Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pork Chops with Apple and Onion

I had two loin pork chops and wanted to jazz them up a bit.  I had one large apple and one large onion as well as some chicken broth in the fridge. If you don't have chicken stock you could always substitute white wine or even beer.

2 thick boneless pork loin chops
1 large apple, cored and sliced
1 large onion sliced
2 T butter
salt and pepper
1 cup chicken stock, wine, or beer

In medium large skillet, sear the pork chops about 5 minutes on each side. Salt and pepper them and set them aside. Melt the butter in the same skillet and add the onion and apple stirring for five minutes or so. Add the chops back in and continue to cook about 15 more minutes to be sure the chops are cooked through.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chicken Cacciatore

I can't believe I  don't have a recipe for chicken cacciatore on this blog. Seriously, what kind of pseudo Italian am I?

There are a million recipes for this dish, but it's really pretty simple: chicken, mushrooms, red sauce and simmer :-)

1 pkg boneless chicken thighs
1 pkg sliced mushrooms
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves. minced
some olive oil
salt and pepper
dried rosemary
28 oz crushed or diced tomatoes ( I used unsalted)
3/4 cup white wine

In large skillet with lid, brown chicken thighs in a little olive oil. When brown, remove to plate. Add onions and mushrooms and brown. Add salt and pepper and 2 T rosemary stir around, add garlic-stir. Add the tomatoes and wine, and then add the thighs--stir well. Cover skillet and cook over low heat 50 minutes. Serve over pasta or rice.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Grilled Flank Steak Sammies

Whenever I buy flank steak at Costco they often come two flank steaks to a package. If I'm planning to use the grill I often marinate and grill both and then freeze one for later. Flank steak makes really tasty sandwiches. This time I switched up the flavors and used bleu cheese.

1/2 small grilled flank steak, sliced thinly
1/2 large onion, sliced

3 large panini or hard rolls, sliced
some arugula
some bleu cheese
a little mayo
thin tomato slices

Sauté onion sliced in skillet for 8 minutes and then throw in the grilled flank steak just to warm it briefly.

On bottom half of roll spread some bleu cheese, then add some arugula, pile on some steak and onions and season with pepper, add a slice of tomato and top with other half (can add some mayo to the top if you wish).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bacon Fried Rice

Some times you look in the fridge and there are just a few bits and pieces, but if you're lucky enough to have some cooked rice in there, then you've got lunch!

2 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
1 and 1/2 cups cooked rice
soy sauce
2 eggs

In skillet or wok, sauté the bacon pieces and then add the onion. Stir for several minutes as they brown. Add the rice and stir well. Push the rice mixture to the side and pour in the eggs. Scramble and then fold the scrambled pieces back into the rice. Drizzle on some soy sauce. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Taste of Fall

Here's a good dish to add to any Sunday brunch: Sausage and Apples! This is a very tasty one pan dish that pairs well with eggs, greens or whatever.

4 smoked pre-cooked chicken sausages, slice diagonally
2 large tart apples, cored and sliced
2 T maple syrup
1/4 t dried thyme
salt and pepper
some olive oil

Brown sausage slices in a bit of olive oil in medium skillet. Once browned, remove to bowl.

Sauté apple slices in same skillet in a bit of olive oil. Add thyme, salt and pepper and maple syrup. Cook around ten minutes or so to soften apples. Add sausage back into skillet to warm-stir and serve.