Category Archives: Pork

Oven-Fried Bacon

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Oven-Fried Bacon

I think this is the best way to fix bacon.  You do not have a mess on your stove and you can fix a quantity of bacon at the same time.  Not only that, it stays flat and doesn’t curl and it comes out perfect every time.

  • 12 slices bacon, thin or thick cut

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat to 400 degrees.  Arrange the bacon slices in a large, rimmed baking sheet.  Roast until the fat begins to render, 5 to 6 minutes; rotate the pan from front to back.  Continue roasting until the bacon is crisp and brown, 5 to 6 minutes longer for thin-sliced bacon, 8 to 10 minutes for thick-cut. Transfer with tongs to a paper towel-lined plate, drain, and serve.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham and Potatoes

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Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham and Potatoes

I love to make things like this.  Just put everything in the pot and let it cook.  It is so simple and just delicious.  I had a ham bone leftover with quite a bit of ham on it, so I used it instead of ham hocks.  This cooks for 4 to 4 1/2 hrs.

  • 2 lbs. fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 ham hocks
  • 1 1/2 lbs. new potatoes, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules

Halve beans if they are large, place in a slow cooker with water to barely cover, and add onion and ham hocks.  Cover and cook on high until simmering.  Reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 to 3 hours, or until beans are crisp but not done.

Add potatoes, and cook for another 45 minutes.  While potatoes are cooking, remove ham hocks from slow cooker, and remove meat from bones.  Chop or shred meat, and return to slow cooker.  Season with garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, and bouillon.  Cook until potatoes are done, then adjust seasoning to taste.

To serve, use a slotted spoon to put beans, potatoes, and ham into a serving dish with a little broth.

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Easiest-Ever Pulled Pork

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Easiest-Ever Pulled Pork

  • Boneless pork loin
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce (We like Bull’s Eye Original.)

Put your boneless pork loin in the slow cooker.  Pour your sauce over it.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Shred with two forks in the slow cooker and serve on buns.

Invite friends over and have a party.

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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham In A Hurry

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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham In A Hurry

These are so good!  You may leave the ham out if you want.  And you can use other flavors of Boursin if you like.

  • 1 (24 oz.) package frozen sliced potatoes (I used sliced potatoes from the refrigerated section.)
  • 1 cup ham, cubed
  • 1 (5.2 oz.) package Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs cheese
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz. Cheddar cheese (or anything you desire)

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Microwave potatoes in covered bowl until just tender, about 5 minutes.  Drain potatoes in colander; set aside.

Wipe bowl dry, add Boursin, broth, and cream and microwave until cheese is melted, about 1 minute.  Whisk until Boursin mixture is smooth, then add drained potatoes and ham and toss to coat.

Transfer potato mixture to 8-inch square baking dish and sprinkle with Cheddar cheese.  Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove foil and continue to bake until bubbling and golden brown, about 10 minutes longer.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy

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This is definitely a “keeper”!!  The mushroom gravy is outstanding!  This recipe is for 2 servings but you should be able to double it quite easy.

  • 2 (1-inch thick) loin pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 green pepper, minced
  • 6-8 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Remove excess fat from edge of chops.  Combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper; dredge chops in mixture.  Set aside remaining flour mixture.  Brown chops in 1 tablespoon oil and remove to shallow casserole.  Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion, green pepper, and mushrooms to skillet; saute until soft.  Add reserved flour mixture; cook, stirring, 3 minutes.  Blend in milk and cook until thickened, stirring constantly.  Stir in lemon juice.  Pour sauce over chops; cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Remove cover and bake 10 more minutes.  (I didn’t do this.)

Yield:  2 servings

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Best Baby Back Ribs

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Best Baby Back Ribs

These are finger lickin’ good.

  • 4 – 5 lbs. baby back ribs (2 racks)
  • 1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 1/2 (18-oz) bottles barbecue sauce (We love Bull’s-Eye Original)
  • 1 (26-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar

Using heavy-duty foil, line a big roasting pan, and lay ribs on foil.  Mix dressing and sauces and pour over ribs, then sugar over all.  (Use 2 pans if necessary; just be sure ribs are mostly covered with sauce.)  Bake uncovered at 250 degrees for 6 hours.

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Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

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Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

You can serve sausage gravy many ways, but I love them over biscuits.  You can make your own biscuits, but the quickest way is to buy you a can of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits.  Or, if you have no biscuits and don’t want to make them, serve this over toast.  You can have breakfast, lunch or dinner on the table in no time.

My son-in-law loves sausage gravy and biscuits and doesn’t get it very often, so I had the family over and made this for dinner one night.  I had to double the recipe.  Yum!

  • 1/2 lb. ground pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, opt.
  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits

Prepare biscuits as per directions on can.  Keep warm.

Brown sausage in a skillet, stirring until sausage crumbles.  There was not much drippings from my sausage, so I didn’t need to drain any grease off.  But if yours is, keep only 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet and drain the rest off.

Add butter to drippings and sausage; cook over low heat until butter melts.  Add flour; stir until smooth.  Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Gradually add milk; cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat 10 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.  Stir in salt and pepper.

Split biscuits open; serve with gravy.

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