One year, after we'd purchased half a beef from a local cattle raiser, I went on a full-scale search for new and different recipes. This is one I found - my family loved it from the very first bite. I've shared it with friends at work, too (I'm a waitress). They agree it's a nice change from regular Swiss steak. My husband and I have three children - boys 25 and 21, and a girl 17.
-Barb Benting, Grand Rapids, Michigan
When my husband and I first tasted this delicious ham, we were surprised to learn that the sauce included horseradish. That secret ingredient definitely is the key to its tangy taste. I serve it for Easter and Christmas.
The Swiss steak supper combines tender beef and vegetables in tangy sauce that melds tomato basil under a cheesy topping. It's quick to put together. Add a salad and warm bread, and you have a complete meal.
Meet the Cook: Those who like the taste of Reuben sandwiches and sauerkraut are sure to savor these distinctive meatballs. The recipe was given to me by a good friend, Helga Stremel, who is from Germany and is a wonderful cook.
-Irlana Waggoner, Hays, Kansas
On days I volunteer at church or shuttle between after-school activities, I'm glad this dinner comes together in one skillet. The sauce makes the chops so moist and tender. I also simmer it up with other meats like beef or venison steaks.—Tammy Messing, Ruth, Michigan
Served with green beans, garlic mashed potatoes and seven-layer salad, this is the main course at my family's annual Christmas gathering. Even those who aren't fond of meat comment on its tenderness and flavor. Likely, since garlic goes well with everything, the sauce'd be good with pork or poultry besides. My husband and I have a 16-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter.
-Beth Taylor, Chapin, South Carolina
Meet the Cook: This recipe's "famous" with my friends and the younger friends of my grown daughter and granddaughter. I make it for potlucks and other get-togethers.
The town where I live is now considered "city". When my late husband and I loved here 40 years ago, though, it was country. He was an ex-farm boy, and always had a large vegetable garden. We were well supplied for winter!
-Helen Miller, Hickory Hills, Illinois
This impressive pasta looks and tastes so much like fancy restaurant fare, you'll want to serve it to guests. But the recipe is so easy to prepare that you can enjoy can enjoy it just about anytime.—Carolee Snyder, Hartford City, Indiana