Sunday, January 12, 2020

Bullfighter's Beef

This is a recipe we had once before. I think we will be making this more often. Chris said we could have this every night...

This recipe is from a 2013 post on Johnny's Kitchen. I have not seen any recent posts from the blog. I enjoyed the writing on the blog. At least this recipe will live on.

Nothing fancy about the recipe. Simply written and easy to follow.  The measurements are not really given. I used a 3 pound chuck roast. The meat is so tender you did not need to put knives on the table.
Take the Meat out the fridge an hour before you start cooking.

Saute chopped Carrots and Onion in a little Olive Oil until they soften.

Season the meat with some flour on a plate, shake off any excess.

In a very hot oven proof pan add some Olive Oil and sear the meat to brown all over and set aside.

Deglaze the pan with Red Wine. When it's reduced add to the Onion and Carrots and the meat to the pan and add a pint or so of Beef Stock, a sprig of Rosemary and Thyme and a couple of Bay Leaves and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil. Seal the pan with some foil and place in a preheated oven at 320˚F and cook for 3 hours.

At the end of cooking take out the meat out carefully so that it doesn't break up and with a hand blender Blitz the sauce to mush up the Carrots and Onion return the Meat to the pan and put back in the oven for another ten minutes.

After ten minutes take the pan out of the oven and set aside the Meat and put the Casserole Dish on the stove at the highest heat and add a drop of Port to enrich the Sauce and reduce for around 15 minutes. At the end of reduction a knob of Butter to give a gloss to the sauce.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Best Beef Stew

Slow cooker Saturday. This recipe is from the little cookbook that came with the slow cooker. I added carrots, for color.
This stew is delicious and hearty. It is the ultimate comfort food.
2# beef chuck stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup four
Kosher salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1bay leaves
3 small potatoes, quartered
1onions, chopped
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 carrots, sliced

Sprinkle flour, salt, and pepper over meat. Place meat in Crock-Pot slow cooker.
Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
Cover and cook on Low for 8-10 hours or until the meat is tender. Stir thoroughly before serving.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Pigs in A Blanket Carbonara

A couple of weeks ago Chris posted a link on my Facebook page suggesting this as a Super Bowl Appetizer. He also suggested we should try the recipe before the Super Bowl. I had everything in the house for the recipe but the crescent rolls.
The recipe is from The Food Network. The only change I made was making my own Alfredo Sauce. That recipe I found on The Recipe Critic site. I cut the Sauce recipe in half. Next time I will only make a 1/4 recipe. The sauce is delicious but I do not think we could have eaten it all.

Here is my version of the Alfredo Sauce Recipe-

1/4 cup butter
1 cup pint heavy whipping cream 2 cups
2 ounces cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Method -
In a medium saucepan add butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted. 

Add the oregano, salt, and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth. Add the grated parmesan cheese.

Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken.

Here is the recipe for Pigs in A Blanket Carbonara-

2.5 ounces sliced pancetta, diced
One 8-ounce tube refrigerated crescent dough
24 mini hot dogs
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/2 cup Alfredo sauce, for dipping

Method -
In a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook the pancetta until cooked through but not too crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.

Separate the dough into individual triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles.

Place a mini hot dog on the wide base end of a triangle.
Starting at the base end of the triangle, roll up toward the pointed end, to wrap the hot dog.

Place on the prepared sheet tray. 

Mix together the oregano and cheese.
Using a pastry brush, brush the pigs in a blanket with the egg.
Sprinkle with oregano and cheese and the diced pancetta.

Bake until golden brown, 20  minutes. Arrange on a platter and serve with the Alfredo sauce for dipping.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Mom's Baked Macaroni

The first day back to work and we have our first freezer meal. Mom's Baked Macaroni. True comfort food.
This is the best Baked Macaroni recipe ever!

The Recipe -
Boil 1/2 pound elbow macaroni.
Grease Pyrex loaf pan.
Alternate layers of macaroni and sliced American cheese starting with the macaroni.
Break 3 eggs and pour over macaroni. Fill the baking dish with milk to almost cover macaroni.
Top with bread crumbs, and parsley. Bake 350 degrees until set, usually about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Pan Fried Pork Medallions with Creamy Wine Sauce

Happy New Year!
We are starting off with a quick, yes quick dinner.  I found this recipe on Barefoot in the Kitchen
The meat was perfectly cooked. Moist and tender. The sauce was just seasoned perfectly.
Ingredients -
1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon chicken base
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 dash paprika
2 teaspoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Method -
Slice the pork tenderloin into 1-inch medallions and lightly sprinkle each side with salt and pepper. Warm a large stainless skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and when it is shimmering, add the pork to the skillet. Let the pork cook without touching it for 3 minutes. Set a plate next to the stove along with a piece of foil to cover the pork.

Use a metal spatula to get underneath each one and flip them over. Don’t worry if they stick a bit. Cover with a lid and cook for 3 minutes. Lift each medallion with the spatula and transfer the meat to the waiting plate. Cover lightly with foil to keep warm.

Place the empty skillet back on the stove over medium heat. Add the wine to the hot skillet and use a spatula to scrape up the little browned bits of meat and deglaze the pan. Add the chicken base, whisk to combine, and cook for about 2 minutes. 

In a small cup, whisk the cornstarch, and paprika into the cream until smooth. Add the cream into the saucepan slowly, whisking until combined. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Pour the sauce over the pork, sprinkle with parsley, and serve.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

It's That Time Of Year

That's right. Christmas cookie time! Making my list, see above. Checking it twice, and one more time with my sister, we try not to make the same cookies.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

If It's Sunday

Yes, it is Pizza. 

Used up the leftover Chicken Parmesan from Friday's dinner 
and the sausage from last night's dinner.


Not much left of this pie!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Patate Zucca E Salsiccia al Forno

Roasted Potatoes, Butternut Squash and Sausage. I am not sure how I found this blog but this is going to be an often visited site. La Cucina Divane. Don't be afraid of food blogs written in a foreign language. Google translate is perfect for this.
This was a simple meal, I roast sausage and pepper all the time. The addition of the butternut squash was nice. I was able to use up some rosemary and thyme from the plants on the deck before the first frost hits... maybe tonight?

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Kind of an important game on TV tonight. Go Yankees!

I wanted a simple dinner that came together fast but did not skimp on flavor. We have a winner! I found this recipe last night on It was a 30-minute meal that got rave reviews. I only made 1/2 the recipe and it was perfect for 2 Quesadillas.

Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Ingredients -
1¼ pounds ground sirloin
⅔ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
⅓ cup mayonnaise 
24 dill pickle chips
4 10-in. flour tortillas
8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
cooking spray

Method -
Cook sirloin in a large skillet over medium-high, stirring to crumble, until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and stir in ketchup and mustard.

Top half of each tortilla with ¼ cup cheese. Top with ⅔ cup meat mixture, 6 pickle chips, and another ¼ cup cheese. Fold tortilla in half to cover filling.

Heat a medium skillet over medium. Spray outside of tortillas with cooking spray and, working in batches, add to skillet. Cook until cheese is melted and tortillas are golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining tortillas.