My mom believed that if you’re going to do take out for a meal every once in awhile, it’s always better for you if you make it at home.
The obvious only difference between take out from outside is you don’t have to do the cooking, just the eating…..well that’s why its called take out. Duh…..LOL!
But when you really think about it just knowing the food is being cooked in a sanitary environment (your home kitchen) that you are sure of. You also control what ingredients are going into the food and you can choose a healthier oil to cook the food in like coconut oil, olive oil or ghee. You can either fry it up in a skillet or deep fryer and if you don’t want to use oils at all it’s cool to broil the burgers and bake your fries. I love burgers cooked on a grill outdoors the best of all.
So doing it at home shouldn’t take more than one hour and a half to prepare and cook and you save money as well. This evening my husband picked up all the ingredients and some dessert-like Ice cream and well there’s enough for a couple of nights and to share with my neighbor and her kids versus paying for one meal and that’s it in a restaurant. I do not like wasting any money and I prefer to save the extra few dollars in a savings jar. So here it goes.
Corn on the Cob Recipe
6 small Corn on the cob (pull away from the husks from fresh corn or use frozen corn)
6 to 8 cups of boiling water (enough to cover the corn)
1 tablespoon of sugar
Put corn in boiling water with sugar in a pot, let cook on medium heat for at least 25 minutes. Strain and pat with butter, sprinkle with some salt and serve while hot.
Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers Recipe
1lb of fresh ground beef
6 or 8 cheese single slices
1 onion sliced
1 egg beaten
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon of any spices of your choice
1 cup of coconut oil, olive oil, ghee
or skip the oil and broil the burgers
Sesame seed burger buns
1 bottle of ketchup
1 bottle of mustard
1 bottle of relish
Jar of Vlasic pickles
Lettuce (washed and sliced)
tomatoes (washed and sliced)
Pour oil in a skillet and brown the onion slices on both sides until softened (the onions help give the oil flavor) then put them on a plate for later. Then combine and mix all the spices, seasonings and egg with the ground beef in a bowl. Then shape out into burger patties (can make 6 large patties or 12 small ones) then fry on medium heat until burgers are nice and browned on both sides and well done.
Or Broil the burgers and use no oil.
Then at last few minutes place cheese singles slice on top of burgers to melt the cheese a little for cheeseburgers. Then top burgers with fried onion slices.
Serve on hamburger buns and top with some ketchup, mustard, relish (your choice) lettuce, tomatoes and put some Vlasic pickles on side of the plate.
French Fries Recipe
6-8 large whole white potatoes (peeled and sliced like French fries or use a crinkle or curly cutter) or bag of frozen fries
2-3 cups of coconut oil or olive oil or ghee
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of white pepper or black pepper
1 cup of onions (finely chopped)
1 bottle of Ketchup
12-inch Skillet or deep fryer
melted cheese (on the side for dipping)
Pour oil in a skillet on medium heat; add potatoes, top with onions and spices. While frying be sure to turn over potatoes so to brown them evenly.
Or spray lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake on a foil-covered cookie sheet in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or so.
Cook till well done. Strain with a spatula or put on a paper towel covered bowl or plate to absorb excess oil if fried. Then serve alongside with the hamburgers and corn and melted dipping cheese to dip fries in or pour over top.
*And there you have your home-cooked take out. Serve the burgers, fries, and corn with soda, seltzer, mineral water or juice. Your family will love this*
- Corn on the Cob (debbieshomeshop.com)