“When we go camping, we put frozen steaks in the marinade in a sealed plastic container at the bottom of our cooler. By the second night, they’re thawed, tender and ready to cook.” —Louise Graybiel, Toronto, Ontario
Louise Graybiel, of Toronto, Ontario writes of her Beefy Shells and Cheese, “Boxed macaroni and cheese, store-bought salsa and canned beans make this kid-pleaser a snap to fix!” For a bonus, Louise likes to add shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese to the dish for extra-cheesy fun!
My family and friends are always impressed with these meatballs, which I serve with homemade sauce. The recipe came from an old friend of Italian descent. The mashed potatoes guarantee that the meatballs stay moist.—Lucille Bilodeau, Lewiston, Maine
With this quick recipe, you get a tender steak without a long marinade. Balsamic vinegar and steak sauce give it tang, and you can't go wrong with the melty Swiss on top. —Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, Wisconsin
Fried Mustard Cubed Steaks are a cinch to make but look like you fussed, writes Lori Shepherd of Warsaw, Indiana. “Instead of Dijon, you can use regular mustard, hot-and-spicy mustard or your favorite variety.”
A friend shared the recipe with me, and I've prepared it monthly ever since. The crust is made from refrigerated crescent roll dough. While the ground beef is browning, I simply press the dough into a baking dish. Guest always comment on the tasty crust as well as the zesty filling and crunchy topping.—Patricia Eckard, Singers Glen, Virginia
Corn bread mix speeds the preparation of this Southwestern entree with beef and black beans. My husband really likes it, and guests seem to enjoy this unique Mexican dish. For a change of pace, try topping it with lettuce, guacamole or extra salsa. —Laura Morris, St. Joseph, Missouri