After a long day of skiing, it's nice to enjoy a healthy, hearty meal. Sometimes, though, you're more in a mood to relax in front of a fireplace rather than spend a couple hours in the kitchen. Here are some recipes sure to be a hit with hungry skiers. They're easy to prepare, tasty, and use common ingredients. -- Ann Neff
Wham-Bam Ham Marinade
Knee-Deep Cheese Bread
Corn(snow) Flake Chicken with Egg Noodles
Pork Chops with Rice
Mile High Meat and Pasta Pie
Cauliflower-Broccoli Cheesy Salad
Perfect Pole Plant Pasta with Italian Sausages and Peppers
Poppy/Parmesan Salad with Croutons
Ma Rita's Scalloped Potatoes
Lois' White Chili
Blastin' Black Beans & Rice
Ski Bum Fried Potatoes & Cabbage
Chili Dip Atomic Appetizer
Individual Peach Cobbler Dessert
Super G Pierogi Casserole with Pineapple Cake
Oh-So-Nice Meat and Rice
Apricot Chicken with Tortellini Pasta Salad
Italian Alps Tortellini Soup
Grandma Bosley's White Macaroni & Cheese
No-Brainer Barley & Chicken Dinner
Brewmaster's Thick Crust Pizza with Antipasto Salad
Baked Ravioli with Green Beans & Pine Nuts
No-Crash Cashew Chicken with Shred-Head Slaw
Telemarking Turkey Casserole with Applesauce Muffins
Trail's End Vegetarian Lentil Soup with Chocolate Cherry Flan
Just scroll down to see each recipe.
This is a great way to prepare thick slices of ham for grilling. Bake some potatoes on the grill and toast up some bread and it's an easy meal.
A couple of thick slices of ham. (We like them about 2" thick and 6" wide.)
1 cup grape jelly -- melted in microwave.
4 tbs. mustard -- you choose the variety.
3 tbs. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Not much, really. Put the ham slices in a big zip-lock bag and pour in the marinade. Let it set in the refrigerator for at least a few hours (like from morning until you get back from skiing). Then just slap the ham on the grill. You can save the marinade for basting, if you so desire.
This is a great bread that will go with about any entree. If any is left over, it's also great to pack for a lunch instead of a sandwich.
1 frozen bread dough (thawed)
8 oz. of any variety of cubed cheese
1/4 cup of olive oil or melted oleo
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
Generously grease a pie plate. Spread dough to fit the plate. Push cubed cheese into the dough. Mix olive oil or oleo with oregano and Parmesan cheese and spread over the top. Let it rise until double in size and then bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.
This is a recipe that was a staple in Jim's house when he was growing up. It's one of his mom's best, but so easy to prepare it's a snap.
Another Neff family staple, easy to prepare and great comfort food.
Boneless pork chops (4-6 chops)
2 cans chicken rice soup
1 small onion
You need a deep oven-proof skillet. Spray the skillet with cooking spray.
Brown the chops on one side and add pepper. Flip and brown the other side and pepper.
Add the onions (chopped) and soup. Cover and bake for at least 1 hour at 325 degrees.
This goes good with rice and a vegetable as side dishes. You can pour the soup over the rice for an added bonus.
Wonderful main entree "pie" that will satisfy the heartiest of appetites. Better yet, it's awesome the next day as a leftover!
Ingredients - Meat Layer
Ingredients - Pasta Layer
Brown the meat with onion, salt and pepper until done. Drain and add tomato soup. Simmer for 5 minutes and set aside.
Cook pasta in salted water al dente. Drain, leave in pan and reduce heat to medium. Add oleo and stir to melt. Add flour and stir to dissolve. Beat eggs and milk with whip, add salt and pepper, pour into pasta. Stir and cook until thickened. Add grated cheese and set aside.
In a large, greased pie plate put half of the pasta mixture. Pat up the sides of the pie plate. Place all the meat mixture on top. Put the remaining pasta over the meat layer. Slice Mozzarella cheese and place on top of the pasta. Place sliced tomatoes on top of the cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Let rest 5 minutes before cutting. (This can be put together, refrigerated and baked later. Start in a cold oven, set the temp, and bake 15-20 minutes longer.)
This goes with just about any meal, and stuffed in a pita makes a great sandwich filler.
Mix the cauliflower, broccoli, kidney beans, and onion together. Mix the dressing ingredients together. Pour the dressing into the salad and mix. Add cheddar and bacon and mix again.
This brings together wine, pasta, and peppers in a spicy dish to end a ski day.
1 lb. spaghetti
1 lb. hot Italian sausage
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 each: sliced yellow, red, orange peppers
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons parsley
2 14-oz. cans diced tomatoes
Cook the sausages in wine until the wine evaporates. continue cooking and brown on all sides. Heat the oil in another pan and saute the onions until tender. Add the peppers and heat for about three minutes. Add the parsley, oregano and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add the sausages and simmer while cooking the pasta. Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese.
This is an easy to prepare salad that goes well with the Pole Plant Pasta entree (or any other entree for that matter). The best thing is that you don't need many ingredients.
Croutons: Brush the bread with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano and Parmesan cheese. Cut into cubes and place on baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes at
Salad: Toss salad greens with Henrys, poppy seeds, and parmesan cheese. Add the croutons.
This is one of my husband's favorite winter meals, a dish passed down from his mother. It's simple to make and warms you up on a cold day.
8 tablespoons oleo (1 stick)
8 heaping tablespoons of flour
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups milk
6-7 red potatoes scrubbed
1/2 lb. of leftover ham, ham slice, or deli ham
Melt the oleo in a sauce pan and add flour until smooth. Wisk in milk and pepper and continue stirring until the sauce is smooth and thick. Grease a casserole dish. slice potatoes and cut-up ham. layer in the dish and pour the sauce over. Bake at 375 until done, about 1 to 1.5 hours. (Note: My husband says this dish must be served with peas on the side or it isn't authentic.)
This recipe come from Lois Durham of Cadillac, Michigan. Lois loves to ski, so this is a quick meal for days when you spend a little extra time on the slopes.
2 lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken breasts cubed
48 oz. of northern beans cooked and rinsed (jars or cans)
16 oz. mild salsa (medium will make it HOT)
8 oz. package shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
2 teaspoons cumin (optional)
Simmer chicken in chicken broth for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer until ready to eat.
Good recipe for those who like to end their ski day with some heat. Suggestion: have the cold beer ready.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion
1 can (14.5 oz.) chicken broth
2 (15 oz.) cans rinsed black beans
2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 hot pepper chopped (optional)
1 16 oz. package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 cups (leftover) cooked rice
In a Dutch oven saute the onion in olive oil. Add black beans, tomatoes, corn, oregano, chili powder and hot pepper. Simmer until the flavors blend (about 30 minutes). Place the rice in the bottom of individual bowls. Pour the mixture over the rice and sprinkle with cheddar. Great served with corn bread.
This is a dish you can serve by itself, but it's also great with pork chops. The best thing is that it's cheap.
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 medium red potatoes scrubbed and sliced
1 large onion sliced thin
1 16 oz. package of slaw mix
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
In a large skillet saute the sliced onion and potatoes in olive oil. Add salt, pepper, and slaw mix and continue cooking until done. Takes about 30 minutes.
This is a great appetizer that you can make as spicy hot as your taste buds can stand.
8 oz. (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
1 can refried beans (no fat)
1 can no-bean chili
1/2 cup salsa (Here's where you choose your atomic level. Additional peppers optional.)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
Spread in the bottom of a pie dish or 8x8 square dish in the following order: cream cheese, beans, chili, salsa, cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with Fritos or tortilla chips.
This is a wonderful dessert that is so easy it's a perfect dish for the kids to make. This recipe is for 2 servings, so just multiply the ingredients to fit your needs.
1.5 teaspoons of cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 small can sliced peaches undrained
1/2 cup Bisquick
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 custard cups greased
In a small saucepan combine the cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir in peaches and bring to boil until thickened. Put into a 2 oz. custard cup. In a bowl, combine Bisquick, sugar and milk. Drop by spoon over peaches. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.
This is a hearty dinner complete with dessert that only takes about a half-hour to make from start to finish, less time than most of us can ski a Super G. (Vegetarians can join in the fun because it's a meatless meal.)
Super G Pierogi Casserole
1 16-oz. package frozen potato & cheese pierogies
10 Roma tomatoes sliced
1 medium onion chopped
1 small can mushrooms drained
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup water
Layer the pierogies in the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish. In a skillet, cook the onion until soft, add the mushrooms and saute. Add the tomatoes, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper, and water. Simmer 10 minutes. Pour the mixture over the pierogies. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Aunt Caroline's Pineapple Cake
Bake 1 yellow Jiffy cake mix according to directions -- 325 degrees in a 9 x 12 pan for 10-15 minutes. In a mixer, beat 8 oz. of cream cheese. 2 cups of cold milk, and 1 package of instant French vanilla pudding. Spread evenly over the cooled cake. Drain 1 large can of crushed pineapple and spread evenly over the pudding mixture. Spread 1 8 oz. container of Cool Whip over the pineapple. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
(December 2002) -- This is a Lebanese dish that's not only easy to make but fun to eat. In fact, if you eat it in the correct fashion, you don't need silverware. More on that at the bottom of the recipe.
1 lb. ground sirloin
1 small onion chopped
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1 cup Orzo
2 cups Uncle Ben's converted rice
1 stick oleo
3 1/2 cups of boiling water
In a frying pan brown the ground sirloin with the onion. Drain and add the cinnamon, lemon juice, and allspice. Stir together. Toast the pine nuts in the oven until golden, add to the meat, cook 5 minutes longer, and set aside. In a Dutch oven brown the Orzo in 1 stick of oleo until golden, add the rice and continue browning for 3 minutes. Add the boiling water. Turn the temperature to lowest setting and let simmer until fork tender (about 30 minutes). Stir frequently. When done, add the meat mixture and continue cooking until heated through.
This is great with fresh green beans or wax beans. To fully enjoy the dish, however, it should be eaten with pita bread. Tear the bread into small pieces. Take a piece of bread and form it into a small scoop. Now scoop up some of the meat and rice and put the whole thing in your mouth -- hence no silverware.
(December 2002) -- This is a great dish because you can prepare it on the spot or ahead of time. Hint: Leftovers the next day are just as good as the original. To start, you need a large casserole dish (5 quarts).
9 cups of cabbage cut into bite size pieces
1 lb. ground sirloin
1 small onion chopped - salt and pepper
8 slices of bacon cooked crisp
2/3 cup uncooked rice
2 cans tomato soup
2 soup cans water
1/2 cup catsup
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
Place the cabbage in the bottom of the casserole dish. Brown the ground sirloin with the onion until done and drain off the grease. Add the uncooked rice and brown for 4 minutes. Place the mixture over the cabbage. Mix together the tomato soup, water, catsup, lemon juice, and brown sugar; pour over the cabbage and meat mixture. Place the bacon strips on top. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
You may make this ahead of time and refrigerate before baking. When you get home from skiing place in a cold oven and gradually increase the heat until it reaches 375 degrees, then bake for 1 1/2 hours. (When in the mountains out West increase the baking time to 2 hours.)
If your lodge or condo comes equipped with an outdoor grill, it's fun to have a mid-winter picnic. This dinner is easy because much of the preparation can be done ahead of time.
1 5.5 oz. can of apricot nectar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice concentrate
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
4 boneless chicken breasts
Mix the four ingredients together. Place chicken breasts in a plastic bag. Pour marinade over the chicken. Refrigerate until ready to use. You can do this the night before, or in the morning before skiing.
When you're ready to grill the chicken, remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade. Cook on the grill until the juice runs clear.
Tortellini Pasta Salad
Mix the dressing together. In a large bowl add all the vegetables. Toss with dressing and allow to marinate while preparing the tortellini. Cook the tortellini according to package directions. Then toss with vegetables. Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired. This salad can be in the morning before you ski and then covered and stored in the refrigerator.
Tomato Cheese Bread
Before you leave for skiing in the morning, put the frozen bread dough in the refrigerator to thaw. When you return from skiing this is the part of the dinner you'll need to start right away because the bread has to rise.
Put the thawed bread dough in an 8x8 greased baking dish. Brush the top with olive oil. Top with tomato slices. Saute the onion in one tablespoon of olive oil until tender. Place the onions on top of the tomatoes and sprinkle with oregano and Parmesan cheese.
Let the bread rise until its double in size. Then bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes or until the bread is golden.
The best part about this is that you don't need extra spices -- the sausage has the spices built in.
3 or 4 hot Italian sausage links
1 small onion (diced)
2 red potatoes (scrubbed and diced)
1 can chicken broth
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can great northern beans (drained)
2 cups water
1 package frozen cheese tortellini
Dice the sausage and saute with the onion. Add the potatoes and cook until slightly brown. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, and water and simmer to mix the flavors. Just before serving add the tortellini and bring back to the boiling point. Then back off the heat to simmer for another 5-10 minutes (or until the tortellini has the desired texture). Serves 4 people.
A good item to serve with this soup is Toasted Pita Bread Italian Style. Cut pita bread in half and separate the layers (i.e. pockets). Lightly butter each piece, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and a dash of oregano. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.
A great comfort food meal. You can put a spin on this by putting chunks of your favorite cheese into the mixture.
Melt the oleo in a sauce pan. Blend in the flour until smooth. Add the milk and stir constantly until thick. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fold in the cottage cheese.
Grease a large baking dish. Stir the pasta and cheese mixture together. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add the chopped onion and saute until tender. Add the barley and saute for 2 minutes, stirring
constantly. Add the water and bullion cubes.Put in a baking dish.
Saute the chicken in 1 tablespoon of oil until golden brown on each side. Place on top of the barley.
Pour the tomatoes on top of the barley and cover with foil. Bake for 70 minutes at 350-degrees.
Made with beer, easy to make while you drink beer, great to eat with a beer.
Mix the ingredients together by hand. Grease a round pizza pan. Pat the dough on the pan and up the sides. The yeast in the beer will make the dough rise as the pizza cooks. The flavor of the crust will vary according to the style of beer used.
Toppings are a personal choice, but here is our favorite mix. 1 8 oz. can of pizza sauce 1 lb. of sliced mozzarella cheese 1 can of drained mushrooms 1 large, sliced tomato
Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let set for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
Layer the salad in a large bowl in the above order. Toss with Ann Marie's home made dressing. 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons sugar
Sprinkle the top of the salad with 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.
This entire meal takes thirty minutes to prepare, less if you make the salad in advance and just add the dressing at dinner time.
Spray the baking dish with Pam. Coat the bottom of the dish with spaghetti sauce. Evenly layer half of the ravioli in the bottom of the dish. Cover with half of the sauce and half of the sliced tomatoes. Repeat a second layer. Slice the mozzarella cheese on top and sprinkle on the Parmesan/Romano. Bake at 375 degrees for one hour.
Toast 1/2 cup of pine nuts in the oven until they are highly browned. Sauté a 16 oz. package of frozen whole green beans in three tablespoons of oleo in a non-stick pan until done. Add the pine nuts and heat through.
This entire meal can be put together at the last minute with fairly common ingredients, but it really hits the spot after you've been expending energy all day. Hint: Kids love to help with the layering of the ravioli.
Mix chicken, celery, nuts, mushrooms, water chestnuts, soup, and water together in a 9x13 pan. Divide the chow mein noodles in half and mix two cups into the mixture. Sprinkle two cups on top.
Bake at 375-degrees for one hour or until heated through and noodles are brown on top. This comes out as a stew-like delight.
Dressing 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Mix together and pour over slaw. Let marinate for at least two hours. This is a colorful and low-fat cole slaw unlike any you've ever tasted. (It's even better the next day.)
This entire meal is a great one to prepare in advance. When you get home from skiing, just pour the dressing on the slaw, pop the cashew chicken in the oven and relax until dinner time.
Layer the cut up broccoli in a 9x9 baking dish. Microwave on high for three minutes. Layer the mushrooms, turkey, and cheese on top of the broccoli.
Make a white sauce using 3 tablespoons oleo, 3 tablespoons flour, and 2 cups of milk. Melt the oleo, stir in the flour, add the milk and cook until thickened. Pour over the casserole.
Melt 2 tablespoons of oleo and add one-fourth cup of bread crumbs. Sprinkle on top. Bake at 350-degrees for 1 hour.
Mix all the ingredients together until well moistened. Bake 15 minutes for 12 small muffins, 20-25 minutes for 6 large muffins, at 400-degrees.
Simmer this mixture for 45 minutes. Then add: 1 cup dried, rinsed lentils 1 cup chopped carrots 2 cups chopped potatoes
Simmer for 1 hour. Then add: 1 cup frozen corn 1 cup frozen peas 1 cup frozen green beans
Simmer for 1/2 hour. Good served with a warm loaf of French bread.
Spray a flan pan with cooking spray. Mix the cake according to directions and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes or until done. Invert cake onto a large, round plate and let cool. Fill the center with the cherry pie filling. Good served with vanilla ice cream.