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Warm up with Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops

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Bring on the fall season with a tasty recipe for pork chops. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients:  

  • 1 6 – ounce pork stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 14 – 16 – ounce can whole cranberry sauce
  • 6 pork loin rib chops, cut 1-inch thick (about 3-3/4 pounds total)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

 Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine dry stuffing mix, water and butter. Stir in 3/4 cup of the cranberry sauce. Set remaining cranberry sauce aside.
  2. Trim fat from chops. Make a pocket in each chop by cutting a horizontal slit from the fat side of the chop almost to the bone. Spoon 1/4 cup of the stuffing mixture into pocket of each chop. If necessary, secure with wooden toothpicks. Spread any remaining stuffing in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish (3-quart rectangular).
  3. In a 12-inch skillet, brown chops, half at a time, on both sides in hot oil. Arrange chops in the baking dish over stuffing, overlapping as needed.
  4. Bake, uncovered, in a 325 degree F oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in chops registers 160 degree F (make sure to insert thermometer into meat portion, not stuffing, and make sure thermometer does not touch bone) and juices run clear. Before serving, remove wooden toothpicks and discard.
  5. In a small saucepan, heat remaining cranberry sauce; spoon over the prepared chops. Makes 6 servings

Source and image credit:  MidwestLiving  

Get crockin’

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As school gets back in session and fall sports are in full swing, our lives become more complicated. Want an easy dinner solution? Dust off the old crockpot get cooking!

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Below is Jeff’s family pot roast crockpot recipe they’ve been enjoying for years. It makes its own gravy and is designed especially for the working person who does not have time to cook all day, but tastes like you did. It’s so easy even his teenagers have been preparing it! 

 Pot roast cut between 5 and 6 pounds.

  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 5 1/2 pounds pot roast

1. In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.

2. Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.

 Enjoy!

 

Lamb roast marinade for spring

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Your customers may be tired of the customary ham. Start a new spring tradition and stand out with this elegant roasted leg of lamb. There’s very little prep work required, but when it comes to lamb, patience is a virtue, but it’s worth it.

Here’s a nice lamb roast marinade:

6 lb boneless or bone-in leg of lamb roast
1 1/2 c orange juice
1/4 c lemon juice
1 c white wine
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 T stone-ground mustard
2 t fresh lemon thyme
4 T fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 t fresh pepper, ground
4 T olive oil

Place lamb and marinade into a plastic bag. Squeeze as much air from the bag as possible and seal. Marinate for several hours, or overnight, in the refrigerator. At least 30 min prior to roasting bring to room temperature with the roast inside the bag.

Preheat oven to 350°. Remove roast from bag. Pour marinade into roasting pan. On the stovetop, heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large non-stick skillet. Brown the roast on all sides to seal in the juices. Place browned roast into the roasting pan, fat side up (use a rack if you wish). Cook approximately 1 hour and 45 min, basting every 20-30 min, until center of roast reaches your preferred level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature (130° rare, 135° medium rare, 140° medium). Do not overcook.

When the desired temperature is reached, remove the roast and let it rest 15-20 min. Reserve remaining pan juices for serving. Remove any butcher’s string before carving.

Enjoy!