Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New England Lamb Bake

   Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 large leeks (white portion only), cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 large carrots, sliced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided


   1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add lamb and onion, cook and stir until meat is no longer pink. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil, cook until thickened, 1-2 minutes, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Add leeks, carrots, 1 tablespoon parsley, rosemary, salt, pepper and thyme.
   2. Spoon into a greased 13x9-in. or 3-qt. baking dish. Cover with potato slices, brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Bake 1 hour, brush potatoes with remaining butter. Return to oven, bake until meat is tender and potatoes are golden, 30 minutes to 1 hour more. Cool briefly, sprinkle with remaining parsley.
   3. Freeze option: Remove baking dish from oven, cool completely. Before adding remaining parsley, cover dish and freeze. Freeze parsley separately. To use, partially thaw lamb in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking; thaw remaining parsley. Preheat oven to 350°. Reheat, covered, until a thermometer reads 165°, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Stovetop Yankee Pot Roast

   Ingredients
1/4 cup olive oil
1 (3 pound) beef round tip roast
flour for dredging
3 medium onions, sliced
3 large carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
3 large stalks celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 whole allspice berries
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup dry red wine
2 (12 ounce) cans beef broth
2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in a small amount of water


   1. Heat the oil in a heavy, cast iron pot over medium heat. Dredge the roast in the flour, shake off the excess and brown in the hot oil on all sides. Stir in the onions, carrots, celery, garlic and allspice, cook till lightly browned. Pour in the red wine and bring to a simmer before pouring in the beef broth. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until the beef is tender, about 2 to 3 hours.
   2. When the meat has finished cooking, remove to a cutting board and allow to rest for 10 minutes. While beef is resting, thicken the cooking liquid with the cornstarch. Slice the beef and serve with the gravy.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Creole Jambalaya

   Ingredients
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 pounds fresh or frozen uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


   1. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, saute the onion, celery and green pepper in butter until tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. Add the next nine ingredients, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 25 minutes.
   2. Add shrimp and parsley, simmer, uncovered, for 7-10 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Mini Hot Browns

   Ingredients
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1/4 cup boiling water
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup half-and-half cream
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
18 slices snack rye bread
6 ounces sliced deli turkey
1 small onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


   1. Preheat oven to 350°. Dissolve bouillon in water, set aside.
   2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth add cream and bouillon. Bring to a boil cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Remove from heat.
   3. Place bread on two baking sheets. Layer each slice with turkey, onion and cheese mixture. Bake until heated through, 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon and parsley.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Chicken Ole Foil

   Ingredients
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups fresh or frozen corn (about 10 ounces), thawed
1 cup salsa
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 green onions, chopped


   1. Mix beans, corn and salsa, divide among four 18x12-in. pieces of heavy-duty foil. Top with chicken. Mix seasonings, sprinkle over chicken. Fold foil over chicken, sealing tightly.
   2. Grill packets, covered, over medium heat until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, 15-20 minutes. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Stuffed Iowa Chops

   Ingredients
4 bone-in pork loin chops (1-1/2 inches thick and 8 ounces each)
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup chopped peeled apple
1 cup whole kernel corn
1 cup dry bread crumbs
   Sauce
1/3 cup honey
3 to 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed


   1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut a pocket in each pork chop by slicing almost to the bone. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chops on each side, cool slightly.
   2. In a bowl, mix onion, parsley, milk and seasonings. Add apple, corn and bread crumbs, toss to combine. Spoon into pork chops, place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
   3. In a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients, reserve half of the sauce for brushing. Pour remaining sauce over pork chops. Bake, uncovered, 50-60 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in stuffing reads 165°, brushing occasionally with reserved sauce during the last 20 minutes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cast Iron Seared Ribeye Steak

   Ingredients
3 (10-ounce) rib-eye steaks
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning


   1. Lay the steaks on a piece of parchment paper. Brush one side of each steak with olive oil, then sprinkle the first side with half of the salt and half the steak seasoning. Flip the steaks over and repeat on the opposite side. Let the steaks sit until they come to room temperature, about 1 hour.
   2. Meanwhile, heat a grill to high. If your grill has a temperature gauge, shoot for around 550 degrees. Place a large cast iron skillet inside the grill to heat.
   3. Place the steaks vertically into the hot cast iron skillet, fat cap side down. If you have one, insert a probe thermometer (not an instant read) into the final steak. Close the lid on the grill and sear for 2 minutes. Turn the steak so they are flat on one side and cook for 5 minutes. Flip the steaks and cook on the second side until the thermometer reads 120 degrees (for medium-rare), about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Fabulous Football Dip

   Ingredients
1 pound sausage
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened


   1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over a medium heat until it is browned and cooked through.
   2. Mix tomatoes and cream cheese into the skillet. Stir and continue cooking the mixture over a medium heat until the cheese has melted.