As I’m not going to actually cook a dolphin, the Cuban sandwich seemed like a great idea for my Miami inspired NFL burger. The Cuban is a beautiful art-like sandwich, made with tender, favorful cuts of pork....so, instead of a beef patty, I decided to grill off a ground pork burger, seasoned with some BBQ rub.
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Just about every time I get take out Chinese food, the next day, I’m making fried rice. I’ve always got some leftover rice from the night before, and fried rice (at least how I make it) is so easy to make with whatever ingredients you have on hand. This version is a Pork Fried rice, that I made with some leftover pork chop’s, and the veggies that I had available in the fridge.
Meatballs are for more than just spaghetti or sub sandwiches. These delicious little morels can and should stand on their own. Frequently now, I’ll serve a few meatballs, dusted with parmesan cheese and a bit of olive oil as an appetizer, or even a small main dish, maybe with a side salad. This recipe for Mini-meatballs is perfect for parties, where you’ll looking for “tooth-pick” food.
Bacon and onions just go together really well. So why not on pizza? Making pizza’s at home is always a hit with my family. Partly because, everyone gets to choose their own toppings. For this pizza, I when with a combination of freshly sautéed bacon and green onions, or scallions.
To me, until recently, a Bolognese sauce has always meant a tomato and meat sauce. So I was blown away when I saw Lidia Bastianich take a totally different spin on the recipe, creating a White Bolognese. This sauce, still with meat, drops most of the tomato, adding a bit more cream and ricotta…which leaves it…well…white.
Learning how to brine will benefit you not just for the Thanksgiving Turkey, but throughout the year. And fortunately, it is so simple, that with a quick read, and a view my “How to Brine” video, you’ll have it mastered in no time. With a good brine your recipe (whether it be pork, chicken or seafood) will turn out more tender, more juicy and more flavorful. So...why not start brining?
If you are a lover (or maybe just a like-er) of beans, then I have the dish for you. The recipe is cassoulet. Some may not have heard that name before, so to put it in simple terms....“Insanely delicious bean stew, with incredibly good pieces of meat”…but I guess that doesn’t quite role off the tongue like Cassoulet. The dish is classic French cooking a
One of my most fond food memories is my Grandma Beaulieu’s meatballs. All the kids love them, but my love bordered on worship. She lived in Massachusetts, I in Maryland, and because that meant an 8 hour drive with 4 kids stuffed in the back seat, I didn’t get my favorite meatballs all that often. And that probably made them even more special. In this recipe video, I show you how to make my
A good meatloaf epitomizes great comfort food, and warms my cockles (what are cockles anyway?) Paired with maybe some mashed potatoes or mac ‘n cheese, some peas or green beans for our vegetable, I’m in heaven. If the meatloaf is good. If it’s not dry, and tasteless, or mushy and gross…both if which happen more than they should. There’s no big tricks to making a good meatloaf, just a few co
Ah pork…one of the greatest gifts to the carnivore world, there is just so many great ways to prepare it. Here is a collection of all of my pork recipes, as well as my posts on the best ways to cook pork. Whether you’re looking for a lean piece of pork tenderloin, a giant pork chop, some smoky bacon, and super tender pulled pork shoulder, we’ve got you covered. Below is my quick guide to how I like to cook the most common cuts of pork, but make sure to explore around, as I’m sure you’ll find something you love.
I love simple pan roasting the tenderloin and finishing it with a simple pan sauce. It takes about 20 – 30 minute to do & is really easy. But there’s a ton of options, explore pork tenderloin here.
Make sure to buy them thick, and brine them over time. Seared off in the pan & finished on the oven, or cooked the whole way on a hot grill is my favorite way to cook them. Apples, and other fruit, go really well with pork chops. And you check out my pork chop recipes here.
Pork Shoulder aka Boston Butt
A tougher cut, but packed with flavor, I like to slow roast at low temp (250 degrees) for 10 – 15 hours. Adding a rub (and brining) brings out more flavor, and the meat becomes so tender and flavorful. My pork shoulder recipes.
Bacon is made from pork belly, so you know you’re working with great raw material (pun intended). It’s a fatty cut, but packed with flavor. I braise my pork belly for a few hours, and once tender, sear it quickly to get the outside crusty and flavorful.
Ham’s a pretty easy one, as I almost never buy a completely raw ham. Instead I like pre-cooked, and reheat it by baking in the oven.