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Phyllis' Fixin's

Hamburger, ground beef, ground chuck, ground sirloin- whichever you prefer- what would we do without it? A good many things besides casseroles and plain hamburgers. The following recipes I found in a couple of cookbooks, which I think look great. Meatloaf is always a favorite, anyhow.

Meatloaf with Ranch Dressing and Fried Onions

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 C. ketchup

3/4 C. herb seasoned dry bread stuffing mix

1/2 (1 oz.) pkg. dry Ranch-style dressing mix

1 (6 oz.) can French-fried onions

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Shape into loaf and fit into 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake, covered loosely with foil, in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until meat is thoroughly cooked.

Meatloaf Favorite

2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 onion, chopped

1 (10 0z.) pkg. saltine crackers, crushed

Salt to taste

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 T. steak sauce

2 eggs

3/4 C. water

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Transfer to an ungreased 9x13 inch baking dish. Form into a loaf, about 6x10 inch. Bake at 350° for 1 hour, or until center is completely cooked.

We have not inherited the earth from our fathers; we are borrowing it from our children. --A Native American saying

Easy Beer and Ketchup Meatballs

1 (28 oz.) bottle ketchup

2 (12 oz.) cans beer

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

2 tsps. garlic powder

1 onion, chopped

Preheat oven to 400°. Place the beer and ketchup in a slow cooker on high setting and allow to simmer. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the meat, garlic powder and onion, mixing well. Form mixture into meatballs, about 3/4 inch in diameter. Place meatballs in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Transfer meatballs to the slow cooker with the beer and ketchup, and simmer for 3 hours; sauce will thicken.

Slider-style Mini Burgers

2 lbs. ground beef

1 envelope onion soup mix

1/2 C. mayonnaise

2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

24 dinner rolls, split

1/2 C. sliced pickles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Mix together the ground beef and onion soup mix in a large skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat until browned. Remove from heat. Stir the mayonnaise and Cheddar cheese into the ground beef mixture. Lay the bottoms of the the dinner rolls on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the cheese and beef mixture on the bottom half of each roll. Replace the tops. Cover with another sheet of foil, sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven until the burgers are heated through and cheese melts, about 30 minutes. Serve with sliced pickles, if desired.

A new pastor was doing his rounds, visiting the homes of his parishioners. At one house, it was evident that someone was within, but no one answered his repeated knocks. Eventually, he wrote on the back of a calling card: "Revelation 3:20" and stuck it in the door.

The following Sunday he was surprised to find his card in the offering plate. Below his writing was scrawled: "Genesis 3:10".

He reached for his Bible and went into gales of laughter.

Revelation 3:20- "Behold I stand at the door and knock....."

Genesis 3:10- "I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked...."

Have a great week!