Cabbage Rolls were not a part of my childhood but I enjoyed them as an adult at Hungarian restaurants. I’ve never made cabbage rolls but I loved the idea of soup, my go-to meal in winter.
This is a simple and wonderful soup. The rice absorbs much of the broth, but you could easily add more broth or vegetable juice. Yummy!
CABBAGE ROLL SOUP
1 large onion diced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 pound lean ground beef
½ pound lean ground pork
¾ cup uncooked long grain rice
1 medium head cabbage chopped (core removed)
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cups beef broth
1 ½ cups V8 or other vegetable juice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, brown onion, garlic, pork and beef. Drain any fat.
Stir in chopped cabbage and let cook until slightly softened (about 3 minutes).
Add all remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and reduced heat to medium low. Cover and simmer on low until rice is fully cooked (about 25-30 minutes)
Remove bay leaf and serve.
If you prefer a thinner soup, add more beef broth to reach desired consistency once rice is cooked.
Over the past year, I have tried several versions of Hungarian/Slovak/Czech Goulash. This recipe used pork and a lot of paprika and marjoram. At first I was hesitant to use that much spice but, trust me, it’s worth it. This flavorful Goulash soup is wonderful paired with a crusty bread.
1 ¼ lb. pork shoulder (you may substitute with beef or use half pork and half beef) into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 tbsp. lard or cooking oil
2 garlic clove, crushed
2 tbsp. paprika
1/2 tbsp. ground caraway seeds
1 tbsp. marjoram
12 oz. potatoes
1 medium carrot diced
2 stalks of celery chopped
1 medium parsley root diced (I substituted 1 chopped red pepper)
1 large tomato chopped (I substituted a 16 oz. can diced tomatoes)
1.5 liter (or 4.2 cups) water
Salt and pepper
- Heat oil or lard in a large pot and cook the onions until translucent.
- Add the meat and fry until it is pale brown and sealed.
- Add parsley, carrot, celeriac, paprika, marjoram tomato and simmer over low heat until the meat is half cooked. (I added garlic at this point vs. later
- Add water and simmer gently for another 30-40 minutes.
- Add potatoes and cook for further 10-20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked.
- At the very end, add the crushed garlic and cook for another minutes.
- Turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve hot.
Recipe slightly adapted from Global Slovakia course Slovakia: Beyond the Known
Pork Carnitas are a favorite while dining at local Mexican restaurants. This recipe, made in the Crock Pot, made the work easy. I chose to skip the final step in the recipe and it was delicious. If you love the crispy pork, go for it. The pork is great in tacos, burritos, bowls, nachos….your choice!
CROCK POT CARNITAS
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder (or 2 1/2 pounds bone-in)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and ribs removed, chopped
1 orange, cut in half
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Rinse and dry the pork shoulder. Salt and pepper liberally. Mix the oregano and the cumin with olive oil and rub all over pork.
- Place the pork in a slow cooker and top with the onion, garlic, and jalapeno.
- Squeeze over the juice of the orange and add the two halves. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 hours.
- Once the meat is tender, remove from slow cooker and let cool slightly before pulling apart with a fork.
- In a large sauté pan, heat the vegetable oil over high heat. Press the carnitas into the oil and fry until crusty on one side. Serve. (I skipped this step)
Recipe from FoodNetwork
Fall is in the air and I am ready for soup season! A friend shared the Pork Poblano Stew (with citrus notes) recipe with me and we brainstormed a starch to use in the recipe. I thought sweet potato would be great either added to the stew (which I did) or served over a baked sweet potato. The flavors are unique and so delicious. It is great served with cornbread, crusty bread or, as one daughter suggested, with tortilla chips.
Next week I’ll post a second recipe for a savory Pork Poblano Stew. Both are delicious!
PORK POBLANO STEW WITH SWEET POTATO
2 teaspoons hot or mild chili powder
1 ¼ pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 fresh poblano chile pepper, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large red sweet pepper, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion cut into thin wedges
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed (optional–I added and it was delicious)
14.5 ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic, undrained
14.5 ounce can chicken broth (I used a quart of chicken broth)
3 inch stick of cinnamon
2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- In a medium bowl, sprinkle chili powder over pork. Toss to combine.
- In a large saucepan heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Cook the pork, about 4 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Remove pork from saucepan; set aside.
- Add remaining oil to saucepan. Add poblano pepper, sweet pepper, and onion to saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes. Add sweet potato, tomatoes, broth, and cinnamon stick.
- Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Uncover and add reserved pork and orange juice. Return to a simmer for 5 minutes more. Stir in orange peel.
- To serve, remove stick cinnamon. Ladle into shallow bowls.
Recipe adapted from BHG.com
Roast Pork was a staple in our Iowa farm home, tender, juicy and always accompanied by mashed potatoes and gravy. Through the years, I’ve cooked pork roast many ways but this recipe, shared with me by buddy Jan, was different and equally tender and delicious. A great crock pot recipe I’ll be making again and again.
BALSAMIC PORK TENDERLOIN
Two-three pound boneless pork tenderloin
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
½ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
- Place pork tenderloin into the insert of your slow cooker. In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over pork and set the timer for your slow cooker. (4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low)
- Once pork tenderloin has cooked, remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and then ladle about ¼ – ½ cup of gravy over pork tenderloin.
- Store remaining gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for another use.
Recipe by Cooking | Add a Pinch at http://addapinch.com/cooking/balsamic-pork-tenderloin-recipe/
Saturday night dinner at the Smaha Farm often consisted of tenderloin sandwiches, still one of my all-time favorites. My girls have joined the fan club. Tenderloin sandwiches are easy to find in restaurants in Iowa but I haven’t seen one on the menu, yet, in Colorado. In Iowa, the tenderloin is typically twice the size of the bun. I prefer to keep mine bun size.
Mmmm….sweet Saturday night memories around the kitchen table.
PORK TENDERLOIN SANDWICHES
Boneless pork chops, thin
Fine bread crumbs (or cracker crumbs)
Salt & Pepper
- Remove fat from pork chops. Pound chops with meat tenderizer until thin (tenderloin).
- Beat egg(s) and place in separate bowl. Pour fine bread crumbs, salt and pepper into second bowl.
- Heat oil in large skillet.
- Dip each pork tenderloin in egg wash and then in bread crumbs.
- Place tenderloin in hot oil and brown well on both sides. When cooked through, remove to plate with paper towels until ready to serve.
Serve on bun with traditional mayonnaise, lettuce and dill pickle slices (or whatever suits your taste).
Roast Pork was a staple on the farm, most often served with mashed potatoes, gravy and our beloved sauerkraut. I don’t make it as often any more, but thoroughly enjoyed roasting this beautiful pork loin, prepared with olive oil and Bohemian Forest Rub from our local spice shop, Savory Seasonings.
SAVORY ROAST PORK LOIN
4-5 pound pork loin
Bohemian Forest Rub (Savory Seasonings) or rub or choice
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Rub Pork Loin with Seasoning.
- Roast pork, uncovered, for 3 hours or until internal temperature is at 180 degrees.
- Let roast sit for 10-20 minutes before slicing.