Recently I was driving when I heard a recipe on the radio. It went something like, “These slow-roasted ribs are the best ribs ever, it’s an old family recipe and the ribs are cooked in sauerkraut for 4 hours”. I was doubtful but intrigued. So, I made the recipe and I made it again and again until I got it just right. The ribs cook “all day” in the oven, low and slow until the meat falls off the bone. The sauerkraut not only acts as a tenderizer, but it caramelizes as it cooks intensifying the flavor. With just two ingredients, it’s hardly a recipe, but the unlikely combo is spectacular and the credit goes to my nameless fellow home cook on the radio.
Category Archive Beef, Pork & Lamb
Cold, extra-long wintery nights are so much warmer with mouth-watering boeuf bourguignon. That’s fancy for beef burgundy thanks to an overnight marinade in a whole bottle of red wine. Boeuf bourguignon is not a last-minute-dig-in-your-pantry dish, but it does involve minimal cooking as long as you follow these three easy steps: 1) Organize your ingredients 2) Marinate the beef overnight 3) Sear the beef, then braise it with the wine/veggie marinade. Bon appetite!
Sometimes the simplest tweak of a beloved dish can change it from ordinary to amazing. In this case beef and beer chili uses cubes of beef rather than ground and a good bottle of ale which makes all the difference. Make a double batch for game day Sunday, then freeze half for an easy weeknight dinner with a green salad. Don’t forget the Cheddar toast for dunking!
It’s hard to pass up a skillet sloppy Joes, especially when you can make it in about 15 minutes all in one skillet. Somewhere between a burger and meatloaf, this hearty “mess” of lean ground beef along with sweet and savory ingredients like brown sugar, mustard and ketchup makes this serious comfort food. Just perfect for a chilly fall weeknight dinner.
Summer’s over so it must be time for mini bacon bbq meatloaves. Sure, humidity still hangs in the air and we haven’t traded in our shorts, but schools in session and vacation…a distant memory. But the good news is our pallets seem to naturally shift to cold weather comfort food. Meatloaf, the ultimate in that area gets a genius upgrade baked as a mini, cutting way back on prep and cooking time. Add a few secret ingredients such as Greek yogurt and Saltine crackers, not to mention the crispy strip of bacon on top and you’ll have “all-day” meatloaf in about 30 minutes.
This Sunday, remind me, who’s playing in the Super Bowl? Yes, I said it. There are lots of us more than happy to jump up and down thrashing and cheering for this team or that. But, watching all that football is really an excuse to dream up the perfect game day menu. This one, ginger ale brisket sliders is as familiar as a burger, with the unusual sweet and spicy kick of ginger ale. Add homemade horseradish sauce and you won’t even care if Beyoncee really is singing.