This is a cheep and tasty recipe that is quick to prepare and serve.
The basic recipe:
- Place ¼ cup dried grain (I’ve used barley and several kids of rice) in an 8 inch cast iron pan.
- Add water until the grain is awash and just starting to float.
- Put a ¼ to ½ lb portion of frozen meat on the grain.
- Top with toppings of your choice:
- Bacon (particularly if the meat is lean)
- Frozen sliced pepper, onions, etc.
- Salt, pepper, or other spices.
- Frozen vegetables; corn, bean, peas. (Or as a side dish.)
Cooking time depends on the type and size of meat; For me, pork seems to take about 50 minutes, chicken more like 90. Until you know how long to cook it, check doneness with a meat thermometer or cut the meat open to check for any remaining pink sections.
With a little planning ahead this can be prepared in under 5 minutes. If you keep and eye out you can often get chap meat (I’ve seen it at little more than as $1/lb), cut this into serving sizes and freeze them in individual Ziploc type sandwich bags. Vegetables can similarly be prepared and frozen in advance.