Boiled Cabbage with Bacon

Boiled Cabbage With Bacon - Photo: Diana Rattray

Ingredients

4 to 6 thick slices of bacon, diced

1 large sweet onion, chopped

1 medium head of cabbage

½ to 1 cup chicken broth or water as needed

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large Dutch oven or deep sauté pan, cook the diced bacon until cooked through but not crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon pieces to paper towels to drain; set aside. Leave about 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings in the pot.

Add the chopped onion to the bacon drippings and cook, stirring, over medium heat until tender and lightly browned. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes.

Coarsely chop the cabbage.

Add the chopped cabbage to the browned onions and add 1/2 cup of chicken broth.

Cover the pot tightly and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add more broth or water, if needed, and cook for about 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until the cabbage is tender. Add the bacon pieces and stir. Heat through.

Serves 6

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Hoe Cakes (Paula Deen’s Recipe)

Paula Deen’s Hoe Cake Recipe makes the most delicious hoe cakes you will ever taste!  My husband and I first had these hoe cakes when we visited Paula Deen’s Buffet in Tunica, MS years ago.  The cooks were constantly at the grill cooking up these yummy delights to keep up with all of the guests.  They are great hot off the griddle with soft butter and a little syrup as a side with your lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup self-rising cornmeal

2 eggs

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil (or bacon grease)

Butter, (or oil) for frying and more for spreading

Directions

STEP 1

Mix all ingredients together (except for frying oil and butter for spreading).

STEP 2

Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Drop mixture 3 tablespoons at a time into hot skillet. Brown until crisp; turn and brown on other side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with butter, for spreading. Leftover batter will keep in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

NUTRITION (PER SERVING): 123 calories, 10g fat

 

 

Tasty Tomato Recipes

Tasty tomato recipes

Juicy, ripe and colorful, fresh tomatoes are one of the season’s greatest pleasures. Turn them into something special to enjoy any time of day with these easy, delicious recipes.

 

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Ingredients

4 Medium Tomatoes, sliced

¼ cup fresh Basil leaves

½ pound fresh Mozzarella Cheese sliced

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tsp Ground Mustard

1/8 tsp Salt

1/8 tsp Pepper

Directions

Arrange the tomatoes, cheese and basil on a serving platter.  Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients; drizzle over salad.

Makes 4 servings

 

 

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Easy Salsa

Chop up 4 large tomatoes, one-fourth of an onion, 6 sprigs cilantro, 2 garlic cloves and 1 jalapeno chili. Place all chopped ingredients in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons lime juice and one-half teaspoon salt. Mix everything together thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate the salsa until it is ready to serve.

 

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Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce 

Ingredients

2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored, chopped

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons minced fresh basil

1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

10 ounce penne or rigatoni

1/4 cup grated Parmesan, optional

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a bowl, toss tomatoes, olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic and salt. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package label directs. Drain pasta and place in bowl with tomatoes. Add Parmesan, if desired, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients

Waxed Paper

2 Large Eggs

2Tbsp Water

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal

Salt to Taste

Freshly Ground Pepper to taste

2 lbs. Green Tomatoes, Sliced

1 Cup Canola Oil for frying, or as needed

Directions

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

Beat eggs and water in a shallow bowl.  Place flour and cornmeal in 2 separate shallow bowls.  Season the cornmeal with salt and pepper.

Dip each tomato slice into flour, then, dip into the egg mixture.  Press the tomato into cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess.  Transfer tomato to prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining tomato slices, arranging tomatoes in a single layer.

Heat about ¼ inch canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat until oil begins to shimmer.  Fry tomatoes in batches until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Drain on paper towel-lined plates.  Repeat with remaining tomatoes.  Serve with Remoulade Sauce.

 

Remoulade Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup of chopped green onion

1/2 cup of finely minced celery

1 clove of garlic, finely minced

2 tablespoons of ketchup

1/8 cup of mustard

1 tablespoon of horseradish

1 cup of mayonnaise

2 yolks from hard boiled eggs, chopped

1/8 to 1/2 cup of white or apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of paprika

Couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Couple dashes of hot pepper sauce

Pinch of thyme

Pinch of tarragon

Couple pinches of chopped parsley

Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Directions
Combine all of the ingredients except for the olive oil. Drizzle in the olive oil, a little at a time, while whisking briskly until mixture is well blended and reaches a nice creamy consistency. Can also process in a food processor for a smoother consistency, if desired. Taste, adjust seasonings, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to thoroughly chill.

Bruschetta Tomato and Basil

Bruschetta Tomato and Basil

Ingredients

6 Tomatoes, diced

2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, peeled

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 ¼ tsp Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tbsp chopped fresh Basil

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

8 slices Italian Bread, cut about 1 inch thick

2 Tbsp grated Parmingiano-Reggiano Cheese

Directions

Whisk together chopped garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil.

When combined slowly drizzle in oil.

Add tomatoes and let sit for 20 minutes at room temp.

Meanwhile, toast the bread.

This can be done either in the toaster (if it’s got really wide slots) or under the broiler.

When the bread is toasted rub each piece, on one side, with the whole garlic pieces.

Place the bread on a cookie sheet and top with tomato mixture.

Sprinkle on a little cheese and broil till the cheese melts (you can skip that last broiling bit and it’s equally as wonderful).

Serve immediately.

 

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

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Ingredients

1 lb. Andouille Sausage, cut into ¼” thick slices

4 Skinned Bone-in-Chicken Breasts

Vegetable Oil

¾ Cup All Purpose Flour

1 Medium Onion, chopped

½ Green Bell Pepper, chopped

2 Celery Ribs, sliced

2 Quarts Hot Water

3 Garlic Cloves, minced

2 Bay Leaves

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

2 tsp Creole Seasoning

½ tsp Dried Thyme

½ to 1 tsp Hot Sauce

4 Green Onions, sliced

Hot Cooked Rice

Garnish: Chopped Green Onions

 

Directions

Cook the sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until browned.  Drain on paper towels; reserve drippings in Dutch oven.  Set sausage aside.

Cook chicken in reserved drippings in Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes or until browned.  Drain on paper towels; reserve drippings in Dutch oven.  Set chicken aside.

Add enough vegetable oil to drippings in the Dutch oven to measure ½ cup.  Add flour and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 20 to 24 minutes or until roux is chocolate colored.

Stir in onion, bell pepper, and celery, and cook, stirring often, 8 minutes or until tender.  Gradually add 2 quarts of hot water and bring mixture to a boil.  Add the chicken and the garlic along with the next 5 ingredients.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer stirring occasionally, 1 hour.  Remove chicken; cool.

Add sausage to the gumbo and cook another 30 minutes.  Stir in the sliced green onions; cook 30 more minutes.

Bone chicken and cut meat into strips.  Return the chicken to gumbo.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Remove and discard bay leaves.

Remove gumbo from heat.  Serve over hot cooked rice.

 

ROSEMARY-PEPPER ROAST BEEF WITH BUTTER POTATOES

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Ingredients

2 pounds new or other small potatoes

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

2 tablespoons black or mixed peppercorns

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves

1/4 cup olive oil

4- to 5-pound top sirloin roast (also called top butt or spoon roast), trimmed and tied

1/2 cup white wine

1 tablespoon lemon juice

 

Directions

Heat the oven to 400 F.

In a 9-by-14-inch metal (stovetop-safe) roasting pan, combine the potatoes and melted butter. Toss to coat, then arrange in a single layer. Set aside.

In a mini food processor or blender, combine the peppercorns, salt and rosemary. Process until well chopped but not pureed. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the olive oil. Slather the mixture thickly over the entire roast. Set the roast over the potatoes, then cover with foil and roast for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue roasting for another 45 minutes. Reduce the oven to 350 F and roast for another 45 minutes, or until the meat reaches 120 F at the center.

Use tongs to transfer the roast to a serving platter. Cover with foil, then with several kitchen towels to stay warm.

Set the roasting pan with the potatoes over 1 or 2 burners on medium heat on the stovetop. Add the wine and cook, stirring gently, until any browned bits from the bottom of the pan are released and the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Slice the roast thinly, serve with the potatoes. Spoon the pan sauce over the potatoes.

 

ROASTED SALMON WITH LEMONS, PRUNES, AND OLIVES

ROASTED SALMON WITH LEMONS

 

Ingredients

For the salmon:

2-pound wild salmon or steelhead trout fillet

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

2 lemons, thinly sliced, seeds removed

For the topping:

3/4 cup prunes, pitted and halved

3/4 cup briny, green olives, pitted, lightly chopped or left whole, as desired

2 tablespoons capers

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon olive oil

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

 

Directions

Heat the oven to 450 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with kitchen parchment.

Set the salmon on the prepared baking sheet.

In a small bowl, mix together the oil, garlic, lemon juice and a hefty pinch each of salt and pepper. Spread the seasoned oil over the fish, then arrange the lemon slices over it. Bake until cooked through, but the flesh is still a little translucent, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, set the prunes in a medium bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over them and set aside to soften for several minutes.

In a second medium bowl, mix together the olives, capers, parsley, dill, lemon juice and zest, and the olive oil. Drain the prunes, then add those. Mix well, then season with salt and pepper. As soon as the salmon comes out of the oven, carefully transfer it to a serving platter and spoon the prune mixture over it.

 

SKILLET-GLAZED SPICY SWEET POTATOES

October 26, 2015 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

Ingredients

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Kosher salt

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, halved or quartered lengthwise, and sliced crosswise 1/3 inch thick

2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions

In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, whisk together 1 1/2 cups water, the cumin, paprika, cayenne and about 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the potatoes, then cover the skillet and bring the liquid to a boil. When it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the lid and prick the potatoes with a paring knife. If they are almost tender, remove the lid and increase the temperature so that the liquid boils. If they are not almost tender, cover the potatoes and cook, covered, for another minute or so, then remove the lid.

Boil the liquid until it only comes up the side of the skillet about 1/4 inch. Add the butter, brown sugar and lemon juice, then simmer, stirring gently, until the liquid is reduced to a glaze. Season with salt and serve immediately.

 

Cast Iron Mac & Cheese

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Ingredients

12oz macaroni

3Tbs butter

3Tbs flour

2cups milk

4oz grated Emmental Cheese

4oz grated Gruyere Cheese

1Tbs Dijon Mustard

1Tbs Worcestershire Sauce

1/2tsp dried Thyme

Black Pepper to taste

3oz grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Directions

Boil pasta in a cast iron skillet. Melt the butter and whisk in flour until well combined. Whisk milk into the flour mixture. Whisk constantly until thickened 1 to 2 minutes.

Add Emmental Cheese, Gruyere, mustard, Worcestershire, and thyme. Whisk until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in pasta and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle Parmigiano-Reggiano on top and broil until browned.

 

Cast Iron Cornbread

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Ingredients

¼ cup butter

1 cup white or yellow cornmeal

1 cup all purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

4 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup milk or buttermilk

1 egg

¼ cup vegetable oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the butter into a 10-inch heavy bottom ovenproof frying pan or cast iron skillet and heat in the oven until butter is melted.

Note-Heating the butter in the skillet until it’s hot and melted before adding the batter guarantees a desirable crispness on the outer edges of the bread.

While the pan is heating and the butter is melting, prepare your cornbread batter.

In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, buttermilk and egg until well blended. Use a wire whisk to blend. Add the oil and whisk until blended in.

Pour batter into the HOT and buttery skillet (batter will sizzle), return to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until bread is golden brown and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center will come out clean.

Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for approximately 5 minutes.

Invert cornbread onto a large plate and cut into wedges or squares.

Cast Iron Cowboy Steak

Cast Iron Cowboy Steak

 

Ingredients

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 (1 1/2- to 2-lb.) bone-in rib-eye or porterhouse steak (about 2 inches thick)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 tablespoons butter

8 fresh herb sprigs (such as thyme, rosemary, and oregano)

3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

Directions

Preheat grill to 400° to 450° (high) heat. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on grill, covered with grill lid, 15 minutes. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously over steak.

Add oil to skillet. (Oil should smoke.) Using tongs, place steak in skillet, and cook on grill, without grill lid, 10 minutes or until dark brown and crusty. Turn steak on fatty edge in skillet, holding upright with tongs, and cook 2 minutes. Place steak, uncooked side down, in skillet. Cook on grill, covered with grill lid, 8 to 10 minutes or to desired degree of doneness.

Add butter, herbs, and garlic to side of skillet, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until butter foams. Tilt skillet slightly, and spoon butter mixture over steak 20 times (being careful not to splatter). Transfer steak, herbs, and garlic to a platter; let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice against the grain.