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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Fried Pork Pies

main dish, pies, beef, pork, cajun

1 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 lb ground chuck
3/4 lb ground pork
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup green onion & tops, chopped
1/4 cup parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup shortening
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 vegetable oil for frying

FILLING: Mix oil and flour in a 10-inch skillet. Add next four ingredients. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Add seasonings. Drain excess oil from the cooked mixture. Cool before placing filling in pastry dough. PASTRY DOUGH: Sift flour, salt, and baking powder in a 1-quart bowl. Mix well. Cut in shortening. Mix milk and beaten eggs and add to flour mixture. Divide dough into 10 portions. Place one portion on a floured board and roll into a circle approximately 7 inches in diameter. Use a lid or saucer to cut into a circle about 6 inches in diameter. Place several tablespoonsful of the meat mixture on one edge of the pastry. Fold dough over. Dampen edges with water. Crimp edges together with a fork. (Make other pies in same manner.) Preheat oil to 350 degrees F. in a deep fat electric fryer. Place pies in oil and fry until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on absorbent paper paper.