Monday, January 18, 2010

Porcupine Meatballs

Porcupine Meatballs

1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
2/3 cup long-grain rice, uncooked
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 large can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 - 1 cup water
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Mix ground beef with rice, 1/2 cup of water, chopped onion, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Shape porcupine ground beef mixtureinto 1 1/2-inch balls.
Place the meatballs in an ungreased 2-quart shallow baking dish. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the meatballs. Cover and bake at 350° F. oven for about 45 minutes.

Uncover and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer.

erves 4 to 6.

Peking Pork Chops

I got the original recipe from but made a few modifications... a million thanks to Molly for the suggestion to buy Hoisin sauce. I used it in this dish and LOVED it!

Peking Pork Chops
  • 6 thick cut pork chops (1 inch)
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1-2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Trim excess fat from pork chops and place in slow cooker. Mix brown sugar, ginger, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic, Hoisin Sauce, salt and pepper in small bowl and pour over meat. Cover, turn to low and cook 4 to 6 hours, or until tender. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.
Serve over rice.

I'd suggest putting a meat thermometer into the meat, and take it out when it reaches 155 degrees, otherwise the meat will get too dry.

Please ignore the sweet potatoes in the picture, I was trying to use them up :)

Chicken with Cider and Bacon Sauce

Got this recipe from at the suggestion of a friend. The chicken turned out so moist and yummy, even the next day as leftovers!

Chicken with Cider and Bacon Sauce

Four skinless, boneless chicken breasts
salt & pepper
2-4 slices bacon, finely chopped
1/4 cup minced sweet onion
3/4 cup unsweetened apple cider
1/2 cup chicken broth

1. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap (or waxed paper); pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper.

2. Cook bacon (use real bacon, not turkey bacon... trust me!) in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from the pan. Add chicken to drippings in pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan and tuck it inside some foil to keep warm.

3. Add onion to pan; saute 2 minutes or until tender, stirring constantly. Add cider and broth; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen any browned bits. Cook until broth mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup (about 5 minutes). Stir in cooked bacon; serve sauce over chicken.

Serves 4