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CABBAGE ROLL CASSEROLE

Cabbage Roll Casserole - TSLCThis Cabbage Roll Casserole is one of my favorite cabbage recipes. My family loves this dish with cornbread.  This is real comfort food and a recipe that most men like. If you like cabbage, you will make this dish over and over again. It keeps well in the refrigerator and can be reheated in the oven or microwave.

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 medium sized head of cabbage, coarsely chopped

1 cup rice, uncooked (I use long grain, could use minute rice, too)

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (14.5 ounce) can beef broth

1/4 teaspoon ground thyme

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons vinegar, white or apple cider

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons white granulated sugar

2 cups shredded cheese (I use Italian style, can use whatever you like)

Brown hamburger, onion and minced garlic in a skillet on top of the stove, drain.  Whisk together in a bowl until well mixed tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beef broth, thyme, black pepper, salt, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and sugar.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and add half the chopped cabbage, half the ground beef and onions, half the rice and half the liquid tomato mixture for the first layer. Make a second layer and pour on the remaining liquid mixture.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours or 90 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese over top.  Put back into oven for about 20 minutes to melt the cheese.  Makes about 8 to 10 servings. Enjoy!

Note: Make sure you mash the rice down on the top layer so that it is wet and not dry. You can cover the last hour if you think the rice is not cooking or getting soft. I make this most of the time with long grain rice and it is always done in my oven at about 90 minutes.   I have not tried freezing this casserole.

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Crock Pot Cabbage and Ham.

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CROCK POT COCA COLA PORK CHOPS

Crock Pot Coca Cola Pork Chops -TSLCThis Crock Pot Coca Cola Pork Chop recipe is real easy and real good!  This makes a great main dish and if your family likes pork chops they will love this recipe.

4 to 6 pork chops (I used bone-in, center cut chops but any pork chops will do)

1 cup coca cola (can use diet coke, pepsi, or any cola drink)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup ketchup

1 cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons grape jelly (Optional)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Brown chops in skillet on top of the stove.  Place in crock pot. Whisk together the coke, brown sugar, black pepper, salt, ketchup, chopped onion, jelly and minced garlic with a wire whisk.  Pour over chops.  Cook 7 to 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.  Serve chops with the gravy poured over them. Makes 4 to 6 servings. Enjoy!

Note:  These chops are so tender they just fall apart. You could double or triple this recipe and pour over just about any pork roast or ribs.  I like to serve them over my fried cornbread recipe or mashed potatoes.

Crock Pot Coca Cola Pork Chops TSLC

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BAKED CHICKEN WITH SWEET POTATOES

Baked Chicken with Sweet Potatoes - TSLCThis Baked Chicken with Sweet Potatoes makes a wonderful main dish that your family and friends will enjoy.  The gravy just adds to this recipe and gives the chicken and potatoes an extra moistness.  This is great with my sour cream  cornbread muffins and a green vegetable such as broccoli.

4 medium sized chicken breasts (could use other chicken parts in this recipe such as thighs or legs)

3 to 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks

1 medium onion, chopped (I use purple onions)

1 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Place the sweet potatoes and onion in a 2 to 3 quart baking dish with the chicken breasts on top.  Whisk together the chicken broth, orange juice, honey, olive oil and mustard and thyme.  Pour over the chicken and sweet potatoes.  Sprinkle on the salt and pepper.  Bake in preheated 400 degree oven covered for 35 minutes, remove cover, baste with gravy mixture and continue baking uncovered another 35 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked.  Makes 4 large servings. (If your chicken breasts are very large they could be halved to make 8 servings.)

Note:   I take the broth from the chicken, strain, add 1 teaspoon cornstarch and bring to a boil on top of the stove stirring to keep from burning.  This will thicken in about a minute. Pour into a gravy boat or small pitcher to serve over chicken.

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Baked Chicken With Peaches.

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SAUSAGE AND SPINACH SOUP

Sausage, Spinach and Pasta Soup - TSLCThis Sausage and Spinach Soup is great anytime.  We love it with my recipe for fried cornbread.  I love having soup made and in the refrigerator that I can reheat for lunch.  This is good with grilled cheese, too, or just add your favorite shredded cheese on top of the soup.

1 (14 ounce) package Smoked Sausage, sliced in rounds (Could use Italian or Polish, too)

1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil

3 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

1 medium onion, chopped

2 medium sized carrots, scraped and sliced

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach

1 (15.5 ounce) can red beans, drained and rinsed (could use pintos or even navy beans)

1 cup small pasta shells (could use whatever pasta you like)

Brown the sausage in the olive oil.  Drain if needed.  In a large pot combine sausage, chicken broth, onion, carrots, celery and spices.  Add the beans and bring to boil, turn down to simmer and let cook until carrots and celery are cooked. This takes about 20 minutes.  Add pasta shells and baby spinach and cook 10 to 15 more minutes until pasta is tender.  Makes about 2 1/2 quarts of soup.  Keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Chicken Tortellini Soup.

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