Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)

Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the rinsed and sorted beans to your pressure cooker, add the 4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, the oil is to prevent the beans from foaming. Depending on your size of pressure cooker, do not fill more than halfway.
  2. Place the lid on the cooker and lock closed. Place on high heat until the pressure cooker comes to full pressure, meaning the jiggler is moving and making some noise, this is when you start timing. Turn the heat to low but maintain full pressure. Time the beans for 22 to 27 minutes depending on if like them firm or softer. (I time for 25 minutes.)
  3. While the beans are cooking, heat a non stick skillet and cook the ground beef until cooked through, drain the beef well and set aside. Photo shows the beef cooking while the pressure cooker is working on the beans.
  4. Same pan, heat a splash of oil and cook the onion until starting to turn brown, then add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes,
  5. Then add the oregano, cumin, and dried cilantro and cook for about 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  6. I added a variant, I used a handful of Shiitake mushrooms, photo shows before I removed the stems and chopped them.
  7. Saute the chopped mushrooms until starting to brown up. Set aside.
  8. After the time is up on the pressure cooker, turn off the heat and move to another unused burned. Allow the cooker to release pressure normally, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. When the pressure is fully released, open and ladle out 1 cup of liquid, set that liquid aside, drain the beans in a colander and rinse well and return the beans and the 1 cup of liquid from the beans, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes with liquid, the cooked beef, onion mixture, and mushrooms if using, to the cooker.
  10. Close and lock the pressure cooker lid and bring to high pressure and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let pressure release naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  11. When it is safe to open, remove the lid and stir in the spring onion and most, not all, of the fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Return to heat without the cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  12. Serve and sprinkle the remaining cilantro on each bowl for garnish.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 120 Baht for 500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Saute a handful of chopped mushrooms and add to the cooker after adding the beef and onion. 2. Use mushroom stock instead of chicken stock. 3. Replace the cilantro with chopped celery tops or parsley.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew is courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen.

Easy Fish Stew

Easy Fish Stew
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Sounds very good. Any kind of boneless and skinless whitefish works in this, think Pangasius, Sea Perch (Barramundi), Snapper, Bass, etc. Clam juice may be a bit of a stretch for me to find where I live, so if no clam juice, use fish stock, or 1/2 cup chicken stock + 1/2 cup water + 2 teaspoons fish sauce for each cup of clam juice needed.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Easy Fish Stew
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Sounds very good. Any kind of boneless and skinless whitefish works in this, think Pangasius, Sea Perch (Barramundi), Snapper, Bass, etc. Clam juice may be a bit of a stretch for me to find where I live, so if no clam juice, use fish stock, or 1/2 cup chicken stock + 1/2 cup water + 2 teaspoons fish sauce for each cup of clam juice needed.
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. In a large pot on medium heat, add the oil, when hot, saute the onion until translucent then add the garlic and saute for another minute until fragrant. Stir in the parsley and stir for about 2 minutes then add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook, lower heat and stir often for about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the wine and clam juice then add the fish and mix that in, simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes or until the fish is cooked and easily flakes with a fork. Taste and season to your liking with salt and pepper.
  3. Ladle the stew into bowls and serve with bread.
Recipe Notes

I will use Pangasius fillets when I make this, figure about 100 Baht for 750 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Add a pinch of Old Bay Seasoning. 2. Add any or all of the following (you may need to increase the liquid amount as well) clam meat, mussel meat, small oyster meat, shrimp, or scallops. 3. Add diced potatoes. 4. Add mushrooms.

This recipe for Quick Easy Fish Stew is from Simply Recipes.

Pork Ragu

Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
For the Ragu
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Ragu
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. While the pot is heating, in a large bowl, season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork on all sides, about a minute per side, remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pot and then add the sausage, break up the sausage with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. To the pot, add the onion and carrot and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and cheese rind if you have that. Mix together then add the meat back to the pot and stir in. Season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, the meat should be fall apart tender and the sauce slightly thickened. Use two forks and shred the pork and stir into the sauce.
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the butter, when melted, stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Turn off the heat and add your cooked pasta and toss to evenly coat the pasta.'
  2. Serve the ragu over the pasta and garnish with Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Figure 85 Baht for the pork shoulder and 50 Baht for the sausage, if you make the sausage yourself from pork shoulder, the cost would be much less. For 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. This screams of using a slow cooker to simmer the ragu.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Basic Salisbury Steak

Basic Salisbury Steak
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I state basic for this as it uses store bought gravy packets or you can make the 'store bought' packets yourself, but you will dress these up with some with other ingredients. Thai brand Lobo makes an excellent Beef Gravy packet and they are very inexpensive. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
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I state basic for this as it uses store bought gravy packets or you can make the 'store bought' packets yourself, but you will dress these up with some with other ingredients. Thai brand Lobo makes an excellent Beef Gravy packet and they are very inexpensive. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Gravy
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Salisbury steaks by mixing together the beef, , egg, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Shape into 4 round or oval patties.
  2. Heat the butter in a large non stick pan, add the patties and cook for 4 to 5 minutes each side until well browned. Remove from the pan and set them aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan, prepare the gravy packets per the package instructions.
  4. Using the pan you cooked the patties in, add the onion, mushrooms, and thyme. Saute until the onion is translucent and soft, and the mushroom well wilted and starting to brown. Reduce heat to a low simmer and pour in the gravy from the sauce pan and stir in the soy sauce.
  5. Add the patties to the gravy, cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once, until cooked through.
  6. Season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper as desired, serve with mashed potatoes.
Recipe Notes

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

Shortcuts: Bread Crumbs, Beef Gravy.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crawfish Etoufé

Crawfish Etoufé
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Crawfish, Crayfish, or Crawdads, regardless of the name they are farmed in Thailand but are hard to locate as there is only a few farms. For those that have not enjoyed these little bites, they are small, and the tails taste very much like lobster, which they are related to. When I was growing up, we lived about 1 mile from Lake Michigan, we gathered them up each year and just boiled them, tasty. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
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Crawfish, Crayfish, or Crawdads, regardless of the name they are farmed in Thailand but are hard to locate as there is only a few farms. For those that have not enjoyed these little bites, they are small, and the tails taste very much like lobster, which they are related to. When I was growing up, we lived about 1 mile from Lake Michigan, we gathered them up each year and just boiled them, tasty. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. This can be made with shrimp or crawfish. For shrimp just peel, remove heads, tails, and de-vein. For crawfish use the tails only, peeled. For those of you new to making stock, save either the shrimp heads and peels or for using crawfish retain the rest of the crawfish, freeze for latter use to make a stock or to make your stock for this recipe.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot, then add the onion, spring onion, and carrot. Cook until the onion is soft.
  3. Add the soup and mix, let the soup heat up to bubbly for a few seconds then reduce to a simmer and stir in the stock, then mix in the tomato paste. Add the Thai chili powder and salt to taste, stir to combine. Bring to a near boil then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Add the crawfish or shrimp, simmer until the sauce is to your desired consistency.
  5. Serve over rice or in a bread bowl, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The shrimp, large whites from Tesco would cost about 140 Baht/500 grams. Local in a village would be about the same cost for larger prawn. For 4 servings, this is about $1.05 per serving.

Shortcut: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Collins.
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Polish Hunter’s Stew

Polish Hunter's Stew
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This, sounds very good! I can locate sauerkraut in other provinces so this is on my to cook list for sure. The kielbasa is here in Makro called Spicy Smoked Sausage and it is good!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
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This, sounds very good! I can locate sauerkraut in other provinces so this is on my to cook list for sure. The kielbasa is here in Makro called Spicy Smoked Sausage and it is good!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add cabbage and sauerkraut to a large pot, add 2 cups of water, and heat on medium heat, boil cabbage and sauerkraut for 10-15 minutes, until the cabbage is tender. Remove from heat and set aside, do not drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat and cook the pork belly for 6 to 8 minutes, stir often. Add sausage, onion, and garlic and cook until sausage is lightly browned, the pork belly will be cooked through later.
  3. Add the sausage mixture to the sauerkraut pot, and add the vinegar, bay leaf, tomato paste. Bring to a gentle simmer and let cook, uncovered, for 45-90 minutes, until desired thickness is reached. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I find sauerkraut where I live. I will say right now, fair priced.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Chicken Lentil Soup

Chicken Lentil Soup
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This sounds really good. I have changed this just slightly to use bone in chicken thighs, when cooked, remove then shred and debone and add back to the pot. Bones add flavor when cooked.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
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This sounds really good. I have changed this just slightly to use bone in chicken thighs, when cooked, remove then shred and debone and add back to the pot. Bones add flavor when cooked.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt the bacon fat or butter in the bottom of a large pot over medium heat then add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir to coat the vegetables and cook until the tomato paste darkens, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the water or chicken stock (remember, the thighs simmering will make the broth) and lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a very gentle simmer and add the chicken thighs. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring and checking periodically to make sure the soup is nott bubbling too vigorously and to remove any foam on the surface. Remove the chicken thighs to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  3. Depending how thick or broth like you like the soup, mash about half of the soup until it’s thick and creamy, mash more for cream or less for more broth. Using two forks, remove the skin, bone, and cartilage from each thigh and discard or save as a treat for your dog, and shred the meat and return it to the pot. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Let the soup heat, on the low simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on the top if desired.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost 37 Baht/500 grams. Go a little heavier though as you will be removing the bones, so I will estimate 50 Baht for the chicken. For 8 servings, this is about 20 cents per serving. Lentils I cannot price yet at this time. My next trip to Phuket I will look for them there.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Homemade Ravioli

Homemade Ravioli
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I love ravioli, when we lived in Phuket, we bought fresh made ravioli from an Italian producer, excellent ravioli. Where I live now, no ravioli, so I decided to make some yesterday, 26 Aug 2017. No servings are given, the only items with measurements is the egg pasta dough. Feel free to use any filling you like, and any sauce you like, this here is what I prepared.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Homemade Ravioli
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I love ravioli, when we lived in Phuket, we bought fresh made ravioli from an Italian producer, excellent ravioli. Where I live now, no ravioli, so I decided to make some yesterday, 26 Aug 2017. No servings are given, the only items with measurements is the egg pasta dough. Feel free to use any filling you like, and any sauce you like, this here is what I prepared.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Egg Pasta Dough
For the Filling (this is what I used)
For the Sauce (this is what I used)
Servings:
Instructions
For the Egg Pasta Dough
  1. In a large bowl, add the flour and mix in the salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and crack in the eggs. Use your fingers to slowly mix the eggs and flour together until it forms a ball, it will come together. Knead the dough for just a few minutes, adding flour if it starts to get sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge while you prep the filling.
For the Filling
  1. Heat a skillet and crumble in the sausage and cook through, pour the meat into a strainer to thoroughly drain any fat.
  2. While the sausage is cooking, prep the mushrooms, can be any mushrooms you like, just rinse, and chop. I used two handfuls of small Shiitake mushrooms, stems and caps, chopped.
  3. After you remove the sausage from the pan, use the same pan, heat a splash of olive oil then add the mushrooms. cook until browned.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the strainer with the sausage to let that drain a bit, then add a handful or so shredded Mozzarella.
  5. Once the sausage and mushrooms are drained, pour that into a mixing bowl and stir together and let cool.
To Assemble
  1. Take your dough from fridge and cut into quarters. Using 1 piece of dough, flour a a work surface and roll out the dough with a rolling pin, get it as thin as you can.
  2. I used a dumpling press (3 inch size), you can use any method you prefer. When the dough is rolled out, cut circles just a bit larger than the press.
  3. Take a circle and flip it over and place on the press, push down in the center to fit the press, then press along the edges to make sure dough it tight on the press.
  4. Take about a teaspoon of filling and place in the center of the press. Use a brush and brush one side of the edge of the press with water.
  5. Fold the press in half and squeeze to crimp the edge, any of the dough that comes out from the press, just scrape off with a knife. Open the press and remove the ravioli and place on a lightly floured plate.
  6. Take the leftover dough, form into a ball, roll out and repeat the steps. I used 2 pieces of dough from the original ball and made 15 ravioli.
  7. For the sauce, just whisk together the paste and water. The ratio for sauce is 2 cans of water to 1 can of paste, I use the 220 gram can. Whisk in the Italian seasoning and put on stove on low heat to simmer while you cook the ravioli. I also added several large spoonfuls of filling to the sauce.
  8. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling. Add some ravioli using a slotted spoon without over crowding the pot, I cooked 15 ravioli in two batches. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.
  9. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork if using the shortcut is about 50 Baht/kilo. This is actually a low cost meal.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Italian Seasoning.

Dough recipe adapted from an internet recipe. The filling I just made since that combination sounded good, and I have been making pasta sauce using paste for years.

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.
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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
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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.
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