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Black Pepper and Beef Stir Fry

Black Pepper and Beef Stir Fry

It’s the pepper that really makes a Black Pepper and Beef Stir Fry. If your pepper mill can’t grind it coarse enough, put the pepper corns on a dish towel and whack them a few times with the bottom of a frying pan. 
Black Pepper and Beef Stir Fry
Ingredients:
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. corn starch
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper (very coarsely ground)
  • 1 lb. sirloin steak, cut into ¼ in crosswise slices
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. peanut or canola oil
  • ½ head green cabbage thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup sliced scallion (optional)
Black Pepper and Beef Stir Fry
Stir fry goes fast so lay out all of the measured ingredients in advance.
Combine the garlic, brown sugar, corn starch, and coarsely ground black pepper in a bowl. Add the sliced steak, mix, and let sit 30 minutes.
Black Pepper and Beef Stir Fry

Heat the oil in a large pan or wok and cook the steak until it starts to brown (4 or 5 minutes). Add the soy sauce, toss with the steak, and remove it leaving the juices in the pan.
Add the cabbage to the pan and cook until it wills and begins to brown. Add the vinegar and return the steak to the pan. Add 3 tbsp. water, toss for a few minutes and remove to a serving dish and serve with rice.
Black Pepper and Beef Stir Fry

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Chipped Beef on Toast

Anyone who served in the military might wonder why I’d post a chipped beef on toast recipe. It’s  a standard Army breakfast which was not particularly liked my most soldiers. The Army served hearty breakfasts – eggs, toast, potatoes, grits, sausage/ham/bacon, hot and cold cereal, etc. and also chipped beef on toast. I’d never seen it until I began basic training. No one told me that I wasn’t supposed to like S.O.S. (a nickname that any ex-military understands) so not knowing any better, I actually liked it.
Me in basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia where I first had S.O.S.

It’s a pretty simple recipe (similar in style to biscuits and gravy) and you’ll either love it or hate it. I happen to love it. Chipped beef is beef that’s ground, formed and sliced something like salami or baloney but very salty. You can also eat it plain on a sandwich or fried with eggs.

Chipped Beef on Toast     

Chipped Beef on Toast
Ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika – optional
  • 2 cups milk
  • 7 – 8 oz. chipped (dried) beef
  • 4 slices of toast
Melt the butter in a heavy pan over low heat. Add the flour and make a roux. Stir until slightly darkened. Add pepper and paprika, if using. Stir constantly until smooth. Add the milk, stirring to avoid lumps. Cook until the gravy is smooth.Chipped Beef on Toast

Chipped Beef on Toast


Chipped Beef on Toast
Slice the meat into 1 ½ inch long strips. Rinse in running  water to remove excess salt and drain. Mix it into the cream sauce and stir. Since the meat is so salty you probably won’t need to add any more. Serve it over toasted bread.

Chipped Beef on Toast

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Beef and Ginger

Beef and Ginger

Once all the slicing and chopping is done this is a quick meal. If you’ve got a wok, use it. If not, a large frying pan will work. If you can’t find ‘toasted’ sesame oil for the marinade, use olive oil.

Beef and Ginger

Ingredients:
  1. 1 lb. skirt steak, trimmed, sliced against grain into 1/4 inch strips
  2. 1 tsp. sugar
  3. 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  4. 1 tsp. plus 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  5. 1 tsp. kosher salt
  6. 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  7. 1 medium Vidalia onion sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  8. 3 inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 
  9. Black pepper to taste
  10. 3 tbsp. room temperature butter
  11. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
In a bowl, toss ingredients 1 to 5 and let sit at least 20 minutes. Place the vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the steak in a single lawyer, cook about 2 minutes until the edges a lightly browned.
Beef and Ginger
Beef and Ginger
Turn the steak over and add the onions, ginger, black pepper, and 1/3 cup of water. Cook, tossing until the onion wilts.

Beef and Ginger

Turn off the heat and add the butter, lemon juice, and the remaining 1 tbsp of soy sauce. Stir until everything is coated with the sauce. Serve with rice.
Beef and Ginger

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Prosciutto

Prosciutto San Daniele DOP

By Toni Brancatisano

. . . “Prosciutto Crudo is an Italian dry-cured ham that is usually served raw and thinly sliced. The word crudo means raw, as opposed to prosciutto cotto,  which is cooked.  It is characterised by a pinkish-red color and is slightly veined with thin streaks of fat. The fat or lard around it, which is pure white, is delicate and complements the meat so, when eating Prosciutto Crudo,  both the meat and the fat should be enjoyed together. . .”
Prosciutto

Read the complete article here.
Prosciutto

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Mercato

Mercato

If you live in New York you’ve probably heard of Schaller and Webber. It’s an old-fashioned German butcher shop but really more than that. In addition to fresh cut meat they also have a variety of wursts and smoked meats, quite a few salads, and imported European groceries and beer.
It’s on the Upper East Side and we live on the Upper West Side, so it isn’t close. We still manage to shop there at least every 6 weeks. Since CORVID 19 we’ve been using a service called Mercato for some of our shopping. You order on their website and they arrange purchases at the best independently owned food stores in New York and delivery it to you within a day or so. So, here’s our most recent delivery that made a great dinner.Mercado

Mercado

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Sausage Cooked in Red Wine

Sausage Cooked in Red Wine

Here’s another simple but excellent recipe and it only has 2 ingredients. I got it from Giovanna Bellia LaMarca in her Sicilian cooking class at the Institute Culinary Education.
Sausage Cooked in Red Wine
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, hot or sweet
  • ¾ cup dry red wine (something good enough to drink)
Place the sausage in a single layer in a pan. Add enough water to reach ½ way up the sausage and cook, turning half way, until the water is almost evaporated.
Sausage Cooked in Red Wine
Add the wine and cook on medium-high heat, turning at least once, until the sausage is cooked on all sides. Serve the sausage with the pan drippings poured over them.Sausage Cooked in Red Wine

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Sausage and Bean Stew

Sausage and Bean Stew

This is another Melissa Clark recipe. She keeps coming up with good ones. Although the ingredients are mainly Italian, this reminds me of chili.

Sausage and Bean Stew

Ingredients:
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage cut into ¾ inch slices
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 & 1/2  cups Italian trinity
  • 2 diced garlic cloves
  • 1 lb. cannelloni beans rinsed
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 large rosemary sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsps. balsamic vinegar plus more for serving
  • Salt and black pepper
Place the sausage in the freezer for 20 minutes. This makes it easier to slice and hold its shape. Brown the sausage in oil in a stock pot. Remove when done and leave the oil and fat in the pot.
Add the tomato paste and cumin to the pot and cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add the trinity and garlic. Cook on medium until the vegetables have softened.Sausage and Bean Stew
Stir in the beans, 8 cups of water, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf. Bring it to a boil, lower heat and simmer until the beans are cooked – about 2 hours.

Sausage and Bean Stew
It’s easier to remove the herbs if you tie them together.

Sausage and Bean Stew
At this point remove about a cup of beans and puree them in a blender or food processor and return them to the pot to thicken the stew. Return the sausage to the pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, taste and adjust seasoning.
Sausage and Bean Stew

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Pork Marbella

Pork Marbella

Marbella, typically made with chicken is very good with pork too. I’m using sliced tenderloin but you can also use chops. This recipe is adapted from Bon Appetit

Pork Marbella

Ingredients:
  1. 2 lb. pork tenderloin – ½ to ¾ in. slices
  2. Salt and pepper
  3. 1 cup dry white wine
  4. ½ cup prunes, pitted and cut in half
  5. ½ cup green olives, pitted
  6. ½ cup brown sugar
  7. ½ cup capers
  8. ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  9. 4 smashed garlic cloves
  10. ¼ cup olive oil plus more for frying
  11. 1 tbsp. butter
  12. ¼ cup chopped parsley
Season the pork slices with salt and black pepper. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 325o.
Mix ingredients 3 through 10 in a bowl. Add the seasoned pork and let it marinate, refrigerated for 3 hours to overnight.Pork Marbella
Remove the pork from the marinade and blot dry with paper towels. Lightly brown in a large pan with olive oil.Pork Marbella
Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the marinade, including the olives and prunes. Place on the middle rack in the oven and roast for 20 minutes, turning the pork after 10 minutes. Finish with the pan under the broiler for 5 more minutes.
Place the pork, olives and prunes in a serving dish. Discard the garlic. With the pan on medium heat on top of the stove, whisk in the butter and parsley and stir for a few minutes while the butter melts and the sauce thickens. Pour the sauce over the pork, olives, and prunes and serve.Pork Marbella

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Sausage and Grapes

Sausage and Grapes

Sausage and Grapes

This recipe is adapted from Melissa Clark’s A Good Appetite in the New York Times. She suggests using any kind of sausage you like. I chose hot Italian sausage because it made a good contrast to the sweetness of the grapes.

Sausage and Grapes

Ingredients:
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsps. olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups of stemmed red seedless grapes
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 lb. hot Italian sausage
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsps. chopped scallions or chives
  • 2 tsps. Sherry vinegar + more to taste
Heat oven to 450o.
In an oven proof pan, toss the onions with the salt, pepper and 2 tbsps. oil. Roast for 10 minutes or so, until the onions take on some color. Remove the pan for the oven and add the grapes, cumin, and the remaining oil. Spread in an even layer and add the sausage. Roast for 25 minutes, turning sausage and tossing onions/grapes halfway through.Sausage and Grapes
After 25 minutes, remove the sausage to a serving plate. Add the parsley and chives to the pan with the grapes and onions and mix. Use a slotted spoon to remove the grapes and onions to the serving plate. Add the vinegar and scrape up any brown bits. Put over the grapes and sausage and serve.Sausage and Grapes

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Pork and Pepper Meatballs

Pork and Pepper Meatballs

There are lots of ways to make meatballs. Here’s another one.

Pork and Pepper Meatballs

Pork and Pepper Meatballs
Pre-heat the oven to 450o. Mix the bread, egg, and pepper liquid until the bread has absorbed it and is moist. Pork and Pepper MeatballsAdd the minced peppers, salt, black pepper, parsley, and pork and mix thoroughly with your hands until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
Shape into golf ball size balls. You should get ten or twelve meatballs. Lay them in an oiled baking pan or dish and roast for 15 minutes. Serve them plain or with sauce.Pork and Pepper Meatballs
(a simple marina sauce)

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