PAN SEARED PORK with BRAISED TURNIPS & PARMESAN

I recently caught an episode of The Kitchen and instantly fell in love with this recipe from Geoffrey Zakarian. Turnips are one of the MOST under utilized vegetables in my opinion.

I did make a couple of changes due to allergies and likes, but it is AWESOME! The pork doesn’t appear seared in the picture, but it is – maybe too much flash too close! šŸ˜€ Turns out hubby doesn’t care for cooked turnips, though he loves them raw with salt, but I LOVED it!

PAN SEARED PORK with BRAISED TURNIPS & PARMESAN serves 4

1 teaspoon groundĀ cumin
1 teaspoon garlic saltĀ 
1 teaspoon dried oreganoĀ 
8 thin bone-in pork chopsĀ 
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper
2 tablespoons avocado oilĀ 
3 green onions, mincedĀ 
2 cloves garlic, mincedĀ 
1 cup turnip dice (1/4-inch), tops reservedĀ (see note)
1/2 cup white wineĀ 
1 cup chicken stockĀ 
2 tablespoons unsalted butterĀ 
1/2 teaspoon fresh tarragon or rosemary, mincedĀ 
1/2 cup gratedĀ Parmigiano-Reggiano
Chopped fresh chives, for garnishĀ 

  • Combine the cumin, garlic salt, and oregano in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle the pork chops on all sides with salt and pepper, followed by the rub.
  • In a large saute pan, heat the oil over high heat, then turn down to medium.
  • Add the pork medallions and sear until caramelized on one side, 2-3 minutes. Flip, then sear on the other side until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 150Ā°, 2-3 more minutes.
  • Remove the pork and set aside covered with foil to rest.
  • Return the pan to the heat and add the scallions and garlic. Cook over low heat until softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the turnips and cook, stirring to coat the vegetables, for 1 minute.
  • Add the white wine and chicken stock, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat and reduce by three-quarters, about 5 minutes.
  • Chiffonade 1/2 cup of the turnip greens and add to the sauce with the butter and tarragon.
  • Return the pork and any accumulated juices to the pan, turning to coat the pork chops.
  • Remove from the heat and top with the Parmesan cheese.
  • Divide among plates and garnish.

NOTE: Turnips in the stores around here are already trimmed of their tops so I substituted chiffonaded spinach leaves.

GARLIC HERB HONEY GLAZED PORK TENDERLOIN

GARLIC HERB HONEY GLAZED PORK TENDERLOIN

1 1/2-2 pound pork tenderloin
1/4 cup QUALITY raw honey
2 tablespoons FRESH lemon juice
1 teaspoon ancho OR chipotle chile powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon butter
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Preheat the oven to 450Ā°.
  • Combine the honey, garlic herb seasoning, lemon juice, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl and stir well.
  • Pat the tenderloin dry with some paper towels and generously season on both sides with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Heat skillet over medium high heat and melt butter.
  • Sear the tenderloin for 2-3 minutes per side until brown all over.
  • Reduce flame to low and add the honey mixture.
  • Toss the tenderloin until completely covered in the glaze.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven.Or place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Roast the tenderloin for 10-12 minutes, flipping it halfway through, until internal temperature reaches 145Ā°.
  • Allow the roast to rest undisturbed on a cutting board for 5 minutes before carving.
  • Serve with any remaining glaze and enjoy!

NOTES:

  • This recipe works really well on boneless pork chops.
  • A GREAT flavor alternative is ANCHO or CHIPOTLE honey glazedĀ  pork. Substitute 1 teaspoon ancho OR chipotle chile powder for the garlic herb seasoning.

Ancho chilies are fairly mild 1,000-1,500 on the Scoville scale and are considered one of the main peppers used in Mexican moles while Chipotles are smoked and dried jalapeƱo peppers that are a bit hotter, 2,500-8,000 on the Scoville scale.

TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHILE POWDER

  • Cut the chiles in half.
  • Remove the stems and seeds.
  • Add the chiles to a dry skillet and toast over low heat, flipping occasionally, until the peppers are blistered and fragrant.
  • Transfer to a food processor or spice grinder, mixing to a fine powder.
  • Store in an air tight container.

ITALIAN WEDDING CASSEROLE

ITALIAN WEDDING CASSEROLE adapted from Ree Drummond

CASSEROLE
2 cups (dry) bowtie pasta
2 tablespoons butterĀ 
2 tablespoons avocado oilĀ 
1 cup diced celeryĀ 
2 tablespoons chopped FRESH oreganoĀ 
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped thyme
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped Italian Parsley
1 teaspoon FRESH chopped rosemary
3 cloves garlic, mincedĀ 
2 carrots, dicedĀ 
1 onion, dicedĀ 
3 tablespoons all-purpose flourĀ 
4 cups chicken broth
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepperĀ 
1 1/2 pounds of homemade meatballs OR a 26-ounce bag frozen Italian meatballsĀ 
2-3 cups chopped baby spinach *SEE NOTES
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese

  • Preheat the oven to 375Ā°.
  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until less than al dente; set aside.
  • Melt butter and avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add celery, carrots and onion, cooking until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add oregano and garlic, sautĆ©ing until fragrant.
  • Sprinkle with the flour, stirring and cooking for an additional minute.
  • While whisking constantly, slowly add chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken, about 2 minutes.
  • Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Add the meatballs, spinach, Parmesan, stirring to combine.
  • Fold in pasta.
  • Transfer to 9×13-inch baking dish.

TOPPING
1Ā  cup PANKO breadcrumbs
1/4 cup FRESH grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
2 tablespoons chopped FRESH parsleyĀ 
2 tablespoons chopped FRESH oreganoĀ 

  • Mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, butter, parsley and oregano in a bowl until well combined.
  • Sprinkle the breadcrumb topping over the casserole.
  • Bake until golden and bubbly, about 20 minutes.
  • Allow the casserole to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

NOTES:Ā  Baby spinach can be easily replaced with broccoli or green beans, but both of those need to be added during the saute’ process.

TARRAGON VINEGAR PORK CHOPS


TARRAGON VINEGAR PORK CHOPS
4 boneless pork loin chops
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped tarragon
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup WONDRA
Savory Spice Shop Hidden Cove Lemon Garlic Blend

  • In a large ziploc bag combine the flour and seasoning.
  • Add the pork chops and coat well.
  • In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat.
  • Shake excess flour from chops and add them to the skillet. Reserve the flour mixture.
  • Sear chops in butter until golden on each side.
  • Transfer chops to an oven proof platter, cover and keep warm.
  • Whisk remaining seasoned flour into skillet.
  • Whisk in chicken stock, vinegar, tarragon and honey, simmering until mixture begins to thicken.
  • Serve over pork chops.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes.

FRENCH ONION PORK TENDERLOIN

FRENCH ONION PORK TENDERLOIN
LARGE 3 pound pork tenderloin
2 tablespoons avocado oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 SMALL sweet onion, halved and sliced thin
1 SMALL red onion, halved and sliced thin
1 LARGE shallot, sliced thin
several sprigs fresh tarragon, chopped small
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 package Lipton Onion Soup mix OR KNORR vegetable soup mix
Fresh ground black pepper and salt, to taste
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup cream sherry
1 3/4 tablespoons Wonder flour
chopped flat leaf parsley for garnish

  • Preheat oven to 400Ā°.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons butter and oil in dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and sauteā€™ until translucent.
  • Add tarragon and cook 10-15 minutes more until onions are browned.
  • Generously season pork roast with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Push onions to the edge of the pan and add pork roast, searing quickly on each side.
  • Season melted butter and pour evenly over tenderloin.
  • Whisk together the wine, cream sherry, chicken broth and soup mix. Pour over tenderloin and onions.
  • Roast 20 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325Ā°.
  • Roast 30 minutes more or until cooked through.
  • Remove to cutting board and let rest 10 minutes.
  • Slice pork.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes or cornbread stuffing and top with gravy.

PORK GREEN CHILI ala CROCK POT

PORK GREEN CHILI ala CROCK POT
1 tablespoon avocado oil
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 pound pork loin, cut into large chunks
3-4 LARGE garlic cloves, minced
1 large yellow onion, diced
8 ounces taco sauce
8 ounce chopped green chilies
1 can ROTEL original fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles
2 teaspoons cumin
1 bunch green onions, chopped or sliced thin (reserve some for garnish)
1 can Bush’s black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can S&W Cattle beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup FRESH chopped Cilantro + a few sprigs for garnish
sour cream, for garnish
shredded cheese, for garnish
GRANDMA Ware’s skillet corn bread

  • Heat oil in skillet.
  • Generously season pork roast with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Add pork pieces to skillet and sear on all sides.
  • Transfer pork pieces to slow cooker.
  • Add onions to skillet and saute’ until softened.
  • Add garlic, green chiles, taco sauce, cumin, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, ROTEL tomatoes and most of the green onions to the skillet, blending well and cooking until fragrant. Add to slow cooker and stir well with pork pieces.
  • Cook on HIGH 90 minutes.
  • Lower to LOW and cook 6 hours more until pork is tender.
  • Add beans and cook another 30 minutes.
    Serve with a dollop of sour cream, fresh chopped cilantro, chopped green onions and shredded cheese PLUS your favorite corn bread!

HAM & BROCCOLI NOODLE CASSEROLE

HAM & BROCCOLI NOODLE CASSEROLE
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups FRESH broccoli florets, cut small*
1/2 Vidalia onion, finely chopped
1 + 1/2-3/4 cup SHARP cheddar cheese, divided
1 ham steak (2 cups diced)
1 1/2 cups macaroni noodles, cooked and drained well
1 jar pimientos, drained WELL
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • Preheat oven to 350Ā°.
  • Mix together the mayonnaise, 1 cup of cheese and milk.
  • Fold in the broccoli, onions, pimientos and ham pieces.
  • Spoon into a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Melt butter and add bread crumbs until well blended.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2-3/4 cup of cheese and bread crumbs.
  • Bake for 45 minutes until bubbly and golden on top.

NOTE: *FROZEN broccoli will work, but FRESH is so much more tastier! šŸ˜€

CABBAGE ROLL SOUP aka WAGON WHEEL SOUP aka WINTER SOUP updated

Years ago my niece “renamed” or “nicknamed” my winter soup to Wagon Wheel because I used a round pasta that resembled wagon wheels.Ā  Whatever you call this soup, it’s a hearty rib-sticking soup that makes you want to sop up the very last drop with a warm bread.

CABBAGE ROLL SOUP aka WAGON WHEEL SOUP/STEW
1 1/2 pounds coarse ground hamburger, ground pork or combination of both
1 cup cooked rice or uncooked pasta of your choice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large Vidalia onion, FINELY chopped
2 cups V-8 juice
8 ounces tomato sauce
2 cans original Rotel tomatoes with juice
+/- 8 ounces beef broth
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste
1 small head cabbage, chopped

  • In a large dutch oven, brown hamburger.
  • Drain hamburger in colander over a paper plate and paper toweling to catch grease.
  • Add onion and garlic to dutch oven, sautĆ©ing until soft and fragrant.
  • Add V-8, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and broth, stirring to blend.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer over low heat 1-2 hours.
  • Add cabbage and simmer 1 hour more.
  • AddĀ  pasta and simmer 20 minutes more until pasta is tender or add cooked rice and simmer 5 minutes until rice is heated through.

NOTE: If you like it thinner like soup, add more broth.

ORIGINAL POSTINGS: CML 1-20-2015, 1-28-2018 SKT 1-20-2015 3SOC much earlier, but no longer accessible

BRAISED PORK POSOLE + WEEKNIGHT SHORT CUT

Pozole or Posole can be prepared in many ways, but all variations include a base of cooked hominy in broth. Hominy is produced from dried maize (corn) kernels.

Typically pork, or sometimes chicken, is included in the base. The traditional spelling with the “z” is the Mexican spelling and the Americanized spelling is usually with the “s”.

The three main types of pozole are white, green and red. White pozole is the preparation without any additional green or red sauce. Green pozole adds a rich sauce based on green ingredients including tomatillos, cilantro, jalapeƱos or pipits. Red pozole is made by adding a red sauce made from a combination of chiles like ancho, piquin or guajillos.

BRAISED PORK POSOLE + WEEKNIGHT SHORT CUT
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon Mexican Oregano
2 teaspoons FRESH ground sea salt
1 4 pound boneless pork shoulder, cut into 7-8 pieces
2 tablespoons avocado oil
8 cups chicken broth (I like homemade bone broth)
7-8 Chiles de Arbol, stemmed (seeded if you like)
1 large white onion, chopped
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 large can white hominy, chopped (you don’t have to chop this if you like the large pieces – we don’t though so I chop them smaller)
1-2 cans white shopeg corn

  • Preheat oven to 350Ā°.
  • Whisk together the cumin, oregano and sea salt.
  • Rub pork with seasoning mix, pressing into the meat.
  • In a large dutch oven (cast iron if you have it), heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat.
  • Sear pork on all sides until browned.
  • Add 1 cup of the broth.
  • Cover and bake 2 hours.

 

  • Remove pork from broth and strain liquid, discarding solids and skimming fat from the top.
  • Shred pork with 2 forks.
  • Add chiles to the now empty pan and cook over medium heat until they puff up.
  • Transfer chiles to blender and add 2 cups of broth. Process until smooth.

 

  • Add remaining oil to the pan.
  • Add onion and garlic, stirring occasionally until tender.
  • Add pork, reserved cooking broth, pureed chiles, tomatoes, shoepeg corn, chopped hominy and remaining broth.
  • Simmer 45-60 minutes.
  • Garnish as desired.

GARNISHES:
chopped avocado
shredded cheese
chopped cilantro
chopped green onions
sour cream

WEEKNIGHT SHORT CUT

  • Substitute the pork for shredded rotisserie chicken. This step saves 2 1/2 hours!
  • Substitute the individual spices for a Taco Bell Pork Carnitas or Carne Asada seasoning package.

APPLE GLAZED PORK ROAST & GRAVY

APPLE GLAZED PORK ROAST & GRAVY
1/2 cup SMUCKERS apple jelly
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
3 pound boneless pork loin roast, tied
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 400Ā°.
  • Whisk together the jelly and vinegar.
  • Generously season pork roast with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Spray roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Roast pork roast 1 hour until temperature reaches 145Ā°, brushing with glaze after 45 minutes.
  • Transfer pork to cutting board and cover with foil to rest 10 minutes.
  • While roast rests, pour all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings into saucepan over low heat.
  • Whisk the cornstarch into the 2 tablespoons of drippings to make a slurry.
  • Add slurry to thicken to desired consistency.
  • Slice roast and serve immediately.

HOISIN GLAZED GRILLED PORK CHOPS & PINEAPPLE SALSA

HOISIN GLAZED GRILLED PORK CHOPS & PINEAPPLE SALSA
CHOPS
4-6 bone in THICK pork chops
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup Hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk together the Hoisin sauce and vinegar in a small bowl.
  • Transfer 3 tablespoons to a small bowl and set aside.
  • Pat chops dry and generously season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Brush pork chops with the sauce mixture.
  • Grill pork over hot grill 3-4 minutes per side until seared and cooked through.
  • Transfer pork to platter and brush with reserved Hoisin sauce mixture.
  • Tent with foil and let rest 5 minutes.

SALSA
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch rings
1 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced OR 1/4 cup minced mini red peppers
1/4 cup FRESH chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons FRESH grated ginger

  • Brush pineapple all over with oil.
  • Grill over hot grill 3 minutes on each side until charred.
  • Transfer to cutting board.
  • When cool enough to handle, chop into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Toss pineapple, green onions, cilantro and ginger with sesame oil.
  • Season to taste with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.

GRILLED PORK CHOPS & PLUMS

GRILLED PORK CHOPS & PLUMS
4 thick bone-in pork chops
2 tablespoons avocado oil
4-6 LARGE plums, halved and pitted
Juice from 1 LARGE lemon
2 tablespoons PACKED brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground coriander
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • Whisk together the avocado oil and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • Rub plums with half of the brown sugar.
  • Whisk together the remaining brown sugar with the coriander, ginger, salt and pepper.
  • Lightly brush the pork chops with oil mixture and then sprinkle with spice mixture.
  • Sear chops on an oiled grill over medium heat 3-4 minutes per side until you reach 140Ā° and a good sear on each side.
  • Transfer chops to platter and tent with foil while you grill the plums.
  • Add plums to grill 2-3 minutes per side until caramelized and skins are peeling away.
  • Peel away skins and toss plums in remaining lemon juice mixture.
  • Serve immediately.