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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.

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).

Cheeseburger Bites

1 egg yolk, beaten
1/2 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons grated onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
6 slices bread
24 cubes Cheddar cheese (1/2-inch cubes)

In a bowl, combine egg yolk, ground beef, onion, salt and pepper. Shape mixture by teaspoonfuls into 24 balls. Remove crusts from bread; roll flat and cut into 1-1/2-in. rounds. Place meatballs on bread rounds; make a depression in each ball and fill with a cube of cheese, making sure bread is covered with meat mixture. Place on a baking sheet. Broil in preheated oven about 6 in. from heat for 3-5 minutes or until no pink remains. Garnish with ketchup, mustard, sliced green onions or sliced dill pickles if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.

Grilled Cheese Burgers

1 egg
1/2 cup quick oats
1/3 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup tbsp shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
4 hamburger buns
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1 avocado, sliced

In a large bowl, beat the egg. Add the next six ingredients and blend well with your hands. Form four patties. Place them on a grill and cook for 6 minutes on each side or to your desired level of doneness.

Place the burgers on buns and top with tomato and avocado slices.

Irish Lamb Chop Stew

8 small lamb chops
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
parsley, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary
1 lb. potatoes (3 to 4 medium)
2 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large leek, sliced thin
12 small white onions
1-1/2 C. diced celery
1-1/2 C. peas
fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Season chops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in saucepan wide enough to hold all chops in a single layer. Brown on both sides. Spoon off any melted fat and add enough water to cover chops. Bring to a boil and add parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, thyme and rosemary enclosed in cheesecloth. Lower heat and simmer. Meanwhile, peel potatoes and shape into bite sized rounds. Chop trimmings from potatoes into small pieces. Add potatoes, trimmings, cabbage, onion, well-rinsed leek, white onions and celery to chops and liquid. Simmer 20 minutes then add peas. Add a little more water if needed during cooking. Simmer 10 minutes more or until potatoes are tender. Add more seasoning, if needed. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Irish Potato Casserole

8 medium Irish or white potatoes, thinly sliced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 onion, sliced
1 10 3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 1/2 cups milk

Place half of potatoes in lightly greased 12×8 inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; add half the sliced onions. Combine soup and milk; pour over onion and potatoes. Top with remaining onion and potatoes; cover with remaining soup mixture. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave at high temperature for 20-25 minutes. Rotate dish 1/2 turn after 10 minutes. Let stand, covered, 3-5 minutes.

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.

Chili Noodle Casserole

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (15 oz.) can chili
1 (14.5 oz.) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 (15 oz.) can corn
1 (8 oz.) package egg noodles
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté the beef and onion for 5 to 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain fat. Add the celery, chili, tomatoes, taco sauce and corn. Heat thoroughly, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer.

Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to package directions. When cooked, place them in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour the meat mixture over the noodles, stirring well. Top with the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and bubbly.

Hamburger Pizza Casserole

2 lb. ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
4 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
13.8 oz. can refrigerated pizza crust or 1 11.3 oz. refrigerated pizza
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese

Cook first 3 ingredients and 3 tsp. Italian seasoning in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well, and return to skillet. Add 1/4 cup flour, stirring until blended. Stir in pasta sauce. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

Unroll pizza crust, and place on top of cheese. (Tuck edges into baking dish, if necessary.) Brush with olive oil, and sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and remaining 1 tsp. Italian seasoning. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.