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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This hearty beef stew recipe would make an excellent dinner for a cold winter evening. The preparation is so easy and quick that you won’t even realize you prepared it yourself. Don’t believe me on the quickness? Ha, I can prove it to you right now. All you have to do is throw everything into your slow cooker (including potatoes), simmer, and serve. After finishing with the preparation, your mind will be blown away by how fast and easy it all came together!

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean beef stew meat

1/4 tsp coarse salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp flour

1 C peas

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 large yukon golden potatoes, peeled and largely diced

2 large carrots, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

2 1/2 C beef broth

1/4 C beer (I recommend using Guinness)

Directions

1. Sprinkle stew meat with salt and toss till well combined. Using a fork, prick the meat in multiple places to tenderize. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, but ideally, refrigerate overnight.

2. Toss the meat with flour. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then sear meat until browned on the outside.

3. While the meat is browning, mix together tomato paste, soy sauce, beef stock (use more if you like it soupier than stewy) and Guinness & red wine (if using) in the slow cooker.

4. Transfer the meat (browned or not) to slow cooker. Add garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, and black pepper. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours or high three to four hours until meat is falling apart and tender.

Court’s Cooking Notes: If using peas, microwave for one minute and then stir them into the stew. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Adapted from Aberdeen’s Kitchen

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Sugar & Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I found a bunch of chopped up sweet potatoes in my fridge from Thanksgiving that I knew I had to cook before they went bad. So I looked up on my go-to website Pinterest to look for an easy and tasty sweet potato recipe.

Not surprisingly it didn’t take me long to find one. I spotted this Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potato recipe. They are roasted with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and a little cayenne pepper for a kick. It’s the perfect side dish recipe for supper or Christmas gatherings. Easy to throw together and delicious!

Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

2 Tbsp light brown sugar packed

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Directions

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper into the butter.

3. Spread the potatoes on the lined baking sheet.  Toss with the butter mixture until the potatoes are completely coated.  Bake for twenty -twenty-five minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

Source Wine and Glue

Bacon, Cheese & Pork Chops oh my!

Do you love bacon? If you said “yes.” then don’t I have the perfect pork chop recipe for you. I’m sure your mouth will begin to water when you are finished reading this article.

These juicy and super tender pork chops are topped with bacon and cheese. This five-ingredient Bacon Swiss Pork Chops recipe is fast and easy and an instant family favorite!

Bacon Swiss Pork Chops

Ingredients

6-8 bone-in pork chops

9-12 bacon strips, cut in half

2 Tbsp olive oil

2-4 garlic cloves, minced

Salt and pepper

1 C shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray.

1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine olive oil and minced garlic. Brush oil and garlic over pork chops with a pastry brush. Place three – four half strips of bacon on each pork chop.

2. Bake for sixty-thirty minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. Remove pork chops from the oven and sprinkle cheese on immediately to melt. If cheese doesn’t melt fully, place back in the oven for a minute or two until melted.

Source The Gracious Wife