It’s officially fall in Oregon. Our state has been hammered by early storms for the past week. When it rains, I want to cook and bake, and apparently it’s not just me. I saw several Facebook posts from local friends who were roasting turkeys and getting in the mood for fall foods. For me, it’s almost more about how good they make the house smell. Here are two of my EASY go-to recipes and a bonus link to the best pumpkin pie ever.
3-4 pound pot roast (I prefer no bone)
Two cups beef broth (I love Better Than Boullion brand)
2 tsp Thyme (My favorite herb for pot roast.)
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown all sides of your big hunk of meat with flour, salt, pepper, and thyme in 2 T vegetable oil. Add broth, bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes per pound of beef. That’s it. How easy is that?? Don’t forget to make gravy with the drippings. Some people tuck potatoes, carrots, other root vegies, and onions around the beef for the last 30 minutes of cook time. Instead, my husband likes to make a huge pot of mashed potatoes. He actually enjoys peeling potatoes. He adds 8 ounces of onion and chive cream cheese to his mashed potatoes. Heavenly.
2 pounds ground beef
1 package (16 oz) chicken stuffing mix
1 cup water
2 beaten eggs
½ cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
Mix all ingredients. Bake at 375 for an hour in a 13 x 9 pan. If you leave an inch border of space around the meat in the pan, it’s easy to drain the excess fat. Top with extra barbecue sauce. I like recipes with five ingredients or less. I’ve tried a lot of meat loaves and this is the easiest and the tastiest. All the work is already done for you in the stuffing mix.
Other Fall foods I crave are pumpkin anything. I’ve already made pumpkin pancakes just by adding pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon to the Bisquick box recipe. Soon I’ll get the pumpkin latte at Starbucks, and of course I’ll make pumpkin pie. Here’s my favorite pie recipe. Paula Deen Pumpkin Pie. Half-n-half, cream cheese, and butter. Yeah, it’s deadly good.
What foods do you HAVE to make this time of year?