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An Old Fashioned Meal

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Ingredients
For casserole
  Lean ground beef 1 Pound
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground allspice 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Dried thyme leaves 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Frozen vegetables for stew 24 Ounce (1 Bag)
  Salad oil 1 Tablespoon
  Red pepper 1 Medium, washed, de-seeded and cut into strips
  Condensed cream of mushroom soup 10 3⁄4 Ounce (1 Can)
  Condensed beef broth 10 1⁄2 Ounce (1 Can)
  Refrigerated biscuits 10 Ounce, separated and cut in half, crosswise (1 Package)
  Chopped parsley/Chives 1 Tablespoon
For salad
  Cherry tomatoes 1⁄2 Pint
  Mixed salad greens 5 Cup (80 tbs), washed and crisped
  Prepared salad dressing 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
For dessert
  Frozen pound cake 10 3⁄4 Ounce (1 Package)
  Whipped heavy cream 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), sweetened with confectioners sugar
  Confectioners sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Lemon pudding and pie filling 21 Ounce (1 Can Of 1 Pound, 5 Ounce)
  Freshly grated lemon peel 2 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Thaw the frozen cake.
2. Wash and halve cherry tomatoes. Add to greens in bowl; refrigerate.
3. Combine ground beef, salt, allspice, 1/4 teaspoon of the thyme and the pepper and mix well.
4. Shape beef mixture into a 5-inch square, and cut into 16 cubes. Keep aside.

MAKING
5. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil.
6. Add vegetables to boiling water and cook for 20 minute or until tender-crisp.
7. In the meantime, in a large skillet, heat the oil.
8. Brown the beef cubes evenly on all sides.
9. Add pepper strips to the skillet and sauté with beef cubes for 5 minutes.
10. Pour in the mushroom soup and beef broth and stir in remaining thyme.
11. Bring to boiling; then reduce heat, and simmer, for 10 minutes.
12. Arrange biscuits on a baking sheet.
13. Bake for 10 minutes in hot oven, until golden brown.
14. To make the dessert, sweeten whipped cream with sugar and fold 1/4 cup of it into half of lemon filling. Reserve remaining lemon filling for another use.
15. Slice pound cake carefully into three equal layers using a pastry knife.
16. Sandwich layers and frost sides with lemon cream.
17. Swirl remaining whipped cream on top.
18. Refrigerate until serving.

SERVING
19. Drain vegetables, mix with beef cubes. Turn into a casserole. Arrange golden baked biscuits around edge and garnish with chives.
20. Serve salad with dressing on the side.
21. Garnish cake with grated lemon peel, slice and serve for dessert.
22. Accompany meal with wine and serve coffee at the end if you like.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Continental
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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