Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bacon Wrapped Pork Roast

Bacon Wrapped Pork Roast

Bacon Wrapped Pork Roast

When my guests laid their eyes on this delight, they gleefully asked  “Is there bacon on the pork roast?” I responded that I just figured if pork roast was great, wouldn’t it logically be even greater if it were wrapped in bacon – they liked my line of thinking! I’ve served pork roast for several of our large family dinners with the neighbors and it’s always well-liked, but for those who know me, you know I easily become bored with food. i However, it’s crazy how you can make one small change (or addition, in this case) to something, and it totally transforms it.  Pork roast can easily dry out – most often a direct result of overcooking- but the addition of the bacon eliminates that possibility. I imagine you could use the recipe with a small pork tenderloin; you would just have to cut the bacon. I served this with oven roasted potatoes and balsamic roasted brussell sprouts. I used applewood smoked bacon (it said it was thick cut, but it really wasn’t very thick – too thick would not be good), but I want to try it again with a maple or brown sugar cured bacon…yum.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Pork Roast (or loin) about 4 Lbs.
  • 6-8 Cloves Fresh Garlic- peeled and lightly smashed (to release flavor)
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 TBS. Dried Italian Seasoning
  • Salt* and Freshly Ground Pepper (the bacon adds quite a bit of salt, so use salt sparingly)
  • 1 tsp. Dried Rosemary
  • 6-8 Slices of Thick Cut Bacon (use your favorite variety/flavor)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 450 Degrees. Place pork roast in the center of a broiler pan and cut 6-8 1/2 inch deep slits in the top of the roast and add garlic to the slits. Lightly rub the pork roast with olive oil – just enough to coat and allow the herbs to stick. Sprinkle the roast with herbs and salt and pepper.bacon wrapped pork roast 4 Wrap the bacon around the roast tucking the loose ends in under the roast.bacon wrapped pork roast 3 Cook for 15 minutes at 450 degrees and then reduce oven temperature to 375 and continue cooking for another 45-60 minutes (depending on size of roast) until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees. If the bacon has not crisped sufficiently, place under the broiler for a few minute until it crisps.bacon wrapped pork roast 2 After removing the roast from the oven, allow the roast to sit for about 10 minutes (to allow the temp to increase to 150 degrees and the juices to set). If you would like to make a gravy, you should have plenty of delicious drippings to do so. Place the roasting pan bottom with the drippings on the stovetop over medium heat. Make a slurry with flour or cornstarch and water and add to the heated drippings. Heat until thickened and flour is cooked – stirring constantly. Slice the pork into 3/4 inch slices and serve immediately.

Combined Family Dinner Mid-February

Combined Family Dinner Mid-February

 

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Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze for Valentine’s Day Brunch

xo pancakeI have been working 16 hour days pretty consistently for a couple of weeks; my kids (and blog) have been pretty neglected in the food department. Valentine’s Day is later this week, and I won’t be able to celebrate it with them, so I decided to celebrate it with them in the few hours I had free this past Sunday. We had a great brunch – five teenagers and me! We enjoyed red velvet pancakes with a cream cheese glaze, a huge plate of bacon and sausage, sausage and baconscrambled eggs,scrambled eggs and some beautiful bright red berries. Valentines day brunch table 2The pancakes were a total cheat because I started with my favorite pancake mix (Krusteaz Buttermilk) and just added cocoa, powdered sugar, and some red food coloring gel. The glaze was also really easy – it was essentially my cream cheese frosting made a little thinner and with a little less sugar. If you would like to make heart shaped (or any other shape) pancakes, use a cookie cutter as your form. Note: the shaped pancakes are more time consuming, so I did a combination of plain round pancakes and made a few special shaped and decorated pancakes for each person.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Favorite Pancake Batter (mix or made from scratch)
  • 1-3 TBS. Cocoa Powder (use about1 TBS. for every batch of 6-8 pancakes)
  • 1-4 TBS. Confectioner’s (powdered) Sugar (can substitute granulated sugar, but be sure to mix really well)
  • Red Food Coloring Gel (I have never tried with regular liquid food coloring, but it would probably work fine)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare pancake batter in desired amount as directed on mix (or according to recipe). Add cocoa and sugar and mix well until incorporated. Add food coloring until desired color is reached – you can experiment from everything from a light pink to a deep red.pancake batter Heat a non-stick pan or griddle. Ladle batter into pan. If you want to make shaped pancakes: generously grease a cookie cutter and lay in the pan; ladle batter into cookie cutter and spread to fill out the form – but don’t make too thick.valentines pancakes 1 When top of batter begins to show signs of bubbles, flip and continue cooking until cooked through (another 30-60 seconds depending in thickness of pancake). heart shaped pancake cookingIf using a cookie cutter to shape pancake: flip the cookie cutter over and gently push (from the cooked side) the pancake through and out of the cutter into the pan – then cook on remaining side. Serve with syrup of cream cheese glaze (see recipe below). If using glaze, you can decorate as desired.stack of decorated pancakes 2

For the CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:

  • 4 Oz. Cream Cheese – softened
  • 1/4 Cup Butter- Softened
  • 1.5-2 Cups Confectioner’s (Powdered) Sugar
  • Optional: 1-3 TBS. Milk

Combine all ingredients using enough sugar to reach desired consistency. cream cheese frosting for pancakesIf you want a thinner glaze, add milk to the mix. Drizzle over pancakes or add to a squirt dispensary bottle to write a message or decorate.pancake stackvalentines pancakes 2)

 

1.5-2 cups powdered sugar