Damn Ham Pork – Bam!

Pork Loin 056I LOVE Walmart! I MISS Walmart! I did not appreciate what Walmart offered, until of the slow shipping delays due to COVID.

Walmart had my favorite “cuisine” items, such as ground lamb and used to have “everyday” items like toilet paper and water bottles. I used to be able to get everything I needed in one shop.

Now, I have shop from several different stores to get what I need. Just like everyone else is, during these trying times.

Pork Loin 001I am lucky to be able shop with Aldi. They don’t have my favorite “name” brand or “cuisine” items, but hell, they have food, which is a blessing.

So I can use things from Walmart and Aldi in my next meal. I was watching The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network and LOVED the triple pork sandwich made by The Fat Kids. They were my favorite food truck and I was so sorry to see them leave. I was drooling over their fried pork with bacon and bacon cheese. So this is my tribute to their sandwich. Also a shout out to Sunny Pork Loin 010Anderson! She made a Pork Roast on Cooking for Real that was very inspiring for this recipe. As the very wise Emeril Lagasse said: Bam! Pork Fat Rules!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Loin, Boneless, 2 ½ lbs.
  2. Ham Flavored Concentrate, recommended: Goya, two ¼ teaspoon packets
  3. Sazón (Coriander & Annatto with Garlic and Cumin), recommended: Goya, two ¼ teaspoon packets Pork Loin 011
  4. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, 2 tablespoons, divided
  5. Soy Sauce, recommended: HyVee, 1 teaspoon
  6. Worcestershire Sauce, recommended: HyVee, 1 teaspoon
  7. Liquid Smoke Applewood, recommended: Wrights, 1 cap
  8. Pork Rinds, recommended: Clancy’s, 3 ¼ oz.
  9. Panko Bread Crumbs, Italian Style, recommended: Great Value, 1 cup
  10. Cornstarch, recommended: Argo, 2 tablespoons
  11. Flour, recommended: Wondra, 2 tablespoons
  12. Eggs, 2 Pork Loin 029
  13. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1
  14. Cooking Oil Vegetable, recommended: Carlini, 2 to 3 cups

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Pork Loin 20 to 30 minutes before prep time.
  2. Cut in half, then in half again to get 4 pieces. Flatten to desired size and poke holes with a fork on both sides.
  3. Create “Dry” rub by mixing 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic. Pork Loin 030
  4. Create “Wet” rub by mixing Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and Liquid Smoke.
  5. Add Pork cuts to a storage bag and add Dry rub and then the Wet rub. Massage it in the bag to distribute the wet and dry rubs. Let it sit overnight or at least 30 minutes before cook time. Pound it to flatten it. I am using my “Mighty Vance” hammer!
  6. Add Pork Rinds to a storage bag and crush it. Move it to a paper bag and add Panko Bread Crumbs, Flour, Cornstarch 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before cook time. Pork Loin 034
  7. Pre-heat the Cooking Oil in a skillet or cast iron pan/pot.
  8. Beat the Eggs and pour into bag of pork
  9. Dip Pork into the Dry mixture paper bag and shake. Let it sit for 20 minutes before cook time.
  10. Fry the Pork Loin for 5 minutes per side.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and add the fried Pork Loin on a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove.
  13. While they are baking, you can use the heated oil for a side dish, such as French Fries or Steak Fries.
  14. Season the Fries with Parmesan Cheese after they are drained.Pork Loin 038

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Pork Loin 20 to 30 minutes before prep time.
  2. Cut in half, then in half again to get 4 pieces. Flatten to desired size and poke holes with a fork on both sides.
  3. Create “Dry” rub by mixing 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic.
  4. Create “Wet” rub by mixing Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and Liquid Smoke. Pork Loin 039
  5. Add Pork cuts to a storage bag and add Dry rub and then the Wet rub. Massage it in the bag to distribute the wet and dry rubs. Let it sit overnight or at least 30 minutes before cook time. I put two pieces per plastic storage bag to make is easier to pound. Then I used “Mighty Vance” hammer to flatten the pieces.
  6. Add Pork Rinds to a storage bag and crush it. Move it to a paper bag and add Panko Bread Crumbs, Flour, Cornstarch 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before cook time. Pork Loin 048
  7. Pre-heat the Cooking Oil in a skillet or cast iron pan/pot.
  8. Beat one Egg and put it in a bag with 2 pieces of pork. Beat the other egg and put it in the 2nd back of pork. Then massage the egg to distribute.
  9. Dip Pork into the Dry mixture paper bag and shake.
  10. Fry the Pork Loins for 25 minutes, turning as needed.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and add the fried Pork Loin on a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove.
  13. While they are baking, you can use the heated oil for a side dish, such as French Fries or Steak Fries. It took 20 minutes for the fries. Pork Loin 051
  14. Season the Fries with Parmesan Cheese after they are drained.
  15. Rest the Pork for 5 to 10 minutes.

The pork smelled so good while it was marinated with the dry and wet rub. But, the flavor profile of ham concentrate, Apple Liquid Smoke and Sazón is a blank canvass for other flavors.

So tonight, I will dress it with an Asian flavor profile using Teriyaki Sauce, Sriracha and Soy Sauce. The tomorrow, I can use my Creole seasoning and the next day I can add a Barbecue flavor. Brats and Beer 079

Brats and Beer 090I am a night owl and stay up late watching TV and listening to my favorite “Oldies” music. My favorite late night snack is Hummus with Grilled Pita bread.

Hummus Pita Snack Ingredients:

  1. Pita bread, 1
  2. Butter with Garlic & Herbs, recommended: Kerrygold, ½ teaspoon
  3. Hummus, recommended: Sabra, Olive Tapenade, as desired Pork Loin 066
  4. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ¼ teaspoon
  5. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1

How to make it:

  1. Pre-heat a grill pan or skillet for about 3 minutes.
  2. Butter 1 side of the Pita bread.
  3. Grill for about 2 minutes and flip.
  4. Top with Sumac and grill the other side for 2 minutes.
  5. Slice and top with Hummus of your choicePork Loin 069

Breakfast Smoothie Update:

Yesterday I used an ice cube in my smoothie. Duh! Why did I do that when I have my favorite ice cream flavor in my freezer: Butter Pecan? Same thing!

  1. Fill up with about 10 ounces of Orange Juice.
  2. I also added my Liquid Biotin.
  3. Add a tablespoon of ice cream, my favorite: Butter Pecan by Great Value. Pork Loin 074
  4. I used the same small “smork” to add the Strawberry Banana Yogurt.
  5. I cut the Banana into 6 pieces, then pushed it down to make sure I did not go over 20 ounces.

 

 

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Kung Pao Pork Chops with Teriyaki Rice & Stir Fry Vegetables

Teriyaki Rice Stir Fry 019I used to work downtown and had the opportunity to choose a different place to eat lunch every day. One of my favorites was eating General Tso’s and Kung Pao Chicken at the Panda Express. So I want to use those flavors in my Asian-inspired Dinners.

One thing that I loved about my Mom’s cooking, was that she was not afraid to try new cuisines. I remember her making an “Asian-style” dinner using La Choy products. “East Meets West, La Choy makes Chinese food – swing American!” This dinner will include the Pork Chops and Teriyaki Rice.Kung Pao Pork Chops 037

RIP: Momma Bear slow cooker. I had 3 different slow cooker sizes to accommodate large, medium and small meals. So Papa Bear, Momma Bear and Baby Bear slow cookers. The Momma Bear slow cooker somehow got grease trapped inside the cooking unit, so she had to be banished to the basement. I was searching for a 4 Quart replacement slow cooker, and came across the Presto Indoor Electric Smoker/Slow Cooker combination. I cannot be trusted with either a gas grill or wood/gas smoker. So I gave my smoker to my brother and had planned to buy an electric one to replace it. They were in the $100.00 range, so I put it on the back burner.20200211_145509 Until, I came across the smoker/slow cooker for less than $60.00. Cool! I can kill two birds with one stone. Found a cheaper smoker and a replacement for the Momma Bear slow cooker.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Loins, Chop Bone-In Brined Louisiana Style Griller, 3 lbs.
  2. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 teaspoons
  3. Sazón, recommended: Goya, 1 packet
  4. Kung Pao Sauce, recommended: Panda Express, ½ to 1 cup, per your preference **Teriyaki Rice Stir Fry 001
  5. Peanuts, Salted, recommended: Planters, two 1.75 oz. bags
  6. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, Recommended: Huy Fong Foods, 1 to 2 teaspoons
  7. Sesame Seed Oil, recommended: Imperial Dragon, 2 teaspoons
  8. Fish Sauce, recommended: Thai Kitchen, ½ teaspoon
  9. Rice Wine Vinegar, Natural & Mellow, recommended: Nakano, 1 to ½ teaspoons, as desired
  10. Liquid Smoke, Applewood, recommended: Wrights, 1 cap
  11. Hickory BBQ Wood Chips, recommended: Western, enough to fill “Charring” cup, or your favorit20200214_182823e brand. The Wood Chips are not required if you only want to pan-grill the pork chops, use a slow cooker or BBQ Grill. This is optional, depending on your preferred cooking method.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Marinade the Pork Chops with the Soy Sauce and Sazón, overnight or up to 30 minutes. I had to freeze the Pork Chops after this marinade, because I was not sure how I was going to cook them yet.20200214_183421
  2. After unthawing the Pork Chops, I added the Fish Sauce and Liquid Smoke to the marinade bag, 30 minutes before cook time.
  3. Preheat a skillet and add the Sesame Seed Oil, then cook the Pork Chops for 2-3 minutes per side. I used a “grill” skillet to get grill marks on them. Add a splash of Rice Wine Vinegar to de-glaze the skillet.
  4. Next, you can use a Slow Cooker to slowly cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. At this point, you can add enough Kung Pao sauce to your preference. I am going to “smoke” the Pork Chops for 4 hours in the Smoker/Slow Cooker combo.20200214_234106
  5. Then I will put them in the Slow Cooker and cover with the Kung Pao sauce, Peanuts and Sriracha for 2 hours on low.

** You can also make your own Kung Pao (pao = peanuts) sauce using soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger, scallions and/or dried red peppers. To save money and time, I preferred to use a shortcut by buying pre-made Kung Pao. I have most of those ingredients, but not all of them. So it was cheaper to buy the bottled sauce.

Side Dish: Teriyaki Rice with Stir Fry VegetablesTeriyaki Rice Stir Fry 013

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Teriyaki Rice, recommended: Knorr, 5.4 oz.
  2. Stir Fry Vegetables, frozen, recommended: HyVee, 8 oz.
  3. Chicken Won Ton Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10 ½ oz.
  4. Chicken Broth, recommended: That’s Smart, 2 ½ cups, divided
  5. Ponzu Citrus Seasoning Dressing & Sauce, recommended: Kikkoman, ¼ to ½ teaspoon, or use lemon or lime juice to add freshness
  6. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 tablespoons
  7. Stir Fry Oil, recommended: Tsang, ½ teaspoonTeriyaki Rice Stir Fry 007
  8. Butter, 2 tablespoons, divided
  9. Chinese Five Spice, recommended Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  10. Wonton Strips, recommended: Great Value, as desired
  11. Sriracha Sauce, recommended: Huy Fong Foods, ½ teaspoon
  12. Kung Pao Pork Chops (leftovers, including the peanuts), optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare the Stir Fry Vegetables in a separate pot. Melt 1 tablespoon of Butter with Stir Fry Oil and Chinese Five Spice for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of Chicken Broth and bring to a boil. Add the Stir FryTeriyaki Rice Stir Fry 008 Vegetables and bring to a boil. Season with Soy Sauce and a dash of Ponzu Citrus Dressing. Cover and simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  2. In a separate pot combine Rice, 2 tablespoons of Butter and 2 Cups of Chicken Broth. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for 7 minutes.
  3. Combine the Chicken Won Ton Soup with the Stir Fry Vegetables and then combine both pots together.
  4. Thinly slice the Kung Pao Pork Chops (or other meat, or keep it meatless). I warmed up the Pork Chops slices for a few minutes and then added the Rice/Vegetable mixture. Heated together for a few minutes.Kung Pao Pork Chops 033
  5. I dressed this All-in-one Bowl with Sriracha Sauce and crunchy Wonton Strips.

Since I have 4 Pork Chops, that will be 4 dinners made in advance. Then combine them with the Rice and Vegetables for the rest of the week.

It was delish and something different for a change. I usually have Salad as my side dish for 4 days out of the week. The Stir Fry Vegetables and Rice will be a great substitute, to get veggies and fiber into my diet on non-salad days.

 

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Broccoli Ham Mac & Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 069I was planning my meals and had some Rye bread, Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese and mustard for a sandwich. With that, I had the makings of either Mac & Cheese or Broccoli with cheese for the side dish.

But my cat said otherwise. I forgot that I left the Rye bread on the counter. The cat tore into it and so I had to throw it away.

So now what could I do? Why not combine the remaining ingredients into a casserole?

This is even better. Now I have an All-in-One bowl that includes everything but the bread.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 065

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Broccoli Florets, frozen and steamable, recommended: Great Value, two 12 oz. bags
  2. Black Forest Ham slices, recommended: Great Value, 8 oz.
  3. Cubed Ham, recommended: Farmland, 16 oz.
  4. Elbow Macaroni, large, recommended: American Beauty, 16 oz.
  5. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, block, recommended: Great Value, 32 oz.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 007
  6. Baby Swiss Cheese, recommended: Sargento, 9 slices
  7. Seasoning Blend with celery, yellow onion, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, parsley flakes: recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  8. Buttermilk, recommended: Hiland, ¾ quart
  9. Eggs, jumbo, 2
  10. Butter, 3 tablespoons, divided
  11. Panko Bread Crumbs, recommended: Great Value, ½ cup
  12. Black Truffle Oil, recommended: Roland ¼ teaspoon
  13. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  14. Porcini Mushroom Rub, recommended: Manitou, ¾ teaspoons, dividedBroccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 024
  15. Ground Mustard, recommended: Tones, ¼ teaspoon
  16. Ham flavored concentrate, recommended: Goya, 1 packet
  17. Cream of Mushroom Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10 ½ oz.
  18. Broccoli Cheese Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10 ½ oz.
  19. Dijon Mustard, recommended: Grey Poupon, 2 teaspoons
  20. Parmesan Cheese blend, recommended: Kraft, 2 tablespoons
  21. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, 1 tablespoon
  22. Parsley Flakes, recommended: Spice World, 1 tablespoonBroccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 041
  23. Cornstarch, 1 teaspoon
  24. Oven Bag, recommended: Reynolds Kitchen, 1 Turkey size
  25. Aluminum Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 1 to 2

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the Cheese block into 8 pieces and freeze 30 minutes before shredding with a food processor (or use pre-shredded cheese). Put the cheese chunks into a gallon bag with the cornstarch (or flour) to keepBroccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 046 it from sticking. Also freeze the Black Forest Ham package.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of Butter with the Truffle Oil. To that add the Truffle Zest, Porcini Mushroom Rub ¼ teaspoon and Ground Mustard for 1-2 minutes in a large stock pot.
  3. Add water and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the Macaroni and Ham concentrate packet and boil for 8 minutes. Add the Seasoning Blend and boil an additional 3 to 4 minutes and then drain.
  5. Whisk the Eggs in a large bowl. Add the Buttermilk, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup and Dijon Mustard.
  6. Brown the Ham Cubes in a skillet and set aside.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 006
  7. Zap the Steamable frozen Broccoli in the microwave for a few minutes, according to the package. Also, microwave the Black Forest Ham for a few minutes, since it was frozen.
  8. Combine the Macaroni, Broccoli, Ham Cubes and Shredded Cheese into the large bowl with the Egg mixture.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Cut the oven bag, so that it fits into a casserole baking pan.
  11. The first layer is 1 bag of steamed Broccoli. Top with ¼ of the Porcini Mushroom Rub.
  12. The next layer is 1/3 of cheese.
  13. The next layer is the Macaroni mixture.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 014
  14. Layer half of the Macaroni mixture.
  15. Top with half of the Ham slices (cut into bite-size pieces) and top with 4 Swiss Cheese slices.
  16. Repeat the layers, ending with the 5 Swiss Cheese slices.
  17. Cover with foil sheets and bake for 30 minutes.
  18. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of Butter and combine with the Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan Cheese Blend, Parsley Flakes and Granulated Garlic for the final topping.
  19. Bake an additional 10 to 12 minutes.
  20. Remove and rest for 10 minutes, then enjoy your “makeshift” Ham and Cheese sandwich!

Take that kitty cat!Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 064

Cooking shows always recommend shredding cheese from a block. And doing that made a big difference in the taste. I love me some “block” cheese. It did have a “sharper” cheddar flavor, compared to using pre-shredded cheese or Velveeta.

But it was way more work, than opening a package of pre-shredded cheese. I had cheese everywhere on my counter, LOL.

But eating the leftover cheese bites, was quite the treat.

Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 070The end result was so yummy! This “de-constructed” Macaroni & Cheese was packed with Ham and Cheese flavors.

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