Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Cooking Chronicles

Today, I was reminiscing on one of the potlucks that we used to have at my old job. I kind of missed it and decided to make a meal dedicated to it. There were always two things that were constant at the potluck:  Ham BBQ and Haluski.

What I prepared was similar to what my old co-workers used to cook, but only I put my own spin on it and more flavor. There were a couple of reasons why these dishes were a staple on potluck day- they are super cheap to make and can feed a crowd for like pennies a serving. What's cheaper than cabbage, noodles, cooked ham and bread!?!?!

Sorry for the bad picture; have to get a new camera
I wouldn't call this a recipe, but more like a guideline to be tweaked to your liking.


Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

1lb of ham, shaved
1 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
Onion, chopped
Green Pepper, chopped
1 small clove of garlic, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
olive oil
black pepper
salt (depending on your ham, optional)
4 hamburger buns
banana peppers (garnish, optional)

In a sauce pan, heat olive oil and saute garlic, onion, and green pepper until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the ham and BBQ sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes. During the last 10 minutes of cooking add chopped tomato. Serve on hamburger buns, topped with banana peppers.

Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles)

This is not your typical haluski! It's more line a fried cabbage/noodle mix. You can adjust accordingly, but its good to me!

Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

1 small cabbage, shredded
1 small onion, sliced
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
5 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 cup of chicken broth or water
Half a package of egg noodles

Boil water and prepare egg noodles according to package.

While the noodles are cooking, in a skillet heat olive oil and butter. Add the onion and garlic, saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the chicken broth and cover for another 20-25 minutes. Add the noodles to the cabbage alone with a pat of butter if needed. Serve hot.

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