Pork Carnitas

Slow cooker AND cast iron skillet version 😉🍳🐖🍊🍈🧅🧄🌮🥑🍅

Season WELL pork roast; I drizzle olive oil on roast & rub in seasonings like McCormick Sweet & Smokey, salt, pepper, Goya adobo seasoning with bitter orange, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, chili powders, smoke powder, liquid smoke, orange blossom honey; sear first in bacon fat, then put in slow cooker; add orange juice, lime juice; I throw the remaining orange into slow cooker, chopped or halved onion, peppercorns & minced garlic. Cook on high 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8 hours…depending on size of roast; you’ll know it’s done when it falls apart easily with tongs. Remove to platter, shred with 2 forks; using same skillet seared in…fry batches of shredded pork with added fat &/or juices from slow cooker just enough to get “some” crispy edges. We use street taco size flour tortillas…with favorite toppings. My favorite with pork is fruity salsas, like mango, peach, etc..Granddaughter likes avocados & very spicy salsa &/or hot sauce. Daughter likes all of the above with jalapeños added.. Pickled red onions we all like 🥰

Recipe/directions for PICKLED RED ONIONS at bottom; I want them on everything 😍🤣😝 ⤵️

A little cotija cheese 😍 y PICO 😉

Add pickled red onions! Tangy & sweet, they’re the best way to give almost any dish a bright pop of flavor!
Pickled red onions have been an indispensable ingredient in my kitchen; tangy, sweet, and a little crunchy; a “bright pop of flavor” 🥰  Try making a batch of quick pickled red onions & you’ll see what I mean 😋 You only need a few minutes and 5 ingredients or LESS to make this pickled onion recipe, so give them a try – you’ll add them to everything!
As long as you have the vinegar, sugar, water & salt down … other ingredients are optional. I use a Portuguese sea salt & multicolored peppercorns; some use bay leaves or other herbs, garlic; or a spicy kick..with jalapeños or red pepper flakes
Thinly slice the onions. Then, heat the vinegar, water, cane sugar, and salt over medium heat, and stir until the sugar and salt dissolve. Let the brine cool slightly, and pour it over the sliced onions. Allow the jars to cool to room temperature before covering them and transferring them to the fridge. Your onions will be ready to eat when they are bright pink and tender. This could take anywhere from 1 hour to overnight, depending on the thickness of your onions. I like the wine or apple cider vinegars. Your quick pickled onions will be delicious even if you stick to the basic recipe!

I make small jars because I have learned I can go too long before using them in/on a recipe/food so I prefer to make them fresh each time; I mean they are a QUICK pickling
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Frozen Fish Fillets in Ninja Foodi

Like with french fries, it works better than any other option; I mean aside from deep frying…which is not healthy. What I tried NEW was making fish & chips together. I put the fries in basket first & fish on top of fries. It worked! Halfway through I flipped the fillets & stirred the fries. Both came out crispy. By the way, the new Bud Battered fillets by Seapak are GOOD 👍👌😋 Easy! About 15 to 20 minutes, when crispy & golden brown.

Oh…the crabcakes are better homemade 🦀 🤫🤭

BAMM‼️ Darn good when you don’t feel like cooking. 😉

By the way, no tartar sauce? Mix mayo or Miracle Whip with a little sweet pickle relish

Ham Salad

Ham Salad

Also called Deviled Ham Salad, or Ham Salad Spread, this recipe is made with ground or chopped ham with sweet pickle relish and mayo (or Miracle Whip) and is amazing on sandwiches or crackers. The beauty of this recipe is that you can add in any ingredients that you prefer in your ham salad; celery, roasted red peppers, onion, etc..

I have always made this using The Honeybaked Ham Company’s ham. AND a meat grinder. However, if using the more common/available appliance…a food processor…be careful not to pulse/chop ham too much or you’ll end up with mush. Me and my family have always liked this, even though I don’t make it often anymore; 🤷‍♀️ Actually I think it makes us like it more.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 1/2 – 4 cups chopped ham
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Combine all ingredients and stir well. Add more mayo and/or relish to your liking.
  • Serve as sandwich spread or with crackers.
  • Store in refrigerator for up to one week.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken

Stuffed chicken breasts wrapped in bacon 🥓😋😍🐔🧀

I had large breasts so I cup them in half lengthwise first (butterfly style, but all the way through), then pounded them to 1/4 inch thick between plastic wrap; seasoned both sides, put a scoop of cream cheese & chopped green onion mix in center, sprinkled extra pepper jack & cheddar on top of cream cheese…because more cheese is never a bad think 😉 & rolled it up, followed by wrapping 2 strips of bacon around it, placed seam side down in roasting pan; continued doing same to each piece of chicken. I did also season all of it with McCormick Sweet & Smoky seasoning; I like sweet, I like Smoky & I like the color 🤭 bake in 375° oven for 20 to 30 minutes or when thermometer reads 160°, then I carefully flipped them over, changed oven to broil, broiled for 3 minutes, flipped them back to original side for another 3 minutes.

They’re GOOD. A hit. Next time I am going to use my favorite…regular chicken stuffing 🤪 THEN…I’ll try my daughter’s favorite which is the cream cheese but with jalapeños 🌶

I served this with jalapeño & cheddar flavored creamy rice and creamed corn 🌽 😋

Jambalaya

Jambalaya 😋 we REALLY like it. I’m wondering if anyone that glances at my blog knows (hence the title) that I am basically jotting down notes, for me & my family, for future reference on recipes or dishes 🤔 yup 😊

Anyway, on this one (Chef John Besh creole version recipe below pics) I went cajun, I brown chicken and sausage first in a couple tbsp of oil (bacon fat works good 🥓😜), transfer to plate & sauté onion, celery & bell pepper (I happened to have roasted red pepper so yeah…that went in; always good). Add seasoning (cajun & other favorites like garlic powder, Lawry’s all purpose, S&P), crushed red pepper flakes & some dashes of favorite hot sauce. Then add 1 1/2 cups of long grain white rice, stir to coat and add 3 cups of chicken broth ➡️ in that I use Knorr’s chicken bouillon, a dash of the tomato/chicken bouillon & a tsp of Better than Bouillon chicken base…bouillon varies depending on what I have; i like the vegetable bouillon base. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cover & let cook 20 – 25 minutes. Mine is just right at 20 minutes. If I have shrimp (cleaned) I add that for a few minutes at end..until done, pink. 🦐 Most of the time I do not have shrimp on hand. Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya is damn good by itself though 🤩 Garnish with chopped green onion.

Whatever kind of peppers you have; make it work 😉


Chef John Besh in New Orleans says he’s been eating jambalaya ever since he could chew. For this quick, simplified version of the Creole classic, he insists on high-quality, well-seasoned meat because the andouille and breakfast sausage provide the bulk of the flavor in the dish.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil

3/4 pound andouille sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/4 pound breakfast sausage, casings removed 1 large onion, diced 1/2 green bell pepper, diced 1 celery rib, diced 1 garlic clove, chopped 2 cups white rice 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme Salt Freshly ground pepper 1 quart chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth One 14 1/2-ounce can chopped tomatoes 3 scallions, chopped Tabasco or other hot sauce, for serving

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large enameled cast-iron casserole until hot. Add the oil and both sausages and cook over moderate heat, stirring to break up the breakfast sausage, until the fat renders and the sausages brown, about 8 minutes.

Step 2

Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell pepper and celery are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the rice, bay leaf and thyme, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.

Step 3

Add the stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderately low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Fold in the scallions and serve with Tabasco.

Or I like this ONE POT JAMBALAYA recipe here ⤵️

https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/one-pan-jambalaya/

Ribs

BBQ Ribs 😋

Trim ribs, remove silver skin aka rib membrane; a shiny white, cellulose membrane on the back of ribs, more easily done using paper towel…to get a grip on it.

Season well with favorite seasonings. I used S&P, smoke powder, garlic powder, onion powder & a sweet & smoky rub from McCormick

MCCORMICK® GRILL MATES® SWEET & SMOKY RUB

Line a baking sheet with foil, I also used parchment paper. Put seasoned ribs on baking sheet & cover with more foil. Bake at 300° for approximately 2 hours, depending on size of ribs. Remove foil covering ribs, brush with favorite BBQ sauce, change oven to broil, broil until bubbly & getting charred spots, flip over & repeat. Yumm! 😋😁😍

When it gets dark by dinnertime 😉

Chicken Fajitas

Easy chicken fajitas

I season boneless skinless chicken breasts with abodo seasoning, chile powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, Salt & Pepper 🌶 😋 Cook in skillet with a tbsp or so of oil (6-8 minutes per side), transfer to plate; sauté onion and bell pepper with a little seasoning, slice chicken and return to skillet with veggies. Serve on warmed flour tortillas…with favorite toppings, like sour cream, avocado 🥑 , squeeze of lime, favorite salsa and/or pickled red onion.

Dirty Rice

Dirty rice is a traditional Louisiana Cajun dish made from white rice which gets a “dirty” color from being cooked with small pieces of chicken livers, along with pork, beef or chicken, green bell pepper, celery, and onion, and spiced with cajun seasoning and black pepper. Parsley and chopped green onions are common garnishes.

HOW TO MAKE DIRTY RICE IN 3 EASY STEPS!
Dirty Rice is an easy recipe to make in just 30 minutes and it only takes one pot! You gotta love that!
Brown meat, drain excess grease. Add vegetables and sauté until tender.
Add in seasonings, rice and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until rice is cooked. Serve!

I transferred browned ground meat (at least a pound) to plate on paper towel… while I sautéed the “holy trinity” ➡️ onion (1/2 or small whole), celery (1 large stalk) & green pepper (1/2 or 1). Then added meat back into veggies, add a couple cloves minced garlic, chopped roasted red peppers, cajun seasoning (tbsp or to taste), S&P (tsp each?), dash crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne, rice (1 1/2 cups) and broth (3 cups; I used beef & a little bit of chicken bouillon), bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook 20 to 23 minutes. Taste for seasoning adjustment. Serve topped with chopped parsley or scallions (optional) and if a wuss like me…serve with dairy (sour cream, yogurt, glass of MILK 🤣)🌶🥵



The chunk of green peppers in center below 😉 is from using already chopped peppers from my freezer 😁🌶

I added roasted red peppers 🌶


I also add Better than Bouillon, along with dry bouillon; half & half, because I like both 😍


The Goya Sazón … why not? 🤭 color at the least.




Okay, confession: I had to dollop some sour cream on mine! 🔥 spicy! 🥵🌶🌶🌶

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