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Grilled Pork Pinwheels with Fennel Salsa

Grilled Pork Pinwheels with Fennel Salsa

Grilled Pork Pinwheels with Fennel Salsa

 

1 T. plus 2 tsp. good-quality olive oil

1 bulb fennel, tops removed and base chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1 large sweet red bell pepper, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch squares

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 cup cooked black beans, drained

2 fresh jalapeno chiles, seeds and veins removed and finely chopped

3/4 tsp. salt or to taste

2 (about 1-lb.) pork tenderloins, trimmed

1 tsp. lemon zest

1 sprig fresh thyme, minced, or 1 tsp. dried thyme

Freshly ground black or white pepper

 

Heat 2 T. of the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, garlic and onion and cook about 3 minutes or until they begin to soften. Remove skillet from heat and stir in beans and chiles. Add salt if desired. Using a sharp knife, slice each tenderloin in half lengthwise, cutting almost to the opposite side. Flatten out between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a mallet or rolling pin until each becomes uniformly thin, about ¼ inch thick. Preheat grill to medium or 350F (175C). Place rack 4 inches above heat. Divide fennel mixture between the tenderloins, spreading it to within 1 inch of edges of each. Roll each and tie with kitchen twine. Brush each rolled tenderloin lightly with remaining oil. Sprinkle each with lemon zest, thyme and black pepper. Place on rack and sear each side, turning after about 10 minutes. Cover grill and cook about 10 minutes or until pork reaches an internal temperature of 160F (70C) or until meat in center is white, firm and juicy, not pink and soft. Let stand at least 5 minutes for juices to settle, then slice and serve. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Pork Shoulder Ragu

Pork Shoulder Ragu

Pork Shoulder Ragu

 

When it’s time to serve, make sure there’s cream or cheese involved—pair it with pasta and a lot of Parm, or put it over creamy polenta. As rich as it is, this ragu still wants to be paired with dairy.

 

3 pounds boneless, skinless pork shoulder (aka Boston butt), cut into 6 large pieces

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 T. vegetable oil

1 medium onion, diced

5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

1 T. tomato paste

¾ cup dry red wine

3 (15-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes

A few fresh basil sprigs

A chunk of Parmesan rind

 

Generously season the pork with kosher salt and pepper (you should use about 1½ tsp. salt). Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add as many pieces of pork as you can fit without crowding and cook until golden all over, 3 to 4 minutes per side; repeat with any remaining pieces of pork. (Be careful not to go overboard; you want to avoid blackened bits on the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat if it looks like things are getting too hot and add more oil if the bottom of the pot starts to look dry.) Transfer the pork to a plate and repeat with the remaining pork. There should be about a T. of fat still in the pot; if there isn’t, add a little more oil to the pot. (If there’s more than a T., carefully spoon or tip some of the fat out.) Add the onion to the pot and cook, stirring, until softened and a little golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Stir in the tomato paste and let it cook for 1 minute, then pour in the wine. Let the wine simmer while you scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon or spatula, releasing all the browned bits into the sauce, for 2 or 3 minutes, until the wine has reduced by at least half. Add the tomatoes and their juices, lightly crushing the tomatoes with your hands as you add them, then add the basil, the Parmesan rind, 1 cup water, and 1 tsp. kosher salt. Nestle the pork into the tomato sauce and add any juices that have accumulated on the plate. Raise the heat and bring everything to a boil, then lower the heat until everything is at a simmer. Keep the pork at a low simmer and cook, partially covered, until it is almost falling apart and can be pulled apart effortlessly with two forks, about 2 hours. Fish out the basil and Parm rind and discard them. Transfer the pork to a cutting board or large bowl and use two forks to shred it into bite-size pieces. Return the pork to the sauce, taste it, and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt if it needs it. The ragu will keep in the fridge for 3 days and can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Instant Pot Veggie Bacon Crustless Quiche

Instant Pot Veggie Bacon Crustless Quiche

Instant Pot Veggie Bacon Crustless Quiche

 

1/2 cup (50g) shredded Parmesan, divided

1/4 cup (30g) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1/4 cup (28g) shredded provolone or gruyere, divided

2 T. (28 g) grass fed butter or ghee (plus more as needed)

1 cup (70g) thinly sliced or chopped mushrooms

2 cups (60g) pre-washed fresh spinach, coarsely chopped

5 large eggs

1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream

1/4 cup (60g) cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. granulated garlic

7 slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled

zest of one lemon

1/4 cup (15g) finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 cup (240ml) water

Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine parmesan, cheddar and provolone, set aside

 

Add the butter to Instant Pot and press “sauté “. Once butter has melted, add the mushrooms and sauté for seven minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly caramelized. Add the spinach and sauté for three minutes, stirring occasionally, just until wilted. Pres the “keep warm/cancel” button. Grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with lid that fits inside the Instant Pot and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream and cream cheese until eggs are fully incorporated. Add salt, garlic, bacon, lemon zest, parsley, three quarters of the cheese mixture and the mushroom mixture, gently stirring to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Place lid on baking dish.   Pour water into the Instant Pot, place Instant Pot Trivet into the Instant Pot. Carefully transfer baking dish to Instant Pot on top of the trivet. Place lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the steam release valve is sealed. Press the ‘manual’ button and set timer for 25 minutes. When Instant Pot beeps, press warm/cancel. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for ten minutes. Using and oven mitt “quick release” the steam release valve. When the steam stops venting, and silver dial drops, carefully open lid.  Carefully remove dish from the Instant Pot and remove lid from the dish. Next add the remaining reserved cheese mixture to the top of the quiche and either place quiche back into the Instant Pot with the lid on or place under a preheated broiler in the oven for three minutes or until cheese is slightly brown.  Allow quiche to rest for 15 minutes.  Note: if your baking dish does not have a lid, you can cover the top with parchment paper then secure the edges with aluminum foil

Instant Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage

Instant Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage

Instant Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage

 

1 (3-pound) corned beef brisket, plus pickling spice packet or 1 1/2 T. pickling spice

1 medium onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 (14.9 ounce) Guinness beer

1 cup beef broth

1 pound new potatoes

3 large carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces

1 head Savoy cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 T. whole grain mustard

2 T. chopped fresh parsley leaves

 

Rinse brisket with cold water and thoroughly pat dry. Place onion, garlic and pickling spice into a 6-qt Instant Pot®. Gently place brisket on top of the onion mixture. Top with beer and beef broth. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 85 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. Remove brisket from the Instant Pot®; keep warm. Remove and discard onion mixture, reserving 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid in the Instant Pot®. Stir in potatoes and carrots; top with cabbage. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 4 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. Thinly slice corned beef against the grain and serve with potatoes, carrots and cabbage, garnished with mustard and parsley, if desired.

Instant Pot Pork Roast

Instant Pot Pork Roast

Instant Pot Pork Roast

 

1 ½ tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. pepper

Roast

2 – 3 lb. pork roast

4 T. butter divided

3 cloves garlic minced

½ yellow onion chopped

2 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ c. broth any kind

4 large carrots chopped into 1’’ pieces

2 large potatoes chopped into 1’’ pieces

Gravy

¼ c. all-purpose flour

¼ c. butter

 

In a small bowl combine all dry rub spices. Rub the spice mixture all over your roast making sure it is entirely covered, set aside. If your pork roast has netting on it make sure to remove it. Turn your Instant Pot to sauté. Add 2 T. butter to the pot. When the butter is melted add onions. Sauté for 4-5 minutes and then add minced garlic and sauté an additional minute. Add the last 2 T. butter to pot and melt. Add the pork roast and sear each side for 2-3 minutes or until brown. Remove pork roast from Instant Pot. Add broth and Worcestershire sauce to pot and deglaze pot. You will want to leave it on sauté and scrape all the brown bits from the bottom of the pot to avoid getting the burn feature. Place the trivet on the bottom of the pot. Add the pork roast back into the pot on top of the trivet. Seal Instant pot and set to manual high pressure for 70 minutes. When time is done, quick release pressure. Add the carrots and potatoes to the Instant Pot. Place lid back on the pressure cooker and set to 5 minutes. When done cooking, quick release pressure, remove pork roast and veggies from the Instant Pot and cover with aluminum foil. Remove trivet and set aside. Turn the Instant Pot to sauté and add butter, melt. Slowly whisk in the flour to the gravy. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until sauce thickens to form gravy. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Mix and Match Skillet Meal

Mix and Match Skillet Meal

Mix and Match Skillet Meal

 

1 cup grain, uncooked

1 ½ cups vegetables, fresh, canned or frozen, ~cut bite-sized~

1 cup protein, cut bite-sized

2 cups sauce, stirred

½ tsp. spices

3 Tablespoons topping

 

To make in a skillet: Combine all ingredients except topping in a large skillet. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until grains are tender, about 15 to 45 minutes. Stir occasionally and add liquid if too dry. Add topping before serving. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

 

To bake in oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except topping in a casserole dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until grains are tender, about 50 to 60 minutes. Add topping before serving. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

 

Grain – try bulgur, pasta, quinoa or rice

Vegetables – try a mixture of corn, carrots, green beans, onions, mushrooms, peppers or zucchini

Protein – try cooked cubed or ground beef, pork, chicken or turkey, canned tuna or salmon, tofu or beans

Sauce – try one can (10.75 ounces) condensed cream soup such as chicken, potato or tomato soup plus 1 1/4 cups water or low-fat milk

Spices – try basil, oregano, parsley, chili powder, garlic, onion powder or ground ginger

Topping – try grated cheese or crushed whole grain cereal or crackers

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with Butterbeans, Apple and Sage

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with Butterbeans, Apple and Sage

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with Butterbeans, Apple and Sage

 

2 onions, roughly chopped

2 sticks celery, thinly sliced

small bunch fresh sage

salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 x 14 oz cans butterbeans in water, rinsed and drained

4 thick pork shoulder steaks

1 T. olive oil

2 C. dry cider

½ C. strong, good quality chicken stock

2 T. butter

1 Braeburn apple, peeled

1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 1 T. cold water until smooth

1 T. wholegrain mustard

 

Place the onions, celery and five shredded sage leaves in a slow cooker, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Scatter with the butterbeans. Season the pork steaks with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan then fry the pork until golden-brown on both sides. Transfer to the slow cooker. Pour the cider and stock into the frying pan, then bring to the boil. Pour over the pork, put the lid on, then cook on low for seven hours until tender and surrounded with sauce. Cut the apple into eight wedges and cut away the core. Heat the butter in a frying pan, then add the butter and fry for 8-10 minutes until golden-brown and just tender. Add about 15 more sage leaves, turn up the heat and fry until the leaves are crisp. Lift the pork steaks from the slow cooker and set aside in a serving dish. Mix the cornstarch paste and the mustard into the beans and stir till the sauce thickens a little. Transfer the sauce to the serving dish with the pork, top with the apples and crisp fried sage. Serve with crusty bread and a crisp green salad

New Mexico Chile Verde

New Mexico Chile Verde

New Mexico Chile Verde

 

1/4 cup oil

4 pounds pork butt, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes

2 large onions, peeled and chopped

1 T. ground cumin

1 T. ground coriander

1 T. oregano

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 Hatch peppers, chopped (or Anaheims)

2 Poblano peppers, chopped

1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced

1 pound tomatillos (peeled and cleaned), chopped

2 bay leaves

1 bunch cilantro (large), chopped

3 T. masa (corn flour)

4 cups water or chicken stock

1 T. salt, divided

Lime wedges for garnish

 

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the pork and 2 tsp. of salt. Brown the pork on all sides, stirring regularly. Remove the pork from the pot and pour out all rendered fat, saving about 1 T.. Add the onions, remaining salt, cumin, coriander, and oregano to the pot. Sauté for 3-5 minutes. Then add the garlic and peppers. Sauté another 3-5 minutes. Add the chopped tomatillos, bay leaves, and cilantro. Toss the pork with the masa and add back to the pot. Stir well. Finally add the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 3 hours, or until the pork is falling apart, stirring occasionally. Take 2 forks and break the pork up even more. Salt and pepper to taste.

Orzo with Ham & Buttered Peas

Orzo with Ham & Buttered Peas

Orzo with Ham & Buttered Peas

 

½ C. Orzo

½ C. Frozen Peas

1 T. EVOO

2 T. Butter

1 T. minced Shallot

2 oz. Deli Ham, cut into strips

¼ C. grated Parmesan Cheese

Salt & Pepper

 

Bring small saucepan of water to boil over high heat.  Add the orzo and cook until al dente, about 9 minutes, adding the peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking.  Drain in sieve and transfer to bowl.  Add oil and stir to coat. Add the butter to the saucepan and melt over medium heat. Add the shallot and ham and cook until the shallot is soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Return the orzo and peas to the pan and stir in the cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Pack hot into insulated, vacuum-sealed lunch containers.)

Thyme Rubbed Pork Chops with Apple-Shallot Sauce

Thyme Rubbed Pork Chops with Apple-Shallot Sauce

Thyme Rubbed Pork Chops with Apple-Shallot Sauce

 

4 (6 – ounce) pork chops, center cut and about 1-inch thick each

1 T. fresh thyme

salt and pepper

2 tsp. olive oil

 

1 large apple, such as Braeburn or Rome, peeled, and chopped in large dice

2 shallots, sliced thin

1 garlic clove, chopped

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup white wine

2 tsp. honey

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. Garam Masala

 

Sprinkle pork chops with thyme, salt and pepper.  Heat a sauté pan over medium high heat and add oil.  Add pork and sauté on each side for about 4 – 5 minutes or until just cooked through.  Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. In the same pan, add the apple, shallot, and garlic.  Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 3 – 5 minutes or until the apples begin to just soften and the shallots are translucent.  Stir in chicken stock, wine, honey, mustard, and Garam Masala.  Continue cooking for an additional 3 – 5 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, top pork chops with apple-shallot sauce.

Sage-Seared Pork Cutlets with Apples

Sage-Seared Pork Cutlets with Apples

Sage-Seared Pork Cutlets with Apples

2 medium Fuji apples, cored, quartered, cut into 1/8-inch matchstick-size strips

1 C. apple cider

2 T. apple cider vinegar

2 1-pound pork tenderloins

4 T. canola oil, divided

24 whole fresh sage leaves, divided

1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, cut into 8 pieces

 

Toss apples in bowl with cider and vinegar. Cut each pork tenderloin crosswise into 6 pieces; place between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Using meat mallet, pound to 1/3-inch thickness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 2 T. oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Lay 6 sage leaves in bottom of skillet. Place 1 pork medallion on each sage leaf, pressing down lightly with back of spatula. Reduce heat to medium; cook until underside of pork is golden, about 3 minutes. Place 1 sage leaf on top of each pork medallion and carefully turn each piece to keep sage in place. Cook until pork is just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Carefully transfer pork to plate. Repeat with remaining oil, sage, and pork. Add apple mixture to skillet; cook until liquid is reduced by about half and apples are almost tender, about 5 minutes. Return pork to skillet along with any accumulated juices; cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork and apples to serving platter. Add butter to pan juices; stir just until melted. Season sauce with salt and pepper; pour over pork and serve.

Ginger Pork Spring Rolls

Ginger Pork Spring Rolls

Ginger Pork Spring Rolls

 

1/4 C. hoisin sauce

1/4 C. soy sauce

2 T. Asian chili-garlic sauce (or to taste; optional)

1/4 C. water

1 (16oz) bag coleslaw mix

1/2 C. chopped fresh cilantro

6 scallions/green onions, white parts minced; green parts sliced thin

1 T. vegetable oil

1 pound ground pork

3 T. freshly grated ginger

12 (9 inch) rice paper wrappers

 

Combine the hoisin, soy, and chili garlic sauces and water in a small bowl. In another bowl, combine the coleslaw, cilantro and scallion greens; set aside.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add pork and 1/3 C. of the hoisin sauce mixture. (The remaining hoisin sauce will be used as a condiment for dipping.) Cook the pork until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger and scallion whites and cook until fragrant. Place this pork mixture into the bowl with the coleslaw, cilantro and scallion greens. Toss to combine.  Spread a clean, damp kitchen towel on the counter. Soak a rice paper wrapper in a shallow bowl of warm water, about 10 seconds, and spread out on towel. Arrange 1/2 C. of filling on each wrapper, leaving a 2 inch border on the bottom. Fold in sides and roll up tightly like a burrito. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling. Serve with the remaining hoisin sauce mixture for dipping.

Thin-Cut Pork Chops with Caper-Raisin Sauce

Thin-Cut Pork Chops with Caper-Raisin Sauce

Thin-Cut Pork Chops with Caper-Raisin Sauce

 

Cooking the chops while the sauce simmers means this stovetop dinner takes only minutes to make. Though an unlikely pairing, briny capers and sweet raisins lend a balanced flavor to the mild pork chops, and using browned butter and Dijon mustard in the sauce further enhances its complex flavor. We prefer golden raisins here because black raisins make the sauce murky.

 

4 T. unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

3/4 C. low-sodium chicken broth

1/3 C. drained capers, chopped

1/3 C. golden raisins, chopped

2 T. Dijon mustard

8 bone-in rib pork chops (4 to 6 ounces each), 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, sides slit

Salt and pepper

2 T. vegetable oil

 

Melt butter in saucepan over medium-low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until nutty brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add broth, capers, and raisins and simmer until raisins are plump, about 5 minutes. Whisk in mustard. Cover and keep warm. Meanwhile, pat chops dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 T. oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add 4 chops and cook until golden brown and meat registers 145 degrees, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to platter and tent with foil. Repeat with remaining oil and chops. Spoon sauce over chops. Serve.

Pork Chops in Lemon-Caper Sauce

Pork Chops in Lemon-Caper Sauce

Pork Chops in Lemon-Caper Sauce

 

4 bone-in pork chops (about 8 ounces each)

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

½ tsp. dried thyme leaves

2 T. olive oil

4 T. unsalted butter

1 very small shallot, minced (about 1 T.)

2 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tsp.)

2 tsp. all-purpose flour

1 C. dry white wine

1 ½ C. chicken stock, homemade or low-sodium, if store-bought

2 T. drained capers

2 T. minced fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

1 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest, plus 2 T. juice

Hot sauce (optional)

 

Dry the chops with paper towels, and season aggressively with salt, pepper, and the thyme. Swirl the olive oil into a large skillet, and heat over medium until the oil begins to shimmer. Add chops and cook until well browned on each side and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to a plate and cover to keep warm. Drain the fat from the skillet, then melt 2 T. of butter in it over medium heat until sizzling. Add the shallot and garlic, and sauté until the aromatics soften, reducing the heat if necessary, about 1 minute. Sprinkle in the flour, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Whisk in the wine and chicken stock, raise heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, until the liquid is reduced by half, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in the capers, parsley, lemon zest and juice and hot sauce to taste (if you’re using it), and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 T. of butter until it’s melted, and the sauce looks smooth. Nestle the pork chops into the sauce and allow them to warm up for a couple of minutes, then serve, pouring sauce over each pork chop to taste. Garnish with more fresh parsley.

Thin-Cut Pork Chops with Creamed Spinach

Thin-Cut Pork Chops with Creamed Spinach

Thin-Cut Pork Chops with Creamed Spinach

 

8 bone-in rib pork chops (4 to 6 ounces each), 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick, sides slit

Salt and pepper

3 T. vegetable oil

1 (10-ounce) bag curly-leaf spinach, stemmed and torn into bite-sized pieces

1 T. unsalted butter

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. heavy cream

1/2 C. low-sodium chicken broth

 

Pat chops dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 T. oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add 4 chops and cook until golden brown and meat registers 145 degrees, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to platter and tent with foil. Repeat with additional T. oil and remaining chops. Reduce heat to medium, add remaining oil to empty skillet, and heat until shimmering. Add spinach and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer spinach to colander and drain, pressing with spatula to release any extra liquid. Melt butter in empty skillet. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in cream, broth, and any accumulated pork juices and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in spinach and season with salt and pepper. Top chops with creamed spinach. Serve.  Note: To prevent your pork chops from curling in a hot pan, cut two slits, about 2 inches apart, into one side of each chop (this method works for both boneless and bone-in chops). A flat chop will develop a better crust and taste better.

Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

These Greek cigar-shaped meatballs are known as soutzoukakia smyrneika. The spicing reflects the dish’s origins in Smyrna, a former Greek settlement and now the Turkish city of Izmir. Soutzoukakia often are made with beef or a combination of beef and pork, but we preferred the subtle sweetness and tender texture of all-pork meatballs. An instant thermometer is the best way to check for doneness; alternatively, cut open a meatball—if done, the center should no longer be pink. Soutzoukakia often is served with tiganites patates (potatoes fried in olive oil), but roasted potatoes, crusty bread or a rice or orzo pilaf also are delicious accompaniments.

 

½ cup panko breadcrumbs

1 large egg

1 pound ground pork

2 tsp. ground cumin

3 medium garlic cloves, 2 finely grated, 1 thinly sliced

¾ tsp. red pepper flakes, divided

2 T. finely chopped fresh oregano, divided

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve

128-ounce can crushed tomatoes

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

2 tsp. honey

 

In a medium bowl, combine the panko, egg and ½ cup water, then mix until homogeneous. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the panko to hydrate. Add the pork, cumin, the grated garlic, ½ tsp. pepper flakes, 1 T. oregano, 1 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. black pepper, then mix well. Divide into 12 portions (each about a scant ¼ cup), then shape each into a 2½-inch-long cigar shape. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high, heat 2 T. of oil until shimmering. Add the meatballs and cook without disturbing until browned on the bottoms, 2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs, flip the meatballs and cook until browned on the second sides, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, transfer the meatballs to a paper towel–lined plate and set aside. Return the skillet to medium-high and add the sliced garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant and starting to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the remaining ¼ tsp. pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, cinnamon, honey, ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. black pepper, then bring to a simmer. Place the meatballs in the pan and return to a simmer. Cover and simmer, undisturbed, until the centers of the meatballs reach 160°F, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer the meatballs and sauce to a serving dish. Drizzle with additional oil and sprinkle with the remaining 1 T. oregano.

Italian Sweet-and-Sour Pork Chops

Italian Sweet-and-Sour Pork Chops

Italian Sweet-and-Sour Pork Chops

 

Don’t forget to tent the chops with foil after removing them from the pan to ensure they stay warm while you make the sauce. And don’t add the butter all at once when finishing the sauce. Incorporating one piece at a time creates a glossy, lightly thickened consistency.

 

Four 8-ounce bone-in center-cut pork chops, each about 1 inch thick, patted dry

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

2 T. grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided

3 medium shallots, chopped

2 T. honey

â…” cup red wine vinegar

3 T. salted butter, cut into 6 pieces

1 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

 

Using a paring knife, make a couple vertical cuts in the silver skin that encircles the meat on each chop; try to cut through the silver skin without cutting into the meat. Season the chops on both sides with 1 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. In a 12-inch skillet over medium, heat 1 T. of oil until barely smoking. Add the chops and cook until well browned on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until the centers reach 135°F, another 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a large plate and tent with foil. Return the empty pan to medium, add the shallots and cook, stirring, until browned and slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the honey and cook, stirring, until slightly darkened, about 30 seconds. Add the vinegar and simmer over medium-high until reduced to ½ cup, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the butter 1 piece at a time, making sure it’s almost fully incorporated before adding another. If the sauce breaks, add a few drops of water while swirling the pan until the sauce is once again shiny and emulsified. Off heat, stir in half the parsley. Return the chops and any accumulated juices to the skillet and turn to coat. Season to taste, then sprinkle with the remaining parsley.

Apple Baked Pork Tenderloin

Apple Baked Pork Tenderloin

Apple Baked Pork Tenderloin

 

3, 1 lbs. Pork Tenderloins

2 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Black Pepper

4 C. Apple Cider

2 Bay Leaves

6 small baking Apples (I used Granny Smith)

1 stick Unsalted Butter

 

Preheat the oven to 425 and cut each tenderloin in half lengthwise to make 6 even 8-ounce portions. Season each tenderloin with a portion of the salt and black pepper. Place the tenderloins in a baking dish and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. While the tenderloin is baking, heat the cider and bay leaves in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Peel and core the apples but leave them whole. Add them to the boiling cider and bay leaves. Cook for 5 minutes or until the apples have been heated through but are not mushy. Add the apple cider and apples to the baking dish with the pork tenderloin. Bake until pork is cooked, about 20 minutes or 160 degree internal temperature. Set aside the pork and apples and pour the juice into a saucepan over high heat. Stir in the butter to create a smooth sauce. Cut the pork and serve with the apples and sauce. Note: One thing that can happen is the apples disintegrate while in the oven, as happened to me. In this case I just left them in while I stirred in the butter, and it added an interesting note to the sauce. Try out different types of apples for different flavor profiles with this one and enjoy.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

 

2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained

1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, undrained

1/2 pound smoked sausage thinly sliced (andouille or smoked)

3 celery ribs chopped

1 green bell pepper chopped

1 medium onion chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. chili powder

4 C. uncooked long grain rice

green onions chopped, for garnish

fresh parsley chopped, for garnish

 

Add red kidney beans, smoked sausage, celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and chili powder to a 6-quart slow cooker. Set on high setting and cook for 4 hours. Cook rice according to package directions. Serve red beans over top of the cooked rice. Top with fresh green onions and parsley. This is a mild recipe with smoked sausage.  For a spicier version, use a spicy andouille sausage

Cranberry-Apple Pork Roast

Cranberry-Apple Pork Roast

Cranberry-Apple Pork Roast

 

1 14 ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce

1 ½ teaspoons grated orange zest

¼ cup orange juice

â…“ cup shallots

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 inch section of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 pounds boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and patted dry

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons hot water

 

Stir together the first seven ingredients in the slow cooker. Season the pork roast all over with salt and pepper and place it in the slow cooker. Spoon some of the sauce over the roast. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the pork is fork-tender. Add the apples during the last hour of cooking. Place the pork on a carving board, tent it with foil, and let it stand for 10 minutes before slicing. While the pork rests, stir the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve the pork slices with a spoonful of sauce and apples on top. Offer the remaining sauce on the side.

Spam Fried Rice

Spam Fried Rice

Spam Fried Rice

 

2 T. canola oil, divided

1 T. sesame oil

12-oz (340-g) container regular Spam, diced

6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

6 C. (1.5 L) cooked rice

1 T. fish sauce

2–4 T. sambal oelek

6 scallions, chopped

4 eggs, beaten salt, to taste

2–3 scallions, chopped, for garnish

Extra eggs, fried, for serving, if desired

 

In a pan on medium-high, heat 1 tbsp canola and sesame oil. Add Spam and cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook until just golden, another 3 minutes or so. Add rice, fish sauce, sambal oelek, and scallions. Stir to integrate Spam and garlic into rice and to coat the rice in fat and sambal. Make a well in center of rice and add remaining 1 tbsp canola oil. Pour eggs into well, and, stirring rapidly, cook eggs until scrambled. Once cooked, stir to mix rice with eggs. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Garnish with scallions.

Sweet Skillet Ham Steaks & Apples

Sweet Skillet Ham Steaks & Apples

Sweet Skillet Ham Steaks & Apples

 

1/4 C. butter

1/3 C. brown sugar, packed

2-1/2 T. Dijon mustard

2 T. red onion, thinly sliced

2 Red Delicious apples, cored and sliced

1 lb. cooked ham steaks

 

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; stir in brown sugar and mustard. Add onion and apple to skillet; stir to coat well. Add ham steaks to skillet. Cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until apples are soft and ham is warmed through. Serves 2.

Pan-Roasted Pork Chops with Honey Riesling Grapes

Pan-Roasted Pork Chops with Honey Riesling Grapes

Pan-Roasted Pork Chops with Honey Riesling Grapes

 

4 thick, meaty bone-in or boneless pork chops

½ tsp. (2 mL) of salt

Lots of freshly ground pepper

A splash or two of vegetable oil

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2 C. (500 mL) of seedless red grapes

½ cup (125 mL) of Riesling or your favorite white wine

2 T. (30 mL) of honey

1 T. (15 mL) of white wine vinegar

Tender stems from 6 or 8 sprigs of fresh thyme, finely minced

 

Generously season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat for a minute or two. Splash in enough vegetable oil to evenly cover the bottom of the pan. Vigorously sear the chops until they’re golden brown and crusty on both sides, 2 or 3 minutes each side. The goal here is not to fully cook the meat but to add lots of brown flavor while the pan’s temperature is still high. Toss in the onions and grapes. Turn the heat to its lowest setting, cover with the lid and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the chops to a plate and rest the meat while you quickly craft the sauce. Increase the heat to medium-high and pour in the wine. Stirring gently, bring to a furious boil, quickly reducing the wine to sauce consistency. Stir in the honey, vinegar and thyme. Drench the pork chops and serve.

Refrigerate: Tightly seal the pork chops with the grapes within 30 minutes of cooking and refrigerate for up to 6 days before reheating.

Freeze: Portion, tightly seal and freeze for up to 30 days. Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days before reheating. Tightly seal leftovers and store in the refrigerator for just a few days.

Sticky Bourbon Pork Hocks

Sticky Bourbon Pork Hocks

Sticky Bourbon Pork Hocks

 

2kg Barossa Fine Foods Skinless Pork Hocks

1 ½ Chicken stock (or water)

 

3 T. Maple syrup

1 T. Chipotle paste

1 T. Ground ginger

2 tsp. Smoked paprika

1 tsp. Ground cumin

1 tsp. Chinese five spice powder

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

 

1½ C. Bourbon

1 ½ Maple syrup

½ cup Worcestershire sauce

1 cup Malt vinegar

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. Sea salt

 

In a bowl, combine all of the marinade ingredients & mix together well. Pat dry the Pork hocks, rub the marinade over hocks. Allow to marinade for 2-3 hours. reheat oven to 150°C, place the hocks into a heavy based roasting tray & add the chicken stock. Cover the tray with two layers of foil & seal completely. Slowly braise the Pork hocks in the oven for 3 hours, turning the hocks once during the braising process. While the hocks are braising, make the glaze. For the glaze place all ingredients in a saucepan, stir & bring to the boil. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes over a low heat till slightly reduced.

Remove the hocks from the oven & place on a wire rack, brush with glaze. Reduce the heat to low (160℃) & cook for 1½ hours, basting with the marinade every 20-25 minutes, till golden & sticky. Turn the hocks once during this time.

Instant Pot Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Instant Pot Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Instant Pot Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

9 large white cabbage leaves, softened

 

2 lb. ground pork (or beef)

1 1/2 C. riced cauliflower

1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley

1 T. dried onion flakes

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

 

1 (28 ounce) can crushed all purpose tomatoes

3/4 C. water

2 T. olive oil

1 T. white vinegar

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

 

To Soften the Cabbage Leaves: Cut the core out of a large head of cabbage. Remove any discolored or damaged leaves from the outside. Place in a large bowl, stem side down with 1 C. of water in the bottom. Microwave, covered, on high for 8 minutes, or until the outer leaves are softened and turning translucent. Remove and cool before carefully separating leaves for use. (You could also do the standard treatment of simmering water in a pot.

 

Place all of the filling ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well with your hands until fully combined.

Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a large bowl and stir well. Set aside until ready to use.

Store extra sauce in the fridge or freezer.

 

Place 1/2 C. of sauce on bottom of Instant Pot insert. Place a cabbage leaf on a clean flat surface and add 1/2 C. meat filling to the center. Fold the two sides over the meat mixture, then roll from the edge closest to you over the meat mixture until a small rolled bundle is formed. Place the roll in the Instant Pot, (make sure you’ve added some sauce per above first so they don’t stick) Repeat with three more rolls. Top the rolls with 1 C. of sauce. Place a cabbage leaf on top of the rolls to keep them separated from the next layer. Make the remaining 4 rolls and place on top of the cabbage leaf. Do not press down. Cover the top of the cabbage rolls with another 1 1/2 C. of sauce. Place the cover onto the Instant Pot and lock in place. Make sure the vent is closed. Choose Manual / Low Pressure and set it for 20 minutes. When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally – about 10 minutes. Remove the lid and serve hot with extra parsley for garnish if desired. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Instant Pot Kalua Pork

Instant Pot Kalua Pork

Instant Pot Kalua Pork

4 pound pork shoulder roast cut in two pieces

1/2 cup Water

1 tablespoon Hickory Liquid Smoke

2 teaspoons kosher salt coarse, or Hawaiian salt

 

Press [Sauté] to pre-heat the cooker. When the word “Hot” appears on the display add oil to the cooking pot. Brown each half of the roast separately. Remove to a platter when browned. Turn pressure cooker off and add water and liquid smoke to the cooking pot. Add browned roasts and any accumulated juices to the pot. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the pork roasts. Press [Pressure Cook] and then use the [+] button to set 90 minutes of pressure cooking time. When beep sounds, use a natural release to release pressure (approximately 20 minutes). When valve drops, carefully remove lid. Remove the meat from the pressure cooker and shred with two forks, discarding excess fat as you shred. Add some of the juices from the pressure cooker to moisten the meat. (I used a fat separator to remove fat from the juices.)

Hatch Green Chile Chili

Hatch Green Chile Chili

Hatch Green Chili

 

1 pound Hatch chile peppers, halved and seeded

1 (3 pound) boneless pork roast, cubed

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 T. salt, divided

3 T. coarsely ground black pepper, divided

¼ cup vegetable oil

2 cups chicken stock

1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers

1 large sweet onion, chopped

2 T. ground cumin

3 cloves garlic

 

Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place peppers with cut sides down onto the prepared baking sheet. Cook under the preheated broiler until the skin of the peppers has blackened and blistered, 5 to 8 minutes. Place blackened peppers into a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow peppers to steam as they cool, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard skins; chop peppers into smaller pieces. Place cubed pork in a resealable plastic bag; coat with flour, 2 T. salt, and 2 T. pepper. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook pork in the hot oil until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker set to High. Add the Hatch chiles, remaining salt and pepper, chicken stock, diced tomatoes with peppers, onion, cumin, and garlic to the slow cooker. Mix and cover. Cook on High until pork is tender and flavors blend, about 4 hours, or low for 6.  Chili can be thickened with flour or masa.

Crunchy Pork Belly

Crunchy Pork Belly

Crunchy Pork Belly

 

Pork belly, skin on

1 cup water

Salt

3 pieces of lemongrass ( 3 inches each)

3-4 cloves of garlic

6-8 Kaffir leaves

 

Put the water, lemongrass,  garlic, Kaffir leaves into the Instant Pot/ pressure cooker.  Lightly salt the pork and place it on a trivet in the pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Release pressure.

Pat the pork dry with paper towels.  Pierce the skin of the pork all over with a fork. Wrap the bottom of the pork with foil. Leaving the skin exposed. Place the pork in a 500F degree convection oven on broil with the fan ON until crispy and browned. About 15 to 20 minutes.

Crockpot Hrino Psito (Slow Roasted Pork)

Crockpot Hrino Psito (Slow Roasted Pork)

Crockpot Hrino Psito (Slow Roasted Pork)

3-4 pound boneless pork butt or shoulder

10 whole garlic cloves

3 bay leaves

1 tsp. sage

1 tsp. rosemary

1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 T. brown sugar

1/4 C. dijon mustard

1/4 C. honey

1/2 C. dried cranberries

1 C. beer

 

Use a 6 quart slow cooker.  Put the meat into your crockpot, and pour on dry spices, and brown sugar. Flip the meat over a few times in the stoneware so the spices are kind of stuck to all sides. Peel garlic cloves and add whole.   Add Worcestershire sauce, mustard, honey, and cranberries. Top with bay leaves. Pour in the beer. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork.  I cooked on low for 12 hours, and while the meat was tender and flavorful, it did burn a bit on the top and sides.  Serve over rice or pasta, or on your favorite sandwich rolls.

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy

4 Pork loin center chops 2lbs total. Look for bone-in well-marbled about 1.25 inches thick

2 T. butter

Spice Rub

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

3/4 tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. oregano

3/4 tsp. salt

Gravy

4 ounces baby bella mushrooms sliced

1 T. butter

1 yellow onion medium sized, sliced

1 T. garlic minced

½ tsp. dried thyme

½ tsp. dried rosemary

1 C. chicken stock

1 T. soy sauce

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

2 T. all-purpose flour

½ C. heavy cream

 

Mix Spice Rub: Combine all the spice rub ingredients in a small bowl, and mix together, then set aside.

Prep Pork Chops: Take your 1.25 inch thick pork chops and use a meat tenderizer and pound them a little to tenderize. Take a paper towel, and pat the pork chops dry. Season both sides of the pork chop with the spice rub.

 

Brown Pork Chops in Instant Pot: Using a 6 qt or 8 qt Instant Pot, press “Saute” and let the Instant Pot heat up. It will take 5-8 minutes, and will read “Hot” Add the 2 T. butter to the Instant Pot. And use a wooden spoon to spread it around. Make sure to coat the whole bottom of the pot with butter. Place 2 of the seasoned pork chops into the hot pot, and let them cook for 2-3 minutes, to brown. Do not move them, let that nice brown crust form. Then flip and repeat with the other side. Remove from the pot, and repeat the steps to brown the other 2 chops.

 

Start Gravy: Once chops are removed from the pot, add the mushrooms in. Sauté mushrooms for 6-8 minutes, until the moisture is gone, and the edges are crispy and slightly browned. Add in one T. of butter, then add in sliced yellow onions, minced garlic, thyme, and rosemary. And then sauté everything for 2-3 minutes until onions are fragrant and tender. Deglaze the pan by pouring chicken stock into the pan, and using your wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pot and mix it all together. This is very important so you do not receive a “Burn” notice from your pot. But also the brown bits add so much flavor to your sauce. Add Soy Sauce and Worcestershire Sauce, and stir.

 

Pressure Cook: Add your browned pork chops back into the Instant Pot, pressing them down into the cooking liquid. Place the lid onto the Instant Pot, and lock the lid into place. Turn the valve to the “sealing” position. Pressure Cook for 1 minute on high. (yep you read that right) After 1 minute cook time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 10-15 minutes. After the 10-15 minutes, turn the valve to release pressure, and carefully open the lid (away from you). Remove pork chops from the pot, and set aside.

Turn pot back on to “Saute” and bring the mushroom gravy in the pot to a simmer. While the Instant Pot is naturally releasing pressure, whisk flour and cold heavy cream together. Remove chops from the pot. Then stir the heavy cream mixture into the mushroom sauce in the Instant Pot Taste the gravy, and season with salt and pepper to your preferred taste. Cook down if needed to achieve desired thickness.

Serve pork chops with the mushroom gravy spooned over top.

Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions & Pancetta

Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions & Pancetta

Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions & Pancetta

1 yellow onion, sliced (or you can use store-bought caramelized onions or onion jam)

2 ounces pancetta, cooked until crispy

Flour, for rolling out the puff pastry

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted in the fridge

1/4 C. creme fraiche

1 tsp. orange zest

1/2 apple, I used fancy pearl apples but honey crisp, gala or pink lady would be great, cut into sliced

3 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed

3/4 C. shredded Gruyere cheese

1 beaten large egg, for egg wash

1/2 C. arugula microgreens or just regular arugula, for topping

1 tsp. olive oil

Salt

 

Do a bit of prep by caramelizing the onions, in a small skillet over medium-low heat, stirring regularly, about 30 minutes. You could also buy caramelized onions or onion jam. Cook up the pancetta in a small skillet until crispy and evenly browned. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly flour your work surface. Unfold the puff pastry (mine was a rectangle, yours might be a circle!) and roll it out with a rolling pin until it’s a bit thinner in height. Transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Using a knife, score a 1/2-inch perimeter onto the puff pastry, all the way around. Poke a bunch of holes in the center, too. Add the creme fraiche mixture to the center and smother all around until there’s an even layer. Add the apple slices, caramelized onions, thyme leaves, Gruyere and pancetta. Brush the edges with the egg wash. Transfer the tart to the freezer for 5 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. While the tart is in the oven, toss the arugula with a tsp. of olive oil and a few pinches of salt. Top the tart with the arugula once it comes out of the oven. Slice up and serve!

Smoked Gouda Black Pepper Biscuits with Spiral Sliced Ham

Smoked Gouda Black Pepper Biscuits with Spiral Sliced Ham

Smoked Gouda Black Pepper Biscuits with Spiral Sliced Ham

2 C. All Purpose Flour

1 T. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 sticks, 6 ounces Unsalted Butter, cold

1 C. Specially Selected Smoked Gouda, grated

 

1/2 C. Whole Milk

1 large Cage Free Egg

 

1 large egg

1 T. milk, or 1 T. water

 

 

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a box grater, grate the butter into the flour mixture. Transfer the bowl to the freezer while you gather the wet ingredients, about 5-7 minutes.  Measure out the milk and add the egg; whisk until combined. In a small bowl, make the egg wash, whisking together the egg and milk.  Grab the bowl out of the freezer, and gently break up the butter and combine with the flour, using your hands, until it resembles small peas. Add in the gouda cheese and toss to combine thoroughly. Add the buttermilk mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Mix until barely combined; and lightly knead the dough until it forms into one solid mass.

Sprinkle your kitchen counter with flour and dump the dough onto it. Press the dough into a 3/4-inch thickness. Form it into a rectangle and cut biscuits. You should end up with about 6 biscuits. Transfer them to the baking sheet. Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with black pepper. Bake until fluffy and lightly golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes.  To assemble the biscuit sandwiches, slice the biscuit in half. Smear one side with a bit of mustard, top with a slice of ham, add some glaze and add the other half of the biscuit. Repeat until you’ve built all of the biscuit sandwiches.

Baked Ham and Cheese Savory Custard

Baked Ham and Cheese Savory Custard

Baked Ham and Cheese Savory Custard

3 eggs

1 C. milk

1 C. heavy whipping cream

Freshly grated nutmeg to taste

Salt

About 5 1/2 T. butter, softened (or less if you melt the butter first)

1 loaf white bread, crusts removed and cut into 1/2 thick slices

8 ounces thinly sliced ham

1 2/3 C. grated fontina, pecorino or something similar

2/3 C. crated parmesan cheese

 

Preheat the oven to 350, and lightly grease an ovenproof dish.  Whisk the eggs in a bowl and then add the cream and milk along with the nutmeg and a bit of salt.  Dip half of the bread slices in the melted butter and arrange them on the bottom of the dish, overlapping slightly, so that the dish is completely covered.  Pour on half of the egg/milk mixture and allow to sit for 5 minutes of so to give the bread a chance to soak up the milky goodness.  Next, add a layer of half of the ham and top with a layer of half the cheese.  Repeat the process with one more layer of bread, milk, ham and cheese.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown and crusty.  When finished, allow the custard to cool a bit before serving.

Mushroom, Bacon, and Parmesan Spaghetti

Mushroom, Bacon, and Parmesan Spaghetti

Mushroom, Bacon, and Parmesan Spaghetti

8 oz. spaghetti

8 pieces bacon about half a pack

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 C. onion diced (about 1/4 of an onion)

8 oz. baby bella mushrooms

1 C. heavy cream

1 C. parmesan grated

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. thyme

 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti 10-12 minutes until done. Drain and set aside.

While spaghetti is cooking, cut bacon into bite size pieces and cook over medium heat in a large Sauté Pan until done, about 8-10 minutes. Remove bacon from pan and place on a plate. To the large sauté pan add in garlic and onions and cook 5-6 minutes until onions are soft. Add mushrooms and cook another 3-4 minutes until they are tender. Add in the bacon. Change heat to medium low. Pour in heavy cream and stir well. Slowly add parmesan, salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme, and mix to ensure it doesn’t clump. Let simmer 2-3 minutes to thicken. Add pasta and stir so it’s fully covered. Serve warm and enjoy!

Ramen with Ham, Egg and Spinach

Ramen with Ham, Egg and Spinach

Ramen with Ham, Egg and Spinach

1 package ramen noodles

2 C. chicken or vegetable stock

1 hard-boiled egg, shelled and sliced in half

2 slices deli ham, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

Handful of fresh spinach leaves

Optional: sliced green onions

 

Pour the chicken stock into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the ramen noodles and cook until al dente (about 5 minutes). Place the spinach in the bottom of a large bowl. Pour the ramen noodles and chicken stock over the spinach and stir. Top with the egg and ham (and green onions, if using).

Pork Chops with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Pork Chops with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Pork Chops with Green Peppercorn Sauce

4 lean pork loin chops

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 T. sunflower oil

1 oz. butter

1 large shallot finely chopped

4 T. dry sherry

1 ½  T. green peppercorns in brine, rinsed, drained, and lightly crushed

5fl oz. chicken stock

4 T. crème  fraiche

 

Trim the chops of excess fat and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large, heavy frying pan on medium heat and fry the chops for 6-8 minutes on each side, depending on thickness, until golden brcwn and the juices run clear. Remove from the pan to a warm plate and cover with foil. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Melt the butter in the pan and fry the shallot over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until soft but not browned. Stir in the sherry and simmer for about 1 minute. Add the peppercorns and stock, bring to the boil, and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly reduced. Stir in the crème fraiche, spoon the sauce over the chops, and serve immediately. Good With: Potato rosti cakes and steamed green vegetables.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl

1 pound ground pork

1 head cabbage thinly sliced

½ onion medium thinly sliced

1 T. sesame oil

¼ C. soy sauce or liquid aminos

1 clove garlic minced

1 tsp. ground ginger

2 T. chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste

2 stalks green onion

 

Brown ground pork in a large pan or wok over medium heat. Ensure cabbage and onion is thinly sliced into long strands. Use a spiralizer to cut the vegetables for quickest results. Add sesame oil and onion to pan with browned ground pork. Mix together and continue cooking over medium heat. Mix soy sauce, garlic, and ground ginger together in a small bowl. Once onions have browned, add the sauce mixture to the pan. Immediately add the cabbage mixture to the pan and toss to coat the vegetable and evenly distribute ingredients. Add chicken broth to the pan and mix. Continue cooking over medium heat for three minutes, stirring frequently. Garnish with salt, pepper, and green onion.

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rainbow Roasted Veggies

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rainbow Roasted Veggies

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rainbow Roasted Veggies

2 C. cherry tomatoes

4 oz baby bella mushrooms, halved

2 large yellow bell peppers, sliced

1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced

2 heads broccoli, cut into florets

2 large red onions, chopped

¼ C. olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 lb. fatty bacon

1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/2 lb.)

 

Preheat oven to 450°F. Arrange the tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, squash, broccoli, and red onions in rows on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper, set aside. On a large cutting board, lay out the bacon slices side-by-side, overlapping slightly. Place the pork tenderloin on top of the bacon, then season with salt and pepper. Wrap the bacon up and around the tenderloin. Place the tenderloin on top of the bed of veggies on the sheet pan. Roast in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until all the veggies are tender, and the inside of the pork tenderloin reads at least 145°F on an instant read thermometer. Remove from the oven, and let rest for 5-10 minutes for the juices to redistribute and the bacon to crisp up. Remove the pork tenderloin to a cutting board, and slice into 1/2-inch slices. Serve with roasted veggies. (Recipe yields about 3 oz pork and 1 C. veggies per serving.)

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

8 oz. multi-grain elbow macaroni

3 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2″ thick pieces

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 large eggs

12 oz. canned evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

pinch fresh grated nutmeg

6 oz. (about 1 1/2 cup) shredded sharp white cheddar

2 oz. (about 1/2 cup) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 1/2 oz. (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, stir in pasta and cook a couple minutes short of al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes depending on brand. Drain well and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, add bacon and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the bacon is crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni 6 minutes (it will be undercooked). Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer bacon mixture using a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and evaporated milk. Add 1/2 tsp. salt, cayenne, nutmeg, cheeses and two to three tsp. bacon fat, if desired. Stir in cooked pasta and the cooked bacon and garlic mixture. Scoop mixture into an 8″ or 9″ baking dish coated with nonstick spray, spreading smooth with an off-set spatula. Place dish into the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbling at edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Garlic Butter Mushroom Pork Chops

Garlic Butter Mushroom Pork Chops

Garlic Butter Mushroom Pork Chops

2 bone-in pork chops

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 T. olive oil

4 T. unsalted butter divided

5 medium baby Bella mushrooms sliced

3 garlic cloves minced

1/4 C. water or chicken stock

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

 

In a cast iron skillet, heat up olive oil over medium heat. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Sear pork chops on each side for 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown. Check the internal temperature. It should be at least 145 degrees F. Remove pork chops onto a plate and set aside. Place two T. of butter in the skillet and let melt. Add garlic and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Sauté, stirring often. Add chicken stock to skillet and scrape all of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add remaining 2 T. of butter to skillet. Melt, then return pork chops to skillet. Simmer everything together for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve.