly recommended.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chicken Meatballs in Cream Sauce (Tefteli)
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These sound great and you could call them the Slavic version of Swedish Meatballs. Paired with mashed potatoes, this sounds perfect. I made these on 5 Sep 2017, and they are excellent! Highly recommended.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Meatballs
For the Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, prepare the meatballs. Combine the chicken, egg, rice, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Just mix with a large spoon.
  3. Roll the meatballs into 1 to 1 1/4 inch balls, ice cream scoop would work and I will get one to do this to verify the size. Roll each ball in flour and set on a lightly floured plate or surface.
  4. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the oil. Use a regular stainless pan if you want a darker sauce or feel free to use a non stick pan which will give a lighter color sauce, this does not change the flavor of the sauce. When the pan is hot, add the meatballs and cook for 4 minutes without turning them, then flip over with tongs and cook 3 more minutes or until nice and golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a plate.
  5. To make the sauce, using the same pan on medium heat add the butter and when melted whisk in the flour and whisk until golden in color, then add the stock and whisk until it starts to thicken then whisk in the Greek yogurt (or sour cream or heavy cream) and season to taste, a good starting point would be 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and salt to taste.
  6. Bring the sauce to a simmer and whisk until the sauce thickens, remember the sauce will also thicken as it cools. When the sauce will coat a meatball, add all the meatballs to the pan and turn each one to coat with the sauce.
  7. Serve with mashed potatoes or pasta once all the meatballs have heated and sprinkle with parsley for garnish.
Recipe Notes

Chicken thighs (you would grind or mince yourself, as I have never seen ground chicken here) would cost about 40 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 28 cents per serving. Outstanding value.

This recipe for Chicken Meatballs in a Cream Sauce is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Russian Beef Stroganoff

Russian Beef Stroganoff
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This is the classic Russian Stroganoff, and sounds very good! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Russian Beef Stroganoff
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This is the classic Russian Stroganoff, and sounds very good! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prep the beef by trimming away excess fat, remember, some fat provides flavor (and inches to the waistline) so remove any extra fat, then cut into 1/2 inch strips.
  2. Fill a pot halfway with water and heat, when it is boiling, add the beef and bring back to a boil. Spoon off any scum that forms on the surface. When there is no more scum, remove from heat and pour into a strainer and rinse with water.
  3. Add the beef to a pot with a tight fitting lid and add 3/4 cup of water then add the Mrs. Dash Seasoning, salt, pepper, soy sauce, paprika, and olive oil, stir together and simmer over medium heat, check occasionally to see if you need to add more water, there should be enough water to keep the beef moist but not soupy. Cook for 1 hour and check beef for tenderness, continue cooking, with more water if needed if the beef is not tender.
  4. When the beef is tender, stir in the garlic and whipping cream. mix the melted butter with the flour with a small whisk or fork then stir that into the beef.
  5. Simmer for an additional 20 to 30 minutes. Beef should now be good and tender with the sauce in a gravy like consistency. If the mixture gets too thick just thin it out with a bit more cream.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 200 Baht/kilo. For 4 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

Variant: Add sauteed mushrooms.

This recipe for Russian Beef Stroganoff is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Cheeseburger Sliders

Cheeseburger Sliders
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Sliders are essentially small burgers/sandwiches, often made using dinner rolls. Tesco has the 12 pack of rolls. This slider recipe sounds great.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Cheeseburger Sliders
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Sliders are essentially small burgers/sandwiches, often made using dinner rolls. Tesco has the 12 pack of rolls. This slider recipe sounds great.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. In a 9x13 baking dish, add the ground beef, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, mixing thoroughly and pressing it into a flat, even layer. Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. Using a large spatula or two, remove the cooked beef and set aside, drain the fat from the dish and just use paper towels to wipe out the dish, DO NOT pour cold water in the dish if you are using a Pyrex dish!
  3. Slice the rolls in half lengthwise, slice the entire package at one time, not individually. Place the bottom half in a 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Place the cooked beef layer on the rolls, followed by the onions and cheddar. Place the remaining half of the rolls on top.
  5. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds to your liking. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Slice into individual sliders, serve, and watch your fingers!
Recipe Notes

Figure 200 Baht for the beef. For the Cheddar cheese, figure about 100 Baht for 6 slices. For 4 servings, this is about $2.20 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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