Fresh Long Beans (Pressure Cooker)

Fresh Long Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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When I say long beans, I mean green beans, taste the same, can be a bit tougher, and can be 1 to 3 feet long. Highly recommended by a good friend to cook these in a pressure cooker for some amazing beans! On my to cook list and soon! Follow all safety requirements for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Fresh Long Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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When I say long beans, I mean green beans, taste the same, can be a bit tougher, and can be 1 to 3 feet long. Highly recommended by a good friend to cook these in a pressure cooker for some amazing beans! On my to cook list and soon! Follow all safety requirements for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place everything into your slow cooker and give it a stir to mix everything up.
  2. Place on and lock the lid, heat over high heat to bring cooker up to pressure, then reduce heat to maintain full pressure. Once at full pressure and the jiggler is making noise and moving, start counting for 3 to 4 minutes (even 5 minutes if you like really soft green beans).
  3. When the time is up, turn off and move the cooker to an unused burner to cool for a natural release of pressure, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. When it is safe with your pressure indicating zero pressure, remove the lid, drain the beans, put beans in a serving bowl, serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Egg in a Hole Sandwich

Egg in a Hole Sandwich
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With Bacon and Cheddar Cheese. This is a twist on my Eggs in Basket recipe. This is a knife and fork type sandwich, and sounds good!
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Egg in a Hole Sandwich
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With Bacon and Cheddar Cheese. This is a twist on my Eggs in Basket recipe. This is a knife and fork type sandwich, and sounds good!
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Use a drinking glass and cut a hole in the middle of each slice of bread.
  3. When the bacon is cooked, remove from pan and cut in half crosswise and set aside. Pour out half of the bacon fat into a small bowl. Place the two slices of bread in the pan cook until the bottom side is just getting golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Crack an egg into each hole in the bread, season eggs with salt and pepper to your liking and cook until the underside is set, about 2 minutes.
  5. Flip each slice over to set the whites and cook for about 1 minute. The intention is to have set whites and a runny yolk. Add the butter to pan and tilt the pan back and forth to distribute the butter evenly.
  6. Flip the bread over again and top one slice with the cheese slices, then the bacon, and add the other slice on top. Transfer to a place, cut in half through the yolk, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken with Bacon Gravy

Slow Cooker Chicken with Bacon Gravy
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Slow cooker, chicken, bacon, and gravy, what's not to love here? This is delicious! I made this on 29 June 2017, easy to put together, great flavor. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 1/2 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken with Bacon Gravy
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Slow cooker, chicken, bacon, and gravy, what's not to love here? This is delicious! I made this on 29 June 2017, easy to put together, great flavor. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Chop and cook the bacon in a pan on the stove top until crispy, drain on paper towels.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the 1 1/4 cups of water and the gravy mix packets until smooth.
  3. Place the chicken in your slow cooker, I used 1.2 kilos of chicken breast fillets, uncut, these were perfect.
  4. Sprinkle over the pepper, garlic, thyme and the bacon.
  5. Pour the gravy mixture over the chicken. I spread out the bacon after the photo, this looks better than just looking at gravy.
  6. Cover and cook on High setting for 3 1/2 hours without opening the lid.
  7. At the end of the cooking time, pour in the heavy cream or evaporated milk and gently stir to mix into the gravy. I used evaporated milk, this photo shows after it was mixed, perfect creamy gravy.
  8. Serve over mashed potatoes with a vegetable on the side for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost about 75 Baht for 1 kilo. For 4 servings, this is about 55 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Gravy Mix.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Ken Ritter.
Japan.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pulls

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pulls
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Sounds like a great appetizer. Not a cheap appetizer based on the cheese and bacon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pulls
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Sounds like a great appetizer. Not a cheap appetizer based on the cheese and bacon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Using a sharp bread knife cut the bread going both directions. Do not cut through the bottom crust. Place slices of cheese in between cuts. Sprinkle cooked bacon on bread, making sure to get in between cuts. Mix together butter and Ranch dressing mix. Pour over bread. Wrap loaf in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Unwrap. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Recipe Notes

The cheese would cost about 180 Baht/250 grams, the bacon would cost about 130 Baht/200 grams. I will take a guess at 6 servings, this would cost about $1.52 per serving, not cheap but but sounds really nice for a once in a while appetizer for visiting family and friends.

Shortcut: Ranch Dressing Mix.

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

Bean & Bacon Soup

Bean & Bacon Soup
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I love a good bean soup, and a bean soup with bacon, even better. I have modified this to use a slow cooker.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 12 hours
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 12 hours
Cook Time
6 hours
Bean & Bacon Soup
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I love a good bean soup, and a bean soup with bacon, even better. I have modified this to use a slow cooker.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 12 hours
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 12 hours
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Sort the beans and discard bad beans or debris, rinse and place in a large bowl that has a lid, cover with water by about 2 inches, cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. Next day, drain the beans, quick rinse and place in the slow cooker. And the chicken stock and set the slow cooker to High setting.
  3. Fry the bacon in a pan until just crispy, remove from the pan, briefly drain on a paper towel, then add to the slow cooker. You can reserve some of the bacon to garnish the top of each bowl if desired. This photo shows I am using 1/2 package of store bought Thai brand bacon, and 4 slices of thick cut German smoked bacon.
  4. Pour the bacon fat into a jar for use in later, like frying eggs, potatoes, etc but do not wipe out the pan, now add the veggies to the pan and cook those for 4-5 minutes or until starting to soften, then stir in the tomato paste, cook for another minute or two, then add this mixture to the slow cooker. Add the bay leaves and stir to mix everything together. Cover.
  5. Continue to cook on High for a total of 3 hours, then switch to Low setting for 3 hours. Perfect consistency.
  6. Remove the bay leaves, stir in some dried parsley and serve. Top with the reserved bacon for garnish if desired and sprinkle some dried parsley on as well.
Recipe Notes

Only item expensive here would be the smoked bacon, a good brand is TGM, this would be about 130 Baht/200 gram package, 2 packages would be 260 Baht. For 8 servings, this is about 95 cents per serving, good value!

Variant: Prior to serving, add 2-3 chopped plum tomatoes and stir those in. Add macaroni for kind of pasta fagioli to get more meals from this.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Adding pasta inspired by good friend, Edward Coleman.
Philippines.

Best Hamburger Meat

Best Hamburger Meat
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This is a stand alone recipe, once you make this, you can make any burgers of your choice. I wanted to add this tip as it is excellent! There is 3 options here. This tip is for grinding your own beef or at a minimum, grinding the optional ingredients. You can grind these items together or do as I did and just grind separate and mix together by hand.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 burger patties 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 burger patties 5 minutes
Best Hamburger Meat
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This is a stand alone recipe, once you make this, you can make any burgers of your choice. I wanted to add this tip as it is excellent! There is 3 options here. This tip is for grinding your own beef or at a minimum, grinding the optional ingredients. You can grind these items together or do as I did and just grind separate and mix together by hand.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 burger patties 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 burger patties 5 minutes
Ingredients
Beef with Bacon
Beef with Sausage
Beef with Green Chili
Servings: burger patties
Instructions
Beef with Bacon
  1. Cut the beef into strips and place in the freezer to chill for about 20-30 minutes, place the bacon in the freezer as well. Thoroughly clean the grinder parts then sterilize in bleach water for a few minutes, then RINSE the parts completely, dry, and assemble the grinder. Grind the beef with the bacon, or grind separate and mix. Immediately chill the ground meat in the fridge until use. This makes 4-5 patties.
Beef with Sausage
  1. Cut the beef into strips and place in the freezer to chill for about 20-30 minutes, place the sausage in the freezer as well. Thoroughly clean the grinder parts then sterilize in bleach water for a few minutes, then RINSE the parts completely, dry, and assemble the grinder. Grind the beef with the sausage, or grind separate and mix. Immediately chill the ground meat in the fridge until use. This makes 4-5 patties. This one I have done and it makes a great burger!
Beef with Green Chilies
  1. Cut the beef into strips and place in the freezer to chill for about 20-30 minutes, place the bacon in the freezer as well. Thoroughly clean the grinder parts then sterilize in bleach water for a few minutes, then RINSE the parts completely, dry, and assemble the grinder. Grind the beef with the bacon and roasted chilies, or grind separate and mix. Immediately chill the ground meat in the fridge until use. This makes 4-5 patties.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 100 Baht/500 grams, bacon can go up to 150 Baht/200 grams and is normally more than sausage. For 4 burger patties, this is about $1.84 per burger patty. High cost but great for a once in a while meal.

The Beef with Bacon, provided courtesy of good friend, Garland Davis, US Navy Cook (Ret).
United States.

The Beef with Green Chili, inspired by good friend, Jerry Juliana.
United States.

Gouda Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers

Gouda Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers
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Don't let the name fool you, even though Jalapeno peppers are not common except in the larger cities, just use the large green chilies available in all markets. And you can make the Chorizo yourself as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
24 poppers 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 poppers 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Gouda Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers
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Don't let the name fool you, even though Jalapeno peppers are not common except in the larger cities, just use the large green chilies available in all markets. And you can make the Chorizo yourself as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
24 poppers 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 poppers 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: poppers
Instructions
  1. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove stems and seeds.
  2. Remove the casings from chorizo links and crumble up a bit, if using patties, just crumble those up a bit. Brown chorizo in a skillet over medium-high heat, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well and place into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the except the peppers and bacon, mix together and press mixture into the pepper halves, mounded as well. Wrap each pepper half with a strip of bacon.
  4. Fire up your grill, gas or charcoal (charcoal preferred) and grill, covered until the bacon is cooked, about 10 minutes or so, I will update this when I prepare these.
Recipe Notes

I cannot buy chorizo premade so I have to make myself, figure about 50 Baht for two links or patties. For the cheese, figure about 180 Baht for the Gouda or Edam, and for Cream cheese figure 60 Baht for half a standard package. The total cost for 24 poppers would be about $8.53 or about 36 cents per popper. This would be a good item for a get together with family and friends.

Shortcut: Chorizo.

Provided courtesy of good friends, Garland Davis, US Navy Cook (Ret).
United States.

Eduard’s Country Skillet

Eduard's Country Skillet
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This is from a good friend, easy and delicious! This is a make with what you have recipe, no set rules here, amounts you use are up to you although I have edited to what I used when I made this on 27 Dec 2016 and it is a keeper! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Eduard's Country Skillet
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This is from a good friend, easy and delicious! This is a make with what you have recipe, no set rules here, amounts you use are up to you although I have edited to what I used when I made this on 27 Dec 2016 and it is a keeper! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Boil the potatoes until just for tender. Remove from the water and let cool so you can handle them. Once they have cooled a little, dice them into large pieces.
  2. Cook the bacon, ham, and sausage separately then remove and set aside. You can use a bit of each, or just one or two, up to you.
  3. In the same pan, heat it up with some bacon fat, olive oil, and butter, add the bell peppers, onion, season with salt, pepper, thyme, and sage.
  4. Cook until the peppers are tender, then add in the potatoes and cooked meat, mix and heat through.
  5. While cooking the peppers are cooking, preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F), put your large cast iron pan in the oven while it heats. If no cast iron pan, or you oven will not support a cast iron pan, use a baking dish. I used a baking dish.
  6. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat slightly, then add the chopped spring onion and cheese, amount is up to you. Add this to the skillet with the potatoes and give a quick stir, remove the cast iron pan (baking dish) from the oven and pour this mixture into the pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until the eggs are set. Serve.
Recipe Notes

No cost given here, cost would be based on what you use, shortcuts will save you money as well. This would be an excellent dish to prepare for a late breakfast, brunch, as I do, a main dish for dinner.

This can range from low cost to high cost depending on what you want to use. I will say this a fair value dish as average.

Shortcuts: Sausage, Breakfast Sausage.

Recipe and cast iron pan photo provided courtesy of good friend, Eduard Wijers.
United States.