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For my own reference if nothing else, a couple of older "spur of the moment" recipes. By now, you'll have noticed I often use commercial pre-packaged ingredients. Fresh is always preferable, but even though I mostly cook on weekends, weekends can get very busy.

Sweetish Meatballs

This was made for a potluck and meant to feed many and be fairly easy to serve and eat.

(2) 2 lb. bags of frozen Swedish or plain meatballs (but not Italian)
14 oz. can of chicken broth
14 oz. can of beef broth
1/3 cup raw sugar, or 1/4 cup brown sugar + 1/4 cup honey
2-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger (or 1 Tablespoon minced fresh)
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
8 oz. bag of pitted whole dates
20 oz. tub of bite-sized pitted prunes

In a large pot over medium heat, heat the broth and sugar (or sugar/honey) and spices and stir till sugar is dissolved. Add in frozen meatballs, dates, and prunes. Increase heat to bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every now and then to keep things cooking evenly. Serve warm if possible.

Mediterranean Sausage and Rice

2 lbs. fresh Italian sausage, cut in small chunks
2 to 3 Tablespoons olive oil
8-oz. frozen (or fresh) red & green pepper strips
1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1-1/2 cups chicken or beef broth
1-1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 3 to 4 cloves minced fresh)
1/4 teaspoon saffron
2 boxes packaged Spanish rice pilaf (I used Near East brand)

In a large pot over medium heat, brown the sausage in olive oil till mostly cooked through. Don't worry if the meat comes out of the casings: this is desireable, to have both loose sausage and chunks. Add the pepper strips (and garlic, if using fresh garlic) and cook, stirring, till softened. Add the tomatoes, broth, water, and spices, and bring to a boil. Add the packaged Spanish rice ingredients and stir them in well, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or per package time.

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soteltie
Mar. 17th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
Those meatballs were so yummy when you made them for an event potluck! I'm eager to try out your sausage recipe!
cimeara
Mar. 17th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them! Hope you like the other, too. :-)
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