Main Dish


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Prep time: 30-45 minutes

Merlin's Favorite Sloppy Joe

American, Main Dish
Sloppy joes are traditionally kind of cheap tasting and overly salty and overly sweet, and messier than necessary. These sloppy joes have a bit of a tex mex flavor to them from the chili powder, and everyone in the house has to remind themselves that they're full, lest they go back for more. They're savory enough to make the adults happy while still being a fun food with a good texture for children.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Prep time: 120 minutes

Merlin's Turkey Chili

Main Dish, Turkey
Rinse and pick over the beans. Cook them in 4 cups of water for 1-2 hours until beans are grown to their full size and tender. Combine the turkey, onions and garlic in a skillet and sear until the meat is lightly browned. Transfer this mixture to a large pot, add the remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. I'm pretty sure sticking all this in a crockpot and cooking all day will net you a very nice chili.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (6 votes)
Prep time: 60 minutes

Spaghetti Bolognese

Main Dish, Sauce
Combine the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, thyme, garlic, half the salt, and half the onion. Simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes, but I find that the flavors are best if left to simmer for 3 hours. As near as I can tell you can let this simmer on the lowest heat you can give it all day and it will just get better and better.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
Prep time: 15 minutes

Fettucine in Tomato Cream Sauce

Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Shellfish, Side Dish
Sprinkle the prawns with the mixed chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and kosher salt. I realize I have no actual amounts here, but it's pretty much 'until it looks right'. Oh, cumin and/or mexican oregano would be good in that combination too. Probably chili powder will be the heaviest, but don't skimp on the salt. Saute the prawns in 1/2 tbs butter, and be careful not to overcook them, lest they turn rubbery.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.2 (5 votes)
Prep time: 120 minutes

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Main Dish, Pork, Vegetable
Umami from the mushroom and spicy italian sausage blend to jazz up acorn squash in a single dish meal that is its own dish!
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Your rating: None Average: 4.1 (15 votes)
Prep time: 80 minutes

Plum braised pork chops

Main Dish, Pork
An overnight brine ensures that these chops are incredibly tender. The jelly provides a sweet flavor which permeates really well into the fatty areas. These were a hit with everyone in the family, and Gramma even compared them to pork chops when she was a kid.
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Your rating: None Average: 4.1 (10 votes)
Prep time: 90 minutes

Pressure Cooker Braised Short Ribs

Beef, Main Dish
A pressure cooker provides a fast way to perform a braise that would ordinarily take several hours and the braising liquid turns into a delicious pasta sauce
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Your rating: None Average: 4 (2 votes)
Prep time: 15 minutes

Pizza Dough

Main Dish
Combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit until the yeast is bubbling. Stir in one cup of flour, then the olive oil and salt. Add another 4 1/2 c flour, mixing with a large spoon until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and holds together. Sprinkle the last 1/2 cup of flour on your kneading surface. Turn the dough out and knead it until it feels cohesive. Let it rest while you clean and grease the bowl for rising. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and spongy.
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Your rating: None Average: 4 (9 votes)
Prep time: 15 minutes

Sauteed Dou Miao with Garlic

Chinese, Main Dish, Vegetable
Heat the wok to a good, hot wok temperature; the highest setting on your stovetop, or like I do, over the grill outside. (The burner from a turkey fryer is great for this). Put the vegetable oil in the wok and get it hot. You can use about half the oil here if you want. Add the garlic and toss until fragrant. This will take less than 30 seconds, probably. Add dou miao and salt in batches; let dou miao wilt slightly before adding more. As moisture from the leaves evaporates, add water if necessary. (I haven't found it necessary to do so yet).
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Prep time: 15 minutes

Chicken spice mix

Chicken, Main Dish
Mix well and put in a shaker. Cover one side of chicken with a spice mix. There's no salt (the brine has plenty). Place that side down on the grill and repeat on other side. Grill 3-4 minutes per side.
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