I think I enjoy the cooking more than eating, there is nothing better than to watch the smile grow after someone’s first bite. Note from Steve: I am a flow of thought writer and apologize up front if I lose you. My family is used to it.
My sister in law makes the best spinach and pepperoni breads you would ever have. I was thinking about that but since she lives in Maine and currently has her hands full so I wasn’t going to ask and decided to do something I really don’t do, bake. Lyn’s the baker in the family to me it’s to specific and I’m a cook from the gut kind of guy.
1 pizza dough, thawed if frozen, I bought Portland Pie beer dough at Big Y this morning.
1 egg, beaten
4 ounces sliced pepperoni sausage
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Roll frozen bread dough out into a rectangle about 15″ long . Brush dough with beaten egg. Arrange pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese over the dough. Sprinkle on the Italian seasoning. Roll up dough like a jelly roll and pinch seam to seal; place, seam side down, on prepared baking sheet. brush egg on the tope and sides outside and sprinkle with some more Italian seasoning
Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until golden.
Serve with Lyn’s pasta sauce or a jar of store bought for dipping.
We braved the outside world Sunday armed with mask, bloves and bottle of purell and went to Whole foods during senior hours. Beside the better quality products we get a kick out of being carded. There was a line so we waited a proper 6 feet apart. I was surprised to see a few people without masks perhaps they were survivors and had anti bodies. While there, we grabbed some air chilled boneless chicken breast and also a package of bone in. Yesterday while food savering, is that a word we have a Food Saver and use it, we agreed on chicken parm for dinner.
I did the Pan-fried Chicken Cutlets then put sauce on bottom of pan, placed the cutlets spread mozzarella cheese then sauce (left over from ragu but did not have sausage in it) spinkeled so grated parmigiano. cover with tin foil. I out in refrigerator since it was still early afternoon. When i took out I placed in preheated oven at 350 degree and cooked fro about 15 minutes. removed foil and place slices of provolone cheese back in oven until melted.
This is always a good go to comfort meal that is really easy.
I love pork chops, bone in, boneless, stuffed, fried mostly like the taste of the crunchy fat…shhhh don’t tell Lyn she would not approve. Anyway, I wanted to try something different in the air fryer so I looked at a lot of recipes and came up with my take. My only complaint is that it was maybe a little too salty, Cooking Channel salty if you know what I mean. But parmesan cheese does have a lot of salt. Any suggestion on the salt let me know.
4 boneless pork chops
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
I like to quick brine pork especially if I’m grilling. Water, Honey and about a tablespoon of salt for about 15 minutes. Rinse when done with fresh water.
Pat pork chops dry with paper towels, then coat both sides with oil.
In a medium bowl, combine Parmesan and spices. Coat both sides of pork chops with Parmesan mixture.
Place pork chops in basket of air fryer and cook at 375-400° for 9 minutes, flipping halfway through. Depending on the size you may need to adjust the time. I use an instant read thermometer about 145 degrees internal.
This healthy gluten-free version of baked turkey meatballs uses oats instead of breadcrumbs. It’s a great easy spin on a classic Italian meatball recipe.
1 1/4 pound ground dark meat turkey or chicken
1 extra large egg, beaten
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large shallot, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
1/3 cup grated aged parmesan cheese
½ cup gluten-free oats
2 cups tomato sauce (preferably homemade, oh Lyn could you make up a batch of your sauce?)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey or turkey, egg, tomato paste, olive oil, parsley, garlic, shallot, salt, paprika, chili flakes, and Parmesan.
In a small food processor, pulse the oats until coarsely ground. Add to the bowl. With clean hands, mix the turkey with the other ingredients until loosely combined. You don’t want to overly break up the meat.
Form the turkey into 2-inch balls (an ice cream scoop works well for portioning) and roll in your hands until round and smooth. Arrange the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven until cooked through and beginning to brown on the bottom, about 20-25 minutes.
Toss the meatballs with your favorite tomato sauce and serve immediately.