Lunchbreak: Taste of Home’s recipes across America

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James Schend, Senior Food Editor
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Chicago-Style Beef Sandwiches

1 boneless beef chuck roast (4 pounds)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
6 garlic cloves, halved
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 carton (32 ounces) beef broth
1 tablespoon beef base
12 Italian rolls, split
1 jar (16 ounces) giardiniera, drained

Cut roast in half; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a food processor, combine the mushrooms, carrots, onion, garlic and oregano. Cover and process until finely chopped. Transfer to slow cooker. Combine beef broth and base; pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until tender. Remove meat and shred with two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Return meat to slow cooker; heat through. Using a slotted spoon, serve beef on buns; top with giardiniera.

Blueberry Buckle

1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups fresh blueberries
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup cold butter, cubed

In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Fold in blueberries. Pour into greased 9-in. square baking pan.
For topping, in a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over blueberry mixture.
Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Homey Mac & Cheese

2-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups 2% milk
5 cups (20 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 350. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Stir in 3 cups cheese and Worcestershire sauce until cheese is melted. Drain macaroni; stir into sauce. Transfer to a greased 11×7-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Top with remaining cheese; sprinkle with paprika. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Mexican Carnitas

1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
6 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
3 large oranges, divided
1 large lemon
Oil for frying
12 to 16 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, salsa and guacamole

Place meat in a medium-size roasting pan. Sprinkle with garlic and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Squeeze the juice from one orange and the lemon over the meat. Slice the remaining oranges and place over the meat. Cover and bake at 350 for about 2 hours or until meat is tender. With a slotted spoon, remove meat and drain well on paper towels. Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet and fry meat in batches until browned and crispy. Serve warm in tortillas with toppings of your choice.

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup sherry or chicken broth
2-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
24 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 5 pounds)

In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Reserve 1-1/3 cups for basting; cover and refrigerate. Divide remaining marinade between two large resealable plastic bags. Add 12 chicken thighs to each; seal bags and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until no longer pink; baste occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes.

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