My family used to think of sauerkraut as the obnoxious stuff between the mustard and the hot dog at a baseball game until I served my mom's recipe for pigs in a blanket.
There are so many different versions of pigs in a blanket; this recipe consists of hamburger, onion, eggs and rice mixed together and wrapped with cabbage leaves. They are topped with canned tomatoes and slowly baked in the oven.
These are definitely one of my favorite fall oven meals.
Pigs in the Blanket
1 head cabbage
1 pound hamburger
2 cups sauerkraut
Salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups minute rice or precooked raw rice
Take core out of head of cabbage. Bring a large kettle of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and put in cabbage leaves until they are soft and easy to break apart.
Pull off loose leaves until all are off and place on a cookie sheet. Mix together hamburger, onion, sauerkraut, eggs, rice, salt and pepper. Stuff each leaf of cabbage with a ball of hamburger mixture about the size of an egg. Lay each roll side by side in a pan. Pour one quart of tomatoes over them and bake covered in a 325-degree oven for two hours.
Super Fantastic Brownies
1 stick margarine
1 cup sugar
16 ounces chocolate syrup
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons milk
Cream the margarine and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and pour into a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until done. While brownies are baking, melt caramels and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until mixture is smooth. Immediately after removing brownies from oven, sprinkle the top with 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Drizzle with caramel. Cool completely before cutting.
Sweet Corn Bread
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup shortening, melted
Melt shortening in heavy cast iron skillet. Sift together dry ingredients. Beat egg. Add milk. Then add both to dry ingredients. Add melted shortening to batter, leaving some in bottom of pan. Sprinkle pan with a small amount of cornmeal to prevent sticking. Mix with spoon and pour into skillet. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
GARY'S TIP: When you paint a room write the date in pencil under the switch plate. Also, write the brand of paint and color used. It makes for an easy reference.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never scoring.
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