Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Talerine Beef Casserole

Last night for dinner I made Talerine Beef Casserole from Simply Recipes.  Not really to sure what to say about this meal. It wasn't bad, but wasn't wonderful either. I was surprised that with all of the ingredients, it was still a bit bland.  It was SUPER hot out last night so I refused to turn on the oven and skipped that part -- wonder if that would have made a difference? I also used ground turkey instead of beef. 

Talerine Beef Casserole Recipe

12 ounce bag egg noodles
1 medium white onion, peeled and chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed, chopped fine
3 minced clove of garlic
Grapeseed oil or olive oil for sautéing
1 1/2 pounds ground round beef

4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 28-ounce can tomatoes
1 1/2 cups frozen corn (can use canned corn or creamed corn)
1 15-ounce can of black olives, strained and chopped
1 pound cheddar cheese, grated


1 Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the egg noodles.

2 Heat 2 Tbsp of oil on medium high heat in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Add the onions and bell pepper and sauté until softened. Add garlic and cook for a minute more. Add the tomatoes, breaking them up with your fingers or a knife, if you are using whole canned tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to warm.

3 In a separate skillet, heat to medium-high. Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to the pan and brown the meat, working in batches. Break up about half of the ground beef into the pan. Do not stir, but let sit and cook for a minute or two until brown. Sprinkle a little salt over the meat while cooking. Once brown on one side, stir the meat a little to get the other sides browned. Once the meat is thoroughly browned, use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the pan and put it in with the tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Brown the second batch of ground beef the same way.

4 Using the same pan that you had used for browning the beef, sauté the mushrooms in the remaining oil and beef drippings. Once browned, add the mushrooms to the beef and tomato mixture.

5 While the mushrooms are cooking, add the egg noodle pasta to the boiling water. Cook as directed, about 4-5 minutes. Strain when cooked, but still a little firm (al dente).

6 Add egg noodles, corn, chopped olives, and about two thirds of the cheese to the large pot of beef and tomato mixture. Gently mix in.

7 Transfer mixture to a large casserole dish, or to two casserole dishes if you don't have one that is large enough. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of casserole(s). Place in the oven. Cook for 30 minutes (can go as long as an hour).

Monday, July 18, 2011

Back to Cooking

Good Morning!  I am trying to get my butt back on the ban wagon and start cooking dinner more.  We have got into a horrible rut of going out for dinner.  I took the bull by the horns and made a weekly meal plan for this coming week -- including all NEW recipes!  Very excited to try them and share them with all of you.

First up ~ dinner from Sunday ~ Portobello Pork Chops (found on The Recipe Review blog via the Pork Board).  This was VERY easy to make.  A very small handful of ingredients.  It made the house smell wonderful while being cooked and I was hoping it would live up to the smell.  One bite later, my wonderful finace decleared this recipe was a keeper! 

Portobello Pork Chops
4 bone-in pork rib or loin chops, 3/4 inch
1-1/2 cups mild chunky salsa
1 cup chopped Portobello mushrooms
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Trim fat from chops.  Spoon salsa into a retangular baking dish.  Arrange chops on top of salsa.  Combine Portobello mushrooms, cheddar cheese and maple syrup om a medium bowl.  Spoon over chops.  Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Serve chops with salsa mixture.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cookbook Giveaway!

Mandy's Recipe Box is giving away a free copy of: 

Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less
by Rebecca Lang

Check out her blog and her facebook page!

Happy Friday!