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Jalapeno Cheddar Sliders and twice cooked fries

Keep an eye out at the butcher or your local grocery store for manager specials. Some stores have bins and some just have these items mixed in with the other meats. At my local store, the butcher routinely does some premixed and seasoned meat and sausages. If they don’t all sell, they reduce the price in half and run a “manager” special. I love these sales! It’s a chance to taste someone else’s ideas and saves me some work. Shoot, why not!?

Jalapeno Cheddar Sliders:

2 lbs (2 packages, 2 patties each of pre-packaged burgers from the butcher) – $2.09 and $2.31 (Manager’s Special)
1 package of dinner rolls (10-12 count) – $1.99
10 slices of cheddar or other cheese – $1.25
1/4 head lettuce, cleaned and prepped – $.25
2 roma tomatoes, sliced – $.40

COST: $8.29

I simply broke down the prepackaged patties I got on sale from the butcher. If you don’t have this option, you can use my Serrano Cheddar burger recipe and accomplish the same thing.

Using the premixed burgers, separate meat mixture into 12 equal balls. Now form balls into small patties no more than one inch thick and place on hot grill or griddle with a spatula. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or to your preferred temp. Once cooked, place slices of cheese on each burger and shut grill or cover with lid for 30 seconds.

Serve with whatever condiments you desire and lettuce and tomato.¬† And don’t forget the twice-cooked fries!

Twice-Cooked Fries

6-8 red or white potatoes – $1.57
1 Tbsp Paprika – pantry
1 tsp Garlic Powder – pantry
2 Tbsps canola or olive oil – pantry
1 tsp Sea Salt – pantry
1 tsp Pepper, fresh ground if possible – pantry

COST: $1.57

Clean and pierce potatoes with knife. Microwave or bake till near done, not complete. Let cool.

Mix garlic, paprika, salt and pepper and set aside.

When potatoes are cool, peel skin and slice. Season with 1/2 your dry mix and fry in a non stick pan. Make sure your oil is heated to medium hot before placing potatoes in. Let cook till brown and crisp on one side, then flip. Once fries done, remove and place on paper towel to drain. Dust with remaining seasoning mixture and serve.


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Sausage Stuffed Peppers and Baked Potato

Stuffed bell peppers come in many flavors. From mostly rice, to mostly tomato base to mostly meats. I’d classify this recipe as a good combo of all of them! Lots of yummy meats and flavors with some rice and a good amount of cheese to hold the stuffing together. So, if you like meat, cheese and rice, you will LOVE this dish!

Sausage Stuffed Bell Pepper:

4 large bell pepper with tops cut and seed removed – $2.00 (on sale, 2 for $1)
3/4 lb ground chicken – $2.18
1/2 lb Jimmy Dean or similar sausage – $1.00
1/2 Large yellow onion, diced – $.25
1 can tomato sauce (8 ozs) – $.20
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, powdered – $.75
1 cup cooked white rice – $.25
2 Tbsp dried parsley, fresh or dried – pantry
1 Tbsp minced garlic – pantry
1 1/2 tsp salt – pantry
1 1/2 tsp pepper – pantry

COST: $6.63

In a large skillet, cook sausage and set aside. In same skillet, cook ground chicken and season with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. When done, add onion and cook for 2 more mins. Then add parsley and garlic, stir and cook for a few more mins. Add cooked sausage back to pan and add a can of tomato sauce. Simmer for 10 mins. Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese, 1 tsp of salt and pepper and cooked rice. Stir and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 and prepare bell peppers by cutting away stem and removing seeds. Stuff peppers. Don’t be afraid to really stuff them tight. Next, sprinkle with a little parmesan, if you choose. Top with cut stems and cover with foil. Bake 25 mins, then remove foil and return to oven for 10 more mins. I use my leftover foil to hold my microwaved baked potato and leave them in the oven during that 10 mins to keep them warm.

Once they are nicely browned, you’re ready to serve! Add some grated cheese and butter to the potatoes and enjoy! Due to the amount of meat in each pepper, you will NOT need more than 1 a piece, unless you’re a sumo wrestler. So all Sumo wrestlers, please double the recipe.

COST of BAKED POTATO: $2.00, at most, for the potatoes and $.50 for cheese


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