Monday, March 7, 2011

Eat great at home for a fraction of the cost.

Over the last few months I have really thought about eating out and how much money it costs. We set a monthly budget for groceries and try our best to stick to it. It's ridiculous to see how easy it is to spend close to as much money on restaurants as our groceries if we are not careful. So we have been trying to find recipes for a few of our favorite meals and re-creating them at home. Here is one of our recent favorites. Total cost was well under getting it at the restaurant and we had enough supplies to have it more than once.
Barbecued Cheddar Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries.

What are a few of your family favorite copy-cat meals?




From epicurious

Barbecued Cheddar Burgers
3 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup purchased barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
12 sesame-seed hamburger buns, lightly toasted
Lettuce leaves
Sliced tomatoes

Mix first 4 ingredients in large bowl until blended. Mix in pepper. Shape half of meat mixture into eight 1/2-inch-thick patties. Shape remaining meat mixture into four 1-inch-thick patties. (Can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover and chill.)

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill patties to desired doneness, topping with cheese for last minute of cooking, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare 1/2-inch-thick patties, and about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare 1-inch-thick patties. Place burgers on bottom halves of buns. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and upper halves of buns.

Sweet Potato Fries from a ahintofhoney.com/
1 - 1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes (1 large sweet potato)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. sweet paprika

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2.Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide on each side. Place the sweet potatoes into a sealable plastic bag. Add oil, salt and pepper, and seasonings. Seal the bag and shake well to thoroughly coat the fries. Spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet in a single layer (not touching).

3. Cook for 25-30 minutes, turning at least every 10 minutes. Transfer immediately to a paper towel lined plate and serve warm.

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