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Mar 242015

Saucy Spinach Patties

First of all let me tell you that we are getting eggs from one of our new chickens already and can’t wait for the other two to start. We don’t think they’re too happy about being cooped, as they were free range when we got them. We will let ours loose after they get used to the territory a little. Mr. Tom is still having a fit and wants to get to them but when we open the door to let him in, he’s off in another direction; no more jail time for him! Kinda reminds me of that commercial with the chicken who hits the road to see the world and just sends home pictures of where he’s been, just too cute for words!

BEWARE! This is very tasty!!!

BEWARE! This is very tasty!!!

This recipe hails from one of my older classic cook books with a few of our favorite additions. Wasn’t too sure how Kenny would like it, however it did have ground beef and I added BACON and some Irish cheddar cheese! Now, I do have to admit, I had a little trouble with the patties staying together when I fried them and the next time I make them, I will coat the outsides with some dry bread crumbs to help them fry better and give them a little crispness. I probably didn’t dry the cooked spinach enough which would have contributed greatly to my frying dilemma. The flavor although was superb and husband said I could make them any old time. The original recipe also called for frozen spinach but I had fresh spinach, our preference to frozen!

We went from this.....

We went from this…..

To this....Very messy! Any idea of what went wrong?

To this….Very messy! Any idea of what went wrong?


Saucy Spinach Patties
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (16 oz) tomatoes, chopped up with their liquid
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teas sugar
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ teas dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 box (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach or 1 bag (10 oz) fresh, what I used
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled (saving 3 tbsp of the drippings for frying)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Dry bread crumbs
  1. SAUCE:
  2. In a skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is browned and onion is transparent in color.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients for the meat sauce, cover and cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. While sauce is cooking, cook spinach according to package directions or steam fresh spinach until limp. If using the fresh, chop after cooking. Drain spinach well to remove as much liquid as possible.
  5. Mix spinach with the crumbled bacon and remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Shape mixture into 6 patties and coat, if you wish, on both sides with dry bread crumbs which I will do next go around!
  7. When sauce is almost done, fry patties in the reserved bacon fat on both sides until nicely browned.
  8. Serve with sauce over top.

I hope you enjoy as much as we did………… Gotta go check our chickens!

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Mar 112015

Pepper Steak Soup

Garlic bread would go great with this soup also!

Garlic bread would go great with this soup also!

My daughter who was supposed to come over last week on her birthday, loves my pepper steak and that’s what prompted this recipe. She was so excited to come join us for dinner and try a new version of one of her most beloved meals. Unfortunately, circumstances kept her away and so Kenny and I had this huge pot of soup that is now stored with love in the freezer for a quick supper or lunch one day, yeah, more for us; just kidding Michelle, we missed ya!!!!! Oh, I forgot to mention that the day I made it, it was cold and nasty and now with the soup already made, I’m running around in shorts and it looks like summer might come to us a little early this year, the nerve! The flavor of this soup is just like eating pepper steak but with ground beef instead of strips of steak which is easier on the wallet these days or is it any more? Chow mein or rice noodles make for a wonderful topping and if you notice in the pic, both are missing in action and that’s because this silly Old Mother Hubbard, went to cupboard and it was bare and she didn’t even have any homemade fried wonton strips for the fare, my so very bad! It seems that I’ve been a little lapse in the memory department here of late with so many doctor visits and trying to keep up with everything else…….


Pepper Steak Soup
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 teas granulated bouillon (I use low sodium)
  • ⅛ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can 28 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 can 28 oz. diced tomatoes or whole tomatoes chopped up
  • 2 cups chopped bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  1. In a large heavy pot sprayed with cooking oil, saute ground beef and garlic, breaking up beef as it cooks and cook until meat is just slightly pink.
  2. Add water, bouillon and brown sugar, stir.
  3. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, peppers, onions, salt and pepper.
  4. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally or until peppers and onions are tender.
  5. Add rice and cook just to heat.

Yeah, I hear ya! Some of my buddies out there do not use ground beef and prefer to use chicken or turkey, so go ahead as I’m sure it will be just as good. Just let me know so as I might try it………..Hope you enjoy!

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