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The Best Corned Beef Dinner Ever

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming. Time for too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra-ing about Molly Malone, Danny Boy and my Wild Irish Rose. Time for dancing a jig while not spilling a drop. Time for decking out in shades of forest, emerald, mint and moss. For celebrating my freckles and green eyes while lamenting my lack of red-headedness. And the most glorious of all, time for every grocery store from sea-to-shining sea to suddenly stock up on corned beef. This Saint Patrick’s Day, be the lord of the manor with this absolutely perfect, not a hint of dry meat anywhere, corned beef dinner. Made in a crock pot, this scrumptious classic will fill your home with rich mouth-watering aromas, and keep you laughing, singing and toasting with your friends and family instead of slaving over a hot stove.

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Moldy Maggot Stew (Black Bean and Sausage Chili)

Next on the mwuh-ha-ha menu for your perfect Halloween party, Moldy Maggot Stew. I know, it looks sooooo hideous. It’s a great party dish, full of hearty goodness that will keep your guests warm, toasty and disgusted all night long. Maggot Stew is a glorious sausage and black bean chili recipe from one of my favorite blogs. The maggoty mess in the middle is created by whipping up some Minute Rice, tossing it with a little olive oil to make it glisten and dumping it in the middle of your chili. Fabulously freaky! Again. Signs make all the difference for grossing your guests out. Maggots. (shudder)

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I make this chili frequently without the maggots too. It’s an easy dish you can just throw into a crock pot on a chilly fall day and enjoy with a chunk of french bread while watching the rain pour down your windows.

Love this recipe idea? Check out more Halloween party food on my Fabulously Freaky Halloween Fodder post. It’s full of devilish and delicious ideas!

Print Recipe For Moldy Maggot Stew

Moldy Maggot Stew
from Rumbly in my Tumbly

1 pound sausage (you can also use ground beef)
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can of whole kernel corn, drained
1 14oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 6oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 tablespooons chili powder
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Brown sausage.  Add to crock pot along with all other ingredients.  Simmer on low at least 4 hours and serve.To add the maggots, make 1 1/2 cups Minute Rice and toss finished rice with oil to make glisten. Dump into the middle of your chili.

Roasted Zombie Eyeballs (Sweet and Spicy Meatballs)

I know it’s not even October yet, and you may be thinking “Nooooo! I’m not ready for holiday posts!”. I won’t tell you that there’s less than 100 days until Christmas. Nope. Not gonna share that info. But, for the next month I will be sharing my favorite Halloween party foods. Halloween is on a Friday this year, so there’s sure to be ghoulish parties galore. I always plan parties way in advance and the menu is the first thing I get settled. All the party recipes I’ll be sharing have gross names – perfect for Halloween party food. However, take away the little disgusting name cards and you have terrific appetizers for your next non-Halloween party too! If you can’t wait a full month to get your food all settled, you can check out my great big Halloween post from a few years ago, but be aware that there are no easily printable recipe links there — just links back to the places I originally found the recipes.

To start off our devily delicious party food, we have Roasted Zombie Eyeballs. You can make your own meatballs, or just buy some packaged/frozen ones. The secret is in the sauce. You’d never guess that grape jelly and chili sauce would combine into such a devilishly delightful combination! The spicy kick in your eyeballs depends greatly on what brand of chili sauce you use. Start with half the called for amount and adjust to taste. I keep mine warm in a crock-pot on the food table. Good food signs are absolutely essential when renaming for maximum grossness.

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These meatballs (sans gross sign) make a great appetizer for football parties as well. Everyone loves a spicy and sweet meatball!

Love this recipe idea? Check out more Halloween party food on my Fabulously Freaky Halloween Fodder post. It’s full of devilish and delicious ideas!

Print Recipe For Roasted Zombie Eyeballs

Roasted Zombie Eyeballs
from Food.com

3 -5 lbs frozen cooked small meatballs or 3 -5 lbs Little Smokies sausages
1 (32 ounce) jars grape jelly
2 (12 ounce) jars chili sauce ( I use Heinz Chili Sauce. Remember to start with half the amount and increase to taste.)
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

In a pot combine the grape jelly with the chili sauce; add in the meatballs and simmer for about 45 minutes uncovered or until the sauce has thickened.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

I’ve heard tell that before there were slow cookers, women actually stood all day long in the kitchen. On their feet. Stirring, stirring, stirring. Checking meat and basting in an eternal loop. What kind of sick twisted world must that have been? I’ll tell you what. My Crock Pot love affair prior to homeschooling looks like a 13-year-old puppy love summer dalliance compared to my over the moon adoration of this kitchen appliance now. Especially when it produces easy meals as gorgeous and delicious as this one.

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Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

Am I the only one who always always always gains weight between November and January? It’s very irritating. You’d think with as many treats as I make all year-long, my body would be accustomed to constantly noshing on goodies. But no. Hello spare tire. Back again? Wonderful. Just in time for 1000 pictures with family during Christmas events. So here it is, the second week of January and my resolution to drop those pesky pounds is in full swing. Which means some healthier options for dinner. Thankfully, that does not mean (at least in my world) bland-tasteless-boring food. No. I cannot. Scratch that – absolutely will not – sacrifice flavor just because I’m trying to drop a few. Enter this easy peasy, monstrously delicious chili.

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Easy French Dip Sandwiches

This is a man meal. Meat and bread. Add a sauce for dipping that’s made with beer and you’ve got a home-run. The great thing about these sandwiches is that they practically make themselves. Two minutes to toss everything in the crock-pot…go about your business and come back to the house smelling delicious. Take another couple of minutes to slice up the meat and voila – dinner. Perfect for a Saturday full of errands, or playing outside. You can forget about dinner all day – then just when everyone else is wondering what to throw together, you can remember that dinner is already done. It’s a pretty awesome feeling.

If you wanted to make this a fancier (aka: more work for you) sandwich, you could add some melted provolone or swiss. Or even saute up some onions and green bell peppers to throw down on top. But there’s really no need to gussy them up. I am a big fan of simple and delicious. Which is exactly what these babies are.

Thinly sliced roast beef all drenched in rich au jus. Perfect for dunking. Mmmmm. Dunk. Chomp. Yeah. That’s the good stuff!

Why pay 10 bucks for a sandwich like this at a restaurant? They are easy-peasy and absolutely scrumptious.

Easy French Dip Sandwiches
adapted from Allrecipes

  • 4 pounds rump roast
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed French onion soup
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
  • 6 French rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter
 Directions
  1. Trim excess fat from the rump roast, and place in a slow cooker. Add the beef broth, onion soup and beer. Cook on Low setting for 6-7 hours.
  2. Slice the meat on the diagonal and place back in the sauce for 20-30 minutes until ready to serve.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Split French rolls, and spread with butter. Bake 10 minutes, or until heated through.
  5. Place meat on the rolls. Serve the sauce for dipping.

Baked Potato Soup

Potatoes are quite possibly the thing I would eat forever if I could. Well, that and cheese. This soup has both. There is just about nothing more comforting to me than a steaming bowl of potato soup. I love it. This version has enough substance to satisfy even the heartiest eaters. And, it includes bacon. In the soup, and on top. If that weren’t enough for you – the veggies of the soup take a dunk in bacon fat before being added to the soup. Yeah. It’s good. [Read more…]

BBQ Sauce

This is just a simple and quick recipe for BBQ Sauce. There are much more complex recipes out there, but since I use this whenever I’m basting things for a long time (like in a crock pot), I don’t bother with a lot of fuss.

BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, hot pepper sauce, garlic powder, mustard powder, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before brushing on your favorite meat.

 

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