Showing posts with label Pork. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pork. Show all posts

Sweet and Sour Pork - Tefal ActiFryDay Challenge

 

Takeaways are big business in the UK with Brits spending more than £6 billion on takeaway meals each year.  But this means that in just one year Britons feast on more than 12,000 tonnes of saturated fat from those takeaways.  As Friday night is the most popular time for Brits to order a takeaway, Tefal asked me to take part in the ActiFryDay Challenge which is to swap a Friday night takeaway for healthier alternatives.

Supplied with the ActiFry Express XL, the recipe and ingredients I was all set to cook!

Sweet and Sour Pork cooked in a far healthier way.  


Using the ActiFry doesn't mean  you  have to completely give up the food you love - just use less oil.
I'm loving my ActiFry Express and yes it does cook quicker than the ActiFry Family.  The ActiFry Express XL cooks up to 30% Faster than the ActiFry Family.
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Crock-Pot BBQ Pork Steaks - Easy Slow Cooker Recipe

I say Crock-Pot or Slow Cookers are a brilliant invention!  Great for all kinds of easy and delicious dinners. My slow cooked pork steaks in a rich and tangy BBQ sauce melt in the mouth - just the thing to come home to a long day at work. 


I suppose you could serve this with some nice crusty bread for dipping and moping but I say for the ultimate comfort food it needs mashed potato.
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Pork Ragu with Rigatoni Pasta

A nice steaming bowl of pasta with a lovely rich meat sauce is always a good thing.  I usually make ragu with half beef and half pork mince, but my freezer failed me there was no beef mince to be found!  Anyway, all was okay as this turned out just as tasty.


Bowl of Pork Ragu with Pasta

If you've never tried Sacla sun-dried tomato paste then you haven't lived, marvelous stuff.  Rich and sweet tasting and great in pasta dishes or soups - just saying.
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Pan-fried Pork Steak Feast - Entertaining Made Easy

An easy dinner which not only looks good but is also quite simple to make.  Lovely thick and juicy pork steaks smeared with good quality olive oil, seasoned with sea salt and black pepper and pan-fried. 
Turn this meal into a feast by adding a couple of side dishes as shown - one of which includes potatoes but if you still think you need to add more, then of course fresh crusty buttered bread is always a good thing.


It really is worth buying good quality meat and I love the convenience of ordering from the online butchers, Westin Gourmet
 

Entertaining made easy:
Since the vegetable dish can be prepared in advance (just don't add the feta until your ready to pop into the oven) this makes entertaining family and friends easy.  The corn can be prepared too to the stage where that has to go into the oven.  All that's left to do then is pan-fry your pork steaks at the last minute.
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Pork and Pepper Smoked Paprika Tray Bake

Tray bakes are so very simple to make and a great way to feed a crowd.  There's no real recipe since you can add whatever takes your fancy and if the weather is nice then you can cook this on the BBQ. There's nothing nicer than sitting outdoors eating and drinking with friends.

Peppers, we love peppers, a tray bake is a brilliant way to get your 5 a day too!  You can add courgettes or aubergine and swap the pork for chicken or steak. 

Tray Baked Pork Peppers and Onions

Vegetarians can of course just leave the meat out altogether.  Armed with stuff I already had in the fridge and a nice tray of pork steaks a tray bake came to mind.

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Sous Vide - Pork Belly with Honey and Apple Cider Glaze

Pork pork belly cooked sous vide.  The meat is so tender it melts in your mouth.  Pork belly with a sticky honey, apple and cider glaze can only ever be a good thing whether slow cooked in the oven or not.  But it has to be said, when cooked sous vide it takes on a whole new level and personally I don't think cooking it any other way can beat it. 

Pork Belly

The idea for the glaze came from my reading the packaging of ready cooked pork belly in Marks and Spencer. So, making it up as I went along adding a bit of this and a bit of that I have to say the result was good and turned out as I expected.
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SousVide Supreme - Gammon with Cumberland Sauce

Cumberland sauce is a fruity sauce, perfect with cold non white meats such as gammon, ham, lamb or venison and fits the bill nicely with game pie too.  Created in the late 19th Century of The Duke of Cumberland, variations of the sauce exist but the most common ingredients are port, redcurrant jelly, mustard, ginger and orange.

Cumberland Sauce

Not wanting to cook a whole gammon joint, mainly for fear of ruining it, I experimented with a couple of slices and the result was tasty, moist gammon that would go perfectly with the old fashioned dish of Gammon, Pease Pudding and Carrots.  In any case, I decided the gammon needs to be sliced to serve so why not slice it before cooking!  Also as gammon joints vary in size the cooking times would vary, but if you slice the gammon before popping it into the cooking pouch everyone will know where they are as the cooking time should be the same as mine.
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SousVide Supreme - Szechuan Pork Belly Bites with a BBQ Glaze

Still along the theme of 'Party Food Made Easy' here I've made Szechuan and Sea Salt Pork Belly Bites with a BBQ glaze, fantastic for all those Christmas and New Year parties!


After spending 8 hours in the water oven the pork belly melts in your mouth, so delicious!
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SousVide Supreme Party Food Made Easy - Mini Burgers

Last month I made a selection of starter course dishes that were all ideal for entertaining and were made using The SousVide Supreme water oven.  With Christmas and New Year coming up fast, thoughts turn to party food.  This is the first of a few party food ideas I will be posting which can be prepared in advance, ready to cook using the Sous Vide cooking method.  

These tasty, juicy mini burgers can be made now and frozen in the special vacuum pouches ready to pop into the water oven on party day.  To serve, all that's left to do is a 30 second turn in oil in a very hot pan to give the burgers colour,  assemble, serve and enjoy!


The fantastic thing about this method of cooking is your burgers can sit in the water oven for hours and they will still be cooked to a perfect medium-rare (or however you choose) ready to brown, they're ready when you are.  
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Honey Roast Pork Belly Strips with Anise

Nigel Slater used ribs for this brilliant recipe of his, Honey Roast Ribs with Star Anise.  But I didn't have any and was desperate to make it, so instead I used boneless pork belly strips and the end result was amazing.  

I chose quite lean belly slices, since some can be a lot more fatty but that said, most of the fat seemed to disappear during cooking and they just melted in your mouth.  

Honey Roast Pork Belly Strips

If you're thinking they look burnt, they wasn't but I can see you could easily burn them towards the end of cooking so you need to keep an eye on them.  Mine took 20 minutes less than Nigel Slater's recipe.
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Quick and Easy Dinner - Lasagne

Much as I really love cooking, sometimes I simply don't have the time to spend in the kitchen.  I'm not usually a fan of those jars of ready made sauces but it has to be said I think they've come a long way from the over salty and sugary thick gooey sauces they were a while back.


So armed with a couple of big jars of Dolmio tomato, roasted onion and garlic sauce for lasagne and a large jar of their lasagne white sauce this lasagne was whipped up in no time and it tasted good.  

No need for a recipe as it tells you all this on the jar - apart from my adding red wine, oregano and black pepper.  Using a mixture of pork and beef mince gives the lasagne much more flavour and I really urge you to try it.

Just brown a mixture of half pork and half beef mince, when that's nicely cooked just add the tomato sauce.  Stir well and continue to cook for about 10 minutes or so.  As I say, I couldn't help pouring in a small glass of red wine since I think it adds to the flavour along with a pinch of dried oregano and a good pinch of black pepper.

Using ready made fresh lasagne sheets (made with free range eggs) just layer lasagne, tomato sauce followed by a layer of white sauce and repeat making sure you finish with a lasagne sheet topped with the rest of the white sauce.  Grated cheese is necessary of course!  Cover with kitchen foil and bake in a preheated oven 200C/400F of Gas 6 for about 40 minutes.  Remove the foil and return for a further 5 minutes of so till golden and bubbling.

Top Tip!
You can of course freeze your cooked lasagne just as long as it's fully defrosted before reheating till piping hot it will be fine.
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Pan-fried Pork Steaks with Lemon and Chilli

Easy and quick to make - pan-fried pork loin steaks.  There's no need to fuss marinading the pork for any length of time first, just get on and cook it.
Now this can only be a good thing in my opinion, since it means you're nearer to eating!

Pan-fried Pork Steaks with Lemon and Chilli

So simple there isn't even a real recipe, but if you really must have one then please continue reading!
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Super Quick and Tasty Meatballs for Pasta Sauce

Now, I love cooking and am never happier than when I'm in my kitchen.  But sometimes there are days when you just run out of time but want to produce something half decent although quickish.  So, I allowed myself to use jar of ready made pasta sauce!

Having recently discovered Marks and Spencer's Tomato and Sweet Garlic Pasta Sauce,  trust me this sauce is good stuff and well worth buying. This along with a huge range other pasta sauces is available in their grocery section. 

Tasty Meatballs for Pasta Sauce

Produced in Italy this sauce is made from 90% Tomatoes, Extra Virgin olive oil, Garlic, Tomato Paste, Sea Salt, Parsley, Basil, Sugar and Ground Black Pepper.

Oh and don't fear at the thought of making meatballs, seriously they can be rustled up in next to no time.  My top tip is to always buy good quality meat from places you can trust and rely on to never let you down.
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How to Make The Perfect Scotch Egg

Perfectly moist and totally delicious.  Scotch eggs may cause a little bit of mess in your kitchen in the making of them, but they are so worth the effort.  You'll never buy ready made ones again.

The Perfect Scotch Egg

Having never made Scotch eggs before I must have read at least 10 different recipes ranging from cooking the egg for 2 minutes to 10 minutes.

I opted for 5 minutes but when I make these again I'll go for 4 minutes.
The secret lies in buying good quality meat and sausages and of using course Free range eggs - as always.
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Pork and Date Stuffing Recipe

Perfect with Sunday roast chicken, but this stuffing is especially nice at Christmas and is so very easy to make too. 
 
Pork and Date Stuffing

If you use pork that hasn't been previously frozen you can make these now, freeze them and that's another job done for Christmas day! 

Of course you don't have to make the stuffing into balls, you can just put it in a tray and cook.
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Smoky Pork Sliders with Barbecue Sauce

Gordon Ramsay made these into bite sized mini burgers, I decided to make 4 big burgers instead.  However you choose to make yours is of course up to you.  Smoky from the bacon and paprika and with a sweet and sour hit from the barbecue sauce, these burgers are seriously good.

Smoky Pork Sliders with Barbecue Sauce

The addition of Applewood smoked Cheddar really does the trick but any smoked Cheddar will be fine.
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Slow Cooker Recipe - Spicy Pork with Peppers and Tomatoes

Melt in your mouth pork chops cooked in a lovely rich and spicy tomatoey sauce.  Of course you can make it as spicy or not as spicy as you fancy.  Yes this is another of my make it up as I go along recipes but you can rest assured I only post ones that pass the yum test!

Spicy Pork with Peppers and Tomatoes

Pork cooked in a slow cooker falls apart and is so lovely and tender.  Just throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and leave on low for 7 or 8 hours - perfect.  All that's needed is either freshly baked crusty bread for dipping and mopping or some nice rice. 
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Picadillo - Mexican Fruity Chilli

Okay I know this sounds a bit odd, regular chilli made with the usual minced meat, but with the addition of banana, apples and raisins?..... 

Picadillo Mexican Fruity Chilli

However, if you saw Thomasina Miers cooking this on her TV series 'Mexican Food made Simple' on Channel 5 then I'm pretty sure you'd want to make it too.  It was totally delicious, very hot but the heat is nicely balanced with the sweetness from the raisins.  Yes I will make this again and again.
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Pan-fried Pork with Apple Cider Cream Sauce

Inspired by the Masterclass by Marco Pierre White I recently went to, where Marco showed us that the Knorr stock pot doesn't have to be diluted with water.  Apple, carrot, prune juice make for a much more tastier dish adding another depth of flavour.


With that in mind and armed with a chicken stock pot, a bottle of apple juice and a bottle of cider.  Apple cider cream sauce was in the making!  I served it with buttered spinach rice it went down very well indeed. 
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Sweet Chilli Pork Patties and Mincing your own Meat!

This recipe came about as a result of trying out my shiny new Multi-function mincer by Judge.  I had to mince something to test it out and as pork came to mind - sweet chilli pork patties had to happen. 

 
I never buy prepacked ready made burgers because you just don't know what you're going to get.  I always buy good quality mince but it has to be said there's nothing better than to mince your own meat so you know exactly what you're eating!
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