Grilled Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

Its summer time and let’s face it…… cooking in the house can really heat up the kitchen. So here at Two Frugal Gals, we are dedicating this month to cooking outside. That’s right, all the recipes featured this month are ones that you can cook on the grill. YUM!

 

We are starting the month off with some cheesy bacon potatoes. Here is what you need:

Canned potatoes

Grated cheese

Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Garlic, pressed

 

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OK….so this is the first time I have ever bought canned potatoes. I forgot you could even buy them this way until my mom mentioned them recently. These were surprisingly delicious!

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We have 8 people in our house so I used 3 cans. Slice up the potatoes.

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Use a 12 inch piece of foil. Place some potatoes in the center of the foil. Sprinkle some cheese and crumbled bacon on top. Then press one clove of clove on top.

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Fold up the sides of your foil and roll them down to seal all the seams.

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Toss them on the grill or about 8-10 minutes.

These are soooo amazing!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Easy Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti

If your looking for  the perfect meal to feed a crowd of hungry people, here is one of the best Italian meals I’ve come across.  We made this for our family reunion this weekend and it was a huge hit.  The great thing about this meal is it’s super tasty, filling and fairly inexpensive. We fed 65 adults and kids and it was so good we’re adding it to the menu again next year!

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1 pound ground beef
1 box penne pasta
1 (15 oz.) jar Alfredo sauce
1 (24oz.) jar Marinara sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

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Preheat oven to 375° F.  Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick spray; set aside.  Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.  Return cooked pasta to pan; do not return to heat. Brown and drain your ground beef and add your jar of marinara sauce and set aside.20140527-131908.jpg

Add Alfredo sauce, to pasta and mix well and pour into a prepared pan.

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Gently layer marinara sauce on top of pasta and sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.  Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.  We served this up with a wonderful chop salad and fresh garlic bread and it was delish!

Cream Gravy

Knowing how to whip up cream gravy is a southern necessity. To be honest, I have always struggled to get it just right….. Until recently when I asked my mom for a lesson. No more lumpy gravy here!

Here is what you’ll need:

Grease
Milk
Flour
Salt
Pepper

You know that any recipe that starts out with grease has to be good….right? ( Just don’t tell your doctor. 🙂 )

I hate to admit this, but I have started keeping a small Tupperware container in the refrigerator with bacon grease in it. I always have some on hand if I need to make some gravy. If I am making chicken fried steak, I just use the grease I fried the meat in. It doesn’t really matter what grease you use.

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Mix a couple of cups of flour and 2 cups of milk together in a bowl. Make sure to whisk it so that there are NO LUMPS!

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In a large pan, heat up about 1/4 cup oil on medium heat. Pour your milk/flour mixture into the pan.

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STIR, STIR, STIR!  Whatever you do, don’t stop stirring! It will be lumpy and kind of dry…. that is good!

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Add a little milk at a time.

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Add  salt and pepper.

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Lumps…the enemy of gravy! I take my spoon and squish them into the gravy until it is smooth. If your gravy is too thick, add a little milk. If it’s too thin keep cooking it. It will thicken up a little as it cools.

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Pour over some homemade biscuits or chicken fried steak….YUUMMMMMM!

Chicken Fried Chicken (or steak)

When I was a kid, if my mom asked my dad what he wanted for dinner he always gave her the same answer: Chicken Fried Steak.

My mom’s CFS recipe was amazing! I have tried different ways to get a perfect crunch and I always go back to her secret ingredient…..Club crackers! Seriously, if I am going to consume the calories of fried meat I better makes sure it is the best. Here is what you need:

1-2 sleeves of Club crackers

1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1 cup milk

Chicken breast or round steak

oil

 

Heat about a cup of oil on medium-low in a deep pan on the stove.

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Dump your crackers in the blender and pulse until they are a fine powder.

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Mix together your crackers, flour and baking powder. (The baking powder is what makes the crust get fluffy!)

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Whisk together your eggs and milk.

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Dip your meat into the liquid mixture.

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Roll the meat into the dry ingredients.

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Do a double coat! DIp it back into the egg mix.

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Coat one more time in the cracker/flour mix.

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Drop your meat into your pan of oil. Cook it on medium-low heat. Don’t be tempted to turn up the heat– The outside will cook too fast and leave your meat raw in the middle.

Enjoy!

These are perfect with some loaded mashed potatoes!

Cheeseburger Casserole

This recipe was adapted from Paula Dean and  it was super easy.  (A great one to do with your kiddos)  My three gobbled this up, and Russell and I thought it was pretty darn good – and will certainly make this again.  I’m sure you can have fun with this and add your favorite toppings.  I added corn because it sounded good.  This is even better the next day!

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1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 (28-oz.) can chopped tomatoes, with juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces wide egg noodles
Cooking spray
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat, stirring to break up the lumps, until all of the pink is gone from the meat.  Add the onion and the green pepper, (I cut them into very small pieces so my kiddos don’t see them:) and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

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Add the tomatoes, with juice, and the Worcestershire sauce, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to low. Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes.

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Fill medium pot half full of water. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring the water to a boil. Stir in the noodles and boil for about 8 minutes, until tender.  Return the noodles to the pot. Pour the tomato mixture over the noodles and stir until blended.  Put the noodle mixture into a baking dish that you have sprayed with cooking spray. Top with cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Enjoy! 

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Simple Whole Roasted Chicken

I found this recipe in my all recipes magazine and it looked so good.   What I like most about making recipes like this is you can eat it throughout the week.  I made a chicken salad for lunch one day and used the rest in our favorite Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes.   I found the whole chicken on sale at Market Street for .88 cents a lb. and couldn’t wait to give this a try.  It was CRAZY good!

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2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (4 pound whole chicken
5 cloves garlic, crushed

In a bowl, mix the salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Rub the chicken with the mixture. Cover chicken, and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Stuff the chicken cavity with the garlic. Place the chicken, breast side down, on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 450 degrees, and continue roasting 15 minutes. Baste chicken with pan drippings,(I forgot to do this and it was still good) reduce heat to 425 degrees F, and continue roasting 30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.

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If you like this recipe, you might like these!

Whole Chicken Crock Pot

Chicken and Dumplings

Creamy Chicken Primavera Bake

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Freezer Friendly Creamy Chicken Casserole

 

Washing Soda

Yesterday I went to Wal-Mart with the intention of picking up a box of washing soda to make some detergent. I went to my usual spot and mindlessly grabbed this box. OOPS…..

20140224-195810.jpgWhen I got home I realized I had grabbed the wrong box. I ended up with a massive box of good old baking soda. Seriously? I was determined not to be discouraged. I remembered  reading a post a while back about how you can cook baking soda to make washing soda. So that’s what I did. It was awesome!!

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I measured 2 cups of baking soda and spread it thin over a baking sheet. You don’t want to pile it on, keep it as a thin layer. The key to converting the baking soda is to evaporate the water. There is a lot of chemistry involved but that is the bottom line!  The thicker you pile on your soda, the longer it will have to cook to get rid of the water.

Set your oven to 450 degrees. Cook the soda for about an hour, turning with a spatula every 10 minutes.

20140224-195818.jpgYou will notice a difference in the texture when it is ready. It will be dull and have a very fine texture.  You can store it or use it right away to make all kinds of detergents. (Like this one, and this one and this one!!!)

 

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