Slow Cooked Pork Tenderloin Stew


1 package pork tenderloins (pkg of 2) about 2 pounds total – remove silver skin and excess fat from tenderloins; then cut into 2 inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 large carrots, cut into ½ inch slices
2 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/3 cup pitted dried plums, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 fresh thyme sprig
1/3 cup Greek olives (optional)
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Hot cooked mashed potatoes (optional)

After removing silver skin and excess fat, sprinkle the tenderloin pieces with salt and pepper; transfer to a 4 quart (minimum size) slow cooker.  Add the carrots, celery and onion.
In a small bowl, whisk broth and tomato paste; pour over vegetables.  Add plums, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme and, if desired, olives.
Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
Discard bay leaves, rosemary and thyme.  If desired, sprinkle stew with parsley and serve with potatoes.
Serves 8
Prep time 15 to 20 minutes
Cook on low 5 hours

Slow Cooker Pork Cubano Sandwiches

2 lbs pork tenderloin – remove silver skin and excess fat
2 lbs boneless pork shoulder

7 tablespoons stone-ground mustard, divided
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 lb boneless ham or ham steak (fully cooked) cut into ½ inch cubes
1 jar (16 oz) whole baby dill pickles, undrained, sliced thick – keep juice
2 cups (8 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
8 buns, split

Rub pork with 3 tablespoons mustard, season with pepper and place in a large 5 to 6 quart slow cooker.  Add ham and pickles, including the pickle juice.  Cover and cook on low until tender, turning halfway through, at about 3 hours, finish cooking another 3 hours (6 hours total cooking on low).
If pork shoulder was used, skim off fat and grease before shredding.
Shred pork with two forks.  Sprinkle cheese over meat mixture; cover and cook another 30 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
When ready to serve, slice buns and toast lightly in a toaster oven or broiler or grill.  Spread the remaining mustard evenly over cut sides.  Using a slotted spoon, top buns with meat mixture.
Serve immediately.
Serves 8
Prep time 30 15-20 minutes
Cook time 6 ½ hours

Grilled Marinated Pork Chops

½ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 4 boneless pork loin chops (8 oz each, 1 inch thick)
* Optional – Bone-In Pork Loin Chops can be substituted

In a large bowl, combine and mix all items except the pork chops.
Add pork chops, turn to coat – refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Drain and discard marinade.
Preheat grill medium heat.  Lightly oil grill grate to prevent sticking.
Grill chops covered for 10-15 minutes on each side or until an internal thermometer reads 145 degrees F.
Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 4
From Prep to Table 25 to 30 minutes

Garlic Boneless Pork Roast

½ cup chopped fresh celery
½ medium green pepper, finely chopped
½ cup thinly sliced green onions
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 boneless pork loin roast (4 to 5 pounds)
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix celery, green pepper, green onions and garlic.  Place the roast in a roasting pan, fat side up.  Make deep slits into top of roast.  Fill slits with vegetable mixture.  Sprinkle roast with salt and cayenne.
Roast until the meat reaches desired doneness (medium is 145 degrees F internal temp), 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours.
Remove roast from oven; tent with foil.  Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
Serves 8
Prep to Table 90 minutes

Shirley’s Easy Baby Back Ribs

Thinking about doing Baby Back Ribs?  This is probably the easiest recipe for Baby Backs you will find and results in fall-off-the-bone  delicious ribs every time!

Pork Baby Back Ribs
Salt & Pepper
Your favorite BBQ sauce

After washing and drying the baby back ribs, salt and pepper as you prefer.
Using a racked baking pan, pour water in the bottom of the pan.  Place the baby backs on the rack – do not allow the ribs to touch the water – with the meaty side up.
Cover with aluminum foil – sealing it so that steam does not escape while baking, but ensuring to tent the foil so that it does not touch the ribs.
Bake at 325 degrees for 2 to 3 hours.  Ribs should appear loose on the bones to go to the next step.
Either finish the ribs with the BBQ sauce in the oven, or on a grill.
Oven Finish – Spread BBQ sauce on the side of ribs that is up – place back into the oven, uncovered, until the BBQ sauce is starting to carmelize.  Turn the ribs over and spread BBQ sauce on the the remaining side and put back into the oven until the BBQ sauce starts to carmelize.  Remove from the oven.
Grill Finish – Spread BBQ sauce on the side of ribs that will be face down on the BBQ grill until the BBQ sauce is starting to carmelize.  Spread BBQ sauce on the remaining side, place it on the BBQ grill rack until the sauce starts to carmelize.  Remove from the grill.
The meat should almost fall off the bones.  Have additional warmed BBQ sauce on the side for those that want to dip their ribs.  Serve immediately.
A fresh salad and freshly baked garlic bread (on the grill or in the oven) are all you need with these Baby Back Ribs.

Shirley’s Easiest Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

3 to 5 pounds of bone-in OR boneless pork shoulder
1 bottle Dale’s Steak Seasoning (Marinade)

Toppings for Pulled Pork Sandwiches
BBQ Sauces
Cheese Slices: American, Cheddar, Provolone, Colby Jack
Cole Slaw or Shredded Raw Cabbage
Dill Pickles on the side

Put pork shoulder in large slow cooker, fat side up.
Pour ½ to the full bottle of Dale’s Marinade over the pork shoulder; pour equal amount of water into slow cooker.
The pork shoulder can cook over night or all day on low for 10 hours if your slow cooker converts to warm after 10 hours.  Or cook on high for 5 to 6 hours.  Either way, if you used a bone-in pork shoulder, the bone should pull right out with no resistance.  If you used a boneless pork shoulder, take a fork and twist the meat – it should shred instantly – again, no resistance.
Remove the bone and all of the fat that you can.  After removing the fat, shred the pork into the liquid.  Leave on warm for about an hour so that the inside portions of the pork shoulder gets some of the seasoning into it.
Using a slotted spoon, move the shredded pork shoulder to a plate or bowl – discard the remaining marinade and grease and any remaining fat.  Wipe out the slow cooker and return the pulled pork to it to stay warm.  If you want the pulled pork to be more moist, then reserve some of the marinade liquid mixture (without the grease) to pour over it when returned to the slow cooker.
Serve on warmed or toasted buns with assorted condiments (mustards, BBQ sauces) and cheeses (American slices, cheddar slices, provolone slices), Cole Slaw or shredded raw cabbage with dill pickles on the side.

Sausage Tortilla Breakfast Bake

8 oz bulk mild breakfast sausage
½ cup canned diced tomatoes with green chillies
6 corn tortillas (6 inches)
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
¼ cup shredded pepper jack cheese
2 green onions, chopped
6 large eggs
¾ cup  2% or fat free milk
¾ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Salsa, optional
Sour Cream, optional
Additional chopped green onions for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage over medium heat, 4-6 minutes.  Drain off grease.  Stir in tomatoes.
Coat a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray; Line pie plate with tortillas.  Sprinkle with half of each of the following: sausage mixture, cheeses and green onions.  Repeat layers.
In a bowl whisk together eggs, milk, paprika and cumin; pour slowly over layers.
Bake, uncovered until set, 25-30 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Cut into wedges.
If desired, serve with remaining toppings and garnish.
Serves 6
Prep time 25 minutes
Bake time 25 minutes
Stand time 10 minutes

Wild Rice & Mushroom with Andouille Soup

½ cup uncooked wild rice
1 ½ cups water
8 oz sliced Brandon’s Smoked Traditional Andouille Sausage
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
32 oz reduced sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
½ pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup whole milk
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

In a small saucepan, combine wild rice and water; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 40-45 minutes.
In a large saucepan, cook and stir sausage over medium heat until lightly browned (sausage is already cooked), 3-4 minutes.  Remove from pan.
Mix flour and ½ cup broth until smooth.  In same pan, heat butter over medium heat; sauté the onion and mushrooms until tender, 4-5 minutes.  Add remaining broth; gradually stir in flour mixture.  Bring mixture to a boil; cook and stir until slightly thickened, 2-3 minutes.  Add the milk, pepper, rice and sausage; heat through, stirring occasionally.
Serves 8 (2 quarts)
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour

Orange Ham Steak

1 lb ham steak or slices
¼ cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon corn syrup
¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Saute 1 lb ham steak or ham slices (thick cut), in a greased skillet until lightly browned on each side.
Stir together orange marmalade, water, butter, mustard, corn syrup and ground ginger.  Pour over ham and bring to a simmer
Serves 4

Grilled Pork Tacos (quick fix recipe)

1 lb boneless pork chops cut into ¾ inch cubes
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons lime juice, divided
1 teaspoon smoked or regular paprika
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup canned unsweetened pineapple tidbits plus 1 tablespoon reserved juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 flour tortillas (6 to 8 inches), warmed
Sour cream or plain yogurt, optional

In a large bowl, toss pork with 2 tablespoons lime juice and the seasonings; let stand 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix beans, pineapple with reserved juice, onion, cilantro and remaining lime juice.
Thread pork onto four metal or soaked wooden skewers.  Lightly oil grill grates to avoid sticking.  Grill kabobs, covered, over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally.
Remove pork from skewers; serve in tortillas.  Top with bean mixture and, if desired, sour cream or plain yogurt.
Serves 4
From prep to table 30 minutes

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