A simple, seared pork chop is hard to beat, and also easy to mess up. Accomplish that perfect sear and all you need to complete the dish is a rich sauce or, in this case, a spiced apple chutney.
Food is so much more than the actual food itself. It brings people together and creates memories that go beyond what we taste. One of my favorite childhood memories that I can picture as if it was yesterday involves a cold, winter night and a pot of short ribs.
Nothing can compare to a perfectly cooked piece of meat. Tender and juicy…bursting with flavor… It is simply the best. Especially around the holidays, I love making dinner a little bit special with a nice rib-eye, maybe a veal chop, or even a duck breast. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my dad and I made prime rib with a thick salt crust for a family gathering. Everyone was raving about the flavor and tenderness of the meat, so I was inspired to try something different and make a crusted beef tenderloin, but this time with NUTS.
What’s better than Thanksgiving dinner? Leftovers! I’ve turned stuffing into meatballs, mashed potatoes into potato cakes, and cranberry sauce into dessert. But sometimes all you need is a good sandwich. A turkey sandwich is probably the easiest post-Thanksgiving meal to quickly whip up. And after putting in all of the effort to cook the bird the day before, you want to extend its eating life as far as possible. Piling it high on a sandwich is just the way to do it!
Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, my family and I start getting more and more festive with our everyday dinners. Why not enjoy the flavors of Thanksgiving all throughout the month, instead of just one day? I usually spend November incorporating holiday dishes into our meals so that by the time Thanksgiving is actually here, we have tested different flavors and know exactly what we want on our table.
I think Parmesan cheese can make anything taste good. Just a sprinkle of cheese won’t do, though. I like to load a heaping mound of Parmesan over pasta, on top of soup, or to anything else imaginable. The nutty taste is too good to resist, and it holds up really well because of its hard texture. So, when I was eating at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse in downtown Chicago, I was excited to see that one of their meat selections was a pork loin completely coated with Parmesan. What would have been very plain tasting pork was covered in a golden brown layer of cheesy goodness, sizzling hot and begging for a fork and knife.
The temperature has dropped and fall is in the air. To transition into this new season, I’ve created a dish using very subtle “autumn” flavors. For me, it’s still a little too early for apple pies and pumpkin soups, so here’s a dish that just slightly introduces some cozy flavor into your meal.
Nothing is better than a perfectly cooked filet mignon, tender and rich, paired with a sharp, creamy horseradish sauce. You take a bite of the meat and before you know it, the tangy sauce tickles your taste buds, leaving you wanting another bite. My twist on this classic combination is a filet mignon slider. The meat is ground up, formed into patties, and seared to a crisp on both sides. I finish cooking them in the oven to ensure the meat is tender and juicy on the inside. In addition to the sauce, I add caramelized barbecue onions that include sweet and smoky flavors from the brown sugar and hickory smoke in McCormick’s Barbecue Seasoning. You cannot go wrong with these components piled high onto a soft pretzel bun.