Cucumber Bites
Cucumber Bites
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Low cost, great sounding appetizers. This is a make what you need guide, no quantities provided.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cucumber Bites
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Low cost, great sounding appetizers. This is a make what you need guide, no quantities provided.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumbers, feel free to get creative to make ridges, etc. Slice about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.
  2. Slice the cheese and cut into squares that will cover, and slightly overhang a slice of cucumber.
  3. To assemble, place a slice of cucumber in a tray, add a slice of cheese, fold up a slice of deli ham into quarters and place onto the cheese, top the ham with another slice of cheese, then place another slice of cucumber on top and poke a toothpick in the center to hold it together. Repeat for as many as you would like to make.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use deli sliced turkey, chicken, Genoa salami, or pepperoni. 2. Use Swiss, Gouda, or Edam cheeses.

From seeing a photo.

Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizza
Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizza
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This sounds delicious and I will have to make this as a Breakfast for Dinner item, which is always good. I have written this for one 12 inch pizza, and based the crust on my thin crust recipe. This recipe is wide open to changes to make it your own. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizza
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This sounds delicious and I will have to make this as a Breakfast for Dinner item, which is always good. I have written this for one 12 inch pizza, and based the crust on my thin crust recipe. This recipe is wide open to changes to make it your own. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Crust
Servings: 12 inch pizza
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C (425 F). Oil a baking sheet or pizza pan with olive oil.
  2. Make the crust by adding the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and dried Italian seasoning/herbs of your choice (if using) and yeast, whisk to combine. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the water. Use your fingers or a wooden spoon to combine everything together. When it comes together into a cohesive ball, turn it out onto the lightly floured counter along with any extra flour in the bowl that hasn’t yet gotten worked in.
  3. Knead the dough until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth/elastic to the touch, about five minutes. The dough should still feel moist and just slightly tacky. If it’s sticking to your hands and counter top like bubble gum, work in more flour one tablespoon at a time until it’s smooth and silky.
  4. Place the ball of dough in the center of your pizza pan or baking sheet. Use the heels of your hands and working from the middle gently press the dough outward until it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick or less, while rotating the pan. You can also use a rolling pin for this part.
  5. Spread some olive oil on the dough, place in the oven for 5 minutes, then remove.
  6. Now add the cheese evenly over the top, then the ham, then crack the eggs onto the pizza, season with black pepper.
  7. Into the oven again and bake this time until the crust is golden brown and the eggs set but yolks still a little soft, about 15 minutes. (Keep an eye on it, no one likes a burn breakfast pizza 😉 and all ovens are different.)
  8. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, slice, and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add cooked and chopped bacon. 2. Add chopped Canadian Bacon. 3. Use any cheese you prefer. 4. Add diced bell pepper (think breakfast omelet pizza).

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice – Yangzhou Version
Classic Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version
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Sounds like another winner of a fried rice dish, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
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Sounds like another winner of a fried rice dish, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large non stick pan and add the peas and carrots, cook until tender, remove from pan.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and when hot, add the shrimp, cook until just pink, remove from pan.
  3. Add the rice to the wok or pan, use your spatula and make a hole in the center down to the pan, add the remaining oil and pour in the beaten eggs, stir fry to mix together the eggs and rice.
  4. Add the peas, carrots, ham, shrimp, soy sauce, pinch of salt and the white pepper, stir fry to mix everything together.
  5. Add the spring onion and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Add a few drops of sesame oil to the beaten eggs before pouring into the pan.

This recipe for Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version is from China Sichuan Food.

Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a non stick pan, when melted and hot, add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery, and jalapeno pepper (if using) and cook and stir for a few minutes, you are not trying to brown them, just heating them all through, remove from heat and pour it all, butter and all, into your slow cooker, there, you just made a mirepoix 🙂
  2. Drain and rinse the beans, add to the slow cooker, then add diced ham, sliced sausage, bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of Creole seasoning.
  3. Here I added the mirepoix after I added beans, ham, and sausage. The order in which you add it does not matter at all.
  4. Add the stock and 4 cups of water, add more water as needed to make sure everything is covered by the liquid, also take into account the beans will expand some during cooking so do not overfill the slow cooker. Stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and cook for 8 to 10 hours for the consistency of beans you prefer.
  6. Remove the bay leaves, stir in the remaining Creole seasoning, serve over cooked rice.
Recipe Notes

I will say Low cost for now based on 8 servings and using homemade sausage (which I will be doing). I did buy some ham to dice up just for this but forgot the price. I will price this when I get accurate numbers.

Shortcut: Creole Seasoning Mix.

Variants: 1. Use a ham hock in place of the diced ham. 2. Sausage can be Andouille, smoked sausage, kielbasa, or any sausage you prefer. 3. For creamier beans, tilt the lid on the slow cooker for the last 1-2 hours. 3. Use Cajun seasoning instead of Creole, they are nearly the same.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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“I Don’t Care” Casserole
"I Don't Care" Casserole
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F), get out a baking dish (I will verify the size when I make this).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, pour into your baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is starting to brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes, serve to your ungrateful family 😉
  5. Maybe next time when you ask, they will be more specific. Now if you ask what would you like for dinner and the family says "Kobe beef, Maine lobsters, and King crab" then fix this casserole, they will learn 😉
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get ham again, right now I will say high cost and will calculate this after I gather the supplies.

Shortcut: Condensed Cheese Soup.

Variants: 1. Substitute ham for cooked and cubed chicken or turkey. 2. Omit the meat and just make a vegetable casserole.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Ham Loaf
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This sounds interesting, next time in the city, if I get over to Makro I will pick up some ham to make this with.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
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This sounds interesting, next time in the city, if I get over to Makro I will pick up some ham to make this with.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the pork, ham, eggs, bread crumbs, milk, salt, and pepper. Mix together well then place into the prepared baking dish and shape into a loaf.
  3. Bake for 90 minutes.
  4. While the ham loaf is baking, go ahead and mix together the topping. In a bowl, add the brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar and mix well. During the last 15 minutes of baking, pour the topping over the loaf and continue baking for the remainder of the time.
  5. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this next time I pick up some ham in the city. I will say high cost for now.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce
Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce
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This is a quick meal to put together. One of the ingredients is Tasso Ham, which is a specialty of Cajun/Creole cooking of the southern US. If you do not have access to this type of ham, you can easily use Andouille sausage or thick cut smoked bacon and just add a bit of Cajun seasoning to taste. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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This is a quick meal to put together. One of the ingredients is Tasso Ham, which is a specialty of Cajun/Creole cooking of the southern US. If you do not have access to this type of ham, you can easily use Andouille sausage or thick cut smoked bacon and just add a bit of Cajun seasoning to taste. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Grits
For the Rest
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Follow the package instructions to prepare the grits but for what ever amount of water it calls for, cut that in half and use milk for the other half.
  2. Get your grits going, season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir often to make nice and creamy grits. When the grits are done, add in Cheddar to your liking and stir in, set aside but keep warm.
  3. Get everything else prepped, measured, and set out and ready to go, this will come together quickly.
  4. In a large non stick pan on medium high heat, heat the oil and butter. When hot, add the ham and saute until crispy. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute until the onion is translucent then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the shrimp and saute for 1 to 2 minutes or until all the shrimp are pink. Pink shrimp are tender, over cooked shrimp are tough. Remove the shrimp when pink and set aside.
  6. Stir in the white wine and let it reduce. When it has reduced, slowly stir in the cream, season with salt and pepper, and if you used sausage or bacon, season to taste with Cajun seasoning. Let sauce reduce to thicken.
  7. Divide the grits between two plates, divide the shrimp onto the grits, pour sauce equally over each plate, top each plate with chopped spring onion greens. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will say low cost for now but will price this when I get the shrimp again, I will be using large shrimp for this.

This recipe for Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce is from Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom.

Ham & Potato Corn Chowder
Ham & Potato Corn Chowder
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Sounds really, lots of ways you can change this up to make it different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
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Sounds really, lots of ways you can change this up to make it different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot, when hot, add the onion and celery, saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and flour, saute until the flour is lightly browned. about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in the broth then add the milk, then the potatoes and carrots. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 10-15 minutes, stir occasionally.
  4. Add the corn (if using fresh corn, boil that first then cut from the cob), and the ham. Simmer until everything is heated through and piping hot. Taste and season with salt an pepper as desired.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Cook 4 strips of bacon and use the bacon fat to cook the onion and celery, garnish with the bacon chopped. 2. Reduce the potatoes and add some chopped cauliflower. 3. Saute the cubed ham before adding to the chowder. 4. Add sauteed mushrooms.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Ham-O, Egg-O, Cheese-O Sandwich
Ham-O, Egg-O, Cheese-O Sandwich
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I don't know why I thought of this last night, I must have been chatting with some of my Navy friends. For anyone that has been in South Korea, in the bar districts when the Navy visited, there was a street vendor with a cart, they made and sold Ham-O, Egg-O, Cheese-O sandwiches. This is a basic sandwich, and they made bank with these! These were made when you ordered, wrapped in paper and placed in a bag. I do not remember how much these were exactly, maybe $1 each, but they were inexpensive to say the least.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
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I don't know why I thought of this last night, I must have been chatting with some of my Navy friends. For anyone that has been in South Korea, in the bar districts when the Navy visited, there was a street vendor with a cart, they made and sold Ham-O, Egg-O, Cheese-O sandwiches. This is a basic sandwich, and they made bank with these! These were made when you ordered, wrapped in paper and placed in a bag. I do not remember how much these were exactly, maybe $1 each, but they were inexpensive to say the least.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 2 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. Keep in mind this was done on a large griddle, the woman running the cart was probably making up to 4 of these at a time.
  2. Fry the ham, while the ham is cooking, fry an egg hard, breaking the yolk, flipping it once.
  3. Spread mayo on the bottom bun, add the fried ham slice on the bottom bun, top with the fried egg, top with a slice of cheese, spread mayo on the inside of the top bun and place that on top and place that on top. As simple as that.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Have enjoyed these many times in South Korea.

Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders
Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders
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Sliders are essentially small burgers/sandwiches, often made using dinner rolls. Tesco has the 12 pack of rolls but not Hawaiian rolls. This slider recipe sounds outstanding! Pineapple is optional. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Sliders are essentially small burgers/sandwiches, often made using dinner rolls. Tesco has the 12 pack of rolls but not Hawaiian rolls. This slider recipe sounds outstanding! Pineapple is optional. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the rolls, you can use plain rolls like what is in Tesco and you would add thin pineapple slices, I would use fresh pineapple but canned is also ok. Link to the Hawaiian Rolls is listed in the recipe notes section, However, I have not tested that recipe yet.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Slice the rolls in half lengthwise, slice the entire package at one time, not individually. Place the bottom half in a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Spread mayo on the layer of buns in the pan, top that with 2 layers of ham, followed by the cheese. Place the top layer of the rolls on the top. If using regular buns, ass 6 slices of pineapple on the top of the cheese, the top with remaining roll section.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, onion powder, mustard, and poppy seeds. Brush the top of the rolls with the butter mixture. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted, uncover and bake for another 2 minutes or until the top is golden brown and slightly crisp.
  5. Slice into individual sliders, serve, and watch your fingers!
Recipe Notes

I will say low cost for now until I make these, they do sound delicious!

Shortcut: Hawaiian Rolls.

Adapted from an internet recipe.