These are a Few of our Favorite Things

As many of you undoubtedly know, we at St. Vincent de Paul love to cook. In fact, we love it so much that we prepare more than 3,500 meals a day (yes, 365 days a year). As the holiday season draws near, I wanted to share some of our favorite recipes in case you are having a few people over to your place:

sloppy_joeSloppy Joe Sandwiches
Servings: 4

1 pound ground beef
1 cup ketchup
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 hamburger buns

In a pan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, drain any fat from pan. Stir in ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for 30 minutes. Serve on bun.

beef-stewBeef Stew
Servings: 4-6

1 pound ground beef
2 cans of mixed vegetables
2 cans of beef broth
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 medium size potatoes
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

In a pan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, drain any fat from pan. Dice potatoes into small bite size pieces. Add beef broth and potatoes to beef and cook until potatoes are tender. Add mixed vegetables, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. 

And if “a few people” doesn’t cut it, try a recipe for almost 500 people:

perfectcookiePeanut Butter Cookies
Servings: 448

6 lbs. margarine
6 lbs. shortening
14 lbs. 4 oz. peanut butter
24 lbs. brown sugar
2 oz. salt
2 qts. & 2 cups eggs
1 cup vanilla extract
23 lbs.  flour

Place the margarine, shortening and peanut butter in the mixing bowl. With the paddle attachment, cream these ingredients at medium speed for 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and salt, then cream at medium speed for 1 minute. Mixing on low speed, slowly add the eggs (about 1 quart at a time) until incorporated. While mixer is still mixing at low speed add vanilla, mixing until incorporated. Add flour. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix or cookies will be tough. Portion cookies and slightly flatten with a fork with criss-cross marks. Bake at 350 F. (325F for convection oven with low fan) 10-12 minutes.

Bon appétit!

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