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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.

Frito Pie

1 can (15 ounces) chili with or without beans
2 individual packages (1-1/2 ounces each) Fritos corn chips
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1-1/2 cups chopped lettuce
1 small tomato, chopped
1/2 cup salsa
2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
2 tablespoons sour cream

Heat chili – either on the stove or in the microwave. Divide corn chips between two plates; top with chili. Layer with cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa, olives and sour cream. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.

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.

Southwestern Chicken Garden Casserole

10-oz. package frozen spinach, thawed
3 small yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbs. peanut oil
3 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
12 small corn tortillas, cut into pieces
10 3/4-oz. can cream of celery soup, undiluted
8-oz. container sour cream
8-oz. jar picante sauce
4.5-oz. can chopped green chiles (do not drain)
one packet of fajita seasoning
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain chopped spinach and pat dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté squash, bell pepper, and onion for 6 minutes or until tender, then remove from heat. Stir in spinach, chicken, next 6 ingredients, and 1 1/2 cups cheese. Transfer to a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, then bake for 5 more minutes.

Southwestern Chicken & Rice Casserole

1 lb. chicken, cooked and cubed
3 cups rice, cooked according to package directions
16 oz. sour cream
1/2 lb. shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
1 4-oz. can green chilies, chopped
Parmesan cheese
black olives for garnish (optional)

Spray a casserole baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer first five ingredients in the casserole baking dish, repeat until ingredients are all used, garnish with olives. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, until shredded cheese is bubbly and melted. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for 5-10 additional minutes or until top is brown.

Mexican Chicken & Potato Casserole

1 32-oz. pkg. frozen diced hash browns, thawed
1/2 med. onion, chopped
1 4-oz. can chopped green chilies, drained
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced
1 16-oz. container sour cream
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 cups heavy whipping cream
8 oz. Mexican Style Velveeta Cheese, cubed
2 cups shredded Mexican Blend Cheese or shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
2 green onions, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Stir in the onions, chilies, jalapeno, corn, beans, red peppers, sour cream, and soup. Add the chicken, cream, and cheeses; combine well. Transfer mixture to the baking dish.

Bake about 50-55 minutes or until potatoes are tender and mixture is hot and bubbly, stirring twice while baking. During the last 6-10 minutes of baking, sprinkle the crushed tortillas and green onions over potatoes and return to the oven. Remove casserole and let set 5-10 minutes before serving.

Sour Cream Chicken Noodle Casserole

3 cups cooked, diced chicken
1 8-oz. bag egg noodles, cooked al dente to pkg. directions, drained
1 sm. can mushrooms
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 16-oz. container sour cream
8 oz. Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13″ casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Combine the chicken, noodles, mushrooms, soup and sour cream together. Pour into the casserole dish. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake for 45 minutes.

White Chocolate Chip Dessert

3 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 90 wafers)*
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white chocolate chips**
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Chocolate ice cream topping, optional

In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, butter and brown sugar. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

In a microwave, melt white chips; stir until smooth. Cool.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add melted chips; beat well. Fold in whipped topping.

Pour filling over crust. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Drizzle with chocolate topping if desired. Yield: 15 servings.

*Graham cracker crumbs can be substituted
**White baking chocolate, chopped, can be substituted

Eggnog Pie

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup eggnog
1 Tbsp. sour cream
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups whipped topping
1 graham cracker crust
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Beat cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in the eggnog, sour cream and pumpkin pie spice. Fold in the whipped topping.

Spread into graham cracker crust and sprinkle top with nutmeg.

Cover and freeze at least 4 hours. Keep frozen until about 15 minutes before serving.

Don’t have pumpkin pie spice? Make your own using this recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice.

Libby’s Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes

5 lbs. potatoes, peeled
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1 small carton sour cream
1 teaspoon. salt (put in water while cooking potatoes)
1 Tablespoon salt (add while mashing)
1/4 Tablespoon pepper
1/2 stick margarine or butter

Cook potatoes in salted water until done.
Drain and mash until smooth.
Add ingredients to mashed potatoes and beat until light and fluffy.
Put in casserole and cover. Put in refrigerator.

Use any time within two weeks or freeze to keep longer.

When ready to use, place in oven at 250 degrees and heat until heated completely. When heating frozen potatoes, let thaw partially before placing in oven. It takes quite a while to get them heated thru.

Very good, and the mess is cleaned up weeks before the party!