Archive for the ‘pork’ Category


sweet and sour pork

February 24, 2013

cut pork chops into little bite-sized pieces.

in a food processor, process about a half of a big onion, four cloves of raw garlic, 2T soy sauce, a half of a small can of pineapple rings, a pinch of five-spice powder, a pinch of salt, a generous amount of black pepper, a dash of rice wine vinegar, and a small amount of minced ginger. optional add-ins include part of a pear, a squeeze of citrus juice, roasted garlic, or your favorite hot sauce. (we added sriracha.)
pulse until pureed.

marinate pork in sweet and sour puree as long as you can remain patient. (about 45 mins. for us.)

meanwhile, start a pot of rice and red lentils. i flavored it with butter, salt, coriander, ginger, and sriracha.

mince an orange, red, or yellow sweet pepper. if you like it hot, you can also mince a chili pepper.

heat lard in a pan. throw in the pork and marinade. cook 5 mins, stirring regularly. add peppers. cook until pork is hot all the way through.


cajun french onion broccoli jambalaya

February 4, 2013

this came out of a craving for broccoli cheese soup, french onion soup, and jambalaya. it’s all of them at the same time. easy to make vegetarian, too – just leave out the sausage and chicken, and replace with whatever veggies you have in the house that taste great in soup!


fry two onions in a soup pot.

add stock, or water and bouillon.

add a head of peeled roasted garlic, two bay leaves, and a hot chili pepper or two. (i added potatoes, too, since i have a surplus.)

boil together a half-hour or so until soup base tastes wonderful.

add cajun seasoning blend (make your own with thyme, oregano, paprika, cayenne, onion and garlic, salt and pepper,) cut-up raw chicken, chunked broccoli stems, and slices of andouille sausage.

cook about another half-hour.

add broccoli florets 3 – 5 minutes before soup is done.

top with a little cheddar.


highly recommended! hearty, rich, filling, and easy.


gene’s beans and rice

August 4, 2012

i just made this up today.

named after my favorite sausage shop of all-time.



1 link smoked sausage, ~1 cup, cut into chunks and skinned (i used hungarian spicy sausage, but it’d be great with anything)
1 sweet pepper
several tomatoes from the “dollar bin” at the veg shop, with the moldy bits sliced off

a squirt of garlic-dijon mustard
a few yellow mustard seeds
a hearty scoop of horseradish
two cloves of garlic
three sundried tomatoes
a small pinch of bouillon
a dash each paprika, caraway seed, thyme, smoked salt / seasoned salt (NOT MUCH! i oversalted it, forgetting the sausage is salty), black pepper, nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce

a heavy splash of white cooking wine
a heavy splash of apple cider vinegar

three cups water
a cup and a half mixed rice and urad dal (black lentils; use any cooked bean or pea, or uncooked pulse or lentil)


fry mustard seed and minced fresh garlic in a tiny pat of fat, then add everything else and a lid and boil.


topped with thick yogurt and tomato sauce, and kraut if you have it


i was going for polish, but it kind of tastes like hungarian cajun food. really. like sauerkraut-caraway-seed jambalaya.


ribs – dry-rubbed and basted with bbq

April 15, 2012

my first ribs!

st louis style:
trim membrane and excess fat and rib tips

rub raw ribs with paprika, brown sugar, garlic, cumin, roasted coriander, ginger, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and onion powder.

let sit in fridge for a few hours.

cook at 300

they went into the oven at 6:45ish.

around 8:45ish, got turned down to 200

around 9:15, got basted with bbq sauce and broiled for a few minutes

they’re gone.
this is simply…


smothered pork chops

April 7, 2012

Smothered Pork Chops
barely adapted from Tyler Florence (via Food Network)

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 pork chops, 3/4-inch thick, bone-in
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Add the flour, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper to a wide, shallow bowl. Stir to combine. Pat both sides of the pork chops dry, then dredge them in the flour mixture.

Set a large cast iron pan or skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. When it shimmers, shake any excess flour off the pork chops and carefully add them to the skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until the chops are golden brown. Transfer the pork to a plate and tent to keep warm. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of the seasoned flour over the pan drippings (the exact quantity of flour isn’t super important) and whisk to incorporate into the fat and cook off some of the raw flour flavor. Add the chicken broth and whisk to combine. Let the liquid cook down for about 5 minutes, or until reduced and slightly thickened. Whisk in the buttermilk then return the pork chops to the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through (at least 145 F on an instant-read thermometer). Season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the parsley before serving.




pork and poblano tamale pie (with diy green enchilada sauce)

March 9, 2012

a good old-fashioned american recipe. by “american”, i mean, does tamale pie really count as mexican? neither tamale nor pie, i told my friend we’d have to call it something different. nothing quite sounds right, though. rice-and-beans cornbread pie? poblano-pork cornbread-lasagna con salsa verde? who cares; it’s good. not quick, but very easy.


i miss the tamale guy. i no longer live in a city. i am not going to simmer pork cheeks all day. a tamale craving out in the country? this will have to do.

here’s what i actually did:

(my version)

==green enchilada sauce:

a can of mild green chiles
half-can of hot jalapenos
a carrot
a head of roasted garlic
a roasted poblano
a raw yellow pepper (any bell pepper is fine)
cilantro (key, but i’m somehow out – used it all for kofta curry meatballs last night. used some raw mixed greens like arugala instead.)
a great deal of onion (houseguest refuses, so we’re going without, and it still smells wonderful)
a kiwi (wait, what? well, no tomatillos; why not?)
a splash of lime juice
two drops of fish sauce

stick all that in the food processor and grind it up.

fix up some stock or bouillon and dump the ground-up veg matter (which should smell and taste amazing) into the stock. add a pat of lard if you have a greasy bacon-juice jar in the back of your fridge.

boil a while. some say an hour. you can stick it in a slow cooker if you have one – i don’t. really i’m guessing any amount of time is fine – even raw if you really wanted to. why not?


salt and brown a few pork steaks and chop em up into little bite-sized pieces.

next, you want to boil the pork steaks in the green sauce. i added a half-cup rice, a half-cup black lentils, and two cups water to the pork and green sauce and cooked it all together. i don’t know how long. until they are cooked? a while.

==cornbread topping

3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal (preferably whole-grain stone-ground)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1 tablespoon honey
a bunch of cheese
half a can of corn

= the process

butter a pan and line it with pork-and-rice-and-chile-sauce mixture.

crack a few eggs on top.

you are layering these, by the way.

pour cornbread mixture on top of that.

grate tons of cheese on top of that.

bake at 400 until cornbread’s done.

tweaked a recipe i originally found here


so far, so good.

green sauce is bubbling on the stove and smells wonderful. i’ll add meat in another moment or two.

the whole thing’s in the oven. smells wonderful in here.

we finished it for breakfast. awesome, although i don’t know how much more special it is than rice and beans with cheesy cornbread on the side. will make this again.


Chinese-style meat buns

February 26, 2012

[Chinese Style Meat Buns]



1/2 cup warm water
2 1/2 tsp dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
3 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp salt


1 pork loin (1 1/2 lb)
2 tsp garlic and ginger paste
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp red wine
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp five spice powder
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 sprigs green onion, finely chopped
Egg wash
1 egg, beaten


In a small bowl, mix the warm water, sugar and yeast and let it sit until it starts foaming, for about 15 minutes. In a large bowl add the flour and to it add the egg, oil, salt and the yeast mixture.
Mix it all together using your hands, if you find the dough too sticky just add more flour. Knead the dough on a floured surface for a few more minutes, until it becomes elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and let it rise until doubled in size, in a warm spot.
Cut up the pork loin in small pieces and set aside. In a medium sized bowl, add the garlic and ginger paste, vegetable oil, honey, Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, wine, pepper, salt, five spice powder, and sesame oil. Whisk everything all together and add the pork to it. Let the pork marinate for about 1 hour, or until the dough is almost ready.
eat a skillet, over medium heat and add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to it. When the oil is hot add the pork mixture including the marinade to it and cook until the pork is cooked thoroughly, for about 5 minutes. Before removing it from heat, add the green onions to it and mix well.
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball into a disc, so that it’s about 4 or 5 inches in diameter. Place heaping tablespoon of the meat mixture in the middle of it.
Seal the bun by gathering up the edges of the disc.
Place the sealed side down bun, on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining balls and meat mixture.
Brush the buns with egg wash and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the buns are nice and golden brown.


read the recipe here


maultaschen – black forest ravioli

December 22, 2011

this recipe is from black forest cuisine by walter staib.

he says this, accompanied by a gorgeous photo of them:
“whenever i think about maultaschen, i am home again. to me, this is the ultimate comfort food. this is my soul food. my mother would make piles of these ravioli in a single disciplined session, taking time and care with the dough and cutting it in various sizes to stuff with the meat filling. maultaschen can be large or small, sauteed as i suggest here, simmered in soup, or cut into strips and prepared like hash browns. sometimes my mother would float them in beef bouillon or chicken stock to make a delicious soup. personally, i will eat them anywhere at any time of day. in fact, when i used to travel home, my mother would prepare maultaschen especially for me and send my father to the airport, plate in hand. as soon as my feet hit the ground, i would begin to inhale them, at the same time thanking heaven that i was in the black forest.”


4 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs, lightly beaten
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 T + 1 t veg oil
1 T + 1 t salt

1 T unsalted butter
1/2 yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 c soft bread crumbs
6 oz ground pork
6 oz ground beef
3 egg yolks
1 scallion, trimmed and finely chopped
1 T chopped fresh parsley

1 egg
2 T water
4 T unsalted butter


1. MAKE THE DOUGH: pour flour into medium bowl and mix in egg yolks, eggs, oil, and salt. knead dough with hands until it comes together and can form stiff ball. rest dough in plastic wrap for 1 hour at room temperature.

2. MAKE THE FILLING: melt butter in frying pan, fry onions until translucent, set aside.

3. combine onion, bread crumbs, meat, egg yolks, scallion, and parsley, and season with salt and pepper.

4. ASSEMBLE MAULTASCHEN: bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. whisk together egg and water to make an egg wash. roll noodle dough on a lightly floured surface VERY thin (1/16 in) and cut into 12 6-in squares. divide filling among squares, brush edges with egg wash, and fold the four corners of each square into the center, pressing the seams firmly to seal.

5. drop the maultaschen, one at a time, into boiling water and cook for approximately five minutes. remove with a slotted spoon to an ice bath to cool. drain and set aside momentarily.

6. melt butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. fry maultaschen until golden brown.

serve with potato salad

if you like his recipe, check out the book.



November 13, 2011

this korean neckbone soup is fantastic!


1. Soak 2.5 lb (about 1 kg) of pork neck bones in cold water for 2 hours.
2. Boil water in a large pot.
3. Put ¼ of a medium sized napa cabbage (about 2-3 cups) into the boiling water and blanch it for a minute.
4. Rinse and drain the cabbage and put it in a bowl.
5. Tear each leaf lengthwise once or twice to make it bite size and set it aside.
6. Rinse pork neck bones in cold water and put them in boiling water with 4-5 slices of ginger (1 tbs). Cook for 7 minutes.
7. Rinse and strain the pork neck bones and put them in a large pot.
*tip: when you rinse the pork bones, pick out any excessive fat
8. Pour 10 cups of water into the pot.
9. Add 1 medium size sliced onion, 1 tbs of sliced ginger, 2 tbs of soy bean paste, 1 dried red chili pepper (after removing the seeds), and 2 dried shiitake mushrooms to the pot. Boil it for 1. 5 hours over medium high heat.
10. Prepare a small bowl to make the sauce! In the bowl, put 6-8 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tbs of hot pepper flakes, 1 tbs of hot pepper paste, 3 tbs of cooking wine, 3 tbs of fish sauce, 3 tbs of perilla seeds powder (deulkkae garu) and mix it all up.
11. Prepare a large bowl for vegetables
* Squeeze the cooked cabbage slightly to drain some of the water, and put it into the bowl.
* Cut about 10 perilla leaves into bite sized pieces and put them into the bowl.
* Cut 2 stalks of green onion and Asian chives (2-3 cups worth) into 7 cm long pieces and put them into the bowl.
* Rinse and drain 2 cups of soy bean sprouts and put them into the bowl.
* Peel 3 small potatoes and put them into the bowl.
Now you made the sauce and prepared all the vegetables. All you can do is to wait until the pork neck bone soup is finished cooking.
12. About 1 ½ hours later, take the red hot chilli pepper and shiitake mushrooms out of the pot.
13. Slice shiitake mushrooms into bite sized pieces.
14. Add your vegetables and your sauce and the chopped shiitake mushrooms into the soup. Cook for another 30 minutes.

(thanks maangchi!)

i didn’t like the chewiness of the meat, but it was worth it for a homemade beef stock that was so flavorful for so few ingredients! the sesame, garlic, and fish sauce are absolutely necessary. i subbed fresh mushrooms for the dry and skipped the perilla leaves, but followed pretty closely besides. lots of bang for your buck here (literally; cabbage and bean sprouts are as cheap as it gets!)


gefüllter weißkohl

December 16, 2010

this “swabian” (schwabisch) recipe is from black forest cuisine by walter staib (a relative of some kind)

STUFFED CABBAGE  (say: gefilte vye’ss-coal, or filled white cabbage)

1 T unsalted butter
1/2 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
6 oz ground pork
6 oz ground beef
3 egg yolks
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1 c cooked rice
salt and pepper

1 head green cabbage
6 slices bacon, cut in half widthwise

2 T unsalted butter
1 T finely chopped garlic
1/4c finely chopped bacon
1/4c finely chopped onion
1/4c finely chopped green pepper
3 T hungarian paprika
2 T flour
1 c full-bodied red wine, such as burgundy
1/2 t ground cayenne
1/2 t dried red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1/3 c sour cream

make stuffing. saute onions in butter. set aside to cool completely. combine cooled onion and other stuffing ingredients, mix well.

preheat over to 350.

bring saucepan of lightly salted water to boil, reduce to “hearty simmer” at medium-high. core cabbage and simmer until outer leaves are slightly softened, ~2-3min. remove outer leaves and drain on towel. continue this process until you have at least 24 leaves.

place two leaves slightly overlapping and add ~1/4c stuffing to middle. fold and set seal side down in a greased baking dish.

place half a slice of bacon over each cabbage and bake until bacon is crisp, ~20mins.

to make sauce, saute garlic, add bacon and saute til crisp. add veggies and saute ~2mins til softened. stir in paprika and flour. add wine to deglaze, loosening the browned bits at the bottom. simmer 5 mins. add cayenne and s&p and simmer 5-10 mins. remove from heat and add sour cream.

add sauce to baking dish. stick it back in the oven for 10 mins. serve hot.