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Sep 12, 2005 01:23 PM

The most simple meal you fix that your family loves?

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My wife and I are both chowhounds. We split cooking responsibilities since we both work during the day. On Friday, as I was thinking about what to plan for dinner, I also wondered what you other hounds found to be the family favorite that you fix (especially for a week night) - something quick, simple and easy to prepare - comfort food, per se.

Although several items came to mind (fried and / or bbq chicken, steaks, and a handfull of sides, the one that they request most was country style steak, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, either macaroni and cheese or green peas, and biscuits.

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  1. Meatloaf
    Roast Beef
    Salisbury steak
    Baked chicken

    Everything with gravy!

    3 Replies
    1. re: EAF

      Salisbury Steak recipe, please??

      Thanks, Cg

      1. re: CG

        Season 1 lb ground beef with about 1/2 Tbs of worcestershire, pinch of salt, and black pepper, 1 tsp each garlic and onion powder (measurements are approximations). mix well and form into 2-4 patties depending on how big you like them. In a deep frying pan place 1Tbs oil, 1/2 medium onion sliced and 1-3 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped. saute on med heat until onions are translucent. Add hamburger patties and brown on both sides. Add 1 can beef broth to the pan, cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the "steaks". S & P to taste. thicken with cornstarch and water. serve with egg noodles.

        you can also add mushrooms if you like.

        You can also use worcestershire and/or gravy master to increase the flavor of the gravy it it is not rich enough as is.

      2. re: EAF

        I second baked chicken for the easiest possible meal. Can use whole fryer or big roaster or split breasts. In same oven, bake a sweet potato per person (prick with fork first and lay on aluminum foil to avoid mess in oven). Bust the sweet potatoes open and fill with butter and brown sugar. Find a vegetable or salad somewhere.

      3. Rice and Beans

        1. Blackened Chicken Ceasar Salad

          1 Boneless chicken breast half per person pounded thin and coated liberally with Paul Pruhommes Blackened Redfish Magic is sauteed in olive oil until cooked through.

          Once drained the breast is sliced and placed atop a ceasar salad garnished with croutons & parmesan shavings.

          Quick, easy, & definitely a house favorite.

          1. The simplest thing I do that my husband asks for is the dish my mother used to make for us that she called "chili con carne," but which actually has no heat in it at all. In her honor, we call it Mildred's Chili, but it's really just a ground beef stew. In a Dutch oven, saute a sliced onion, a chopped green pepper and a few stalks of chopped celery in a bit of oil. (Don't chop the pepper and celery too finely - you want to have decent-sized, recognizable pieces when you eat it.) When it's all softened (not browned), add some minced garlic and cook for a little while longer. Remove the sauteed vegetables from the pot and add two pounds of ground beef to brown and crumble. At this point, you might want to drain the fat out. Then add the sauteed vegetables to the meat in the Dutch oven, along with a large can of kidney beans (drained) and a large can of diced plum tomatoes with the liquid. Also add a can of condensed tomato soup (we always use Campbell's). Stir it all together, bring it to a simmer and let it cook for a bit. Then add salt and pepper to taste. It's good over rice but it's great with boiled bow-tie, corkscrew or seashell pasta. As with most soups/stews/sauces, it tastes even better the next day.

            1. I posted this under a similar topic from last week: fajita/burritos. I buy premade tortillas. Just saute sweet onions and peppers in olive oil. Set aside. Brown strips of chicken. Serve with bowls of cheese, sour cream, re-fried beans, avocado slices, bottle of hot sauce and any thing else you like on yours. Put all on the table and let every one roll up their own. My sons loves to do this and it is a weekly favorite.