Month: October 2013

Filipino Pork and Noodles

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Pig is totally underrated. I mean, sure, everybody is obsessed with bacon, but beyond that, how much credit does little Hamlet get?

Maybe it’s just me, but pork seems to be more popular in international cuisine than American (beyond barbecue ribs, pulled pork, and the aforementioned bacon). In some ways this recipe reminds me of pork butt, the basis of pulled pork barbecue, but with a unique flavor profile, pulling from the soy sauce, vinegar and jalapeños.

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Center loin is just pork chops before they’re sliced. The meat cooks low and slow in a slow cooker, and the prep time is less than 15 minutes. Try mashed potatoes or even mashed cauliflower in place of egg noodles.

If you’re expecting leftovers, strain the cooking broth and pour at least some of it over the meat before packing it up in the refrigerator — you’ll want that extra broth when you reheat the meat.

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Filipino Pork and Noodles

From The Wanderlust Kitchen

1.75 lb lean pork center loin
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup water
5 cloves garlic, peeled crushed
6 peppercorns, crushed
5 whole bay leaves
2 jalapeños, stemmed and seeded, chopped

Place pork, soy sauce, vinegars, water, garlic, ground pepper, bay leaves, and jalapeños in a 3 quart or large slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours. Remove the pork, shred with two forks and put it back in the crock pot for another half hour to soak up some flavors from the sauce.

Cook the egg noodles according to manufacturer’s instructions (omitting any butter or salt). Remove and discard the bay leaves from the slow cooker. Serve the pork over the egg noodles.

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Creamy Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta

I’m a sucker for all things pumpkin, and I loved the idea of combining it with sausage for a spicy kick. This 2-pot dish came together in under 20 minutes, perfect for a weeknight.

The original recipe called for fennel,  which is not my thing; cubed, roasted squash would also be a good addition. I prefer saucier skillet dishes rather than baked, but do what you like. Don’t overseason: the flavors will intensify as the dish cooks.

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Creamy Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta

Inspired by Leave A Happy Plate
Serves 4-5

1/2 lb whole wheat shell or other short pasta
1/2 lb spicy ground pork sausage
1/2 cup 1% or 2% plain Greek yogurt
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup Half and Half
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Red pepper flakes, if desired
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan

If you like baked pasta, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and oil, stopping 1 minute early. Drain.

In a large oven-proof skillet, brown and crumble sausage. Drain on paper towels.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk togther yogurt, pumpkin, Half and Half, seasonings and Parmesan.

Toss pasta and sausage in the skillet. Pour sauce on top, stirring to combine. If baking, top with additional Parmesan, if desired, and place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Otherwise, heat on the stove over medium-low heat until heated through. 

“Sumbitches” Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Caramel Cookies

This recipe is going to be Legen… wait for it…

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How I Met Your Mother is such a cute show, and I’m excited to see how they wrap up the characters’ storylines in the final season. At the tail end of last season we finally saw “The Mother,” and in the final season debut she shared some delicious cookies with Lily.

Nicknamed “sumbitches,” they’re peanut butter, chocolate and caramel. I opted for Rolos, but I think any bite-sized candy would be delicious. Just think tiny — the cookies are already big!

… dary. Legendary.

Enjoy.

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“Sumbitches” Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Caramel Cookies

From People.com’s Great Ideas Blog
Makes 36 cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
36 bite-size chocolate-covered caramel candy bars (I used Rolos)

Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until blended.

Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients in a small bowl. Add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Shape a 2 tbsp. dough around each mini candy bar, using lightly floured hands, and roll into balls. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.