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

Monday, 27 October 2014

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.

Monday, 1 September 2014

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.


   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.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

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.


 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.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

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, although of course I'll tell you how I made this.  
Peppers, oh we love peppers and of course a tray bake is a brilliant way to get your 5 a day too.  You can add courgettes or aubergine and you can use chicken if you want to. 


 If you are vegetarian 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.
Now you will of course need a nice big non-stick roasting tray or dish.  
    Having fallen in love with my James Martin Roasting Tin from his new Barkers Dozen collection by Stellar Cookware this tray bake was waiting to be made.  You can see my review here.
 As I said this is very easy to make, just pile all your nicely seasoned vegetables and pork or chicken into your roasting tin and cook.

 
 Print Recipe
https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/pork-and-pepper-smoked-paprika-tray-bake

 To serve 2 greedy people or 4 (not so greedy as we are) you will need:
olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
a good amount of smoked paprika
4 nice lean pork loin steaks although a bit of fat round the edge is good
4 medium potatoes washed and sliced to about 1cm - don't bother peeling them (Maris Piper since they're great for roasting)
1 yellow, 1 red and 1 green bell pepper - cut into big bite sized pieces
1 large red onion - cut into wedges
2 fat cloves of garlic - flattened with the bake of a knife
a good pinch of dried oregano
1 lemon - sliced
a few sprigs of thyme 
flat leaf parsley - chopped

How to do it:
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F or Gas 6
Throw your sliced potatoes into your roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil, season well with sea salt and black pepper along with a good sprinkling of smoked paprika.
Mix with your hands to coat the potatoes well and pop into the heated oven for about 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and turn them over.  Add the peppers, onion and garlic and season with sea salt and oregano.  Rub each pork loin with olive oil and a good helping of smoked paprika and coat well.
Add the pork to the tin (on top of the peppers) along with the lemon slices and the sprigs of thyme.  
Pop back into the oven uncovered and leave to cook for about 20 minutes before jiggling everything about a bit.  Return to the oven to cook for a further I dunno, 25-30 minutes.  
I won't give an actual time as all ovens are different and it depends on the thickness of your pork and potatoes.  All I know is you need to make sure the potatoes are cooked though as well as the pork.  Sprinkle over the parsley and serve straight away.  

   
For more information on James Marin's Bakers Dozen and other lovely products,
 pop over to Stellar Cookware.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Sous Vide - Pork Belly with Honey and Apple Cider Glaze

There's nothing quite like slow cooked 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. 


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.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

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.


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.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

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.  

Thursday, 29 August 2013

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.  


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.

This recipe is from Nigel Slater's TV program 'Simple Cooking' and if you click on the printer icon it will will take you to the BBC website.


You will need:
    6 tbsp thickish honey
    3 heaped tbsp oyster sauce
    ¼ tsp chilli flakes
    4 whole star anise
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp black peppercorns
    4 cloves garlic
    1.5kg/3lb 5oz meaty pork ribs

How to do it:
    To make the marinade, spoon the honey and oyster sauce into a roasting tin or baking dish. Add the chilli flakes, star anise and salt. Grind the peppercorns and add them to the marinade.

    Toss the ribs in the marinade and tuck the garlic cloves whole between the ribs, then set aside for at least 2 hours. It wouldn’t hurt if they stay there overnight.

    Roast the ribs at 160C/325F/Gas 3 for 90 minutes, turning them in their sauce from time to time.

    Then turn the heat up to 200C for 15 minutes, Keep an eye on them, as sometimes they burn easily. They are ready when the meat is tender, though far from falling off the bone, and the ribs are sticky and almost charred.


Monday, 29 July 2013

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.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

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!
 So simple there isn't even a real recipe, but if you really must have one then please continue reading!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

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.
 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.

Monday, 19 November 2012

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.
  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.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Pork and Date Stuffing Recipe - Great for Christmas

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

Friday, 24 August 2012

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!
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. 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

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?..... 
 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.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

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!
Served with buttered spinach rice it went down very well indeed. 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

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!

 To make 6 to 8 small patties you will need:
a glug of vegetable oil for frying
360g minced pork (approx 3 pork loin steaks)
3 spring onions - chopped
1 red chilli pepper - de-seeded and finely chopped
2 nice fat cloves of garlic - finely chopped
1 egg - yolk only and free range of course
2 teaspoons of Mirin - Japanese sort of sweet rice wine
2 teaspoons of Ketjap Manis - Indonesian sweet soy
salt and black pepper to season

How to do it:
Chop your ingredients and either mince your pork loin steaks in the Judge Mincer (after removing all the fat) or use ready minced pork with a low fat content.
Put the mince into a bowl along with the spring onions, chilli, garlic, egg yolk, Mirin and Ketjap Manis along with a good pinch of salt and black pepper.
Mix together well but don't over mix or the mixture will become 'over processed' and look quite horrid.

Shape into 6 or 7 small patties or of course 2 nice fat burgers - whichever takes your fancy.
Heat up a frying pan large enough to cook them all at the same time.
You can fry a tiny amount of the mixture and have a taste to check the seasoning if you wish.
Fry the patties until they're nicely cooked through.  The exact time of course will depend on how big you make them, so I'll leave that to you to decide.
Whatever, don't over cook as there isn't any fat they will soon end up dry.
I served my patties in warm pitta bread with salad and skinny chips.

 Well here's the mincer by Judge:
This easy to use hand powered rotary mincer by Judge has steel mincing plates giving you the choice of course and fine.  It also comes with a four-shape cookie press.

It is relatively easy to clean although the mincer isn't dishwasher safe and so personally I'd recommend using an antibacterial spray after washing and before rinsing again.

 And on to the test:
The mincer was easy to assemble. There's a clamp to hold the mincer in place whilst in use.  It will stick to many different work surfaces - I tried wood and that worked too.
 However, I found the rubber suction doesn't work for more than a minute or so without making the rubber bottom damp and the instructions didn't mention that.  Paul the husband that never ever cooks a thing, said it was obvious to him that you would need to make it damp.....Okay, well he was correct and the problem was remedied in a second!
Once the rubber bottom was made damp by wiping with a cloth the mincer wasn't moving for anyone until you released it by the clamp of course.
Ten out of ten for good grip!

And now the mincing:
 Too easy to use - cut your choice of meat into cubes trimming off any fat and pop into the top along with the plunger thingy.  This was one of the pork loin steaks I used to make the patties.   
Attach the handle, and away you go.
 Make pork patties knowing you're eating only good things.
This mincer retails at around £16 for more information can be found over at www.judge.co.uk
Thank you to Pam for sending me this to review.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Simple Dinner of Pan-fried Pork with Lemon Garlic and Rosemary

Nice and easy pan-fried pork basted in lovely lemon and garlic with freshly chopped rosemary - perfect partners.
  The cooking time will of course depend on the thickness of your pork.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Christmas Cooking Ideas and Recipes for a Perfect Christmas

With Christmas just a few weeks away, it's about time we all got a grip of what we're doing about the food!  Here are just a few ideas of nice things to serve before, with and after your Christmas dinner.

Starting with the Starter! 
Now this is too easy to do and can be put together in next to no time.

If you’re having Turkey, what size do you need?
Based on about 500g per person:
6-8 people: 4kg turkey
8-10 people: 5kg turkey
10-12 people: 6kg turkey


If you’re getting a big one – do you have room in your oven?  The tray you’re thinking of cooking it in may not fit your oven - yes that happened to me last year so it’s worth checking that now!  

I always aim to have too much turkey for sandwiches later on in the evening.  If you have way too much left, you can always make a curry on Boxing Day or even freeze some.  
The website ‘British Turkey’ has defrosting times, cooking times and how to carve your turkey so that’s worth having a look at. 

I always like to have a nice bit of pork loin or gammon too.  Last year I baked cured pork loin with Madeira and Honey Glaze

The Vegetables: 
Flavoured butters can be made in advance as they will keep for a couple of months in the freezer.  I particularly like Jamie Oliver’s flavoured butter with CrispyBacon, Chestnut and Sage.
Or you might fancy Jamie’s Thyme,Cumin and Orange Butter to add to carrots.  Now that’s really nice! 
Dessert:
Not everyone likes Christmas pudding, so if you fancy something different, what about a nice Dark Chocolate and Orange Cheesecake with Grand Marnier?

What about these Tiny Toblerone Cheesecakes?
Served with a Liqueur Coffee perhaps?

I hope this post has given you a few ideas. Happy Christmas Everyone! 

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