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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.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

8 oz. spaghetti, broken up
3 Tbs. butter
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup diced cooked chicken
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Cook spaghetti according to package directions and drain. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add mushrooms and cook until tender, then reduce heat to low. Add garlic and cheese. Continue to cook mixture until cheese is melted, then blend in milk. Add chicken, Worcestershire, and spaghetti, then mix ingredients and place in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350, or until hot and bubbly.

Creamy Southwestern Chicken Casserole

6 cooked chicken breast halves, diced
12 corn tortillas, cut into quarters
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
10 3/4-oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup
10 3/4-oz. condensed cream of chicken soup
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
2/3 C. chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, then pour in 1/3 C. chicken broth. Layer half tortilla pieces, then half the chicken, onion, green pepper, and each soup. Add a little garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and repeat layers. Add tomatoes over the top along with remaining broth. Cover with foil and bake for 45 or 55 minutes or until bubbly.

Sweet & Sour Chicken and Rice Casserole

1 lb. chicken tenders or chicken breasts, cut in bite-size pieces
1 8-oz. can pineapple chunks, drained and juice reserved
1 cup uncooked rice
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, cut into small pieces
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can chicken broth
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 Tbs. sugar
3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs. sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Mix together chicken, pineapple, rice, carrots, pepper, onion, and garlic in the dish. Heat small saucepan over high heat, then add chicken broth, pineapple juice, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, and ginger. Bring to a boil, then pour over chicken. Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender.

Shrimp with Lemon Garlic Sauce

2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoon dry white wine
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the red pepper flakes and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add the shrimp, wine, lemon juice, and paprika. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the shrimp turn pink and opaque. Do not overcook the shrimp. Sprinkle with the parsley, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Tip: This is good served with rice or pasta.

Black-Eyed Peas and Collards Casserole

1 cup dried black-eyed peas
2 1/2 cups water
2 tsp canola oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz collards, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tbsp molasses
3 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2-3 drops hot-pepper sauce

In a large saucepan, combine the black-eyed peas and water and let them soak overnight.

When ready to cook bring the beans and the liquid to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the beans are tender, about 50 minutes.

Transfer the beans and liquid to a 3-quart no-stick baking dish.
In saucepan addd the oil and warm over medium heat. < LI>Add the onions, green peppers and mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes
Add the garlic and collards.

Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the collards are just wilted.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To the black-eyed peas and liquid, add the collard mixture, tomato sauce, ketchup, molasses, honey, mustard, parsley and hot-pepper sauce. Mix well. Cover and bake for 20 minutes.

Hoppin’ John

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
2 small smoked ham hocks or meaty ham bone
2 medium onions, divided
3 large cloves garlic, halved
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 can (10 to 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chile peppers, juices reserved
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 green onions, sliced

In a large Dutch oven or kettle, combine the black-eyed peas, ham bone or ham hocks, and 6 cups water. Cut 1 of the onions in half and add it to the pot along with the garlic and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer gently until the beans are tender but not mushy, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove the ham bone or hocks, cut off the meat; dice and set aside. Drain the peas and set aside. Remove and discard the onion pieces and garlic.
Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and simmer until the rice is almost tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Mince the remaining onion then add to the rice along with the peas, tomatoes, and their juices, red and green bell pepper, celery, jalapeno pepper, Creole seasoning, thyme, cumin, and salt. Cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sliced green onions and the reserved diced ham. Serve with hot sauce and freshly baked cornbread.

Spinach Breakfast Casserole

1/2 cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
8 eggs
1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese, divided
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1 plum tomato, sliced, optional

Combine onion, garlic and butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave about 1 minute (or saute in skillet on stovetop) until onion is tender.

In a bowl, lightly beat eggs with whisk. Stir in onion mixture, spinach, mozzarella, 3/4 cup blue cheese, and diced tomatoes.

Place in a greased shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Garnish with remaining blue cheese and sliced tomato if desired.

Minestrone Soup

1 Onion
1 clove Garlic
1 Tbsp. Oil
3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
16 oz. can Tomatoes
1/2 tsp. dried Basil
1/2 tsp. dried Oregano
Pepper
3/4 cup raw Macaroni
1 can Kidney Beans
10 oz. pkg. frozen cut Green Beans, thawed

Chop onion, mince garlic. In a soup pot, heat oil on medium. Add onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, herbs and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Break up tomatoes with a spoon. Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Cook macaroni in large pan of salted boiling water until tender, drain. Drain and rinse kidney beans and add to soup with green beans. Cook 5 minutes, add macaroni and heat through.

– From Nana’s Recipe 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.