Category Archives: Hurry Up Main Dishes

Shrimp and Cauliflower

1 package (10 ounces) frozen cauliflower
1 package (10 ounces) frozen green peas
1/4 cup milk
1 can (about 10 ounces) condensed cream of shrimp soup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups cleaned cooked shrimp

Cook cauliflower and peas in 1/2 to 1 inch boiling salted water just until tender, 3 to 5 minutes; drain. In saucepan, heat milk, soup, salt and pepper over low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in cauliflower, peas and shrimp; heat through. If you wish, garnish with toasted almonds. 3 or 4 servings.

Serve with Cheese Puffs (below) and a salad of thinly sliced cucumber, sprinkled with salt, pepper and chopped chives, then lightly tossed in a small amount of bottled garlic salad dressing.

Cheese Puffs

1 package brown and serve rolls (about 10)
2 cups shredded cheese (8 ounces)
2 tablespoons soft butter
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Slice rolls lengthwise in half. Mix remaining ingredients. Place 1 tablespoon cheese mixture on each half; place on baking sheet. Bake as directed on package. 20 puffs.

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Polish Sausage Boil

1 pound fully cooked Polish sausage
1/2 to 3/4 cup beer or water

In covered skillet, simmer Polish sausage in beer 10 minutes. (if using uncooked Polish sausage, increase cooking time to 20 minutes.) 4 servings.

Serve with hot sauerkraut or Scalloped Potato Salad (below).

Scalloped Potato Salad

1 package of our scalloped potatoes
3 cups water
2 tablespoons salad oil
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons white wine tarragon vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/3 cup diced celery
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
2 tablespoons snipped parsley

Heat potato slices and 3 cups water to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water; drain. Place in large bowl; cover and chill.

In saucepan, blend sauce mix and oil; stir in 2/3 cup water and the vinegar. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cover and chill.

Blend mayonnaise and mustard; mix with potatoes, celery, onions, eggs and parsley. 6 servings.

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Skillet Franks and Potatoes

1 10 3/4 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups diced cooked potatoes or two 16-ounce cans potatoes, drained and diced
1/2 pound frankfurters, bias-sliced into 1-inch pieces

In medium skillet combine soup, milk, relish, vinegar, onion, salt and dash pepper; cook and stir till boiling. Stir in potatoes and frankfurters; heat. Top with snipped parsley, if desired. Serves 4 to 5.

Apricot-Glazed Ham

1 8 3/4 ounce can unpeeled apricot halves
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons vinegar
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 12/ pound fully cooked ham slice
6 maraschino cherries

Drain apricots, reserving 2 tablespoons syrup. Set aside 6 apricot halves; press remaining apricots through sieve. Combine sieved apricots, reserved syrup, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, and ginger. Trim excess fat from ham. In skillet cook trimmings till 1 tablespoon fat accumulates; discard trimmings. Brown the ham slowly on one side in hot fat, about 4 minutes; turn. Place reserved apricot halves atop; spoon apricot mixture over. Cover; cook 5 minutes. Garnish each apricot half with a maraschino cherry. Makes 6 servings.

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Mardi Gras Cheese and Franks

1 medium onion. sliced
1 small green pepper, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 can (16 ounces) whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon sugar
8 frankfurters, cut lengthwise in half
1 can (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (below)
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Cook and stir onion and green pepper in butter in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until onion is tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes (with liquid), seasoned salt and sugar. Heat to boiling;reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 6 minutes. Stir in frankfurters and mushrooms. Simmer uncovered 12 minutes.

Prepare Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Mix water and cornstarch; stir into frankfurter mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Top each sandwich with 2 frankfurter halves and about 1/4 cup of the sauce.

8 Servings.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Heat griddle or two 12-inch skillets over medium heat. Spread butter or margarine, softened, over 1 side of each of 8 slices of bread. Place bread buttered sides down on hot griddle. Top with 8 slices cheese. Top cheese with 8 slices of bread. Spread butter over bread. Grill sandwiches on both sides until cheese is melted and sandwiches are golden brown.

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Cherry Pineapple Bologna

1 pound ring bologna
Cherry Pineapple Glaze (Below)
Potato Buds instant puffs (enough for 4 servings)

If necessary remove casing from bologna; arrange bologna in ungreased 9-inch pie pan. Cut ring diagonally at 2-inch intervals, being careful not to cut completely through. Separate cuts and spoon in part of glaze. Spread remaining glaze on top.

Heat oven to 400°. Prepare Potato Buds instant puffs as directed on package. Mound potatoes in center of ring. Bake 20 minutes or until potatoes are light brown. 4 servings.

Cherry Pineapple Glaze

1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/4 cup coarsely chopped maraschino cherries
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tabelspoons white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 drops red food color
1 1/2 teaspoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Heat pineapple, cherries, corn syrup, vinegar, cloves and food color to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes. Blend water and cornstarch; stir into fruit. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.

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Chili Dogs

12 frankfurters
1 slice American cheese, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
2 cans (15 ounces each) chili hot beans
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne red pepper, if desired

Heat oven to 400°. Make 3 1/2 inch deep diagonal cuts at regular intervals in each frankfurter. Cut cheese sliced into 36 strips, about 1 x 1/4 inch. Insert cheese strip in each frankfurter cut. In ungreased baking dish 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches, mix beans, tomato sauce and seasonings. Arrange frankfurters on bean mixture. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. 4 or 5 servings.

Substitute any of the following, if you wish

    For frankfurters: 1 package (12 ounces) smoked small sausage links
    For chili hot beans: 2 cans (15 1/2 ounces each) kidney beans
    For seasonings: 1 envelope (1 1/4 ounces) chili seasoning mix

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Giant Burger


1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon horseradish, drained
Onion rings or 1 can(3 1/2 ounces) French fried onion rings


Heat oven to 350°. Mix meat and salt; divide in half. Pat on half evening into ungreased 8-inch pie pan. Mix cream cheese, mustard and horseradish; spread over meat in pan. Shape remaining meat into 8-inch circle. Place on cheese mixture; pinch edges together to seal.

Bake 45 minutes for medium, 55 minutes for well done. Remove meat to large serving plate; place onion rings around meat. To serve, cut meat into wedges.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

For the quickest hamburger treats, try the 5-minute Toasty Burgers (below)

5-Minute Toasty Burgers


1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
10 slices bread, toasted
Salt and Pepper


Heat oven to 500°. Mix meat an onion; spread on toast slices making sure mixture covers edges. Season with salt and pepper. Place meat side up on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until meat is done. To serve, cut slices in half.

Makes 20 half-slice servings.

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