Category: Meat


Beef Stew

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Ingredients:

1 (3 lb.) chuck roast (trimmed and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes) should be lean meat

1 large onion (peeled and sliced thin)

1/2 lb. string beans (ends trimmed)

6 carrots (peeled and cut into 1/4 inch circles)

1 can of peas (drained)

1 cup dry red wine (optional)

2 tbs. tomato paste

4 cups beef broth

1/2 cup all purpose flour

4 tbs. olive oil plus 3 tbs. olive oil

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

1. Put flour in a bowl. Put beef cubes in flour and tap off the excess flour.

2. In a large skillet, put 3 tbs. olive oil. Brown beef on all sides for about 7-8 minutes and remove. Beef should be just about cooked. Cover and keep warm.

3. In a pot of boiling water, boil string beans and carrots for 5 minutes and then drain well.

4. In a large pot, add 4 tbs. olive oil. Brown onion. Add string beans, carrots and peas. Stir quickly. Add beef and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

5. Add tomato paste and stir well.

6. Add beef stock and red wine.

7. Bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce to a medium simmer and cover pot.

8. Let cook for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

9. For the final 30 minutes, leave cover off, put on a low simmer and stir occasionally.

10. Vegetables and beef should be tender before serving.

Serve hot.

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Shepherd’s Pie

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Ingredients:
2 lbs. potatoes (your choice)
1 lb. ground beef
1 can peas (drained)
1 red pepper (seeds removed, then diced)
1 small onion (chopped)
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick butter or margarine
olive oil
salt and pepper
paprika (optional)
Directions:
1. Wash and peel potatoes. Cut potatoes into cubes and put in boiling water for about 25 minutes, until potatoes are soft. Drain potatoes well. In a bowl add potatoes, cream, butter and a little salt and pepper. With a mixer, mix until creamy and set to the side.
2. In a skillet, put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Add onions and red peppers. Cook for about 3 minutes and add ground beef and a pinch of salt and pepper. Brown beef until cooked for about 10 minutes. Add peas and drizzle some olive oil on top. Stir thoroughly.
3. In a baking pan, drizzle a little olive oil at the bottom of the pan. First, put a layer of creamy potatoes. Next, pour the meat mixture on top. Finally, cover with another layer of creamy potatoes. Drizzle a little olive oil on top. Sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika (optional) on top.
4. Put baking pan in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Potatoes should be a little browned on top.
Serve warm. (Serves 4- 6 people)

 

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Choose a topping of your choice for your hot dog.

1.) Pimento Cheese Dog

Ingredients:

1/4 cup minced pimentos

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3 tbsp. mayonnaise

1/4 tsp. hot sauce (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and top hot dog.

2.) Blue Cheese Dog

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

3 tbsp. mayonnaise

1/2 tsp. hot sauce (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and top hot dog.

3.) Cream Cheese and Scallion Dog

Ingredients:

4 tbsp. cream cheese

1 tbsp. milk

1/2 tsp. sea salt

2 scallions (chopped)

poppy seeds for sprinkling on top

Mix cream cheese, milk sea salt and scallions together. Top dog with cream cheese mixture and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

4.) BLT Dog

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped romaine lettuce

1/2 cup chopped tomato

8 slices of cooked crispy bacon (crumbled)

3 tbsp. mayonnaise

Mix lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise together. Put mixture on top of hot dog and put crumbled bacon on top.

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Ingredients:

1 lb. chopped beef (made into 4 burgers)

4 slices sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup salsa

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup guacamole

Directions:

1. Cook burgers to your desired taste.

2. When burger is almost done, place a slice of cheddar cheese on top.

3. In a bowl, mix sour cream, salsa, and guacamole. Mix it all together.

4. When burger is done, put a dollop of salsa mixture on top.

*Serving with fries is optional.

Meatball Parmesan

Ingredients:
1 1/4 lbs. lean ground beef
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry oregano
1 egg (beaten)
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 lb. fresh mozzarella (sliced thin)
tomato sauce
olive oil
Directions:
1. Mix all the ingredients (except mozzarella, olive oil and tomato sauce) and shape into meatballs.
2. In a large skillet, put 3 tbs. olive oil.
3 Cook the meatballs for 5-6 minutes or until cooked through and browned on the outside. Remove.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4. In a baking pan, coat the bottom with sauce. Put meatballs in pan. Put sauce on top of meatballs.
5. Layer slices of mozzarella on top.
6. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
*Serve on Italian bread as a hero if you like.
*You can use ground turkey or chicken instead of the beef.

Pizza Rustica

*This Pizza Rustica Is Traditionally Eaten The Night Before Easter Sunday.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. olive oil
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage (casings removed)
1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, coarsely chopped
1/3 lb. ham (chopped)
4 large egg yolks (beaten)
1 large egg (beaten)
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Pastry Dough Recipe:
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
1/4 cup cold solid vegetable shortening (cut into pieces)
1 tsp. sea salt
3 large eggs (beaten)
2 to 4 tbsp. ice water
Blend the flour, the butter, the shortening and salt in a food processor until the mixture is coarse. Blend in the eggs. With the machine running, add the water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms. Roll the dough into a ball. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, with 1 piece twice as large as the second piece. Flatten the dough pieces into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until the dough is firm enough to roll out, about 30 minutes.
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausages and saute until golden brown, breaking the sausage into pieces, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and set aside to cool.
3. In large bowl, add egg yolks and beat lightly. Stir in the ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Add the sausage, fresh parsley, ham and prosciutto to the mixture and stir well.
4. Roll out larger piece of dough on a lightly floured work surface to a 18-inch round. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch springform pan. Trim the dough overhang to 1 inch.
5. Add the ricotta mixture into the dough-lined pan.
6. Roll out the remaining piece of dough into a 12-inch round.
7. Place the dough over the filling. Pinch the edges of the doughs together to seal, then crimp the dough edges.
8. You can cut the extra overhanging dough into strips and put on top of pie. (see photo)
9. Brush the beaten 1 large egg over the entire pastry top. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven until the crust is golden brown. (about 1 hour)
Let cool for about 15-20 minutes before cutting.

 

 

Grilled Greek Feta Pork Chops

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Ingredients:
4 boneless pork chops.
1 cup of fresh leeks (chopped)
1 cup feta cheese
olive oil
sea salt
black pepper
Directions:
Put a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Cook leeks until tender and a little crispy. Set to the side.
In a large skillet or on a grill, put 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook pork chops on each side. (Depending on the thickness, at least a total of 10-12 minutes.) Chops should be white when you slice into them. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
When chops are just about done, add cooked leeks and feta cheese on top of chops. Cook an additional minute and then serve.
Serve warm.

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Ingredients:
1 1/4 lbs. lean ground beef
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dry oregano
1 egg (beaten)
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 cup fresh ricotta
provolone cheese (thinly sliced)
tomato sauce (about 2 cups, heated)
olive oil
6 fresh basil leaves
Directions:
1. Mix all the ingredients (except ricotta,basil, provolone cheese, olive oil and tomato sauce) and shape into meatballs.
2. In a large skillet, put 3 tbs. olive oil.
3 Cook the meatballs for 5-6 minutes or until cooked through and browned on the outside. Remove.
4. In a large serving bowl, cover the bottom with warmed tomato sauce. In the center put a large dollop of ricotta cheese. Place meatballs around ricotta. Pour warmed tomato sauce over meatballs. Decorate with slices of provolone cheese and basil. (see photo) Sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper on ricotta.

Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella Sandwiches

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Ingredients:

1 lb. prosciutto (sliced thin)

1 lb. fresh mozzarella (sliced)

3 tbs. olive oil

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

8 rolls (of your choice)

Directions:

1. In a bowl, mix olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. Stir well.

2. Cut open rolls. On the inside of the roll, brush a little olive oil.

3. Place prosciutto on roll and a slice of mozzarella on top.

4. You can drizzle a little olive oil on top of the mozzarella, if you wish.

*Suggestion: Serve sandwiches with a variety of different olives.

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Ingredients:

4 boneless pork chops

1 lb. shiitake mushrooms

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

olive oil

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. thyme

Directions:

1. In a bowl put sea salt, garlic powder and thyme. Mix together.

2. Coat pork chops with a little olive oil. Sprinkle mixed season on chops.

3. Grill chops about 12- 15 minutes. Frequently turning. (Pork should be white on the inside wen done.)

4. In a large skillet put 2 tbsp. olive. Add garlic and brown for a minute. Add mushrooms. Sauté for about 5 minutes. (until tender) Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.