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    Elegant Pork Marsala Recipe

    Wine and mushrooms lend elegance to this oh-so-simple pork dish. Use pre-sliced mushrooms and minced garlic to save time.

    Prep Time

        •    Prep and cook time: 30 minutes
        •    Yield: Serves 6

    Ingredients

        •    1 tbsp olive oil
        •    1/2 tsp pepper
        •    5 tsps cornstarch
        •    1/3 chopped onion
        •    1/4 tsp minced garlic
        •    1/3 cup whole wheat flour
        •    2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
        •    2 turkey bacon strips, chopped
        •    2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
        •    6 boneless pork loin chops (4 ounces each)
        •    1 cup Marsala wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth

    Method

    1. In a shallow bowl, mix flour and pepper. Dip pork chops in flour mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess.
    2. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, heat oil over medium heat. Add pork chops; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Remove from pan; keep warm.
    3. In same skillet, add mushrooms, onion and bacon to drippings; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add wine; increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.
    4. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and broth until smooth; add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve with pork.



    This great family recipe is thanks to Taste of Home Recipes at https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/elegant-pork-marsala/?_cmp=WeeknightDinners&_ebid=WeeknightDinners1%2F3%2F2017&_mid=132652&pmcode=IT7JJZ101

    How to Bake Lamb Chops

    Prep Time

        •    Prep time: 5 minutes
        •    Cook time: 15 minutes
        •    Yield: Serves 8


    Ingredients

        •    1/4 cup olive oil
        •    1 tsp kosher salt
        •    3 thin lemon slices
        •    1 tsp dried oregano
        •    2 medium garlic cloves, crushed
        •    1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
        •    8 medium lamb chops, around 700 grams


    Method

    1. In a large freezer bag or glass dish, mix together salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon slices, garlic, and oregano. Add lamb chops and marinate for 20 minutes to 4 hours.

    2. Preheat oven to 400° F.

    3. Heat a large oven-proof skillet (cast iron, steel, etc.) over medium-high heat. Remove lamb chops from marinade (toss any residual oil, lemon, garlic, etc. from marinade). Add chops to skillet and cook each side for 3 minutes to brown.

    4. Place pan in oven for 8-10  minutes (or until chops are 140° F in the thickest part).

    5. Remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes. Serve immediately.



    This great family recipe is thanks to My Kitchen Love Recipes at https://www.mykitchenlove.com/how-to-bake-lamb-chops/

    Sausage & Spring Mash Pie

    Comfort food doesn't get much better than this

    Prep Time

        •    Prep time: 15 minutes
        •    Cook time: 45 minutes
        •    Yield: Serves 8

    Ingredients

        •    50g butter
        •    100ml milk
        •    300mlbeef stock
        •    2 tsps vegetable oil
        •    4 carrots, thickly sliced
        •    400ml full-bodied red wine
        •    2 tbsps caramelised red onion
        •    16 good-quality pork sausages
        •    ¼ - ½ savoy cabbage, shredded
        •    1 ½ kg potato, cut into large chunks
        •    2-3 thyme sprigs, plus extra to serve
        •    10 shallots, peeled and halved if large
        •    2 x 250g packs mushroom, halved or quartered
        •    1 tbsp Dijon mustard or wholegrain mustard (optional)

    Method

    1. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 mins, adding the cabbage for the final few mins of cooking. Drain, then allow to steam- dry for a few mins. Add the milk and butter to the pan, warm through, then mash into the potatoes and cabbage with plenty of seasoning. Stir in the mustard, if using.

    2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a large, shallow flameproof dish or a large non-stick frying pan. Brown the sausages, shallots and carrots for about 5 mins until nicely golden and the shallots are starting to soften. The sausages should be almost cooked through; lift them out, then set aside. Tip off any excess fat released by the sausages.

    3. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Turn up the heat under the pan, tip in the thyme and mushrooms, then fry until golden, about 3 mins. Splash in the wine, then let it bubble and reduce by half. Add the stock and caramelised onions, then simmer until it has reduced a little to make a shiny gravy, and the carrots are cooked through. Season, then add the sausages to the gravy.

    4. Spoon the mixture into a baking dish or keep in the pan if it’s ovenproof. Top with the mashed potato, spooning it over in even dollops to prevent the gravy oozing up the sides. Can be made up to 1 day ahead and chilled. Bake, covered with foil, for 30 mins (or 45 mins from chilled), removing the foil for the final 10 mins to brown the mash. Sprinkle with a little thyme to serve.



    This great family recipe is thanks to BBC Goodfood Recipes at https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5888/sausage-and-spring-mash-pie

    Juicy Barbecued Chicken Thighs

    These BBQ chicken thighs are so tender and flavorful. I love that you can prep them ahead of time and just toss 'em on the grill when you're ready; making them perfect for parties. You'll want to marinate the chicken at least 6 hours and it's best to let them marinate overnight.

    Prep Time

        •    Prep time: 20 minutes
        •    Cook time: 30 minutes
        •    Yield: Serves 4


    Ingredients

        •    BBQ sauce
        •    1 tbsp real mayo
        •    sea salt about 1 tsp
        •    garlic powder about 1/2 tsp
        •    1 medium onion thickly sliced
        •    pepper about 1/4 tsp or to taste
        •    seasoning about 1 tsp, plain or garlic variety
        •    3 lbs about 10 count boneless, skinless chicken thighs


    Method

    For marinating the meat:

    1. Season both sides of chicken thighs to taste. I used a total of 1 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Seasoning, 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Turn the chicken to coat evenly with seasoning.

    2. Stir in 1 Tbsp Mayo and mix the chicken until evenly coated.

    3. Add thick-sliced onion and toss everything together. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a lid and marinate 6 hours or overnight.


    For grilling method:

    1. Preheat the grill and generously brush grill plates with oil. Reduce heat to low and place chicken thighs with a smooth side up.

    2. Cover the grill and cook for 12-15 minutes. I rotated them once to make criss-cross grill marks. Before flipping the thighs, baste them with BBQ Sauce.

    3. Flip thighs over, baste the flip side with BBQ sauce then cover and cook for another 12-15 minutes, rotating once to make grill marks. Check for doneness by cutting the thicker part of the chicken. If juices run clear then its done. Flip the chicken again, coat it with BBQ sauce and remove from the grill. Let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.


    For baking method: preheat oven to 400˚F

    1. Place Chicken thighs flat with the smooth side up on a large rimmed baking dish, spaced out in a single layer. Bake at 400˚F for 30 mins.

    2. Increase heat to 450 and Remove chicken from oven to brush the tops and sides generously with BBQ sauce. Return chicken to the oven another 5 minutes or until glaze has dried slightly onto the chicken.



    This great family recipe is thanks to Natasha's Kitchen Recipes at https://natashaskitchen.com/juicy-barbecued-chicken-thighs-recipe/

    Next Level Spaghetti & Meatballs

    Make the ultimate meatballs in a rich tomato sauce to serve over spaghetti. Comfort food at its best, this will prove a hit at the family dinner table.

    Prep Time

        •    Prep time: 30 minutes
        •    Cook time: 45 minutes
        •    Plus at least 1 hour & 30 minutes rest time
        •    Yield: Serves 6

    Ingredients

        •    100ml milk
        •    1 egg, beaten
        •    ½ tsp marmite
        •    400g beef mince
        •    400g pork mince
        •    grated of nutmeg
        •    1 tbsp dried oregano
        •    50g grated parmesan, plus extra to serve
        •    large handful parsley leaves, finely chopped
        •    6 garlic cloves, very finely chopped or grated
        •    100g ciabatta, sourdough or other white bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces

    Method

    1. Tip the beef and pork into a large bowl. Mix and season generously with salt. Set aside for at least 30 mins, or for up to 1 hr. Meanwhile, put the bread in a bowl with the milk and leave to soak.

    2. Tip the soaked bread into the bowl with the meat and add all the remaining meatball ingredients except for the mozzarella. Season with plenty of pepper, then scrunch the mixture together with your hands until combined.

    3. Roughly divide the meatball mixture into 18 portions. Use your hands to flatten one portion, then gently wrap it around a piece of the mozzarella and roll into a ball. Repeat with the remaining portions. Chill the meatballs in the fridge for 1 hr before cooking. Can be prepared up to two days ahead and stored in the fridge.

    4. Heat 3 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan or casserole dish. Fry the meatballs in batches, browning them on all sides, then transfer to a plate and set aside. Pour the remaining oil into the pan and heat for 1 min, then fry the sliced garlic for a few seconds. Tip in the sugar, vinegar and wine (if using) and bubble for 1 min. Add the tomatoes, then season and cook over a medium heat for 10 mins. Tip in the meatballs and gently stir to ensure they’re fully coated in the sauce. Cover the pan and simmer on a low heat for about 20 mins, spooning the sauce over the meatballs occasionally.

    5. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside, then cook the spaghetti. To serve, divide the spaghetti between bowls, top with three warm meatballs each, spoon over the sauce and scatter with the remaining parmesan.



    This great family recipe is thanks to BBC Goodfood Recipes at https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/next-level-meatballs