Had enough turkey? I know I have, so I turned to the other “white meat” and made pork chops. In the summertime I take large pork chops and make a pocket, insert stuffing and then grill them. In winter I do them a little different as they are being cooked indoors and I don’t want them to end up tough. So instead I purchase “thin”, and I mean thin, pork chops and then lay one in the pan, add stuffing, and add a second on top. Works really well, cooks quickly, which means, not a tough chop in the bunch.
Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms. I add them to sauces, soups, chinese food, atop pizzas, sliced raw in salads, chicken casseroles, beef bourguignon, and on and on and on. They are minced, sliced, cubed, chopped, braised, stewed, fried, sautéed, used in place of beef (the Portobello is perfect for this) and they are even mashed if you are making Mushroom Pate. They are one of the most versatile vegetables, though technically they are really a fungus. And today I stuffed them with cream cheese, vermouth, bread crumbs and herbs in the traditional manner.
If you like bacon, you will love the combination of crisp bacon, brown sugar goodness, and crunchy water chestnuts. This is a simple and quick-to-prepare appetizer – a bit of marinating, a bit of baking, and voila you have a sure-fire delicious appetizer with very little effort. I usually marinate the water chestnuts about 2 hours, but if you are pressed for time you can narrow that down to 15 minutes and still have a winner. This appetizer has been around for decades and yet your guests will polish them off like you just invented a new hors d’oeuvre – no matter their age!