Category Archives: Pork

Herbed Pork Roast With Apples

I came across a recipe similar to this the other day and thought it sounded so good. I made just a few minor changes. The original recipe calls for apple cider, but I think apple juice will work well, and I always have that. As it turns out . . . I didn’t have the apple juice, either, so I used my favorite wine, which happens to be apple wine. I think the wine actually made the roast even more tender, and it had a great flavor. For this recipe, though, I’m going to list apple juice. Just know there are alternatives – even water or chicken stock would probably work. Also, you should use your judgment on how much salt and pepper you like. The herbs can be fresh or dried (I used dried because it’s all I have at the moment).

This is a recipe I will definitely make again . . it makes a great presentation for company. I served it with sides of green beans and sweet potatoes.

Herbed Pork Roast with Apples

1 pork butt roast, approx. 4 lb.
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. sage
1 Tbsp. rosemary
1 tsp. thyme
3 large apples (tart is best), cut into wedges
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1 2/3 cup apple juice, divided
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Score the fat side of the roast in criss-cross manner, about 1/4 inch deep; place half the garlic slices inside the slits at random. Sprinkle the salt and pepper onto the roast evenly on all sides. Depending on the size of your roast, you may need to use a little more salt/pepper according to your taste.

Place roast, fat side up, in shallow baking pan, making sure to leave about 2 inches of space around the roast. Sprinkle the sage, rosemary and thyme on top of the roast and rub in.

Arrange the apples, onions, and remaining garlic evenly around the roast in the pan. Dot with butter. Mix 1 cup of apple juice with the soy sauce and pour evenly over all.

Bake uncovered 1 1/2 to hours or until meat reaches desired doneness. Baste occasionally with the pan juices, being sure to keep the apples moist. To test for doneness, pierce the meat with a knife; if juices are pink, it will need to cook longer.

Transfer roast to a platter and arrange apples and onions around it. The meat will be easier to slice if allowed to stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Pour the pan juices into a small saucepan and add the remaining apple juice. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream. Sauce will be fairly thin. Serve the sauce warm with the pork.

Turkey, Sausage and White Bean Soup

1 pound bulk pork sausage
4 cups cubed cooked turkey
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Crumble sausage into a large skillet; cook and stir until no longer pink. Drain. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).

Grilled Pork Tenderloin w/ Peach Honey Mustard Sauce

1/2 medium peach, peeled
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pork tenderloin (3/4 pound)
small amount of oil for grill

Place the peach, mustard and honey in a blender; cover and process until blended. Set aside.

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the brown sugar, salt, pepper and cayenne. Add the pork tenerloin and shake to coat.

Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Prepare grill for indirect heat using a drip pan. Place pork over drip pan and grill, covered, over indirect medium-hot heat for 20-25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with peach sauce. Yield: 2 servings.

Pineapple Pork Chop Casserole

1 16 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained but reserve some liquid
6-8 pork chops
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 potatoes, sliced
8-10 strips of bacon or slices of Canadian bacon

Spray casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spread bottom of casserole with crushed pineapple, then distribute the pork chops over the pineapple and season with salt and pepper. Layer slices of raw potato, covering the pork chops, then slices of bacon. Cover with lid and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Check dish a few times while cooking and if the casserole starts to dry out then add some of the reserved pineapple juice.

Chinese Pork Casserole

2 lbs. pork, cut in bite-sized pieces (I use pork steaks, but you can use pork roast or pork chops)
1 green pepper, chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
4 Tbs. soy sauce

Brown meat in small amount of oil. Add green pepper, onion, celery- sauté until onion is translucent. Mix all ingredients, place in casserole dish, and bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 2 hours

Pork Noodle Casserole

1 (8-oz.) pkg. egg noodles
3/4 lb. ground lean pork
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups diced celery
1 small green pepper, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1 (11-oz.) can condensed tomato soup
1/8 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup grated Cheddar or Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook noodles in boiling, salted water. Drain and rinse. Brown meat in hot fat. Add onion, celery and green pepper. Cook until tender. Season to taste.

Alternate meat and noodles in greased casserole dish. Mix the soup with Worcestershire sauce and pour over noodles. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake in oven for 45 minutes.

Pork Chop Casserole

3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
6 pork chops, fat removed
2 Tbs. oil
10.75 oz. can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream, divided
2.8 oz. can French-fried onions, divided

In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper; dredge pork chops in mixture. Heat oil in a large skillet; cook pork chops for 4-5 minutes per side or until browned. Place pork chops in a single layer in an ungreased 13×9 inch baking dish. Combine soup, broth, pepper, thyme and 1/2 C. sour cream; pour over chops. Sprinkle with half of the onions. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes. Stir remaining sour cream into sauce. Top chops with remaining onions. Return to the oven, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Onion Pork Chops

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 bone-in pork chops, 1/2-inch thick (about 3 pounds)
1 medium onion, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Cream of Celery Soup
1/2 cup water

Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook until well browned on both sides.

Add the onion and cook until the onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the soup and water and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.

Ham Balls

1 lb. Ham, ground
1 lb. Pork, ground
1 cup Bread Crumbs
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup chopped Onion

Sauce (recipe below)

Grind together ham and pork, add bread crumbs, eggs, milk & onion. Shape into balls and place in shallow pan. Mix together ingredients for sauce (recipe below). Pour over meatballs. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes.

SAUCE

1 can crushed Pineapple
1/3 cup Ketchup
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Sugar
dash of Pepper
1/2 tsp. prepared Mustard

Mix all ingredients together to pour over meatballs.

– From Nana’s Collection

Tamales

Warning – this makes a lot! From the Haws’ kitchen . . .

Put 1 1/2 lbs Corn Husks to soak in warm water.
Prepare Meat Filling (below).
Fix Tamale Dough (below).

Drain and rinse Corn Husks.  Put tablespoon Tamale Dough on husk and spread evenly – roll husk back and forth.  Place filling in center of dough, adding small amounts to cover. Roll up husks lengthwise; tie or twist ends and fold under.

Place tamales in steamer and steam for about 1 hour.

Recipe yields about 3 dozen. You can freeze what you don’t need right away.

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Tamale Meat Filling
5 lbs Pork or Beef
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Chili Powder
3 (6 oz) cans Tomato Sauce
3 Tbsp. Cornstarch
1 cup Chili Puree
1 tsp. Salt
3 cloves Garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cup Broth
Oil

Boil meat with 1 tsp. salt until tender. Save broth.

Grind meat in grinder on coarse. Put small amount of oil or grease in deep pan. Put meat, cornstarch, chili powder, crushed garlic, chili puree, tomato sauce, and broth in skillet and simmer until thick, stirring often. Remove from heat.
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Tamale Dough
8 cups Masa Harina
1 1/3 cup Vegetable Shortening or Lard
2 tsp. Salt
6 cups warm Beef or Pork Broth

Combine ingredients, mixing well until dough has consistency of thick frosting.