Get Stuffed. Get Stirred. Get Cooking…

Main Course / April 9, 2017
An artist receives inspiration from everything around her extracting form, perspective, and scale in abstract and exciting ways. The artist then works to reinvent those familiar combinations by coming up with new and original expressions. ​

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Creating a meal is not unlike the above description. Except my process usually begins standing in front of my open fridge gnawing on a piece of aged cheese. (For inspiration, of course.) while contemplating how I will mix flavors and textures into my latest bling masterpiece. Most of the time I don’t have a grand example to mimic. In fact my entire cooking portfolio is dominated the kind of inspiration based solely on what’s left in the cupboard and veggie drawer.

Not always easy but ALWAYS FUN. In this case I have taken three familiar comfort food combinations and added some new twists.

Now, nearly every cook has a personal recipe for stuffed peppers, dumplings, or pork stir fry, so when something more elegant is just too elusive they have familiar flavors to fall back on. Those mainstays are the core of today’s post.

Lucky you.

1. Take my first featured recipe, a vegetable sausage casserole topped with a creamy mushroom sauce and cheddar biscuit dumplings. Looks like something straight out of “Betty Crocker’s most loved recipes” list. I wish she was around to try my version. She just might add it to her repertoire.

Red peppers add sweetness and zing, carrots give it body, and a very spicy organic local sausage causes the cheesy goodness in those biscuits to give you goose bumps! The recipe is down below the photos… if you can keep the slobber off your chin and keyboard long enough to download it.

Spicy Sausage, Carrot & Red Pepper Casserole Topped with Cheddar Biscuits

Serves 4


Ingredients:

1.5 lbs. spicy breakfast sausage
1 red pepper diced finely
4 medium carrots diced finely
½ C white onion diced finely
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
½ C milk
2 eggs


Biscuits:

2 ¼ C Bisquick Baking Mix
½ C grated sharp cheddar cheese
2/3 C milk
1/4 C chopped Italian parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of paprika


Method

  • In a large saucepan crumble the sausage and cook with the diced carrots, peppers and onion. Adding a little salt to the vegetables but not much because the sausage is salty! Cook until the carrots are tender.
  • In another bowl combine the ½ C milk with the two cans of soup and then add the two eggs and beat well. Pour the sausage mixture in the bottom of a large glass casserole dish, spreading it around evenly and then add about 2 T of the parsley and stir in so it is evenly distributed. Cover with the mushroom soup mix and just stir to get everything even.
  • Now combine the biscuit ingredients and drop 6 dollops of biscuit dough on top of the casserole mixture. Sprinkle a bit of paprika on top of the biscuit dough mounds. Bake in a 425 degree F oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the biscuits are cooked and brown on top. Serve with a garnish of fresh parsley and some butter brushed on top of the biscuit!

Singapore Pork and Ramen Stir-fry

Easy to double this recipe. So yummy and easy!

Serves 2


Ingredients:

6 ounces lean pork loin cut into very, very thin strips
1 large carrot cut into large julienne
1 large celery stalk sliced
1/3 C chopped white onion
1 t fresh thyme leaves
1 package Ramen Soup Mix Chicken flavor
1 t Singapore seasoning (Penzy’s)
2 T soy sauce
½ t sesame oil
3 T light olive oil
1 t grated fresh ginger
1 egg, beaten
2 T salt and ½ t black pepper
2 T fresh chopped Italian flat leaf parsley to garnish
1 t hot chili flakes*


Directions:

  • Slice the porkintovery, very thinstrips about 3 inches long and only 1/8” in widthand place in a small bowl. Tossitwith 1 T soy sauce, 1 t Singapore seasoning, ½ t sesame oil, 1 t salt, ½ t pepper and 2 t of the olive oil.
  • Cook the ramen noodles without the packet, drain, and add a little cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.
  • In a hot saucepan, add half the remianing olive oil and the carrots, onion, and celeryand add a little more salt andpepper. Cook until onions are translucent and carrots are starting to soften.Now add the pork and a little moreoil and stir until pork is done, about 3 minutes. Add the fresh ginger and keep stirring. Add the rest of the soysauce.
  • Now add the ramen noodles, being careful not to add the extra water. Toss and add the seasoning packetfrom the ramen mix. Stir fry for about 2 minutes. Now addthe beaten egg around the outside and let it set for aabout 20 seconds to cook. Now taking your spatula, blend the egg in to all the mixture.
  • Serve topped with fresh parsley.
  • We love it spicy so you can add the hot chili flakes when you add the seasoni ng packet. More or less to your taste.

Lamb Stuffed Mini Peppers With Coriander Roasted Potatoes

San Marzano Tomato, Red Lettuce Saladwith Dill Buttermilk Dressing

Serves 4


Ingredients:

12 mini peppers
1 lb ground lamb
1/3 C chopped white sweet onion
¼ C golden raisins
1 T chopped fresh rosemary
3 t chopped fresh mint divided
½ t ginger powder
2 t coriander powder divided
1 t paprika
1 egg
2 T cream
3 T plain bread crumbs
5 T light olive oil divided Severa
l sprigs of rosemary
16 tiny potatoes, about 1 ½” in width
6 C purple lettuce
½ pint San Marzano tomatoes cut in half lengthwise
1/3 C buttermilk
1 t tobacco sauce
½ t dried dill
¼ t garlic salt
1 t fresh lemon juice
Zest of half a small lemon
8 ounces plain Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic chopped finely
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Fresh flat leaf parsley to garnish


Method:

  • Cut off the tops of the small mini peppers, dig out insides,then slice off a small bit from the bottom of the pepper so it stand upright. Set aside in baking dish large enough to hold all of the peppers.Slather a little oil in the bottom of the baking dish before setting peppers on top.
  • For the yogurt sauce to serve with the lamb combine the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest, 1 t fresh mint and some salt and pepper. Combine and set aside.
  • Wash and pat dry the lettuce and tear into small pieces. Slice the tomatoes. For the dressing combine the butter milk, 1 T oil,the tobacco sauce,about ¼ t kosher salt and a little black pepper, the dill weed, the lemon juice and garlic salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside and dress cold salad right before serving.
  • Wash the tiny potatoes and pat dry. Place on a baking sheet. Add 2 T oil, 1 t coriander, the paprika and sprinkle with kosher salt.Toss all to combine.Heat oven to 425 and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft.
  • For the lamb, combine the room temperature ground lamb with the onion, raisins, rosemary, 2 T fresh mint,ginger powder, 1 T coriander powder, egg,cream and bread crumbs. Then add about 1-2 t kosher salt and some black pepper. Combine well. Spoon the lamb into the pepper cavities mounding on top just a little. Lay a sprig of fresh rosemary over the top, and a drizzle of oil. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until meat is cooked through. Remove and cover and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  • To plate, put a large mound of the yogurt sauce on the plate, top with the potatoes and three of the small peppers. Then a bit of salt on top and some fresh parsley to garnish.


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