There’s no doubt about it: Leftovers happen to the best of us. No matter how much you try to portion plan or how much you pile onto your plate, there’s bound to be some extra fixings from dinner from time to time. And when it comes to using up those leftovers, you can simply reheat them and enjoy them as they are, or you can follow the lead of The Kitchen co-hosts and transform them into an all-new dish. After Marcela Valladolid prepped her smoky-sweet pork tenderloin on this morning’s all-new episode, Katie Lee put the leftover grilled meat and apricot salsa to work in a cheesy quesadilla, guaranteeing the leftovers will be anything but boring the next day. Check out both of the dishes below to see how they’re made.
It is officially fall! September was the month that apples started to come into season, so my question is: Did you and your other half make a date and go apple picking? I think apple picking is so romantic. Just imagine a crisp fall day with plaid shirts, boots and a big mug of hot apple cider as you walk through the orchard — not to mention all the bushels of apples you end up picking for all things apples. But even if you haven’t gone apple picking, or if there are no orchards anywhere near you, I’m sure you’re stocking up on all the apple goodness that has been overflowing in the grocery stores. I swear, my husband and I could not walk into our local grocery store without seeing rows and rows of so many different variety of apples!
When I think of cooking anything in the fall, I think of apples and sage. They’re my favorite fall flavors when it comes to savory dishes. Something about the smell when you’re cooking them together makes me love the season even more. These apple-sage cornbread-stuffed pork chops are going to be a date night favorite in your household this fall — and, best of all, this recipe makes just enough for your party of two, with no overflowing leftovers in sight. It’s a warm, hearty dish that you can make together: Work side by side in the kitchen by stuffing your own pork chop with as much filling as it will hold. It’s a fun little dish to do together, because one of you can hold the pork chop as the other stuffs it, or vice versa.
Winter is coming, and that means that it’s time to put the outdoor furniture away, insulate the spigots for the garden hose and make sure the house is ready for the coming chill. You may also be considering putting your grill away for the season, but I think you should hold off on that one and remember how your grill can serve you all year round.
Sure, it’s great for cookouts in the summer and fall, but it’s also an amazing workhorse for making big batches of grilled vegetables (you haven’t lived until you’ve had grilled delicata squash), for roasting chickens and turkeys, and even for prepping a week’s worth of ingredients for lunches and dinners.
This weekend, consider firing up the grill. Roast off a mess of squash. Grill up a couple of batches of Bobby Flay’s Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops. Finally, spatchcock a chicken, rub it with a little salt and pepper, and let it cook over the embers. You can get at least three meals from just a couple of hours of work, and the cleanup will be minimal.
This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Pork Chops with Apples and Garlic Smashed Potatoes, is deceptively simple to prepare. This company-worthy meal includes a mashed side of baby potatoes, garlic and buttermilk, which makes the potatoes more flavorful without lots of added fat.
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Get the recipes: Food Network Magazine’s Pork Chops with Apples and Garlic Smashed Potatoes
For a super fast dinner, pound your meat before grilling or sauteing it: Thinner pieces cook quickly (check out Food Network Magazine‘s Pork Scallopini Salad). Pounding also breaks up the connective tissue in tougher cuts, making them more tender. Place the meat between pieces of plastic wrap, and pound to an even thickness with the flat side of a meat mallet, a rolling pinor a small heavy skillet.
When it’s screaming hot outside, the last thing I want to do is slave over a stove. That’s why I set up the slow cooker and let that little miracle worker make dinner for me three times.
Dinner #1: For this mouthwatering pork (pictured above), set a large pork loin (or two) into the slow cooker, slather with whole grain mustard, olive oil, salt, pepper and dried thyme. Cook for four hours, then let it fall apart, right onto your kids’ miniature plates. Save the rest.
Dinner #2: Using a mix of BBQ sauce and plain ketchup (even sweet BBQ sauce is usually “too spicy” for our small kids), heat up the remaining pork in a pan and serve on toasted buns.
When I was in my early twenties, I went crazy for slow cookers. At the age when most young women are spending their discretionary cash on shoes or nights on the town, I was saving my pennies for a sturdy slow cooker with a built-in timer and an auto-off feature.
In those days, money was tight (as it so often is in those first years out of college) and so I was always looking for ways to trim my food budget. I took lunches to work, had friends over for dinner instead of going out and turned all my scrap celery leaves, carrot peels and chicken bones into stock.
My fleet of slow cookers made a lot of that frugal eating possible. I regularly used a tiny one to make overnight oatmeal (with a little dried fruit, it was delicious and cheap). I made batches of lunchtime soup in an ancient 4-quart cooker I’d gotten for 75 cents at a yard sale. And I bought tough, unlovable cuts of meat and cooked them tender in my oval 6-quart cooker.
Pork chops aren’t just for the frying pan. A thick pork chop, bone-in or -out, can be just as juicy as any burger when you cook it on the grill. What you need is a good rub (to be delicious) and skewer (to be a hit with the kids).
Our three kids were all born in Italy, where a summertime staple is arrosticini, small cubes of meat (usually lamb) on a skewer, seasoned with nothing but olive oil, salt and the occasional sprig of rosemary. The flavor is delicious, the technique is fun and kids love them for both of those reasons.
Recreating that dish was one of the first things we did when we moved back to the United States this spring, and pork chops do the trick. Use a rub of 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh thyme and 1/4 teaspoon pepper for the whole chops and for one diced up for the kids.
In most households a glistening baked ham takes focus at the table on Easter Sunday. For many it’s a tradition that isn’t often broken for fear of a family riot. But Easter doesn’t have to be all about ham. If you’re willing to stray from tradition and try a new and different main dish, Food Network has some great ideas for your holiday meal.
How about a rack of lamb or a roast pork loin or maybe even turkey? Lamb is actually a very popular Easter main dish in other parts of the world and pork comes in at a pretty close second. The following recipes are perfect for any Easter gathering, with flavors that bridge the changing seasons. Who knows — your family might just surprise you and love the new dish even more than the ham.
One of my long-held theories about life is that most people fall into one of two entertaining camps. You are either dinner party people or potluck people. If you’re a dinner party person, the nights when you have friends over are well-orchestrated. You make the entire meal or if you delegate parts of it, you give specific recipe assignments. Wine and beer is planned, purchased in advance and appropriately chilled. Tables are set sometime in the afternoon and there’s always a carefully arranged cheeseboard.
Potluck people are less concerned with the details. They issue an invitation to gather without carefully balancing the numbers of couples and singles. They don’t make the whole meal but instead announce the main dish they’ll be providing and then ask guests to fill in the blanks as they see them. If asked to comment on whether a dish might go well with the planned menu, the answer is always a happy-go-lucky “Sure!”
I have long been a potluck person. I love eating with friends, but rarely can I be bothered with the worry of formal guest lists or long hours of prep time. I am married to someone, however, who is more comfortable when the details are firmly nailed down and so I found myself throwing a very uncharacteristic dinner party last Saturday night.