Fruited Pork Chops

Fruited Pork Chops

Ingredients

1/2 cup raisins chopped

1/4 cup chopped orange

1/4 cup bread crumbs

4 Pork chops cut with pocket

2 TBS cooking oil

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup water

Sprinkle of nutmeg.

How

Mix Raisins, Nutmeg orange and bread crumbs together and stuff in pocket

Brown each side in cooking oil

pour juice and water over chops

Simmer on low for 45 minutes to 1 hour until done..

Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 1 – 1 1/2 pound pork tenderloin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine Pinot Grigio used
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Separate tenderloins, pat dry with paper towels and season with salt, freshly cracked black pepper on all sides and ends.
  • Melt butter and add the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and sear the tenderloin on all sides and ends.
  • Pour the white wine (Pinot Grigio used), thyme and chicken stock into the skillet and bake at 400° for 10 minutes. 
  • In a small bowl whisk the apricot preserves and Dijon mustard together. Brush over the top, sides and ends of the tenderloins and continue baking another 10-15 minutes or until the tenderloins are done as you like:145° medium rare, 150° medium, 155-160° well done/no pink
  • Remove from the oven, allow the pork to rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.
Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

We’re doing a fast track Dukan diet and today is a beef and veggie day so I used up some stew beef (well trimmed of fat) and a small butternut squash and made some chili.

Ingredients
• 1 1/2 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch chunks
• Kosher salt and pepper
• 6 teaspoons olive oil
• 1 medium red onion, chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 to 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
• 2 teaspoons dried oregano
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 2 tablespoons fine corn meal
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 1 small butternut squash cut into chunks – have use pinto beans maybe 2 cans

Salt and pepper to taste after cooked and I added a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce

The butternut squash was an after thought instead of beans

Directions

  • Season the beef with salt and pepper. Turn Instant Pot to sauté with 2 teaspoons vegetable oil; sear the beef in two batches, adding up to 2 teaspoons more olive oil, until browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the beef to a plate as it browns.
  • Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pot; add the onion, red pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion is soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the cocoa, chili powder, oregano, cumin and coriander; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add butternut squash. Add the corn meal and tomato paste and cook until the tomato paste sticks to bottom and caramelizes, about 2 minutes. Stir in 6 cups water, scraping tomato paste from bottom of pan. Add the reserved beef and turn instant pot to slow cooker about 4 hours


Bacon-Wrapped Pork Roast With Peach Sauce

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Roast With Peach Sauce

Another Lyn find and this one gets two heads bobbing in agreement.

The peach sauce was worth all the effort.

INGREDIENTS

How

  • Combine 4 teaspoons salt and sugar in bowl. (Note: I will cut salt in half next time) Remove fat cap and silverskin from roast. Rub roast with salt-sugar mixture, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  • Bring peaches, 1 cup wine, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup vinegar, thyme sprigs, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to simmer in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook at strong simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 2 cups and spatula leaves trail when dragged through sauce, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and discard thyme sprigs. Reserve 2 tablespoons of liquid portion of sauce (without peach segments) in small bowl for glazing. Cover and set aside remaining sauce. Note: I forgot to chop up the peaches so I took scissors to them in the pot then after a little cooking time I took a wide slotted potato masher to them that worked well.
  • Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 250 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil spray. Unwrap roast and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with herbes de Provence and 1 teaspoon pepper.
  • Arrange bacon slices on cutting board parallel to counter’s edge, overlapping them slightly to match length of roast. Place roast in center of bacon, perpendicular to slices. Bring ends of bacon up and around sides of roast, overlapping ends of slices as needed.
  • Place bacon-wrapped roast, seam side down, in center of prepared sheet. Roast until center of pork registers 90 degrees, 30 – 40 minutes. Remove roast from oven and increase oven temperature to 475 degrees.
  • Brush top and sides of roast with reserved 2 tablespoons sauce. Once oven reaches temperature, return pork to oven and roast until bacon is well browned and meat registers 130 degrees, 15 – 20 minutes longer. Transfer roast to wire rack and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Stir mustard into sauce and rewarm over low heat. Transfer roast to carving board and cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices. Serve with peach sauce.