Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

The first time I tried this recipe it was a success with my family. I have also substituted meatballs for the smoked sausage and I have left the meat out before. I really like this soup because it's easy and hearty. I usually serve it with Rhodes yeast rolls.

32 oz. chicken broth
3 lbs. potatoes, diced (I use red potatoes.)
1 lb. smoked sausage, cut in bite-sized pieces
1 medium onion, quartered
1 tsp. dill weed
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz. half & half

Combine all ingredients except half & half in your slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours (high, 3-4 hours). Just before serving, add the half & half.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits & Tomato Gravy

Yesterday, I got a hankerin' for something that my mom used to fix a lot for me! It sure brought back some memories!

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
2 cups self rising flour (I'm partial to White Lily but I know it's not available everywhere)
1/4 cup Crisco shortening

Cut crisco and flour together in bowl using a fork or your fingers. Add enouph buttermilk to make a moist dough. I don't measure for this... sorry (It should not be as dry as when you roll it out. It should be rather moist) Drop batter by tablespoon or larger size onto a greased pan. Bake at 425 degrees until bottom is golden and top is barely golden and crisp.

(I love drop biscuits because they are fast, easy, no-fail, and I love the crisp top)

Tomato Gravy
bacon or sausage drippings or butter
about 2 Tbsp flour
salt & pepper
1 can stewed tomatoes
about 1/2 cup milk

In melted drippings or butter, add flour, salt and pepper. Stir and allow to darken over med-high heat. In seperate bowl, combine stewed tomatoes and milk. Pour tomatoes into hot drippings and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer until thick and flour is cooked.