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Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork

Ingredients:
Pork butt shoulder and/or picnic pork shoulder
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3/4 cup water
Paprika
Brown Sugar
Cayenne Pepper
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Salt
Pepper

Directions:
Put apple cider vinegar and water in crockpot. Combine all the spices. Rub on pork. Put pork in crockpot. Leave crockpot on low for at least 8 hours. (Once I left a huge one in for 14 hours, and it was delicious).

Lazy Style:
Just put pork and liquids and pick-and-choose spices in crockpot. Don’t get your hands dirty, and don’t measure. It still comes out delicious.

Uses:
Add Sweet Baby Ray’s and a bun for sandwiches
Throw on pizza
Use for tacos or nachos
Scramble with eggs for brunch

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Waffle-tots

Anything can be waffled.

Ingredients

Waffle iron
Tater tots
Directions

Take out the tots. Let them hang out. They need to be soft.

Maybe let them hang out in a skillet on lowish heat.
Plug in the waffle iron.
When the taters are not really cooking, but not too stiff (heh, heh) throw them in the waffle iron. I put like 23-26. Leave it on low to medium.
Let them hang out for a while. Like 10 minutes or something. Then turn the heat to the highest for like 3-5 more minutes.
Done!
Lessons Learned
I thought about putting them in the toaster to reheat.

Steak1

Gravy-less, easy, perfectly medium/rare steak.

Ingredients

Steak
Salt
Butter
Directions

Preheat oven to 420. With cast iron pan in the oven.
Pat steak dry. Put some salt on it. Put it in the freezer for like 10 minutes.
Take cast iron pan out of the oven and put on the stove at like 8/10. Put oil (NOT OLIVE) in the pan and let it get nice and hot. (Be careful)
Place steak in hot oil and leave it for like 3 minutes.
Turn steak over and leave for like 3 more minutes.
Throw a pad of butter on top of each steak and put cast iron into the oven for like 5 minutes.
Remove cast iron from oven and steaks from heat. Leave them alone for 5 minutes to cool and set. Maybe put them on the plates and start piling the plates with sides.
Bonus Round Gravy
Deglaze the pan. Make gravy.
I like some horseradish sour cream sauce on top of this. And mushrooms and onions and some green vegetable and some delicious potatoes.

Potato Spinach Sausage Soup

Stove Time.

Ingredients

Sausage
Onions
Potatoes (red)
Water/Chicken stock
Spinach
Cream
Seasonings
Directions

Cook the ground sausage on the stove. Don’t ground the sausage up too much; try to keep it in bite sized pieces.

Definitely drain the fat.
Add chopped onions and garlic and cook until it smells good.
Add potatoes and water/stock and give it a cap, then bring to a boil.
Leave it alone for like one episode.
Throw in the spinach and cream.
Serve with some crusty bread.
Lessons Learned
*

Definitely, definitely drain the fat. Definitely.

Salty Mushrooms

Soy Sauce and Mushrooms. Who knew?

Ingredients

Mushrooms (any kind)
Butter
Soy sauce
Directions

Cut up the mushrooms if they aren’t already. Medium to thin slices.
Put in a wide, shallow pan. Piled is fine; shrinkage happens.
Add a lot of butter. The more the better. Maybe half a stick.
Splash some soy sauce. More if it’s green/light.
I cap it for like 5 minutes on 7/10, and then remove the cap and let simmer for the rest of the time it takes to cook the meal. (15-40 minutes).
Lessons Learned

Sometimes they come out soggy when I cap them for too long. If they’ere soggy, just raise the heat and let the water evaporate off (no cover, duh).

Mashed Potato Casserole

Oven at 420, preloaded with bacon.

Ingredients

Boiling water
Salt
Red Potatoes
Cream
Butter
Milk
Cheese
Sour cream?
Bacon
Chives?

Directions

Grab that nifty old boiling water.
Cut potatoes into small cubes. I leave the skin on, but you don’t have to.
Preheat the oven to 420. While the oven is preheating, throw in the bacon. I flip it in ten minutes, and take it out after 20.
Boil potatoes until they’re soft. Stir them every few minutes until you feel them soften a bit. Maybe 25 minutes?
Strain potatoes and put in a bowl with a few pads of butter. Stir with a wooden spoon or a fork. Add a little cream, and stir more. Add a little more sour/cream and stir more. Add more cream and stir more. Until the potatoes have the consistency and creaminess you prefer.
Salt and Pepper and throw in some shredded cheese.
Put mixed potatoes in a glass casserole dish. Top with more cheese, and chopped bacon and chives? Cover loosely with foil.
Put in oven for like 30 minutes. Or longer.

Lessons Learned

Maybe take off the foil and leave in the oven for 15 more minutes for a browner top?

Crispy Onions

Still a work in progress.

Ingredients

Onions
Oil
stove pot
Flour
Salt, pepper, seasoning
Milk/cream

Directions

Thinly slice the onions. Use a mandolin slicer.
Drench in some milk/cream.
Put some oil in a pot and heat on highest until oil is hot. I put a piece of onion in the oil to test.
Move onions into seasoned flour pan. Toss around.
Put some at a time into the hot oil. Let fry until crispy.
Lessons Learned

If you add egg to the milk/cream wash, you get thicker, onion ring style onions. Also delicious.

Corn Cobs

Oven at 420.

Ingredients

Corns on the cob
Foil
Butter
Salt
Garlic
Directions

Unwrap corn husks.
Rewrap in foil. Put some butter in there too. And salt. And why not some chopped garlic while you’re at it.
Put on a cookie sheet in case of drippage.
Oven for 20-35 minutes. Or something.

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