Family Favourite Meatloaf

We are amazed at how often we are asked for good old meat loaf so here’s our favourite

Family Favorite Meatloaf
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef (500 g)
  2. 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup milk (125 mL)
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. 8 crushed soda crackers
  6. salt & pepper to taste
Sauce
  1. 1/4 cup ketchup (60 mL)
  2. 1/4 cup water (60 mL)
  3. 1 tsp. dry mustard (5 mL)
  4. 1/2 cup brown sugar (125 mL)
Instructions
  1. Combine ground beef, onion, milk, egg, crackers, salt and pepper and mix well. Place in a large loaf pan and make a groove down the center of loaf. In a bowl combine ketchup, water, mustard and brown sugar. Pour over meat and bake at 350 F (180 C) for 1 hour; drain. Serve with baked potatoes and a green vegetable. Serves 4-6.
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Tourtiere With Mushroom Sauce

A Christmas eve tradition and a perfect gift. Save time and make it ahead and freeze

Tourtiere With Mushroom Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. Enough pastry for 3, 2-crust pies
  2. 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground pork 750g
  3. 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef 750g
  4. 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion 375ml
  5. 1 tsp. thyme 5ml
  6. 1 tsp. sage 5ml
  7. 1 tsp. dry mustard 5ml
  8. 2 tsp. salt 10ml
  9. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 125ml
  10. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  11. pepper to taste
  12. 1 cup water 250ml
  13. 1 cup bread crumbs 250ml
  14. or 2 cups (500 ml) mashed potatoes
  15. Mushroom Sauce
  16. 2 Tbsp. butter 30ml
  17. 3 cups sliced mushrooms 750ml
  18. 1/2 cup sliced onions 125ml
  19. 2 Tbsp. butter 30ml
  20. 2 tsp. flour 10ml
  21. 1 cup beef broth 250ml
  22. 1/2 cup dry red wine 125ml
Instructions
To Make Filling
  1. In frying pan, lightly brown meat. Drain off fat. Add onion and stir in seasonings. Add water, cover and simmer 15 minutes, or until most of liquid is absorbed but mixture is still moist. Add bread crumbs. Let cool. Spoon mixture into pastry-lined 9″ pie plates. Cover with top crusts, seal and flute edges. May be frozen at this point. Cut slashes on top to release steam. Bake 425 F for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350F and bake 30 minutes or until well browned. This recipe can also be made as an appetizer using tart shells.
  2. To Make Mushroom Sauce: Saute mushrooms and onions in butter for 10 minutes. Remove to plate. Melt butter and blend flour and a few tablespoons of beef broth into pan juices. Stir in remaining beef broth and wine. Bring to a boil until mixture thickens. Add mushrooms and onions back into sauce. Serve warm with tourtiere.
  3. For a change and less work you can serve with cranberry sauce on the side and a dollop of sour cream.
Instructions
  1. To Make Mushroom Sauce: Saute mushrooms and onions in butter for 10 minutes. Remove to plate. Melt butter and blend flour and a few tablespoons of beef broth into pan juices. Stir in remaining beef broth and wine. Bring to a boil until mixture thickens. Add mushrooms and onions back into sauce. Serve warm with tourtiere.
Notes
  1. For a change and less work you can serve with cranberry sauce on the side and a dollop of sour cream.
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Ham Baked in Beer

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Ham Baked in Beer
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Ingredients
  1. 5 lb. ham 2.5 kg.
  2. 1 – 10 oz. can gingerale or 7-up 280 mL
  3. whole cloves
  4. 1 cup molasses 250 mL
  5. 2 tsp. dry mustard 10 mL
  6. 1 tsp. pepper 5 mL
  7. 1 cup beer 250 mL
Instructions
  1. Remove skin from ham and score fat diagonally into diamond design. Soak ham in gingerale for at least two hours to remove excess salt. Drain. Stud the top of ham with cloves. Place ham in the middle of a large piece of foil in a shallow roasting pan. Mix the molasses, mustard, pepper, and beer together and pour over ham. Cover completely with foil so juices don’t escape. Bake at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes per pound (40 minutes per kg). Delicious!
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Beef and Burgundy Casserole

Beef and Burgundy Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs. lean chuck or round steak cut in 2″ cubes
  2. 2 Tbsp. butter
  3. 2 Tbsp. bacon fat
  4. 3 Tbsp. flour
  5. pepper and salt to taste
  6. 1/2 – 1 tsp. dried basil or 1 Tbsp. fresh
  7. 1/2 – 1 tsp. dried oregano or 1 Tbsp. fresh
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced
  9. 1 2/3 cups water
  10. 1 lb. tiny white onions, parboiled and peeled
  11. 1 lb. sliced mushrooms, sauteed (optional)
  12. 2 lb. baby carrots
  13. 1 cup burgundy or other dry red wine
  14. 2 Tbsp. butter
  15. 1 Tbsp. sugar
  16. 3/4 cup Madeira wine or sherry
  17. 1/4 cup brandy
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and bacon fat in a large heavy skillet and brown beef. Place in large casserole. Add to skillet: bacon fat, flour, salt and pepper, basil, oregano and garlic. Stir until flour begins to brown. Slowly add water and stir until thickened. Add burgundy and stir until sauce is smooth. Pour over meat, cover and bake at 300 F. for 3 hours.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter and stir in sugar. Add carrots and onions and stir frequently until slightly browned. Add to casserole with sauteed mushrooms and Madeira. Cover and cook at 300 F. for 30 minutes. Stir in brandy just before serving. Serve with crusty rolls to 8 delighted guests.
  3. Enjoy! (Page: 112)
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and bacon fat in a large heavy skillet and brown beef. Place in large casserole. Add to skillet: bacon fat, flour, salt and pepper, basil, oregano and garlic. Stir until flour begins to brown. Slowly add water and stir until thickened. Add burgundy and stir until sauce is smooth. Pour over meat, cover and bake at 300 F. for 3 hours.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter and stir in sugar. Add carrots and onions and stir frequently until slightly browned. Add to casserole with sauteed mushrooms and Madeira. Cover and cook at 300 F. for 30 minutes. Stir in brandy just before serving. Serve with crusty rolls to 8 delighted guests.
Notes
  1. Enjoy! (Page: 112)
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Spaghetti Skillet Dinner

You need just one pan for this incredibly delicious and convenient dinner

Spaghetti Skillet Dinner
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. lean hamburger 500 g
  2. 1 cup chopped onion 250 mL
  3. 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 125 mL
  4. 1 cup sliced mushrooms 250 mL
  5. 1 - 28 oz. can tomatoes and juice 796 mL
  6. 1 handful spaghetti, broken 1
  7. 1 cup water 250 mL
  8. 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 7 mL
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese 250 mL
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  12. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
Instructions
  1. Brown hamburger and onions. Mix in green pepper and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes. Add tomatoes with juice, broken spaghetti and water. Stir. Add spices. Cover and cook about 15 minutes, or until spaghetti is tender, stirring occasionally. Add cheese and stir until melted. Serves 4-6.
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