Category Archives: Pork

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs & Patriotic Pasta Salad

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I hope you all had a very enjoyable 4th of July. The weather was perfect and we had a lovely day relaxing, eating delicious food, and an evening of watching fireworks and celebrating America.

Bob and I decided that we didn’t want to have the usual hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled chicken barbecue that we usually prepare every year for this holiday. We wanted to change up the menu along with the side dishes and we decided on having a rack of baby back ribs.

We absolutely love ribs and I found a recipe on Instagram months ago for pressure-cooked pork ribs that I have been meaning to try with only 4 ingredients. Of course, I tweaked the recipe a bit.

The original recipe was by author: Diane Schmidt.

I just bought a new spice rub from Trader Joe’s (BBQ 101)- a little sweet and savory, plus I always have a bottle of Stonewall Kitchen Boozy Bacon Barbecue Sauce in the refrigerator so I was all set.

Cooks Note: the spice rub contains brown sugar, smoked paprika, dried roasted garlic, dried red chile pepper, salt, dried onion, and black pepper.

I even wanted new side dishes along with the traditional potato salad & corn and I decided on red, white, and blue pasta salad with a lemon vinaigrette dressing. I am not talking about the pre-made salad but a homemade Patriotic salad with food dye and pasta (see below– it’s easier than it sounds).

Dinner was fabulous with fall-off-the-bone ribs and we enjoyed every bite and then finished the meal with Patriotic rainbow cookies and ice cream. Just in time to go to a local fireworks display.

I was so impressed with the rib recipe that I just had to share the recipes with you…I hope you try them and enjoy them.

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Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

Adapted from a recipe by Diane Schmidt

Ingredients:

  • 2-5 lbs. of baby back ribs
  • 1 cup of water or stock
  • Spice rub for the ribs -homemade or store-bought (I use Trader Joe’s BBQ 101)
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce to finish the ribs

Directions:

  • When cooking ribs (baby back or spareribs), remove the membrane or silver skin that covers the bone side of each rack. If it’s left on, it keeps seasonings and smoke from penetrating the meat, and it cooks into an unpleasant leathery skin.
  • Cut the ribs into portions to fit inside the instant pot
  • Be generous when coating the ribs with the spice rub
  • Place the ribs on the rack that comes with the instant pot to keep the meat out of the cooking liquid
  • Add 1 cup of water or stock
  • Place the lid on the pot and CLOSE the pressure regulator
  • Cook the ribs on high for 25 minutes
  • Allow the ribs to naturally release for approx. 8 minutes
  • Place the ribs on a hot grill at 500 degrees or finish cooking under the broiler for 5 minutes on HIGH to crisp up the pork, without drying the meat.
  • Top the ribs with barbecue sauce and serve

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Patriotic Pasta Salad

I boiled my pasta as per the package directions. When finished cooking, I rinsed 2/3 of the pasta and divided it into three bowls.

Before starting with the food dye, I suggest you wear plastic food safety gloves to save your hands from the dye.

To bowl # 1, I added 1 tbsp of water and 1 tsp of blue food coloring and mixed well.

To bowl # 2, I added 1 tbsp of water and 1 tsp of red food coloring and mixed well.

The pasta with the food coloring can be rinsed gently to get rid of excess color before serving

To bowl # 3, I added 1 tbsp of olive oil to prevent the food dye from rubbing and transferring color on the plain pasta and mix well.

Keep the pasta separated until ready to serve with your favorite vinaigrette because the colors could bleed into the plain pasta if sitting too long.

Add-ons could be mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers- have fun with this.

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Escarole, Beans and Pork Spareribs

Hi Everyone,

We had very odd weekend weather here in the Northeast this weekend. It was sunny and 60 degrees on Saturday and then it was 30 degrees and snowing on Sunday. It made you want to have ice cream in the park one day and then the next day crave warm comfort food.

Well, I chose one of my favorite comfort foods for Sunday and the cold weather and it was an Italian peasant dish that my mother used to make quite a lot when I was a child. It’s “escarole and beans” and you have probably tried it or have at least seen the dish on an Italian restaurant menu.

The escarole is wilted in chicken stock and garlic and cannellini beans are added with lots of grated cheese. It can be made a little spicy with the addition of red pepper. My mother used to make this dish quite often and on occasion added pork spareribs.

I found the most beautiful pork spareribs at my local butcher and this dish came to mind immediately. And the escarole I bought was beautiful and organic and I was all set. I had all the other ingredients I needed in my pantry at home.

ST LOUIS PORK SPARERIBS

It turned out to be a great Sunday meal and I served it with grilled olive bread (ciabatta would be perfect as well). I suggest you give this recipe a try on a cold day.

Escarole and Beans with Pork Spareribs – 4 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. pork spareribs (St Louis or country style)
  • 1 quart of chicken stock (homemade or low sodium boxed)
  • 1 medium yellow onion – diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic -minced
  • 2-4 tbsp olive oil– (enough to cover the bottom of the pot).
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 lbs. of escarole or 2 medium heads (it will shrink)
  • 2 (14 oz) cans of cannellini beans (I prefer low sodium) – drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper and garlic powder to taste
  • 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes or Calabrian chili paste (optional)
  • Parmesan rind (optional)

Directions:

In a large pot, coat the bottom of the pot with olive oil and brown the spareribs.  Add chopped onions and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes or Calabrian chili paste plus a pinch of salt and sauté for a minute or two.

Add the tomato paste and sauté or toast it for a minute in the pan before mixing it well with the garlic.

Add the broth, cheese rind (if using), garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook on medium heat (partially covered) for 45 minutes to 1 hour to braise and tenderize the spareribs.

In the meantime, thoroughly wash the escarole (it can be very dirty and I wash it twice in water and baking soda than a good rinse). Cut the escarole into large pieces.

Add the escarole to the broth and cook until the escarole wilts to your liking (some like it with a little crunch some like it completely soft- your choice). Add another pinch of salt.

Stir in the beans (1 ½ cans whole and ½ can mashed) * you can mash by hand or in the food processor.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes

If extra liquid is needed, add a little more broth and let the flavors blend for a few minutes stovetop. Adjust seasonings.

Serve with a drizzle of more olive oil over each serving, add grated cheese and more red pepper flakes (optional).

In addition, serve this with a little grated cheese and grilled ciabatta bread to dunk in the broth.

Enjoy every bite…

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share a recipe with you and one I was actually so surprised that it was requested.

Last night I made pork chops with vinegar peppers (a favorite meal of my mother’s) and posted the pic to my personal Facebook page. A lot of people remembered this old Italian favorite from their childhood and asked for the recipe, so I decided to share it with my blog members.

It is usually prepared with all HOT cherry peppers but I am now making it half hot and half sweet peppers because as years go by, Bob’s stomach is liking super hot and spicy less and less.  These are the peppers I use…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many variations to this dish. I hope you try this variation and enjoy it.

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Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers

Ingredients: serves 4

  • 4 pork chops (I prefer Berkshire pork)
  • 12 oz jar of sliced hot cherry peppers***
  • 12 oz jar of sweet cherry pepper strips
  •  1 cup of vinegar from the jar ( I use a combination of the hot and sweet vinegar- you can use just one type if you prefer).
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine
  • 2 yellow onions- sliced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves – diced for the onions
  • 1/2 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil (I used a garlic-infused olive oil)***

Garnish with Parsley Flakes

Cooks note***whole hot cherry peppers can be used as well but it is very hot and you would only need between 5-7 depending on how hot you want the dish. Also found in a jar in the Italian food aisle. You will have to slice and de-seed the peppers.

Cooks note*** – if you do not have infused garlic oil, saute halved garlic cloves in olive oil on a low flame until the garlic takes on a deep color and then discard the cloves.

Instructions:

(I marinated the pork chops in a thin layer of olive oil, salt and pepper and a spring of thyme for a few hours in the refrigerator and then took them out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to get to room temperature).  Pat dry before adding to the pan.

When ready to cook:

Over medium heat add 3 tbsp of infused olive oil to a large fry pan. After a few minutes when the oil is fairly hot, add the pork chop and cook for 4 minutes per side. Remove the pork chops, and set aside. 

Add the peppers to the pan and saute for 2- 3 minutes, next add the sliced onion and saute for 3-4 minutes or until they wilt and start to get color, next add the diced garlic and seasonings and saute for 1 minute.

Saute this mixture for an additional 5 minutes stirring occasionally.

Add the pork chops back and the reserved vinegar from the jars and 1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine. Lower the heat and continue to cook covered for 30 – 40 minutes.

To make a thicker sauce (almost a glaze), remove the cover, and raise the heat so the sauce reduces down to your liking.

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I usually serve this dish with sliced roasted potatoes …

Any peppers and onions and potatoes I have leftover I make a frittata with some eggs, herbs, and cheese the next day.

Italians are taught not to waste anything.

Enjoy!

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers & Potatoes

 

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Hi Everyone, 

Here is another recipe that was requested from DishingwithDiane’s Instagram page.

When I was a child, my mother would make this dish for the family and I absolutely loved it. I think I was the only 10 year old that loved vinegar.

This dish is fantastic, but I haven’t made it in all the years I’ve been married. Bob is NOT a fan of vinegar. I would occasionally order it in a restaurant, but it never lived up to my mother’s version.

I recently found an article in The Daily Record featuring Chef Peter Bocchieri. He posted his recipe for the pork chops with vinegar peppers. The recipe looked simple enough and it brought back memories of my Mom, so I decided to give it a try. It was delicious, Mom would have loved it. 

Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think.

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Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers and Potatoes

by Peter Bocchieri @ thedailyrecord.com

 Ingredients: 

  • 3-4 pork loin chops, center cut, bone in
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 cups of Pastene Pepperoncini Peppers In Vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar from the jar of peppers
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced thin ( I used 4 potatoes)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Chefs Note– the brand of peppers listed above is Peter’s favorite brand. You can use any jarred peppers you like or use your own homemade pickled peppers.

Directions:

In a medium frying pan, fry the potatoes in half the oil till golden brown and tender. In a separate large frying pan, heat the remainder of the oil.

Salt and pepper your pork chops and dredge the pork chops in the flour, shaking off any excess flour.

When the oil is hot, with the heat high, brown the pork chops about 3 minutes each side.

Add the garlic and shake the pan to incorporate with the pork chops. Cook about 1 minute.

Add the peppers, reserving the vinegar they came in. Turn and cook the peppers with the pork chops for two minutes. Add the fresh basil and the reserved vinegar from the peppers.  When the pork chops are done, do not overcook, remove them from the pan and place on a platter and keep warm.

Add the cooked potatoes to the vinegar pepper mixture and toss to mix well.

Cover the pork chops with the potatoes and vinegar peppers and serve immediately.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Chinese Style Spare Ribs

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Hi everyone,

You know how I love to share a great recipe when I find one and here is another one to add to the list.

A member of one of my food groups posted a picture of Chinese style spare ribs that she made and they looked too good to be true.

She was kind enough to share the recipe that she found on the website, “Serious Eats” and I had to try making them. I cannot thank her enough. They were delicious.

The recipe has only FIVE ingredients!

Her name is Malia Ploughman and she is an excellent cook. All of her posts are mouth watering and her presentations are beautiful. Along with the spare rib recipe, Malia gave me her personal recipe for fried rice. Equally as delicious.

With her permission, I am posting both recipes for all DishingwithDiane.com members.

I completed my meal with wonton soup from a local Chinese restaurant.

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Bob and I had a very interesting time shopping at the Asian market picking up ingredients for these recipes including a bag of chocolate fortune cookies for me.

I hope you find the time to try these recipes and enjoy them as much as we did.

Now I’ll have to find an egg roll recipe….

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Recipes

Chinese style Spare Ribs

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See my Cooks note below (you know I have to tweak every recipe)…..

Courtesy of “Serious Eats” by way of Malia Ploughman

Note: You can add a few drops of red food coloring to the marinade if you want a deeper red hue on your ribs. Baby back ribs will work just as well as St. Louis-cut. You can cook ribs the same day they are marinated, but for best results, allow to marinade at least overnight and up to three days.

Chinese five spice powder can be found in the spice section of most major supermarkets. If unavailable, you can make your own by combining 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon, 2 teaspoons powdered fennel, 1 teaspoon powdered star anise, 1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon powdered Sichuan peppercorns (you can substitute ginger for Sichuan peppercorns for a different style of five spice).

  • YIELD:Serves 4 to 6
  • ACTIVE TIME:15 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME:1 1/2 hours (plus overnight marinade)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 full rack St. Louis-style spareribs, cut into individual ribs (about 3 pounds total)
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey

DIRECTIONS

Sprinkle five-spice powder evenly over ribs and rub into them until thoroughly and evenly coated. Set ribs aside.

Combine hoisin sauce, shaoxing wine, soy sauce, and honey in a gallon-sized zipper lock bag. Add ribs to bag and mix until evenly coated. Seal bag, transfer to refrigerator, and let ribs marinate at least overnight and up to three nights.

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375°F. Remove ribs from bag, wiping off excess marinade with your fingers (reserve the marinade). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, set a wire rack in it, and spread the ribs evenly over the rack. Cover with aluminum foil and roast for 1 hour. Remove foil, brush ribs with marinade, increase heat to 450°F, and continue to roast until charred, glazed, and sticky, about 20 minutes longer, rotating ribs and basting with marinade once more during cooking. Let rest 10 minutes, then serve.

Diane’s Cooks Note: Additional glaze can be made using the same marinade ingredients….. I used a fresh marinade to baste the ribs the last 20 minutes and as a glaze before serving. 

Diane’s Cooks Note: If you buy the entire rack of ribs instead of already cut individual ribs from your butcher and need help learning how to trim it into St Louis style ribs, here is a video from “The Meatwave” blog to help with that process.

http://www.meatwave.com/blog/how-to-trim-a-rack-of-spare-ribs-to-a-st-louis-style-cut

Classic Fried Rice

Courtesy of Malia Ploughman

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Ingredients:

2 ½ cups cooked jasmine rice

Pepper, carrot, peas and green beans etc….

Fresh ginger – minced

Fresh garlic – minced

Soy sauce – 1 tbsp.

sesame oil

 Shaoxing wine or dry sherry

Sriracha or sambal (optional for spicy)

brown sugar or honey (optional for sweet)

2 eggs

Directions:

Just make your rice ahead of time. (The day before or in the morning) and let it cool. Never make fried rice with hot rice. It will be mushy. Jasmine rice is ideal but any medium grain will work. 

Have any veggie you want to use diced and ready to go when you start cooking. I use peppers, carrots, green bean and peas. 
I like a little fresh ginger and garlic in my fried rice. If you are using those, have them minced and ready as well. 

Keep the sauce simple. Add a couple Tbsp of soy sauce, some shaoxing or sherry if you have it, a couple dashes of sesame oil, and sriracha or sambal if you like it spicy. If you like it a little sweet, you can add some brown sugar or honey. Totally up to your preference. But you don’t need much sauce. Like 1/4c for 2- 2 1/2 cups of rice. 

Beat two eggs in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. 

Place a wok (or large skillet if you don’t have a wok) over medium high heat. Drizzle with oil. Add eggs. You want to create a flare omelette. So let the eggs start to cook, then lift the sides of the omelette as it cooks and tilt the pan so the uncooked eggs run off to the side. Do this a few times. Then flip the omelette. Let cook 30 seconds more and remove from the pan. 
Dice it into cubes. 

Add a little more oil to the wok and add your ginger and garlic. Stir fry until fragrant. Add veggies and stir fry about 2 minutes. Add rice. Breaking it up with your fingers as you add it. Stir fry with veggies. Breaking up any clumps of rice for 2 minutes. Push aside. Add sauce to the pan and toss everything together. Off heat, stir in diced egg.

Diane’s Cooks Note: I love onions in fried rice, so I added some diced onions as part of my veggies and topped the rice with sliced almonds.

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Recipe- Sausage and Peppers

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This is another staple of my Italian cooking; and I make this quite often in the Summer.

Great on a hero, or with polenta.

I hope you try it and enjoy!

Until my next post, stay well and make every day a celebration!

Diane

Sausage and Peppers

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 large skinny sausage ring- I use parsley & cheese (or 1 lb. sausage- sweet, hot, mixed- your choice)

¼ cup olive oil

2 yellow onions, sliced

5- 6 sweet bell peppers – mix of colors, sliced

5 or more cloves of garlic- minced

Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper- approx. 1 tsp each

½ tsp dried oregano

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

2 tsp. garlic powder

½ cup fresh basil or parsley, chopped – your choice

3 tbsp. tomato paste (regular or spicy)

1 cup white wine

Optional Additions:

2 cherry peppers in the jar, finely diced

2 sweet peppadew peppers (found in an Italian deli), diced small

4 sundried tomatoes-diced

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage ring and cook until light brown on both sides, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Add the peppers, onions, salt, red pepper flakes and black pepper to the skillet and cook until they pick up some color and soften, about 5 minutes. Add the oregano, garlic powder and garlic and cook for another minute

(Add any pepper additions at this time)

Make room in the center of the pan and add the tomato paste and stir for a few minutes to toast the tomato paste; then mix it well with the peppers and onions.

Add the white wine, ½ cup chopped fresh basil or parsley. Stir to combine and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to release all the browned bits. Bring to a simmer.

Cut the sausage into 1 inch piece and add the sausage back to the pan and stir to combine.

Cook until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.

Can be served in a bowl or on a toasted hero roll. Serve immediately.

*Can also be served with polenta

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