Categories: Entrees, Beef, Chicken, Pasta, Pork, Seafood, Turkey


Penne with Chicken & Smoked Gouda

Permalink 04:48:24 pm, Categories: Entrees, Pasta, Chicken  

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
1 pound penne pasta
3 cups chicken -- cooked and cubed
1 cup roasted red peppers -- drained and sliced
1 package frozen chopped spinach -- thawed and drained
1/4 pound bacon -- cooked and crumbled
1 cup half and half
8 ounces smoked Gouda cheese -- shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese -- grated
1 teaspoon garlic -- crushed

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and place in large bowl.
Stir in chicken, red peppers, chopped spinach, and bacon. In a small
saucepan over low heat, stir half-and-half, cheeses, and garlic until melted
and well blended. Pour over pasta.


Smothered Pork Chops with Cider and Apples

Permalink 04:29:59 pm, Categories: Entrees, Pork  

Smothered Pork Chops with Cider and Apples
Published: November 1, 2002
Serves 4

Serve smothered chops with a starch to soak up the rich gravy. Simple egg noodles were the test kitchen favorite, but rice or mashed potatoes also taste great.
3 ounces bacon (about 3 slices), cut into 1/4-inch pieces
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups apple cider
vegetable oil
4 bone-in, rib-end pork chops 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
ground black pepper
1 medium yellow onion , halved pole-to-pole and sliced thin (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 Granny Smith apple (large), or 2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/8-inch wedges
table salt
2 tablespoons water
2 medium cloves garlic , pressed through garlic press or minced (about 2 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves
1. Fry bacon in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate, leaving fat in saucepan (you should have 2 tablespoons bacon fat; if not, supplement with vegetable oil). Reduce heat to medium-low and gradually whisk flour into fat until smooth. Cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is light brown, about the color of peanut butter, about 5 minutes. Whisk in apple cider in slow, steady stream; increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil, stirring occasionally; cover and set aside off heat.
2. Heat 1-tablespoon oil in 12-inch skillet over high heat until smoking, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, dry pork chops with paper towels and sprinkle with 1/2-teaspoon pepper. Brown chops in single layer until deep golden on first side, about 3 minutes. Flip chops and cook until browned on second side, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chops to large plate and set aside.
3. Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon oil, onions, apples, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and water to now-empty skillet. Using wooden spoon, scrape browned bits on pan bottom and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are softened and browned around the edges, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer. Return chops to skillet in single layer, covering chops with onions. Pour in warm sauce and any juices collected from pork; add bay leaves. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until pork is tender and paring knife inserted into chops meets very little resistance, about 30 minutes.
4. Transfer chops to warmed serving platter and tent with foil. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer sauce rapidly, stirring frequently, until thickened to gravy-like consistency, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves, stir in parsley, and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Cover chops with sauce, sprinkle with reserved bacon, and serve immediately.


Pan Pizza

Permalink 10:22:42 am, Categories: Entrees, Breads  

(From America's Test Kitchen)

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (15 ounces)
1 2/3 cups water (13 1/2 ounces), room temperature
1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Place 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes in fine-mesh strainer set over medium bowl (I use a yogurt strainer). Let sit 30 minutes, stirring 3 times to allow juices to drain. Combine 3/4 cup tomato solids, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1/8 teaspoon table salt. (Save remaining solids and juice for another use.)

2. Mix flour, water, and table salt in bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook on low speed until no patches of dry flour remain, 3 to 4 minutes, occasionally scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Turn off mixer and let dough rest 20 minutes.

3. Sprinkle yeast and sugar over dough. Knead on low speed until fully combined, 1 to 2 minutes, occasionally scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Increase mixer speed to high and knead until dough is glossy, smooth, and pulls away from sides of bowl, 6 to 10 minutes. (Dough will only pull away from sides while mixer is on. When mixer is off, dough will fall back to sides.)

4. Using fingers, coat large bowl with 1 tablespoon oil, rubbing excess oil from fingers onto blade of rubber spatula. Using oiled spatula, transfer dough to bowl and pour 1 tablespoon oil over top. Flip dough over once so it is well coated with oil; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature until nearly tripled in volume and large bubbles have formed, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

5. One hour before baking pizza, adjust oven rack to middle position, place pizza stone on rack, and heat oven to 450 degrees.

6. Coat rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons oil. MEASURE THE OIL. I eyeballed it the first time and it stuck badly. Using rubber spatula, turn dough out onto baking sheet along with any oil in bowl. Using fingertips, press dough out toward edges of pan, taking care not to tear it. (Dough will not fit snugly into corners. If dough resists stretching, let it relax for 5 to 10 minutes before trying to stretch again.) Let dough rest in pan until slightly bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Using dinner fork, poke surface of dough 30 to 40 times and sprinkle with kosher salt.

7. Bake until spotty brown, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Using metal spatula, remove pizza from oven, spread tomato mixture evenly over surface, and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and other toppings. Return pizza to oven and continue to bake until cheese begins to brown in spots, 5 to 10 minutes longer.


Crockpot Pulled Pork

Permalink 12:20:33 pm, Categories: Entrees, Pork  

1 pork butt or shoulder roast
recipe dry rub
1 bottle beer

In the evening, pat the rub into the roast and cover in plastic wrap.

The next morning put it in the crockpot, fat side up. Add a bottle of beer (I used a stout).

Cook on low for 9-10 hours. It's done when it pulls apart easily.

Shred with two forks, mix with BBQ sauce. I like the vinegar-based Lexington-style: Mix 1/2 c malt vinegar with a half teaspoon each salt & pepper, a quarter teaspoon red pepper flakes, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and a squirt of ketchup.



Permalink 01:08:50 pm, Categories: Entrees, Beef  

From Good Eats

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
4 scallions, washed and cut in 1/2
2 large cloves garlic
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more if desired)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 pounds inside skirt steak, cut into 3 equal pieces

1 ripe (red/yellow/orange) bell pepper, sliced
1 sweet onion, sliced
8 oz mushrooms, cleaned & sliced

1 avocado, sliced, sprinkled with lime juice, salt, and pepper
sour cream

flour tortillas

AB calls for grilling directly on chunk charcoal. Directly grate. Here is his recipe if you want to check it out. I've modified the recipe slightly for a gas grill.

In a blender, put in oil, soy sauce, scallions, garlic, lime juice, red pepper, cumin, and sugar and puree. In a large heavy duty, zip top bag, put pieces of skirt steak and pour in marinade. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible. Allow steak to marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator.

Heat all grill burners on high for 5-10 minutes, scrape down & oil grates. Turn the burners down just a squidge.

Grill steaks for two minutes per side. When finished cooking, place meat in double thickness of aluminum foil, wrap, and allow to sit for 15 minutes.

While the meat rests saute the onions, pepper, and mushrooms.

Remove meat from foil, reserving foil and juices. Slice thinly across the grain of the meat. Return to foil pouch and toss with juice. Serve with onion mixture, sour cream, and avocado in flour tortillas.

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