Szechuan Pork

Here’s one of our household’s favorites re-posted for our new readers. (Originally posted July 2009).  We used to cook this with brown rice but I can’t kick my love for fragrant jasmine rice. The flavor really knocks this recipe out of the park!  Enjoy!
Though some foodies only create recipes based on only the most professional sources, I do go out of my way to find new takes.  This is an excellent Asian recipe from Redbook’s cookbook, Redbook Flavor Rules!
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless pork butt, well trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2 by 2-inch strips
  • 2 ribs celery, cut into 2-inch-long matchsticks
  • 6 scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Asian chili paste with garlic

Thinly slice pork, then cut into 1/2 inch-wide strips. In medium bowl, stir together soy sauce, sherry, and cornstarch. Add pork and toss to coat.

In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. With slotted spoon, lift pork from marinade, reserving marinade. Add pork and stir-fry 2 minutes, or until cooked through. With slotted spoon, transfer to large plate.

Add peppers and celery to pan, reduce heat to medium, and stir-fry 3 minutes, or until peppers are crisp-tender. Add scallions and ginger and stir-fry 3 minutes, or until scallions are tender.

In small bowl, whisk together broth, chili paste, and reserved marinade. Pour into pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, return pork to pan, and cook 1 minute, or until sauce is lightly thickened and pork is heated through.

Makes 4 servings/350 cals, 19g fat per serving.

(chicken) Sausage & Egg Breakfast Casserole

Update!  March 2010 and 25 pounds lighter since I originally posted this recipe in July 2009.

I have now discovered a cleaner way to make this casserole that’s super healthy and 70% lower in fat.  We follow the basic recipe below, substituting the usual suspects with chicken sausage (the only sausage we eat now), egg beaters, fresh mushrooms, mushroom broth reduction (in lieu of canned soup), shredded white Irish cheddar and omitting the fried onions.

Sorry guys, you had to go.  I look too good naked to ever take you back.

The Original Sausage & Egg Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Looking for that comfort food recipe that will make you famous in your community? The meal that people will ask you for time and time again, “Oh this is lovely! What’s the recipe?”  Behold THE breakfast casserole.

The most requested meal for the last 20 years in our household!  Though we only generally make it for Christmas morning, as I’m now grown and a thousand miles away from the coup, I still like to whip this up a couple of times a year.  Wicked, for sure, but very satisfying!  Best of all is that you can make this the night before (best that way) and just whack it in the oven when you wake up.

This one is a keeper and as infamous as Dotty’s Bicardi Rum Cake.  Try this out, and your friends and family will come back to you again and again!  Courtesy of Southern Living’s  1986 Annual Cookbook.  Yup, from 1986.

  • 2 and 1/4 c. seasoned croutons (or one box Pepperidge Farm seasoned croutons)
  • 1 Pound of ground sausage, cooked until browned and crumbled. Drain.
  • One 8 oz can of sliced mushrooms, drained (ok, I use fresh mushrooms)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 and 1/4 c milk
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (we use Campbell’s Restricted Sodium Diet version. Who needs all that salt??)
  • 3/4 t. dry mustard
  • 1 can of French’s Friend Onions (this is optional and really what makes this recipe wicked and indulgent)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar

Spread croutons in a greased 9×13″ pan. Sprinkle cooks and drained sausage over the croutons. Sprinkle mushrooms over sausage. Combine eggs, milk, soup and mustard, mixing well. Pour mixture evenly over the sausage and croutons.  Sprinkle with onion rings (optional) and cover tight with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from fridge and let stand on the counter for 30 minutes. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees F for 50-55 minutes. Center should appear “set” and not liquid.

Sprinkle cheese over the top and return to the over for an additional five minutes or until melted.

Variations: in place of sausage, try cubed ham or crumbled bacon.

Roast Pork Loin With Shiitake and Leek Compote

  • 1 large leek (white and pale green parts only)
  • a 1-pound center-cut boneless pork loin
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • Garnish: fresh parsley sprigs

Cut leek crosswise into 1/2-inch slices and in a bowl soak in water to cover, agitating occasionally to dislodge any sand, 5 minutes. Lift leek out of water and drain in a colander.

Trim any fat from pork. Season pork with salt and pepper and pat with 1 tablespoon chopped parsley. In a 10-inch oven-proof non-stick or cast-iron skillet heat butter or oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and brown pork loin, turning it. Transfer pork to a plate.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In fat remaining in skillet cook mushrooms and leek with salt over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add wine and broth and bring to a boil. Put pork on vegetables in skillet and roast in middle of oven 40 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in center of pork registers 160°F.

Transfer pork to a cutting board and let stand 10 minutes. If vegetable compote is too liquid, cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until almost all liquid is evaporated. Stir remaining teaspoon chopped parsley into compote.

Slice pork thin and serve, garnished with parsley, with compote.

 

Courtesy of epicurious.com

Ham, Leek & Gouda Souffle

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus softened butter for brushing
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 6 ounces diced ham
  • 2 sliced leek whites sautéed in butter
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 5 ounces shredded aged Gouda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat the oven to 400° and brush eight 1-cup ramekins with butter. Lightly coat the ramekins with 2 tablespoons of the Parmigiano-Reggiano and set them on a sturdy baking sheet.
In a medium saucepan, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in the flour and cook over moderate heat for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and cook over moderately low heat until smooth and very thick, about 2 minutes. Stir in the salt and cayenne. Off the heat, whisk in the egg yolks. Let cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the Gouda, ham and leeks.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar at medium-high speed until frothy. Increase the speed to high and beat until firm peaks form. With a rubber spatula, fold the egg whites into the soufflé base until no streaks of white remain
Spoon the soufflé mixture into the ramekins, filling them to 1/2-inch below the rim. Run your thumb inside the rim of each ramekin to help the soufflés rise evenly. Sprinkle the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top and bake in the bottom third of the oven until the soufflés are puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Alternatively, bake in an 8-cup soufflé at 375° for 40 minutes. Serve immediately.

MAKE AHEAD

The recipe can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight. The soufflés can be assembled up to 1 hour ahead. The cooked soufflés can be reheated in the oven.

Courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine