Saturday, August 8, 2009

Semi-Homemade Recipes ... Meat Buns

My mom always said, "a good cook knows what cans & boxes to open". For the next few days I will be posting some great recipes with ingredients that come from "pre packaged" items.

I cook this way alot... making up things & use my kids as "guinea pigs" LOL. Sometimes we have great food that I never remember how I made it the last time or some "clunkers".
But here will be some of the ones my kid's did not spit out & laugh at me.

Come back each day for the next few days & discover how you can make great meals or sides from things you may already have in your pantry, fridge or freezer.
So today's recipe will be "meat buns"

There are several different ones so try the ones you like or try them all!

First.... these all take Rhodes Dinner ROLLS dough.
I get the big bags at Sam's Club ... take out as many as I need & keep the rest in the freezer.
For quick thaw & rise ... put in a greased pan ... cover lightly with foil that has been sprayed with PAM or wiped with a little oil. Put in a 200 degree oven till they rise to double (about 1/2 to 1 hr)
NOW.... for Sloppy Joe Buns:

This has been the only recipe for Sloppy joes my grandmother... mother ... me & now my
daughters use.
2 lbs hamburger
about 1/4 of an onion chopped fine (optional)
1 can Condensed Tomato soup
1 can Condensed (campbells) Chicken Gumbo soup
1 tsp Worch. sauce.

Fry hamburger with onions till cooked well. Dump in soups & worch. sauce. Let cook with a lid PARTWAY open. Just so it won't bubble all over the stove but will cook down some. Let cool for Bun recipe.

OR...If you have leftover pork or beef roast...

Warm up roast & pull apart with 2 forks. Add a bottle of your favorite bbq sauce & simmer down. Let cool for bun recipe.

OR Ham, salami or pastrami & cheese:

Thin sliced deli meat & any cheese you like. Cut in small squares to fit in Bun.

OK.... Now that your rolls have risen... take out 1 roll & stretch into a circle in your hand (about 3 or 4 inches in diameter)

Put about 2 tsp or so of meat mixture (or deli meat & cheese) in the middle of the dough circle.

Fold up sides & seal... making a "bun".

Line up in greased pan or cookie sheet.

Cover with a light towel & put in a warm place & let rise again.

Brush with an egg/water wash & sprinkle with Sesame seeds (optional)

Bake at 350 for 20 min. Carefully separate Buns if they baked together & put back in oven for about 7 more min. If you used a cookie sheet & they stayed separated... just bake for 27 min.
Enjoy your fresh baked "Sandwich"

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