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Sweet & Sour Pork

Crispy tempura pork topped with this lovely sauce. Skip the take out box and eat in tonight.

Sweet & Sour Pork

Sweet & Sour Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 – 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, grated (using Microplane grater)
  • 1 – 20 ounce can diced pineapple with juice
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, large diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, large diced (or red, yellow, or orange bell peppers)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Place water, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, tomato paste, salt, garlic, and juice from the can of pineapple (set pineapple aside for later) in a large saucepan. Whisk together until cornstarch has dissolved. Heat over medium-high heat until becomes a lovely, thick sauce. Stir in pineapple, onion, and peppers. Set aside until pork is finished cooking. Reheat if necessary before serving.

Breaded Pork

  • 4 cups canola or vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg

Pork Tenderloin Tip

Pork tenderloin may come in a large package of 2.5 pounds. If this is the case, just slice the remaining pound and freeze for pork chops later.


Preheat canola oil for frying in a small deep fryer to 365-375°F. If you’d rather, you can heat it in a heavy duty pan and use a thermometer. While waiting for oil to heat up, cut pork into long, thin slices (about 1/4 inch thick) then set aside. Thinner is better because they are able to fully cook during the frying process.

Food Safety Tip

Pork must reach 145°F in the middle to be safe for eating. 

Place milk, 3 T. oil, flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, sugar, and egg in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk well. The mixture should be thick but nice & smooth. Allow tempura mixture to sit while oil finishes heating up.

When frying oil reaches at least 365°F, coat a piece of pork with tempura mixture and carefully place in fryer. Repeat with one or two more pieces. Do not crowd fryer because if you do, your pork sticks together during cooking or will cool down your oil too much. Consequently, oil that has cooled down too much will make for soggy breading rather than a lovely crunchy coating.

Cook pork pieces for about 4 minutes. Use a utensil that’s safe in hot oil to move pork pieces around a bit during the cooking process so they are cooked on all sides. The coating should be a beautiful golden brown and the pork inside should be fully cooked.

Of course, you can dice up some chicken and make sweet & sour chicken with this same recipe. Look at talented you!

Tempura is optional. This recipe is just as delicious without the tempura breading. Just cook pork and stir into sauce. 

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Louisiana Jambalaya Recipe

Today we’re cookin’ rice the dirty way. The way they do it in the south, baby. No shame and no beads shall be rewarded. Like many things, this recipe actually goes faster than you’d think and is pretty fun and comforting.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (more as needed)
  • 1 chicken breast, butterfly cut
  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 pound smoked ham, pre cooked and cubed
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, deveined & tails removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 celery stems, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 – 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded & minced
  • 3 tablespoons worchestire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Chicken Better Than Bouillon
  • 4 stems fresh oregano, stemmed & chopped
  • 5 stems fresh thyme, stemmed
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 cups basmati rice, rinsed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • Freshly squeezed juice from one lemon

Place olive oil in very large saucepan over medium-high heat. Placed butterflied chicken breast in pan, salt & pepper, and cook until thickest parts reach at least 165°F (anything under 165°F isn’t safe, over 165°F gets too dry). When chicken is fully cooked, set aside on a large dish.

Heat sausage and ham in same pan and again add to large dish with chicken. Salt & pepper shrimp. Add to pan and cook until pink and opaque. Set aside with other meat. When chicken breast is cool enough, dice into small pieces.

Add butter to saucepan. Add onion, celery, and peppers. Cook until onions are translucent. Stir diced tomato, tomato paste, garlic, jalapenos, worchestire sauce, Better Than Bouillon, oregano, and thyme into pan.

Add water to pan. Bring water to a boil. As soon as water boils, stir rice into pan and cover well. Cook on low for 20 minutes. After rice has fully cooked, stir in meat that had been set aside for such a time as this.

No beads or feeling dirty needed, this dish is almost sinless.

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Hawaiian Barbecue Pizza Recipe

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One of my very favorite things to make is pizza crust. It is easy to work with, opens the doors to so many flavors, and makes everyone oh so happy. This luau on a flatbread is so refreshing yet comforting – the best of both worlds with chicken, pineapple, melt-y mozzarella, and cilantro. And, yes. It includes bacon. Because, well, bacon.

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Pizza Dough Recipe

  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Combine yeast and water in a mixing bowl. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Add olive oil. Measure out flour and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and add dry ingredients. (Adding salt first can kill the yeast so be sure to add at same time as flour.)

Stop mixing when everything comes together. Remove dough from beater and cover bowl with plastic wrap or a clean towel. Place in a warm location and allow to rise for one hour. Preheat oven to 450F. Roll out dough as thin (or thick) as you like. Adjust baking time accordingly as a thin crust will not take as long to bake as a thick one.

Pizza Toppings

  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 can diced pineapple, drained (save pineapple juice to enjoy later in a cocktail or pineapple dessert, perhaps)
  • 1 pound chicken breasts – grilled, baked, or slow-cooked
  • 1 cup bacon bits
  • 1 jalepeno minced
  • 1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro

Place rolled-out unbaked crust on a baking sheet or a pizza stone. Brush crust with barbecue sauce. Top sauce with pineapple pieces, chicken, minced jalepeno, and then mozzarella cheese. Bake on lowest shelf if you have a thick-crust pizza. Bake until cheese is melted fully and crust is golden brown (about 10- 15 minutes).

Another fun option, is to grill your pizza dough on both sides and then add toppings after crust is almost fully baked. Bake until cheese is fully melted.

After pizza is done, remove from oven and top with remaining ingredients.

A lot easier than cooking a 180-pound pig in the ground and will still have you doing the hula in no time.

 

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Homemade Pulled Pork Sammich Recipe AKA The Hot Mess

If you’re having a casual, little dinner party for about six people and want to go all out, let me introduce you to The Hot Mess… in the best possible way, that is. Have plenty of wet towels ready. And snobby beer. And bibs.
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Other recipes you will need if you choose to build this fabulous sammich from scratch… or, you know, you can ignore the challenge and buy some of it at the store. 
Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork in Barbecue Sauce Recipe
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • One 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • One 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons. kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (not regular paprika)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/3 cup BBQ rub (I used Grill Mates Sweet & Smoky Rub)
  • 2  tablespoons yellow mustard

Sizzle olive oil in a pot.

Place diced onion into very small pieces and add to the oil. Cook until onions appear translucent.

Add tomato puree, tomato paste, water, vinegar & molasses.


While sauce is simmering, continue to  stir and add dark brown sugar, kosher salt, pepper, smoked paprika (not regular paprika), & chili powder.

Finally, add BBQ rub (I used Grill Mates Sweet & Smoky Rub), cranberry juice and yellow mustard.

Place sauce in blender and cover with lid. Blend until all tomatoes & onions blend into the sauce. Set aside.

Preheat to 325F
On stove top over medium-high heat, drizzle olive oil in a clean large oven-safe pan. Brown pork shoulder on all sides.
Pour barbecue sauce over pork shoulder and place in oven with a lid on pan. Continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the shoulder reads 185 degrees F, about 4 hours. Remove the pork from the oven and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes. Shred pork.

To build your sammich, cut open hamburger buns and butter the insides of each. Lay with butter sides up on a baking sheet. Watch closely while broiling until golden brown.

Remove toasted buns from oven. Top with pulled pork, coleslaw, and crispy fried onion strips.

She’s slow. She’s chaotic. She’s a lot of work. And she is sooooo worth it.

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Cheesy Beef and Bean Burritos Recipe

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Our pre fourth of July weather has settled in this week. Sunshine doesn’t normally commit in Seattle until July 5th. After that, summer is perfect. But, for now, it is burrito weather. And that ain’t half bad. Things are looking brighter this week, though. I’m convinced it’s because I made a simmer-all-day kind of meal. You know, kinda like washing your car only to have it rain the next day. I made a burrito and the whole weather report flipped.

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This filling takes about 4 hours to simmer so it can be made in advance so it is ready on burrito night.

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots,finely diced
  • 3 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 fresh jalepeno pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 a stick)
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 8 ounces ground veal
  • 8 ounces country style ground pork
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cup water (1 cup may be replaced with a dry white or red wine if you’re feeling especially fancy pants)
  • 3 tablespoons beef Better Than Bouillon
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon epazote
  • 1 tablespoon ground Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 grande flour tortillas
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

Most meats come in about one pound packages. If making one recipe, you can freeze the other halves. You’ll be making this again soon. I promise.
Preheat oven to 350F. It is a good idea to dice veggies in advance. This is a long simmering dish; but, it is also pretty busy in the beginning. Set veggies aside.
Cut tomatoes into quarters and jalepeno in half then place on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Add garlic cloves (still wrapped in peels) to pan as well. Bake for 20 minutes. This is the only step that requires the oven so you can turn it off.
In a large pot, pour olive oil and add butter. Melt over medium-high heat. Add diced veggies. Cook until onions are translucent.
While veggies cook, place milk, water, Better Than Bouillon, and tomato paste into a medium bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
Remove tomatoes, jalepeno, and garlic from oven when they are done. Place tomatoes & jalepeno into food processor. Remove peels from garlic (they should practically slide off) and add. Process until still a little chunky, but soup-like.
Add ground meats to veggies in pot. Using utensil, chop meat up well while cooking. Pieces should be very fine. Allow to cook until juices evaporate and meat is beautifully browned and somewhat sticking to bottom of pan.
Add bouillon mixture to pot. Stir in. Add processed tomatoes, jalepeno, and garlic to pot as well. Add chili powder, paprika, epazote, Mexican oregano, cumin. Add beans. Stir all together.

Allow sauce to simmer on lowest heat with a lid partially covering for about 4 hours. Filling can also be transferred to a slow cooker at this point. You’ll just want to place lid tilted and be sure to stir about every 20 minutes as normal. Make sure to check and stir once and awhile. Sauce will become more red and be kind of oily in texture as it cooks. Near the end is a good time for additional salt since it may reduce down and become too salty if you add a lot in the beginning. After filling is ready, stir in chopped cilantro at the last minute.

Place tortillas out to fill. Place freshly shredded cheese (waaaaay better than pre-grated) on each one then add a couple scoops of filling to each one. Fold sides inward, then roll away from yourself. Place closure side down onto baking sheet. Continue process until all or ready for baking. If eight is too many, you can save the filling in the freezer for another time.

Bake for 20 minutes. Tortilla shells will be lightly browned and cheese will be melted. Toppings like sour cream or guacamole can be added, or you can eat plain.

Welcome back, sunshine. We’re looking at the mid seventies all week, Seattle. You’re welcome. My work here is done… and that’s a wrap.

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Homemade Rich, Meaty Bolognese Sauce Recipe

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I’m pretty sure every last one of my Facebook friends has visited Italy this week. There are beautiful pictures of naked male statues standing by glorious fountains, bold red wines, and churches – oh, the churches. And I’m all sittin’ over here in Seattle listening to my neighbor’s favorite music and eating a whole wheat bagel covered in peanut butter & jelly. Perhaps this post came out of my subconscious jealousy (and by subconscious, I mean complete awareness).

Cue the neighbor’s music that sounds like the back end of an eighties boom box by the time it reaches my ears… I’m about to welcome you to my own Little Italy.


Once you accomplish the initial steps, this is a great recipe to throw in the crockpot for the remaining 4 hours. Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day so you had to know their sauce would take at least four hours to make. Also, you know I never miss capitalizing on a great pun. Like, ever. I’m sorry. You’re welcome. I’m sorry.

You have not tried spaghetti sauce until you’ve had bolognese. I promise you will never go back.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, finely diced
  • 3 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 a stick)
  • 4 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 8 ounces ground veal
  • 8 ounces country style ground pork
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cup water (1 cup may be replaced with a dry white or red wine if you’re feeling especially fancy pants)
  • 3 tablespoons beef Better Than Bouillon
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

Most meats come in about one pound packages. If making one recipe, you can freeze the other halves. You’ll be making this again soon. I promise.
Preheat oven to 350F. It is a good idea to dice veggies in advance. This is a long simmering dish; but, it is also pretty busy in the beginning. Set veggies aside.
After veggies are diced, cut tomatoes into quarters and place on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil. Salt & pepper tomatoes. Add garlic cloves (still wrapped in peels) to pan as well. Bake for 20 minutes. This is the only step that requires the oven so you can turn it off.
In a large pot, pour olive oil and add butter. Melt over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and allow to cook for a few minutes. Add diced veggies. Cook until onions are translucent.
While veggies cook, place milk, water, Better Than Bouillon, and tomato paste into a medium bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
Remove tomatoes and garlic from oven when they are done. Place tomatoes into food processor. Remove peels from garlic (they should practically slide off) and add. Process until still a little chunky, but soup-like.
Add ground meats. Using utensil, chop meat up well while cooking. Pieces should be very fine. Allow to cook until juices evaporate and meat is beautifully browned and somewhat sticking to bottom of pan.
Add bouillon mixture to pot. Stir in. Add processed tomatoes and garlic to pot. Stir in. Allow sauce to simmer on lowest heat with a lid partially covering for about 4 hours. Make sure to check and stir once and awhile. Sauce will become more red and be kind of oily in texture as it cooks. Near the end is a good time for additional salt since it may reduce down and become too salty if you add a lot in the beginning.
When it is time to serve, cook noodles according to instructions on box. Be sure to bring water to a boil first, add noodles, then cook for as long as box says (all noodle cooking times are different).
If you don’t count the fact there are no naked male statues standing by glorious fountains, bold red wines, and churches, it’s just like I’m there. Only, you know, I’m watching the Mariners on ESPN and approximately 5,661 miles away from an ancient colosseum.

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How to Cook Bacon For a Crowd

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After discussing squashed squash, one can only assume it is appropriate to follow up with baking bacon. No?

While cooking breakfast for six people at a time at my inn plus a family of bacon snitchers, I was forced to figure out a way to cook bacon for up to a dozen people at a time. My answer to this very serious problem was to bake bacon in the oven.


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You will need a roasting pan with shallow sides so that your bacon can brown and not simply steam. Or, better yet, you can use a half sheet pan with sides which will also keep the excess grease in the pan.  No one needs a grease fire, after all. Preheat your oven to 350F then line thick-cut bacon in a row. If you choose regular-cut bacon, you’ll just want to watch your cook time closely because it will probably take less time to cook. A half sheet pan will fit about a dozen slices at a time. For easy clean up, just line the pan with foil. This works great for many things, like salmon, etc.

Have you ever had a grease fire? I don’t mean to brag, but I have. If you throw water on a grease fire, it will multiply your fire. Never do this. A bunch of salt can help put a grease fire out. I always keep a large container of sea salt handy for cooking… or small grease fires. Once I had my self-cleaning setting on my oven and a fire broke out inside. Always learn how to stop clean-mode on your oven so you have the knowledge inside of you when you need it. I hadn’t. But, I did think to push the door closed as tight as I could and suffocated the oven fire. Take that, oven fire. I’m sure well-seasoned cooks know this stuff but figured I would take one fore the team and share this info for new cooks.

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You can bake a few pans at a time but will need to carefully rotate the pan locations so they bake evenly. I recommend turning bacon over half-way through baking time. Baking bacon usually takes about 30 minutes total.

If you are using one pan over and over again, be sure to pour the excess bacon grease into a container and set aside. Bacon grease is wonderful when kept in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Try stir fried rice or green beans or beef pieces fried in it. You’re welcome.

To be sure your bacon is done cooking, pull out a meat thermometer and make sure the temperature of the bacon reaches at least 145F.

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Place all bacon upon a few paper towels to drain excess grease. You could place it on a pretty platter, but let’s be honest. It’s never gonna make it there once the crowd smells the sizzling, bacon-y goodness.

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Yeast Biscuits and Country Gravy Recipe

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When I am at my normal post, you will not see biscuits and gravy at the inn… until today. Today, the gravy was made with fresh herbs. Today, the biscuits were light and fluffy and moist. Today was lovely.

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Serves at least 10 people with leftover biscuits to have later – you know, warmed with butter and honey.

Yeast Biscuit Recipe

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • 1 package yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup Crisco shortening
  • 2 cups buttermilk (or almost 2 cups of milk with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar stirred into it to create buttermilk)

Place yeast, warm water and sugar in a small bowl. Swirl around and let sit in a warm place while preparing the remaining ingredients.

Place flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and shortening in a large bowl and blend together using a pastry cutter or a fork until shortening is about the size of peas.

Stir buttermilk and yeast mixture into flour mixture.

There are a couple of ways to form the biscuits:

  1. Place a little flour on counter and roll out about to 1 inch thick, depending on how thick you’d like the biscuits to be. Dust off excess flour and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Drop biscuits onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper using a spoon – about 1/2 cup per biscuit for large size.

Bake about 15 minutes or until light golden brown and done in the middle.

Enjoy with butter & strawberry jam or honey butter or gravy or any way you like. These are the moistest biscuits you’ve ever had and they keep very well. 

Sausage Gravy Recipe

  • 3 pounds country sausage
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • House seasonings (like Lawry’s, Spike or Johnny’s Seasoning)
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • Leaves from 4 sprigs of thyme, minced
  • Leaves from 3 sprigs of oregano, minced
  • Leaves from 1/2 sprig of rosemary, minced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a very large frying pan on medium-high heat, crumble and cook the country sausage until nearly done cooking. Add in diced onion and cook until onion is translucent. Sprinkle in flour to create the gravy roux. Stir and cook for a few minutes (important because the flour taste cooks out within these few minutes). The flour might look like it has disappeared, but it’s just waiting to do it’s magic. pour in water and stir. Pour in milk and stir. Gravy will thicken when liquids heat up. After gravy has thickened, reduce heat to medium. Season gravy to your liking – this is sometimes tricky because gravy can start out very bland. Just keep adding salt a little at a time until you reach the perfect level for you. Your gravy shouldn’t end up tasting like salt. The salt is there to enhance all the other flavors that are hiding. Stir in fresh herbs, sour cream and cheese (country gravy will never be the same). Cook until cheese & sour cream have melted. Gravy is ready to serve.

Cut biscuits in half and place on plate. Cover with about 1 1/2 cups gravy. If desired, serve with a fried egg on top.

Great served with fresh fruit or berries on the side… you know, to lighten things up.

Note: This biscuit recipe is known as Paula Deen’s recipe but has actually been around a long time & is found in many old cookbooks.

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Ham and Cheese Quiche Recipe

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Ham and Cheese Quiche. Amen.


They say Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche, but real men like this ham and cheese quiche. It’s simple, it’s delicious and surprisingly manly.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Ham and Cheese Quiche Ingredients

  • 1 Pillsbury pie crust (or 1/2 this homemade recipe)
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 8 oz. grated cheddar cheese (or any cheese that melts well like gouda, gruyère, havarti)
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 8 oz. cubed ham, drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon course ground pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream (optional garnish)

Place homemade pie crust or store bought Pillsbury (this brand because it isn’t sweet) pie crust in pie pan, poke crust with a fork about 20 times all around and then bake for 13 minutes.

Drain ham on paper towels. Leftover ham is also great for this recipe. Pat dry as well so that much of the moisture is soaked up by the paper towels.

Beat eggs, heavy cream & flour together. Blender on medium speed works well for this.

Stir in cheese, green onions, ham and salt & pepper.

Remove pie crust from oven when done. Pour mixture into pre-baked pie crust.

Bake quiche with a baking sheet on the shelf underneath it to help catch any possible overflow. Use a guard to protect the edges of the crust from over-baking once they are light golden brown. Bake for about an hour or until a knife comes out clean. Quiche will continue to bake for a little while after removed from oven since it’s still hot.

Serves eight or if you would like to have larger friends, six. Place a dollop of sour cream on each piece and an artful green onion if desired.

She has enticed many a gentleman and made their taste buds dance. She is a quiche that even real men love.

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Meat Roll With Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy Recipe

Dear Vegetarians and Vegans, Please avert your eyes for we about to embark upon the meatiest recipe I’ve ever made. I’m sorry. Love, Deanna

And all the men said, “Meat and meat and meat and meat and potatoes? Amen.”


Preheat oven to 350F.

MEAT ROLL INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 package of your favorite dry packaged au jus mix
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 3 eggs to mixture
  • 1 pounds country sausage
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken or turkey
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 pounds sliced bacon
  • One 14 oz. package smoked beef sausage
 
Place Panko bread crumbs, grated parmesan, minced garlic, eggs, country sausage and ground chicken or turkey. Mix au jus mix into milk and then add to the rest of the ingredients. Add a little salt (not too much as the parmesan cheese already has a lot of salty flavor) & pepper. Combine until well mixed together. Set aside.
I like to use latex gloves for this job since it’s so messy.
On a half sheet baking pan covered with a layer of foil (for easy clean up), stretch bacon across pan – layering each piece a little bit over the last.
Place half of the ground meat mixture down the center of the bacon and place the sausage on top of the ground meat.
Pack the other half of the ground meat mixture over the sausage to create the circle of meat around the sausage. Lift the bacon slices over the top of the meat roll on one side, and then the other.
Use toothpicks or wooden sticks to help hold the bacon in place so it doesn’t fall during cooking time. Bake for about an hour or until ground meat mixture is 165F when measured with a meat thermometer. The most important thing to know when cooking meat is the minimum temp that it should be when done. This will insure food safety. The second most important thing to know is to make sure the temp doesn’t go much higher than the safe temp. This insures that the meat will not become dry and flavorless.
POTATOES INGREDIENTS:
  • About 4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds baby potatoes (smallest you can find)
  • 1-2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1-2 tablespoons curry
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 diced yellow onion (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (optional)
  • Freshly chopped oregano, basil, rosemary & thyme (optional)

Using a peeler, peel potatoes however you like. For a rustic look, I peeled the potatoes just around the middle this time. If using larger potatoes, simply cut into smaller, similar-sized pieces. Pour oil into frying pan and heat to medium high.

While waiting for oil to heat, coat potatoes in tumeric & curry powders.

After oil is preheated, add potatoes to pan. Toss occasionally during cooking and add salt & pepper. If desired, you can add diced yellow onions to the potatoes for the last 4-5 minutes of cooking time. Don’t add them too soon as they will burn because they cook much quicker than potatoes do.

You can also add minced garlic and freshly chopped oregano, basil, rosemary & thyme during the last minute of cooking time if you like. Potatoes are done when a fork poked into them slides out easily.

MUSHROOM GRAVY INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (or bacon grease)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced or chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • About 3 cups of chicken broth (or water)
  • Beef Better than Bouillon
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Heat diced onions over medium heat in oil until somewhat translucent.

Add mushrooms and cook until browned.

Sprinkle flour over mushroom and onions. Stir and allow flour to cook for at least couple of minutes.

Stir in chicken broth and then about 2 tablespoons of beef Better than Bouillon. Heat until Better than Bouillon has melted into gravy.

Finally stir in heavy whipping cream and butter. If you’re feeling a little wild & crazy, you can add a little dry red or white wine. to the mix. What could be better? I mean really.

Oh, yes, perhaps this? When the meat roll is finished cooking, allow it to rest for about 15 minutes then remove toothpicks and slice into 1-2 inch slices, depending on how big of eaters you are entertaining.

To serve, place potatoes on plate in a little circle and cover with mushroom gravy. Adorn with a gorgeous slice of meat roll to show off its beauty.

And every vegetarian and vegan said, “Potatoes only, please.”

And every man said, “Pass the fork.”

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