Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya with Quinoa

Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya with QuinoaShrimp and Sausage Jambalaya with Quinoa

Ingredients
1 lb jumbo Shrimp, peeled, de-veined
4 cups Chicken Stock
2 cups Quinoa
2 cups Andouille Sausage, sliced
1 Tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Green Bell Peppers, chopped
1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1/2 cup Yellow Onion, chopped
1/2 cup Celery, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, minced
3 Bay Leaf
2 tsp Thyme, fresh, chopped (if dried 1/2 tsp)
2 tsp Oregano, fresh, chopped (if dried 1/2 tsp)
1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper, Ground
Tabasco Sauce to taste

Directions:

  • In a large dutch oven, melt the butter and brown the Andouille Sausage.
  • Add the Bell Pepper, Yellow Onion, and Celery, and saute until it is soft.
  • Add the Garlic and stir for another minute or so.
  • Add all Herbs, Shrimp, and Chicken Stock and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the Quinoa and cook, covered for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add Tabasco Sauce to taste–some like it hotter than others.

Makes 4-6 servings

NOTES: Jambalaya is a traditional dish from Louisiana made from rice and akin to Paella. I thought it would be fun to try this dish with Quinoa instead since I’m not a big fan of Rice. I must say I was quite pleased with the result.

You can add Chicken to this recipe, as most Jambalaya recipes do include chicken. It would be cooked at the same time as the Andouille. Some Jambalaya, especially that near New Orleans is known as “Creole” vs. “Cajun”. The only big difference I’ve been able to note, other than mild spice variations, is the use of Tomatoes in the Creole version. I chose to go with the Cajun style, lacking the tomatoes since it is the Cajuns that are my familial cousins.

Escalope de Veau Comtoise – Comte Veal Scaloppini

Escalope de Veau Comtoise

Ingredients:
6 Veal cutlets, pounded thin
6 pieces Ham, thinly sliced
1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour (for coating)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 cups Table Mushrooms, sliced
1/2 – 2 cups Comte cheese, shredded
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 cup Sauvignon Blanc
1 Tbsp fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Place the Flour in a container and dredge the Veal cutlets.
  • In a large skillet, brown each piece of chicken on both sides in the Olive Oil. When each piece is browned, remove from the skillet and place in a baking dish.
  • Place a piece of ham on each cutlet, and then cover with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • While it is baking, deglaze the skillet with the wine.
  • Add the Mushrooms, and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add the Heavy Cream and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the Veal from the oven; and plate.
  • Cover with the Mushroom Sauce.
  • Garnish with the fresh Parsley.

Makes 6 servings.

NOTES: I love looking at the cuisine of my the regions of the world from which my family comes. This recipe is a typical dish from the Franche-Comte region of France where my paternal grandmother’s paternal grandmother Adele Francais was born. This dish uses Comte cheese, a regional cheese similar to Gruyère. In fact you can substitute Gruyère for Comte if you cannot find Comte.  For those who object to the use of Veal, you can use Chicken cutlets.

Salsiccia Dolce con Peperoni e Cipolle – Sweet Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Salsiccia Dolce con Peperoni e Cipolle

Ingredients:
6-8 links of Sweet Italian Sausage
1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced in strips
1-2 Peperoncini or Banana Peppers, sliced in strips
1 Yellow Onion, cut in wedges
2 cups Plum Tomatoes, diced
4-6 cloves Garlic, sliced
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Pinot Grigio or other dry white wine
1/2 tsp dried Oregano
1/2 tsp dried Thyme
1/2 tsp dried Basil
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
Parmesan, shaved for garnish.

Directions:

  • Poke the Sausage with a fork one or two times.
  • Place the Sausage in a skillet on medium heat with the Water, and cook for 10-15 minutes. Only flip the Sausage once or twice. You are basically poaching the Sausage, but by the time it is cooked, the water will have evaporated.
  • Remove the Sausage to a broiling pan, and place in the Broiler.
  • De-glaze the Skillet with the White Wine.
  • Add the Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Tomatoes and Herbs to the Skillet.
  • Heat through, stirring often so that nothing sticks or browns; about 5 minutes.
  • Check on the Sausage, and flip so that both sides get broiled.
  • Continue heating the Onions and Peppers for about 2-3 more minutes. If the skillet is small, and thus the mixture very deep, you should cover and let the steam help cook the Onions and Peppers.
  • Plate the Onions and Peppers on a platter, and then arrange the Sausage on top. Serve the Parmesan on the side.

Makes 6-8 Sausages

NOTES: This dish is great by itself or divided into Hoagies. You can use Salsiccia Piccante (Spicy Italian Sausage) if you prefer. Additionally, you may choose to top with Mozzarella, though I think the crunchy nutty flavor of the Parmesan can’t be beat. You can also do the Sausages on the Grill. If you do this, you can cook the Peppers and Onions in the Skillet starting with the adding of the Wine.

Burgundy Pork Tenderloin

Burgundy Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:
Pork Tenderloin, 1lb
12 Pearl Onions, skinned and marked with a deep “x” along the bottom
4 cloves Garlic, sliced
2 Tbsp fresh Rosemary, coarsely chopped
1-2 Bay Leaves
1 Tbsp Capers (optional)
2 cups Table Mushrooms, thick sliced (or of small, whole)
1 cup Burgundy
1 cup Chicken Stock
1 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
3 Tbsp unsalted Butter, room temperature
1 Tbsp Steak Spice Rub
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat the Oven to 350F.
  • Sprinkle the Pork Loin with the Spice Rub, and place into a Dutch Oven.
  • Combine Mushrooms, Onions, Garlic, Herbs, Wine, and Stock to the Dutch Oven.
  • Mix 1 Tbsp of Butter with the Flour, and form a Beurre manie.
  • Divide the Beurre manie in dollops on the top of the mixture.
  • Do the same with the remaining Butter.
  • Bake, covered for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove the cover, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Remove the Roast from the Dutch Oven, and let rest on a plate before slicing against the grain.
  • Cover the sliced Roast with the Mushrooms and Onions, discarding the Bay Leaf.
  • Take the remaining liquid to the stove, and reduce on High Heat, until it can coat a spoon, adjusting Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • Pour over the Roast, or serve on the side.

NOTES: This is one of my favorite ways to do Pork Tenderloin. If you cannot find Burgundy, your favorite Red wine will do, so long as it is not too strong and dry.

Hawaiian Pork Chops

Hawaiian Pork Chops

Ingredients:
4 thick-cut Pork Chops (8-10 oz each)
1 Tbsp Steak Spice Rub
1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup Coconut Rum
1 can Pineapple Chunks
1 Shallot, diced
3 cloves Garlic, sliced horizontal
2 tsp fresh Ginger, minced
1 Bell Pepper, diced
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Granulated Sugar
2 tsp Dijon Mustard

Directions:

  • Rub the Steak Spice Rub on both sides of the chops. Use more Spice Rub if needed.
  • Preheat the Oven to 400°F.
  • Heat a large heavy skillet on high with the Olive Oil.
  • Place the Chops in the skillet and let cook for 2 minutes. Do not move them while they cook.
  • Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Remove to a baking sheet and place in the oven.
  • Deglaze the pan with the Coconut Rum. Be careful, as it will likely flame up.
  • Add the Pineapple and Juice, as well as all the other ingredients to the pan.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring constantly, and coating the Fruit with the sauce.
  • Remove the Pork Chops from the Oven (if internal temp is at 160°F) and plate.
  • Pour the Sauce and Fruit over the Pork Chops.

Makes 4 chops.

NOTES: It appears that any recipe with Pineapple is called “Hawaiian”–though no specific “style” of cooking seems to accompany it. I prefer a pan sauce, myself.  Though the pan sauce could be used as a glaze poured on pork chops cooked on the grill.

Bison Chopped Steak with Whiskey Mushrooms and Onions

Ingredients:
1 lb ground Bison
1 Tbsp Steak Spice Rub
2 tsp Salt, divided
1 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
1/4 cup Tennessee Whiskey
1 Yellow Onion, halved and sliced
3 cups Table Mushrooms
1 Jalapeño, diced
2 cloves Garlic, diced
1 tsp dried Thyme

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, combine the Bison with the Steak Spice Rub and 1/2 the Salt. Mix well and form patties.
  • Heat he Olive Oil in a skillet on medium high heat.
  • Preheat the Oven to 300°F.
  • Place the Bison patties in the skillet and cook each side 2-3 minutes, or until they begin to brown. Make sure not to over crowd the skillet. The Bison meat will yield a greyish-reddish fat that you should discard.
  • Move the Bison to a baking sheet, and place in the oven.
  • Deglaze the skillet with the Tennessee Whiskey. Be careful, as it may flame up.
  • Add the Onions, Jalapeños, Mushrooms, Thyme, Garlic, and the remaining Salt.
  • Heat for about 7-10 minutes, or until the Mushrooms have shrunk and cooked.
  • Remove the chopped-steak and plate. Cover the steaks with the Whiskey-soaked Mushrooms and Onions mixture.

Makes about 6 chopped steaks.

NOTES: I swear I am not paid by any company, but I have to say now if you want this to taste good, use Jack Daniels Whiskey–preferably Gentleman’s Jack. By the time it comes to the table, the alcohol is gone, but the flavor still remains and has been absorbed into the mushrooms. I recommend Bison for this dish, however you can use a lean ground beef or ground turkey as well.

Prosciutto Asparagus

Ingredients:
6-8 oz Prosciutto, pre-sliced, cold
1 bunch Asparagus, woody ends removed
3-6 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
Water for blanching
Salt for water
Big Bowl of Ice Water for cooling

Directions:

  • Bring a pot of Salted Water to a boil.
  • Drop in the Asparagus and let it cook until bright Green–watch it, do not leave. As soon as you see them turning bright green, use tongs and remove to the Ice Water to stop the cooking.
  • Dry off the Asparagus on paper towels.
  • Lay Wax paper on the counter or table, and place slices of Prosciutto flat on the wax paper. You should plan 1 piece per Asparagus spear, unless the Asparagus is extremely big or long.
  • Carefully spread a small schmear of Cream Cheese on the Prosciutto. You do not want too much, or it will be clumpy. Try to make the schmear even. You may not use all of the Cream Cheese
  • Wrap each Prosciutto slice around an Asparagus spear, schmeared side against the stock, spiraling up the stock so the entire stock is covered. It is ok if the Prosciutto overlaps itself a little.
  • The Prosciutto should stick to itself at the end of the wrapping, but if not, add a little Cream Cheese and press.
  • Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

Serves 8-10

NOTES: You do not want too much Cream Cheese, and you want to avoid it oozing. This is a very simple easy-to-do Hors D’œuvre that is a crowd pleaser. To help cut down the fat, you can use fat-free Cream Cheese or American Neufchâtel–French Neufchâtel is not as spreadable, and harder to acquire.

Bresaola Salad

Ingredients:
8 oz Bresaola, chilled
4 oz Parmesan (block)
8 cups Arugula
1 cup Flat-Leaf Parsley
8 Figs, quartered
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (for drizzling)
Balsamic Vinegar (for drizzling)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Lemon, cut in quarters

Directions:

  • Arrange the Bresaola on a platter or on individual plates (this serves 4). You will be making the salad in the middle of the plate, and will want the Bresaola to extend beyond the Salad like a border. If you are using small plates, the pieces should cover the entire area. If you are using a large plate, try to cover the entire area, but focus on the outer edge. Make it look decorative and pretty.
  • Mix together the Parsley and the Arugula.
  • Place the Arugula/Parsley in the center of the plate on top of the Bresaola, utilizing it as a border.
  • Place the Figs and Cherry Tomatoes decoratively among the Arugula.
  • Using a Cheese shaver, or a vegetable peeler, slice curls of Parmesan and place on top of the Arugula.
  • When ready to serve, sprinkle with Salt and Pepper, and drizzle with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.
  • Serve the wedges on the side of the Salad, and instruct the diner to squeeze the Lemon over the salad, just before consuming.

Serves 4

NOTES: Bresaola is one of the treats that I ran into when moving to New York. I had been aware of Prosciutto in Georgia, but had never seen Bresaola. They are very similar, only that Bresaola is an air-dried beef tenderloin. Its origins are in northern Italy near Lombardy. I simply love it!

Bresaola Crostini
Ingredients:
1 loaf Ciabatta
8 oz Bresaola
4 oz Parmesan
4 cups Arugula
1/2 cup Flat-Leaf Parsley
6-8 Figs, quartered
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Slice the Ciabatta into 1/4″ slices. You may choose to slice each slice in half, so that they are bite-size pieces.
  • Arrange the slices on a Baking Sheet.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush on Olive Oil on both sides.
  • Bake for about 7 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let the Crostini cool completely.
  • Arrange the Bresaola on the Crostini. You may fold the pieces, but do not want any hanging off the crostini too far.
  • Using a Vegetable Peeler, shave a slice of Parmesan and place it on top of the Bresaola.
  • Next, top with the Arugula, not putting too much.
  • Place a quarter of Fig on top of the Arugula, and drizzle with the Balsamic Vinegar, and a little more Olive Oil.

NOTES: This is a flavorful appetizer that takes the Bresaola Salad from the dinner plate to your hand.

Schnitz un Knepp

Ingredients:
2-3 lb Ham, pre-cooked
2 cups dried Apple Rings
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 medium Yellow Onion, diced
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
4 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 Egg, beaten
3 Tbsp Butter, melted
1/2-2/3 cup Milk
Water for Ham and Apples

Directions:

  • Put the Ham in a large pot, and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer for 2 1/2-3 hours until the ham is very tender.
  • Put the Apple slices in a bowl and cover with water, letting them soak the duration it takes to cook the Ham.
  • Add the Apples, the soaking Water, the Brown Sugar, and the Onions to the Ham, and bring to a boil.
  • In a large bowl combine all the dry Ingredients, Egg, and Butter. Slowly add the Milk to the batter–you may not need all 2/3 cup–you want it to be a sticky and gloppy batter, not runny.
  • Drop Tablespoon size-balls of dough into the Ham pot, and cover.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes, and then serve.

NOTES: Schnitz un Knepp is an Amish dish popular in Pennsylvania. Literally translated, it means “Slices and Buttons”. Schntiz comes from Schnitzen – slices and Knepp for button referring to the dumplings. I don’t know who the ham angered, that it didn’t make it into the name! The first time I had this was at YMCA camp in Ohio, when they took us to an Amish farm. The meal is very simple, and easy to serve to a large group of folks–and not what one gets every day in non-Amish circles. I recommend this with left-over ham after a holiday, or in the fall or winter. I’ve also seen this spelled Schnitz un Gnepp, as well as with the “un” spelled out “und”. The Amish German dialect pounces it “schnitz-un-nep”, alighting the ordinarily pronounced K/G sound right out.

Steak Matelote

Steak Matelote with Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients:
2 8-10oz Rib Eye (or favorite cut)
2 sticks Butter
2 Tbsp Steak Spice Rub
4 cloves Garlic
3-4 cups Table Mushrooms, sliced
juice of 1 Lemon
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon (or other dry red wine)
1 Tbsp Corn Starch
1 tsp Herbes de Provence
1/4 tsp Mint, minced
2 tsp fresh Chives, minced

Directions:

  • Rub the Steak Spice Rub over both sides of the Steaks, using more if needed
  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • In a large skillet, melt 1 stick of butter on medium heat.
  • When the butter starts to bubble, add the Steaks. Do not move them once placed.
  • Cook without moving for 4-5 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove to cookiesheet and place in the oven for the duration of the dish preparation.
  • Add the Juice of the Lemon to the skillet, and rub off any pieces of meat or spice from the skillet with a whisk.
  • Add the remaining Butter, and let it melt.
  • Next add the Garlic and Mushrooms, browning the mushrooms on both sides.
  • In a cup whisk together the Corn Starch and the Wine.
  • Add the starched Wine to the skillet, followed by the Heavy Cream and Herbes de Provence and Mint.
  • Cook on medium heat until the sauce thickens and is bubbly (about 5 minutes).
  • Quickly stir in the Chives, and remove from the heat.
  • Plate the Steak, and pour the Mushroom Sauce over the Steaks.

NOTES: This sauce is super easy to make, full flavor, but um… not the healthiest. You can try substituting light butter and skim milk, but it just will not taste the same.

Steak Spice Rub

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp dried minced Garlic
1 Tbsp dried mined Onion
1 Tbsp Salt (Sea Salt or Kosher)
1 Tbsp coarse ground Black Pepper
1/2 Tbsp Fennel Seeds
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp dried Thyme, crushed
1 tsp dried Rosemary, crushed
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp Caraway Seeds (optional)

Directions:

  • In a mortar and pestle, combine the Salt, Pepper, Fennel, Coriander, Thyme, Rosemary, and Caraway; grind to release the oils.
  • Combine with the remaining ingredients and mix well.

NOTES: This is a great spice rub for Grilling and Broiling. I also use it over roast or steamed vegetables. You can utilize it with Butter and give a kick to baked potatoes. I’ve even sprinkled it on steamed shrimp.

The benefit of making your own Steak Rub is that you can control the Salt–and you may choose to omit the salt altogether, and still have plenty of flavor. The important part of releasing the flavor is the Mortar and Pestle which release the oils.

To store this, keep it in an air-tight container that does not allow light, and store in a cool dark place. It will keep for a while… but not years! (Old spices do get bland).

Irish Lamb Stew

Ingredients:
4 cups Beef Stock
1 lb Lamb meat, cubed and trimmed of fat
2 cups Potatoes, skinned and cubed
1 medium White Onion, diced
2-3 medium Carrots, chopped
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp ground Black Pepper
1 tsp fresh Thyme, chopped fine
1 Tbsp fresh Parsley, chopped fine

Directions:

  • In a large Pot, place the Beef Stock and the Lamb pieces and bring to a boil.
  • When boiling, lower to a simmer and skim off any fat.
  • Add all other ingredients and simmer for 1 hour, or until the lamb is tender.

NOTES: The distinct feature of traditional Irish stew is that the meat and vegetables are not browned before being placed in the stew. However, if you prefer, roll the lamb in flour and brown in Butter before adding to the Stock.

Pot Roast and Vegetables

Sliced Pot Roast with Onions and Garlic

Ingredients:
1 lb Chuck Roast
2-4 Tbsp House Seasoning
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
6 cloves Garlic, sliced
2 medium white Onions, quartered
4 Carrots, skinned, sliced
4 Red Pontiac Potatoes, quartered
1 Tbsp Herbes de Provence
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
1/2 cup Water

Directions:

  • Cut slits into the Roast big enough for slivers of Garlic to be slid into it.
  • Slide half the Garlic into the slits.
  • Cover the Roast in the House Seasoning.
  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • In a Dutch oven, brown the outside of the Roast in the Olive Oil on medium heat. To do this, let the meat rest on either side, and then left with tongs and rotate. If you move too often, the browning will not be as caramelized.
  • Remove Roast from the Dutch Oven.
  • Add the water and de-glaze, scrapping the fatty/meaty deposits that have stuck to the pan with a whisk.
  • Add the Onions, and Place the Roast on top of them.
  • Surround the Roast with the Potatoes and Carrots.
  • Sprinkle with the Herbs, Worcestershire Sauce and remaining Seasonings.
  • Place in the oven, with a lid on the Dutch Oven, and bake for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

NOTES: If you have a roasting pan, you can use it for the baking process. You should still brown the meat in a skillet and the place it into the roasting pan; keeping the lowering insert below the onions and roast.

Feel free to use whichever root vegetables you prefer like Turnips, Parsnips, Rutabagas, Yucca, etc; or you can omit them.

Bratwurst with Apples and Onions

Ingredients:
8 Bratwurst
2 medium White Onions, cut in wedges
3 large Red Apples, cored, and cut in wedges
2 Tbsp Butter
1 cup Water
1 cup Hard Cider
1 tsp Dry Mustard
1 tsp Caraway Seed

Directions:

  • In a large skillet, combine the Water and Bratwurst.
  • Heat on medium heat bringing to a boil and poaching the Bratwurst until all the water is gone; Remove from the pan and set to the side.
  • In a small bowl combine the Butter, Dry Mustard, and Caraway Seed.
  • Add the compound Butter, Onions and Apples to the skillet and saute in the butter for 3 minutes.
  • Slice the sausage diagonally into slices and add to the skillet.
  • Add the Cider, and reduce to lowest heat
  • Cook for about 10 minutes and serve

NOTES: You can use any sausage you prefer, but Bratwurst is my favorite. Additionally, you can use a lager instead of hard cider. This dish is a perfect Autumn dish, and its origins are Alsatian/German/North French.

Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie

Ingredients:
4 Potatoes, skinned, and cubed
1/2 cup Milk
3 Tbsp Butter
1 large Onion, diced
1-2 Carrot, diced
1 1/2 cups Peas
2 Tbsp Flour
2 cups Beef Stock
1 Tbsp Parsley
1 Tbsp Thyme
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 Tbsp Paprika
1-2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 lb minced or cubed meat:
  • For Shepherd’s Pie – Lamb
  • For Cottage Pie – Beef
Directions:
  • Preheat the Oven to 350°F
  • Boil the Potatoes until tender.
  • Drain and mash with Milk and Butter with the Salt and Pepper. There should be no lumps. Use more Milk if needed.
  • In a Dutch Oven, brown the meat.
  • Top with the Herbs, Onions, Flour, and Vegetables (except the Mashed Potatoes) and mix well.
  • Pour in the Beef Stock until it reaches the top of the mixture.
  • Cover in the Mashed Potatoes.
  • Sprinkle with Paprika and Cheese.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes.

NOTES: Traditionally, there is no Cheese on this dish. If so desired, leave it off. The name is often called “Shepherd’s Pie” regardless of the meat, however some naming conventions differentiate based on the type of meat used. I follow this convention that Shepherd’s pie uses Lamb whereas Cottage Pie uses Beef.

My first time eating this dish was in Boy Scouts. We used to make it in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven over open coals. It was always one of my favorite meals on camping trips.

Variations:
Use left over Roast Beef, minced up and Veggies and Mashed Potatoes. This is probably where the dish originally came from!

Lancashire Hotpot

Lancashire Hotpot

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb Lamb meat, remove bones, fat, and cubed
2 Onions, cut in rings
1 Parsnip, cleaned and chopped
1 Carrot, cleaned and chopped
3 cloves Garlic, minced
4-6 Potatoes, sliced (1/2″)
2 cups Beef Stock
1 Tbsp Thyme
1/2 Tbsp Rosemary
1/2 Tbsp Sage, minced
1 Tbsp Parsley
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
4 Tbsp Butter, room temp
2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions:

  • Preheat the Oven to 300°F.
  • Season the Lamb, and brown in a Dutch Oven with half the Olive Oil.
  • Remove and set to the side.
  • Brown the Onions in the Dutch Oven with the remaining Olive Oil and Garlic, and set to the side.
  • In the base of the Dutch Oven or a Casserole Dish, place the Lamb and sprinkle with Herbs.
  • Layer with the Parsnips and Carrots.
  • Next layer with the Onions and Garlic.
  • Pour the Stock over the Mixture. The stock should come to the top. If you reach the top, stop. If you run out of liquid add more Stock or water.
  • Cover with the Potatoes as a top layer.
  • Divide the Butter around the Potatoes.
  • Bake for about 2 hours.

NOTES: To add browning to the potatoes, turn heat up to 400°F for the last 10 minutes.

This dish comes from Lancashire, as the name suggests, and dates from the industrial revolution, although similar baked stews probably predated it. It is always made with Lamb, originally tougher pieces or mutton, but beef could also be used. It is called “hotpot” because it is essentially made in one pot. This is a simple dish that can be used for a large group of people with little effort.

Variations:
Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie

Scotch Eggs

Ingredients:
8 Eggs, hard boiled and peeled
1/2 cup Corn Starch
1 lb Pork Sausage
1/4 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Sage, dried
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
4-6 cups Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Directions:

  • Roll the hard boiled Eggs in the Corn Starch
  • In a bowl, combine the Pork Sausage, Sage, Paprika, and Black Pepper.
  • Form 3-4″ patties out of the Sausage
  • Place the Egg in the center and carefully work the Sausage around the Egg like a shell. If too much sausage, remove; if not enough, use more.
  • Dip the Sausage-coated Egg in the beaten egg, then roll in the Bread Crumbs.
  • Cook – Fry or Bake
    • Fry:
      • Heat the Vegetable Oil to 360° in a Sauce pan.
      • Fry each egg for 5-7 minutes.
    • Bake:
      • On a cookie sheet at 375° for 25 minutes
  • Serve warm or cold.

NOTES: Though named Scotch Eggs, these treats were actually created in London in 1851 at the Fortnum & Mason department store.

Braised Lamb Chops in Rosemary Port Sauce

Ingredients:
4-6 Lamb Chops, bone in
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp House Seasoning
2 tsp Mint, dried
3 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Yellow Onions, minced
2 Tbsp Rosemary, chopped fine
1 tsp Herbs de Provence
2 cups Port
1 cup Water
2 Tbsp Butter
1 tsp Corn Starch

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • In a small bowl combine House Seasoning and Mint.
  • Apply half of the Seasoning mix on both sides of the meat. If you need more, mix more, but try to retain 1 1/8 Tbsp of the mixture in the bowl for later use.
  • Carefully, place the seasoned Lamb in the skillet. Brown sides, on high heat.
  • Remove and set to the side.
  • In the pan, carefully add 1 1/2 cups of the Port and scrape any particles off the pan.
  • Add the Water, Onions, Garlic, remaining Seasoning Mixture, Herbs, and Butter to the Wine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the Corn Starch and remaining 1/2 cup Port.
  • Add the Corn Starch/Port mixture to the Sauce forming in the skillet.
  • Carefully place the Lamb back into the skillet, cover, and reduce the heat to low.
  • Simmer for about 40 minutes.

Scarborough Meatloaf

Scarborough Meatloaf and Grilled Asparagus
Ingredients:
1 lb ground Beef (lean is good)
1/2 lb ground Pork
1 Egg
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
1 large Onion, diced fine
1 red Bell Pepper, diced fine
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh Rosemary, minced (3/4 if dried)
1 Tbsp fresh Parsley, minced (3/4 if dried)
1 Tbsp fresh Sage, minced (3/4 if dried)
1 Tbsp fresh Thyme (3/4 if dried)
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 cup Steak Sauce

Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except Steak Sauce, and mix well with hands.
  • Place in a bread loaf pan, and smooth the top.
  • Cover with Steak Sauce like a glaze.
  • Bake for 30-50 minutes, or until internal temperature is about 170.

NOTES: For serving, take a butter knife and slide along the edges of the pan. Place serving plate over pan like a lid. Holding onto both the plate and pan, quickly flip over. The loaf should slide out of the pan, sauce side down onto the plate. Let stand before cutting in slices.

Hungarian Sauerkraut – Székelygulyás

Ingredients:Vegan Vegetarian Variation
2 lbs Pork Loin, cubed 1/2 inch
1 1/2 lbs Sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup White Onion, minced
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
4 Tbsp Sweet Paprika (Hungarian preferred)
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp Caraway Seeds
2 cups Tomatoes, crushed
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 Bay Leaves
1 cup Barley
1 1/2 cups Water
1/2 cup Sour Cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • In a large pot, brown the Pork, Onion, and Garlic in the Vegetable Oil.
  • Add the Paprika and Caraway Seeds and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add all other ingredients except the Sour Cream and mix well in the pot so that everything is incorporated.
  • Pour into a deep baking dish and bake for 30-45 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, and stir in the Sour Cream.

NOTES: This style of Sauerkraut is inherited from my family. I’ve heard about it being done with Ketchup instead of Stewed Tomatoes, but I just can’t bring myself to do that. The recipe came verbally from my paternal grandmother’s maternal grandmother Elisabeth Stefani Schwarz Lanser. The use of Tomatoes is a Hungarian/Slovak influence. She was from the town of Metzenseifen, now Medzev in Slovakia on the Hungarian border. The town consisted of Germans who had moved there in the 13th century. One can see the influence of the three cultures in this dish. The Hungarian name Székelygulyás signifies that this is thick cabbage goulash.

Variations:
Substitute sliced Kielbasa or Roast Duck for the Pork
Spice it Up: Add 1/2 tsp Hot Paprika or Cayenne Pepper

M›Ɣ – Leaving out the Pork Loin, will still yield a very tasty Sauerkraut.

Corned Beef Brisket & Vegetables

Ingredients:
8-10 Allspice Pods
15-20 Peppercorns
2 Bay Leaves
2 Thyme Sprigs
1 4lb prepared Corned Beef Brisket
3 cups Beef Broth
Water, as needed
1 medium White Onion, cut in chunks
1 clove Garlic, minced
3-4 Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
2 medium Rutabagas, cut in chunks
1 small head Savoy Cabbage, cut into quarters

Directions:

  • In a large Saucepan, place the Corned Beef Brisket, Spices, Onions, Garlic, and Beef Broth. Cover with the Beef Broth and additional water if necessary. The Brisket should be floating about 1 inch above the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil. Foam will begin to form on the water top, skim this off and discard.
  • Once at a boil, reduce the heat, and cover. Simmer like this for 3 hours.
  • Add the Potatoes, Rutabagas, and Cabbage, and simmer for an additional 45 minutes, or until the Potatoes and Rutabagas are tender.
NOTES:To serve, remove the vegetables to a bowl, and the brisket to a cutting board. Cut across the grain when serving.
It is suggested by some that Corned Beef Brisket is not completely an “Irish” meal from Ireland…but rather an “Irish” meal from New York, where the potatoes and cabbage would be pared with a Jewish-inspired brisket. I do not know if this is entirely true, and frankly, it tastes so good I could care less.

Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients:
1 lb Ground Beef (you can use sliced beef too, cut into bite-size pieces)
1/2 cup White Onion, diced
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 cups Button Mushrooms, sliced
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Dill
1/2 tsp Cardamom
1 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup Butter
1/3 cup White Wine (Pinot Grigio)
1/2 cup Beef Broth

Egg Noodles, cooked al dente, drained

Directions:

  • In a large Skillet, melt the Butter and add the Onions, Garlic, and Beef.
  • When Beef is browned, add White Wine, Beef Broth, Spices and Mushrooms. Let cook down for 5 minutes.
  • Add the Sour Cream and incorporate into the whole mixture.
  • Season to Taste (you can add more Dill or Cardamom if desired).
  • Serve over Egg Noodles.

Variations:
Substituted Ground Chicken or Ground Turkey to cut down on the fat.

Chili con Carne

Ingredients:Vegan Vegetarian Variation
2 cloves Garlic
1 Bay Leaf
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
4 Jalapeño Peppers, diced (remove ribs and seeds)
2 Poblano Peppers, chopped (remove ribs and seeds)
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped (remove seeds)
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped (remove seeds)
2 cans Red Kidney Beans, strained
1 can diced Tomatoes
4 cups Tomato Juice
1 lb. Ground Beef
2 Chipotle Peppers, dried, diced
1 lg Onion, chopped
1 cup (1 can) Corn
2 cups Tortilla Chips, crushed (like a powder)
2 Tbsp unsweetened Cocoa powder

Directions

  • Combine Ground Beef, Garlic, Onions, and all fresh Peppers into a large sauce pan. Drain grease when meat is brown.
  • Add Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Beans, Bay Leaf and all dried ingredients (except Coco Powder) to the mixture, and cook on low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Add Coco powder, and cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Serve.

Variations:
Instead of using Ground Beef, use Turkey or Chicken.

M›Ṽ/Ɣ – Omit the Meat, using instead 1 cup Bulgar Wheat. Put the Bulgar Wheat into the sauce at the beginning so that it can dehydrate and absorb the spices.