One Dish Dinner

BEEF-AND-CHEESE RAVIOLI DINNER

Serves: 6
Hands-on time: 10 min.
Total time: 40 min.

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (26-oz.) jars tomato-basil pasta sauce
1 cup water
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 (20-oz.) package refrigerated four-cheese ravioli
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
Garnishes: Parmesan cheese, fresh basil leaves

1. Brown ground beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring 8 to 10 min. until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Wipe Dutch oven clean.

2. Sauté onion and mushrooms in hot oil over medium-high heat 6 min. or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 min. Stir in beef, pasta sauce, 1 cup water and next 3 ingredients.

3. Bring sauce to a boil; add ravioli. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 min. or until pasta is done. Stir in cheese. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

PERFECT FOR SHARING
Served with a green salad this recipe will serve 6 generously so split half with a friend or neighbor. Or take it to the next potluck dinner right in the Dutch oven you cook it in.

Slow Cooker Recipe

BARBECUE PORK SANDWICHES

Serves: 8
Hands-on time: 5 min.
Total time: 8 hrs. and 5 min.

1 (3- to 4-lb.) Pork Roast (the cut often called Boston butt)
1 (18-oz.) bottle barbecue sauce
1 (12-oz.) can cola soft drink
1 (8-count) package sandwich buns
Potato Chips (optional)
Pickles (optional)

1. Place pork roast in a 6-qt. slow cooker; pour barbecue sauce and cola over roast.

2. Cover and cook on high 8 hrs. or until meat is tender and shreds easily.

3. Remove pork from barbecue sauce mixture. Shred pork and remove excess fat; add sauce to desired consistency. Spoon pork over sandwich buns. Serve with remaining sauce and chips and pickles if desired.

TO MAKE IT IN THE OVEN
Place roast in a lightly greased Dutch oven; stir together barbecue sauce and cola and pour over the roast. Before placing the lid on top of the Dutch oven, cover it with a double layer of aluminum foil. Bake, tightly covered, at 325° for 3 hrs. and 30 min. or until tender.

Heirloom Recipe

FAMILY FAVORITE TEA CAKES

Makes: 3 dozen
Hands-on time: 25 min
Total time: 2 hrs., 40 min.

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white decorating sugar crystals

1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add vanilla extract, beating until blended.

2. Combine flour, soda, and salt; gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended after each addition.

3. Divide dough in half; wrap each portion in plastic wrap, and chill 1 hr.

4. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll half of dough to ¼-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out cookies with a 2½-inch round cutter, and place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle cookies with decorating sugar crystals.

5. Bake 10 min. or until edges begin to brown; let stand on baking sheet 5 min. Remove to wire racks to cool. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

RESTAURANT RECIPE

Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

This signature side dish is a menu favorite at the restaurant's 577 locations.

Serves: 8-10
Hands-on time: 10 min.
Total time: 40 min.

1 (10¾-oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 (8-oz.) block colby cheese, shredded
½ cup onion, chopped
½ cup margarine, melted
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
2 (30-oz.) packages frozen country-style hash brown potatoes
1 cup shredded colby cheese (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Combine first 6 ingredients stirring until well blended.

2. Add 10½ cups frozen shredded potatoes to bowl. Spoon mixture into 2 lightly greased 1½-quart baking dishes or 1 (9- x 13-inch) baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup colby cheese, if desired. Bake 25 to 30 min. or until golden brown. Serve immediately.