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Mar 1, 2007 02:46 PM

Quick n' Dirty

We all have those recipes. I'm not talking about the pantry dinner where you have an excuse for the non-gourmet and/or non-time consuming ingredients you've just used. I'm talking about the recipes that are super easy (often made with easy to find, non-gourmet ingredients) that you PLAN to make simply because they are so good. Here's mine - passed down to me by my MIL, who had it passed to her by her MIL. We use this on flank steak mostly, but can also use it on any meat.

1/4 c honey
1/4 c prepared Italian dressing
1/2 prepared BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)
Make as much as you need (I usually double it for a flank steak) and marinate the meat for at least a day. Grill and enjoy!

I showed you mine. What are yours?

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  1. Salmon Croquettes with canned salmon, Chowhounds forgive me. I grew up on these and love them still.

    1 can canned salmon, drained
    4 Tbs. butter
    4 Tbs. flour
    salt and pepper to taste
    juice of 1/2 lemon
    1 Tbs. chopped dill
    1 egg, beaten
    2 cups saltine cracker crumbs
    enough oil to cover the bottom of a pan

    Melt the butter and mix in the flour to form a roux, mix with the salmon, dill, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Chill for an hour or two. Shape into patties after chilling, dip in beaten egg and then coat with cracker crumbs. Fry in oil over medium heat until browned on each side, about 3 minutes per side.

    1. 1 box rice a roni chicken flavor.
      Cook according to directions. Five minutes before it's done throw in as many raw, shelled shrimp as you want and some frozen peas. Cook until shrimp are done.

      As white-trash as this meal is, I still love the taste of it.

      1 Reply
      1. re: QueenB

        Wow! 2 of my secret favorites mentioned in topics in ONE DAY! Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat! and Little I'll have to come up with a combo recipe.

      2. Great topic! And personally, I like white trash food on occasion! And I haven't had salmon croquettes in ages....that might be kinda fun, too.

        Here's my absolute favorite quick and dirty recipe....I make this at least once a month, always have the stuff on hand, and it can be ready in about 15 minutes.

        Mom's Jambalaya:
        Saute coarsely chopped onion, red or green (or both) bell peppers, and some celery until soft and browned, in a splash of whatever oil you have handy.
        Add canned chopped tomatoes and juice - again, any kind you have handy: mexican style, whole tomatoes, home-canned, whatever. It should be kinda soupy.
        Add some sliced smoked sausage - hot or mild, whatever you like and have available; a couple spoons of brown sugar, and as much Tabasco Sauce as you can stand.
        Simmer for 10-15 minutes, add some fresh parsley if you have it, and serve over hot rice (or french bread if you don't feel like cooking rice). I don't have measurements, because I vary it depending on how many folks show up for supper. At times, I have added chicken, shrimp, or okra. If you feel like using two pans, you can slice and boil some of the grease out of the sausage before adding it.

        Dad says "hey buddy, 'ems good eats".

        1. I am canadian.. so it has to be Kraft Dinner, with extra cheddar stirred in.
          Also, gotta love a good grilled cheese.


          1. Canned meat, garlic fried rice + over easy eggs are my go to comfort food meal, suitable for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a midnight snack.

            Fried spam: open can, slice as thick or thin as you want. Fry over medium heat until as crispy as you like. Me, I like the spam as thin as possible, fried up crispy. Like bacon except cheaper!

            Fried corned beef with onions: Sautee some onions, add some canned corned beef. Fry the heck out of it until it's a little brown and crispy. Yum.

            Garlic fried rice: Oh this is really quick and dirty. Heat a skillet over medium high and add some oil. Open rice cooker from last night. Take day-old cooked rice, dump it in oiled skillet and fry the heck out of it. Season with garlic salt (with parsley! Easy to tell how much you've put in when you've got the parsley flakes guiding you!)

            And for the canned meat leftovers the next day? Re-fry up some of the left over corned beef (I hope there's some left over... any one that can polish off a whole can by themselves has a death wish!) and add rice. Fry together. Top with an over easy egg. Welcome to my childhood. Artery clogging began early!!

            Did I mention that this is great broke food, too? I blame my current cholesterol and weight problem from too many of these meals in college and immediately afterward! ;)

            6 Replies
            1. re: muimi07

              Sounds like Filipino food! I secretly love/crave friend SPAM or bologna sandwiches. Can't be beat. I have an unfortunate reputation as a picky gourmet so when my friend's mother served me "Frito Casserole," she apologized for how trashy dinner was going to be since the only thing un-processed was the ground beef. I ate nearly half the bowl and enthusiastically asked for the recipe and have added it my repertoire of most-loved foods, though I still haven't figured out where to find "dehydrated onions."

              1. re: JungMann

                Its a seasoning....Dried Minced Onions. I've seen it in the bigger spice containers at Costco.

                1. re: JungMann

                  I've seen (and bought) dehydrated onions with the spices in the supermarket, instead of onion powder it's little flecks of dried onion, if they have it it'll be right next to the onion powder.

                2. re: muimi07

                  My mother used to make fried Spam, and then dump a can of apricots over it, heat until hot and the juice is thickened a bit. We all loved it. It was from her childhood, I think it was her father's batchelor cooking (he was a railroad man, and often spent a night out of town at the far end of his run). Sadly, my husband and children would never eat this. And I guess I'm a little afraid to make it for fear it is one of those things I would no longer like.

                  1. re: muimi07

                    I was begining to think I was the only one that ate canned corn beef.. I like it fried on bread with ketchup and mayo. Or, crumbled into a white sauce with cooked ziti and peas and baked in the oven with crumbled ritz. YUM!!!!

                    1. re: muimi07

                      did you grow up near Daly City, b/c that's breakfast growing up for me!