Sunday, March 1, 2020

Meatballs & Gravy

I needed some comfort food this weekend after round 2 with the stomach flu last week.  It was a good way to kick off my return to food with a new recipe.  I used my recipe for the meatballs from Swedish Meatballs but increased the amounts of things since I used 1.5# of ground beef instead of 1# as I had in that recipe.  As I was about to scoop the meatballs and put into the pan, I received a phone call telling me I should add cheese to the middle.  I put some Havarti into each.  

Meatballs & Gravy

1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup milk
1.5 lb extra lean ground beef
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp parsley
1 large egg

Place the Panko bread crumbs in a bowl and pour the milk over it and allow to set for 10 minutes.  Add in the remaining ingredients and mix completely.  Scoop out into meatballs and place in a hot frying pan or Dutch oven with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. 

Remove the meatballs from the Dutch oven.  Deglaze the bottom of the pan with 1/4 cup red wine.  Melt 1/4 cup butter in the bottom.  Whisk in 1/3 cup flour and let cook for 1 minute before whisking in 4 cups beef stock gradually.  I added 1 tbsp Beef Better Than Bouillon for extra flavor.  Whisk in 1/2 cup sour cream and 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce.  Return the meatballs to the Dutch oven and allow the gravy to thicken over medium heat.  Add salt & pepper to taste.  Serve over mashed potatoes or noodles.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Air Fryer Mexican Pork Chops

Pork chops are always good and this recipes spices them up.  There's a hint of sweetness due to the brown sugar that caramelizes on the outside with the chili powder and cumin.

Mexican Pork Chops

4 pork chops
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
t tsp salt 
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder and cumin.  Dip pork chops in and place in your pre-heated air fryer.  Cook at 360° for 14-16 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145°.  Turn the chops over at 7 minutes.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

These are the easiest to make and the ultimate chicken tenders - crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside.  The best part is it only takes 15 minutes to cook.  

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

1# chicken tenders
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp hot sauce (I used Frank's)

Place in a large zipper plastic bag and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.  

Combine in a bowl ~

3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika

Remove the tenders from the bag and roll in the Panko mixture.  Place on the air fryer basket.  Cook for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.  Test the tenders to make sure they are 165 degrees.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.  I used a honey bbq sauce.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Instant Pot Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup

There's a blizzard here up in the frozen tundra so it's the perfect time to make soup and bread.  I decided to try making one of my favorite soups in the Instant Pot instead on the stove so I had more time to binge watch Grace and Frankie while making greeting cards.

Instant Pot Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup

2# potatoes, peeled and cubed (I used Yukon Gold)
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp celery flakes

Place all in your Instant Pot and set on soup setting (20 minutes).  Release the steam and add in -

8 oz cheddar cheese
1 cup ham, diced
1 cup cream (heavy or whipping)

Allow the cheese to melt and ham and cream to heat up before serving.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Instant Pot Round Steak & Gravy

Happy New Year!  I made this recipe to start off the year with a hearty meal so I can try to ignore the freezing rain coming down outside.  I created a dredge for the meat and browned it in a frying pan instead of in the Instant Pot so I could brown more pieces at one time and make the gravy there before I put everything in to tenderize and create the thick gravy.

Instant Pot Round Steak & Gravy

1 1/2# round steak, cut into smaller pieces

Dredge ~
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika

Heat a large frying pan with 2 tbsp olive oil.  Dredge pieces of round steak and place in the hot frying pan.  Brown on both sides and then place in Instant Pot pan.  Add 2 cups hot water to drippings and whisk in the remainder of the flour mixture.  Add in 1 tbsp beef Better Than Bouillion, 1/4 cup ketchup and season with salt and pepper to taste.  When it starts to thicken, pour over the round steak.  Set the Instant Pot to the Meat/Stew setting for 45 minutes.  Allow for a natural release.  
Serve over mashed potatoes.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Nothing is better during a winter storm than a bowl of stew and some fresh baked bread.  We had 5" of new snow, wind and more of both on the way.  I did a little Christmas baking and then I made this stew to relax and enjoy some movies.  The only thing I will change in this recipe is to dice the potatoes a little larger.  I did 1/2" dices and they were pretty soft.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

1 1/4# beef stew meat
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup onions, minced

1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup red wine
3 cups beef stock
1 cup carrots, sliced

2 potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup flour
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup peas
Heat olive oil in the Instant Pot on the saute setting.  Brown the beef stew meat and add in the onions and garlic at the end of browning.  Remove from the Instant Pot and deglaze the bottom with the red wine.  Stir in the flour into the meat.  Return to the Instant Pot and add in the beef stock and remainder of ingredients.  Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes and allow for a natural release.  Stir in peas and allow to sit for 10 minutes.  

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Pumpkin Muffins

Happy Thanksgiving!  Weather hindered my Thanksgiving plans so I started off the day baking some muffins for breakfast.  I had a unopened jar of coconut oil on my counter so I decided to use that instead of butter.  I also grabbed a box of golden raisins when I was in the cupboard for the cinnamon.

Pumpkin Muffins ~

Mix together in a medium bowl -

1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Melt 1/2 cup coconut oil and allow to cool slightly.  

Add to dry ingredients -

2 large eggs
cooled coconut oil
1 - 15 oz can organic pumpkin puree
3/4 cup raisins (optional)

Using an ice cream scoop, put a full scoop into a greased muffin tin or paper liner.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.