Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 4 thick cut pork chops
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 8 oz mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk

Other Item(s) Needed: Large oven-safe skillet.

 Direction
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray. Over medium high heat combine butter, garlic, mushrooms, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Once the butter has melted, add the pork chops and cook on each side for a few minutes until lightly browned.
  4. Place the entire skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until centers are no longer pink.
  5. Remove skillet from oven. Remove the pork chops and set them aside to rest.
  6. After removing the pork chops, whisk flour and milk in the pan with the remaining liquids. Whisk until all lumps are removed. Simmer over low heat for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Serve over the top of the pork chops.

Credits:
Original recipe from: A Mom’s Take – Easy Dinner Recipes: Baked Pork Chops.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

This delicious soup is perfect for fall and easy to make. It’s bound to become a favorite. Next time I’ll probably pair it with a sandwich…I’m thinking turkey or grilled cheese would go well.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (2-lb) bag Schwan’s roasted sweet potatoes, prepared according to package instructions
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 (14.5-oz) cans chicken broth
  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoons ground thyme (2 teaspoons was too much)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cream

TOOLS: Large boiling pot, large colander, large mixing bowl, food processor.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add onion and chicken broth to the large boiling pot and cook over medium to high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the onion is translucent (approximately 10 minutes).
  2. Add the sweet potato and stir to distribute heat before removing from heat.
  3. Place the colander in the large mixing bowl and use it to separate the solids from the liquid.
  4. Use the food processor to puree the solids in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of the bowl, adding the reserved liquid as needed (I use a measuring cup for this). Add the puree back into the boiling pot, along with any remaining liquid.
  5. Return to low heat.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the flour slowly with a small amount of water until is forms a smooth, thin paste. Add the paste to the pot and stir until well blended.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients, stir until blended, and remove from heat.
  8. Serve when the soup is cool enough to eat.

CREDITS: This recipe was adapted from Simply Recipe’s Roasted Sweet Potato Soup to fit the ingredients I had on hand.

Hippy Risotto

This dish bears all the hallmarks of a good comfort food and goes really well with Schwan’s Italian Style Meatballs.

Hippy Risotto

INGREDIENTS:

1 cauliflower head, steamed and cut into florets
approximately 1 cup chicken broth
salt, to taste
1½ cups brown rice, cooked according to package instructions
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons freeze-dried chives
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
approximately 1/4 cup cream
½ cup Mozzarella cheese for topping (more to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cook the rice according to package directions. Set aside.

Puree the cauliflower, adding as much chicken broth as necessary to get a
smooth, creamy consistency. Season with salt to taste. Pour
over the cooked rice and stir to combine.

In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter and add the
garlic, sauteing over low heat until the garlic is
fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Add the creamy rice mixture,
chives, Parmesan cheese, and approximately 1/4 cup
cream, stirring until the mixture reaches the desired
texture.

Add the Mozzarella cheese and stir it throughout the rice to
get it melted. If necessary, season with additional salt and
pepper to taste.

CREDITS:

Original recipe from Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice | Pinch of Yum

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

I’ve been looking for the perfect recipe for Brussels sprouts–simple, but rich and delicious. I’m pretty sure this is it. ~K

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons butter
12 oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. add the Brussels sprouts and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sprouts are browned in spots, approximately 5 minutes or more.

Pour in the cream and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the sprouts are tender and easily pierced with a fork, 20-35 minutes.

The cream will have reduced in volume and taken on a creamy beige color. Remove the lid and stir in the lemon juice. Allow the sprouts to simmer a few minutes more until the cream thickens an coats the sprouts.

Season to taste with additional salt or lemon juice if desired before serving.

CREDITS:

Adapted from Cream Braised Brussels Sprouts | Allrecipes.com.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 1 hour
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INGREDIENTS:

approximately 1.5 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (keep the loose leaves)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1.5 cups milk
1 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
cracked black pepper, to taste

OTHER ITEMS: Large skillet, small baking dish (I used an 8″ x 8″ square Pyrex dish), cooking spray.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking dish with cooking spray.

Fill medium stock pot half way with water and bring to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts and stir, blanching quickly, about 2 minutes or until they turn bright green. Drain immediately and add to the small baking dish.

In a large skillet, melt the butter, then add the flour and quickly stir with whisk to combine and remove clumps. Turn off heat. Add milk, salt, cheese, mayonnaise, and black pepper. Stir until cheese is melted, turning heat back on low if necessary.

Pour cheese sauce over the Brussels sprouts and bake for about 30-45 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are tender.

CREDITS:

Original recipe from Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Gratin | WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Risotto

This scrumptious recipe takes time to prepare but it’s totally worth it.

Note that one of the ingredients, creamy cauliflower sauce, is a stand-alone recipe that has many uses on its own. It’s much like Alfredo sauce, but healthier. If you’re looking for shortcuts, store-bought Alfredo sauce would probably make a reasonable (though less healthy and perhaps a little less delicious) substitute.

Finally, while I always prefer my own recipe for basil pesto, if fresh basil isn’t available or you’re just looking for a shortcut, store-bought works well, too.

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Risotto

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1.5 cups Arborio rice, rinsed
1
 teaspoon salt
5 cups water
1 cup creamy cauliflower sauce
1/4 cup basil pesto
1.5 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined, and drained of excess liquid

DIRECTIONS:

Saute the olive oil, onion, and garlic over medium high heat in a large skillet 2-5 minutes. Add the rinsed Arborio rice and saute for another minute. Add salt.

Add 1 cup of water and stir until absorbed. Reduce heat to medium and continue adding the rest of the water 1 cup at a time, stirring frequently, until all the liquid in the skillet is absorbed. The rice should be soft and fluffy.

Add the creamy cauliflower sauce and the pesto. Stir to combine. Place the shrimp on top of the risotto and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Keep over medium heat until the shrimp are pink, about 5-10 minutes. The edges of the rice may get slightly browned, which can be appealing, but if the heat is to high, the edges will burn.

Add cheese and stir slightly to blend and melt.

CREDITS:

Original recipe from The Creamy Cauliflower Sauce eCookbook.

Shrimp & Basil Fettuccine

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Shrimp & Basil Fettuccine

5 oz. fettuccine noodles

Cream Sauce:

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup cream, warmed

Shrimp and Basil Sauce:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3-4 large fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/8 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced shallots
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon basil pesto
3 large unpeeled roma tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Place fettuccine in large pot of boiling water and boil until al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Prepare Cream Sauce: Melt butter in skillet over low heat. Add flour and stir continuously 2-3 minutes until flour is cooked. Gradually add cream to flour, stirring continuously until well-blended, smooth and slightly thickened. Set aside.

Prepare Shrimp & Basil Sauce: Heat olive oil in large saute pan over low heat. Add shrimp and mushrooms and saute until shrimp are cooked and turn pink. Deglaze pan with white wine. Add garlic, shallots, salt and pepper and simmer 2-3 minutes. Stir in basil pesto and simmer 1 minute.

Add cream sauce, roma tomatoes and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Add prepared fettuccine to sauce and toss to coat pasta. Serve immediately. Makes 3-4 servings.

Brick Oven recipe (courtesy of the Austin American-Statesman).

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