Delicious Meat Recipe #1: My Grandma Carol's Italian Beef
1 T. oregano
1 T. garlic salt
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. cayenne pepper (I use less...This would make it VERY spicy. Also, if you don't have cayenne pepper, you can substitute using some ground red pepper.)
5 bay leaves
salt & pepper to taste
2 c. water
How simple is that ingredient list? You may also want to add the buns of your choice. Of course, the crusty, white hoagie is typically used, but you can use whole wheat of some kind to make it healthier. Also, you can trim as much fat off the roast as possible to cut down on the fat content...If you're interested in such things. I am not. I really dislike handling raw meat, and I don't normally eat a lot of fat....So I splurge with this meal.
So here's what you do:
Put meat in slow cooker whole. Add spices and water. Cook on low until very tender (6-8 hrs.). Take meat out of juice, and shred using 2 forks. Remove bay leaves from juices/meat. Return shredded meat to juices and cook 1 hour more. Serve on crusty buns!
So easy. Yes, it takes a long time to cook, but it only takes about 5 minutes total of your time in the morning and an hour before you serve it! This is one of Oliver's favorites....Maybe Oliver's favorite favorite.
Delicious Meat Recipe #2: Pioneer Woman's Favorite Meatloaf
The Pioneer Woman is a [hilarious] blogger who is a city girl turned ranch wife with the most mouth-watering recipes I've ever run across. The reason for this is probably because she doesn't spare the butter, the fat, the sugar, did I say the butter? Her family runs a cattle ranch and they work....hard. So, they eat the put-a-little-meat-on-your-bones food that most of us cannot afford to eat. For each recipe, she posts step-by-step pictures of the process. (She is also a photographer, and a homeschooler [insert sigh of depression as I realize how little I am able to accomplish with my time compared to her, a mother of four]) And she is downright entertaining and funny!
Anyway, instead of posting the actual recipe here, click on this link to see this AMAZING recipe play out, picture by picture, on the Pioneer Woman blog: