This recipe is a little time consuming but it’s worth the effort for a special occasion or if you really want something to wow guests. It doesn’t have many ingredients but the flavor is perfect. If you’re feeling a little healthy you can bake these instead of frying them but I haven’t tried that yet so your results may vary.
I saw and ate a lot of Hawaiian food back when I lived in Seattle but I never had the privilege of eating moco loco which is basically something like a trash plate style dish: hamburger patties with mushroom gravy served over rice with a fried egg on top. Feel free to make this vegetarian by using any type of vegetable patty you want instead. I liked the mushroom sauce for this but I feel like I could have made it better with more of a kick, maybe some chilies or korean pepper flakes.
Take french fries (or really, in this case roasted potatoes) to the next level by adding chili on top of it. This comes together surprisingly quickly and can be topped with anything from cheese to jalapenos and ranch if that’s what floats your boat.
Okay, so this is not your everyday meal but it also isn’t all that difficult providing that you aren’t completely hopeless at pounding out turkey breast and tying things up with string. While it does have a few minutes of hands on work, after that the meal goes in the oven for a majority of its cook time so you don’t have to babysit it while making your sides which is great. This is a really delicious and impressive meal though and perfect for making any occasion feel like a holiday.
Cranberry and Apple Stuffed Turkey Breast
This is such a simple sauce but it’s absolutely delicious. Served with a wide noodle to pick up all those nice chunks of turkey (or chicken or beef or whatever ground meat you end up using) and tomato there’s really something truly delicious about taking good food and making a good meal. You can add some grated Parmesan on top but I found that if seasoned right, the cheese just didn’t have much to add so it’s all about your taste. You can add in more spices or herbs if you want but I found the perfectly paired down flavors packed a nice punch and with just salt and pepper you’re able to really taste the underlying garlic, olive oil, and balsamic. Sometimes life is better when it’s simple.
I can’t believe I haven’t made schnitzel before. It’s basically just the German variation on fried thin pounded meat but with this delicious, extra savory mushroom sauce makes this version extra special. If you want to impress someone, this is a great recipe to do so.
Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy
This is not the world’s most complicated recipe but it is probably a little more than I want to tackle on a week night. It’s a surprisingly delicious meal even though it’s not the most healthy either.
Biscuits and Gravy
I’ve made these meatballs so many times and forgot to take pictures that I have given up and this sub-par picture will have to do until the next time I make them. These meatballs are great and they have a softer texture and a richer flavor than your average meatball. They’re an added vegetable bonus and they can really stretch out a pound of meat too if you’re on a tight budget (from 16-20 for a pound without sweet potato to 30-36 with the sweet potato).
Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatballs
I’m sure there’s only about 1000 recipes for turkey burgers. In the end it’s basically a reverse meatloaf in some ways but I also thought these burgers came out perfectly and they took less time than I assumed. By adding some finely chopped vegetables to the recipe, I think it keeps them moist while also stretching the amount of burgers you get from a pound of meat.
This is a delicious change from soup and a nice throwback to a lot of peoples childhoods. I haven’t had Spaghettios in probably over a decade and I’ve never eaten the one with meatballs but I can almost assure you this one is way more delicious than the one in a can and honestly, very easy to make! You can sub in any type of meatballs or leave them out for a vegetarian version.