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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Breakfast Sliders
Breakfast 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 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Breakfast 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 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Spread the scrambled eggs on the layer of rolls, then the ham slices, then the cheese slices, then the bacon.
  3. Place the top layer of the rolls on the top, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with black pepper to your liking. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Slice into individual sliders, serve, and watch your fingers!
Recipe Notes

The rolls at Tesco are 40 Baht, the bacon, maybe 50 Baht. Cheese I will estimate at 50 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.03 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast Burritos
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These sound really good, and I like the addition of the sour cream in the scrambled eggs, that sounds really good. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Breakfast Burritos
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These sound really good, and I like the addition of the sour cream in the scrambled eggs, that sounds really good. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick pan with 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms and cook until near golden brown, season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the pan and set aside. You are not done with pan yet.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the eggs and 2 tablespoons of sour cream and whisk together, season with salt and pepper to your liking then stir in the ham.
  3. Using the same pan as used for the mushroom, melt 1 tablespoon of butter then add the egg mixture. Scramble the eggs until just cooked, remove from the pan and set aside. For that pan, quickly rinse it out and dry with paper towels, you will use it again.
  4. Same pan, no oil this time, on very low heat, place a tortilla in the pan and heat for about 1 minute on each side.
  5. Take that warm tortilla, spread about 1 tablespoon of sour cream along the middle from left to right or right to left, Add 1/6 of the scrambled eggs on top of the sour cream, sprinkle on some Mozzarella cheese, then top with 1/6 of the mushrooms, and 1 or 2 tablespoons of the tomato. Go easy, don't over fill or it will be hard to roll.
  6. Now take the top of the tortilla, that side farthest from you, and fold that over the filling, and roll the burrito towards you, tucking in the ends as you go. Set this aside seam side down, and repeat with the remaining tortillas, by heating them up, one at a time.
  7. When all the burritos are rolled, heat the same pan you used for the tortillas with 2 tablespoons of oil on medium heat. When oil is hot, place burritos in the pan seam side down. You may need to do this in batches. Cook until the bottom is golden brown, turn and keep cooking to make the whole burrito golden brown. Adding oil as needed.
  8. Serve with hot sauce if desired. These would be perfect for not only breakfast, but for a nice lunch or dinner.
Recipe Notes

This is low cost from what I see, I will break down the costs when I make this, but overall, this is easily less than $1 per serving. If you follow the link listed below, Natasha took some great photos on how to assemble these.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

This recipe for Breakfast Burritos is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole III
Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole III
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Sounds like another winner of a casserole, on my to cook list for sure, hard to go wrong with a casserole, especially one with chicken, ham, cheese and white sauce.
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole III
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Sounds like another winner of a casserole, on my to cook list for sure, hard to go wrong with a casserole, especially one with chicken, ham, cheese and white sauce.
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
For the Casserole
  • 5-6 cups chicken cooked, shredded, breasts, thighs
  • 250 grams ham sliced, thin sliced is perfect
  • 2 cups Swiss cheese shredded
For the White Sauce
For the Topping
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Casserole
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Butter 9x13 baking dish. Put the chicken evenly in the bottom of the dish, layer the ham, then sprinkle with the cheese. Set aside.
For the White Sauce
  1. Melt the butter in a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, once the butter is melted, add all the flour stir to make a thick roux, will look like thick paste.
  2. Once it is smooth and bubbly, slowly pour in the milk while whisking to make a smooth sauce. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens.
  3. Whisk in the lemon juice, mustard, salt, paprika, and pepper. Bring the sauce barely to a boil then remove from heat and pour over over the cheese in the dish.
For the Topping
  1. Melt the butter in a medium size sauce pan, when the butter is melted, mix in the panko, salt and lemon pepper. Sprinkle on top of the casserole.
  2. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until the top is just starting to brown up. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I make it due to the amount of chicken needed, I will have to determine what that is. I will estimate low cost for now and will revise that after I make this.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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