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I have been craving seafood like crazy lately.  Prices have been through the roof and fresh shellfish is not so easy to find in Southern Ontario, so, in this dish, I had to use a bagged combination of frozen bay scallops and shrimp.  If you are lucky enough to have access to fresh, by all means, use it!

 

Ingredients:

1/2 lb linguine

1 lb bag frozen shrimp and scallop mix (or 1/2 lb each of fresh, cleaned)

2 beefsteak tomatoes, cubed (seeds in)

1/2 red onion thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup white wine

1 tbspn olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1 handful fresh basil, torn

1-2 tbspn grana padono, grated (or to taste) (Parmesan will also work)

 

Method:

Get a large pot of salted water boiling and cook linguine according to box directions.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over med high heat.  Add onions and salt and cook until softened.  Add tomatoes, garlic and pepper, cook for about 3 minutes.  Add wine and reduce by half.  Then add the shellfish and continue cooking over medium heat until they are cooked through.  Roughly 5 minutes.  Add basil and check seasoning, adjust as needed.  

Drain the pasta and stir it into the skillet.  Plate and top with the grated cheese.

 

This is a great dish when you want something fresh and super quick.

Serves 2.

Ready in 15 minutes.

 

 

 

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*Disclaimer:  This is by no means your traditional Shepard’s Pie.  Because I used leftover pulled pork, I am officially calling this “Farmer’s Pie”.  The thought process being that farmers raise pigs, not cows or lamb which are used in Shepard’s Pie and Cottage Pie.

It’s the last day of the leftover pulled pork from https://pixieinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/perfect-pulled-pork/.

I had been thinking about making a Sheppard’s for a while now.  Lamb is not easy to come by where I live, and there is just not enough flavor for me in ground beef.  Thankfully, I still had some pulled pork laying around in the fridge from Sunday’s dinner.

As I have said this is by no means traditional, but it is scrumptious! Instead of peas for the veg, I made a cremini mushroom and onion gravy, which added a ton of earthy flavor and paired nicely with the bbq flavor in the pork.

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 Get a big pot of water on the stove to boil.  Peel and cut 5 medium sized potatoes.  Boil until cooked through.  Mash with a bit of butter and milk and set aside.

While your potatoes are cooking, slice up the mushrooms and onions and sautee in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Add in salt and pepper, and a bit of thyme.  When the veg is tender, add a couple tablespoons of flour to the pan and cook for another minute.  Slowly stir in some chicken or beef stock to form a gravy.

Add your meat (whatever you have used), already cooked to a pie plate.  Top with the mushroom gravy.  Spread the mashed potatoes on top.  Bake in a preheated 400 f oven for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are brown and crispy on top.

Serve and enjoy!

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What you will need:

2 cups pulled pork (or any other cooked beef or lamb that you have as leftovers)

5 medium potatoes, peeled

1 large onion

1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms

1 cup chicken (or beef) stock

2 tablespoons of flour

1 teaspoon thyme

2 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper

Perfect Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is one of my favorite things to eat, but something I have never attempted to make myself.  Until now.  I found some really nice pork butt (my step daughter was giggling uncontrollably when we bought it.) at a local market and decided on a whim to try out this dish at home.  I was surprised at how simple it was to prepare.  It takes some planning, and a little care, but it is so worth it.

As I have seen done on tv, I let my pork sit overnight in a spice rub I made up myself.  Then cooked it slowly in a low oven the next day.  I really did just fall apart when I touched it with a fork.  So flavorful and moist.  I was in Heaven!

I encourage you to try this one out.  So much cheaper than buying it at a restaurant, and so much better, as you can add the flavors you want.  And lots of leftovers!

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What you will need:

1 tblspn cumin

1 tblspn coriander

1 tblspn garlic powder

1 tblspn onion powder

1 tblspn instant coffee

1/4 tspn cayenne pepper

1 tspn paprika

1 tblspn thyme

1 tspn cinnamon

1/4 cup brown sugar

salt and pepper

3 lbs pork butt (shoulder)

1 large onion

3 cloves garlic

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tblspn tomato paste

1 bay leaf

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Instructions:

Blend all of your spices together in a spice grinder to make a nice powder.  Use half the spice blend on the pork the night before.  Rub it all over thoroughly, wrap the meat in cling wrap and set in the fridge for about 12 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 f.

Place the onion cut into quarters (skin on) and the garlic cloves in a deep sided metal baking tray.  Set the pork on top of the veg.  Pour in the apple cider vinegar, and enough water to come up the roast about half way.  Add in the rest of the spice rub mix and the tomato paste.

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Cover the pan tightly with tin foil and cook for 4-6 hours (mine took about 5) until the meat is literally falling apart when touched.

Remove the meat, strain the liquid and place it in a medium saucepan over med high heat to reduce, tasting and adjusting as needed.  Then pour the sauce over the meat after you have “pulled” it apart using two forks.

There are many ways you can serve this.  Traditionally it is in a sandwich with some kind of slaw.  I served mine over homemade super sized buttermilk biscuits with some pickled carrots from a previous recipe.  I think the  leftovers are going to be in a sandwich for today’s lunch .  The possibilities are endless!

*Side note:  I generally like to take a photo of the finished product, but in my excitement to  serve it up and eat, I just plain forgot 😦

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I have been experimenting all day with a new gluten free flour blend.  It performed beautifully in my  carrot cake recipe, so I was curious to find out if it would works just as well in a roux.  I had planned a pork roast for dinner so, some scalloped potatoes would go just great with that.  Sunday dinner on a Thursday. 

It’s a fool proof recipe and so versatile.  Feel free to mix in whatever flavors you like to the bechemel sauce, I was going for a southwestern meal theme, so i added some smoked paprika, sharp cheddar and a pinch of cayenne. 

 

Recipe:

5 medium potatoes, washed, sliced thin

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons gluten free flour blend

2-3 cups milk

tspn each garlic and onion powder

2 tspn smoked paprika

pinch of cayenne pepper

salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups shredded old cheddar

Method:

Wash and slice the potatoes using a mandolin or food processor.  Place in cold water and set aside.

Heat a saucepan on medium high heat and melt the butter.  Whisk in flour and cook for about a minute, until a thick paste forms.  Slowly add in milk, whisking well.  When the desired consistency is reached, stir in 1 cup of the cheese, and the spices.  Cook over low heat until thickened.

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Grease a square baking dish and place a layer of the sliced potatoes.  Top with a big spoonful of the cheese sauce.  Continue layering until all potatoes are used.  Pour the remaining sauce over top and  sprinkle on the rest of the grated cheese.

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Bake in a 400 f oven for about an hour, until potatoes are tender and cheese is bubbly and brown on top.  Let cool slightly before serving.

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