1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
5 pound rump of beef
2 or 3 tablespoons fat or oil
2 onions, sliced, or 10-12 small white onions, peeled
1 or 2 carrots, scraped and cubed
Herbs and other seasonings as desired
1 cup liquid (wine, bouillon, tomatoes, vegetable broth, etc.)
Other vegetables as desired
Season the flour with the salt and pepper and pound the mixture into the meat with the edge of a plate. Brown meat on all sides in the hot fat or oil. Add the onions, cover and cook over low heat 10 minutes. Add the carrots, herbs, seasonings and liquid. Cover tightly and simmer 3 1/2 – 5 hours, until meat is fork tender. Add desired vegetables during the last 20 or 30 minutes.
Pot Roast Variations
1. For part of the liquid, use a 10-ounce can (1 1/3 cups) of puréed tomatoes. For seasoning, add 1 tablespoon minced parsley or dill. When the meat has been removed from the pan, add 1 cup sour cream to the sauce.
2. For the liquid, use 3/4 cup dry white wine, 2 tablespoons brandy or rum, and 1 tablespoon chili sauce. For seasoning, add 4-6 coriander seeds and 12 peppercorns.
3. For the liquid, use 1/2 cup syrup from canned fruit, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 1 beef bouillon cube. For seasoning, add a pinch of powdered fennel and a teaspoon of minced dill.
4. For the liquid, use half dry vermouth, half chicken bouillon.
Broiled Maryland Crabcakes with Creamy Herb Sauce
1 large egg
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon brown mustard
1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound lump crabmeat
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 small shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
Creamy Herb Sauce (recipe follows)
Beat egg, mayonnaise, mustard, flour, seafood seasoning, salt and pepper until well blended.
Stir in crabmeat, parsley, shallots and garlic until crab is coated with mayonnaise mixture.
Preheat toaster oven on broil.
Place 1/4 cup crab mixture on broiler pan; lightly press down. Repeat with remaining mixture. (these crabcakes are delicate and don’t have much filler)
Broil crabcakes 8 minutes, turning once.
Serve with Creamy Herb Sauce.
¼ c. finely chopped pecans
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tbsp. Chinese five-spice powder
1 good quality cooked ham
2 medium onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, pecans, butter, and five-spice powder to create a fine, crumbly mixture. Using your hands, rub mixture onto ham.
In the bottom of a heavy roasting pan, scatter onions; then add 2 cups water. Place ham atop bed of onions and roast until glaze is glistening and deep brown, 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure water hasn’t evaporated (add 1/4 to 1/2 cup more, as needed).
Slice ham and top with pan juices, including onions. If sauce is too thin, pour liquid into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and reduce until desired consistency is achieved.
Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 3 hours 30 mins Total time: 4 hours
This bacon wrapped turkey is every bit as incredible as it looks. It is fun to make and one of the easiest, most flavorful and moist turkeys I have ever made. No stuffing, no brining, just a little jacket weaving. I encourage you to try this turkey!
4 garlic cloves
½ pound butter, room temperature
1 large handful mixed fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage)
1½ pound thick cut bacon, divided
3 carrots, peeled and cut into 3″ pieces
3 leeks, cleaned and cut into 3″ pieces
2 stalks celery, cut into 3″ pieces
1 onion, quartered
2 apple, sliced peels on
1 14-pound turkey
Kosher salt and pepper
For the bacon butter
Place oven shelf in bottom of the oven. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Put the garlic cloves in a food processor and whirl to finely mince. Add herbs and briefly pulse to chop. Add butter and ½ pound of bacon and pulse to combine.
To prepare the turkey
Remove the neck, gizzards, liver, pop-up thermometer and assorted parts that come with your turkey and discard, unless you use these for gravy. Slide your hands between the turkey and the skin to separate. Work your hands all the way around the turkey so that the skin is separates from the flesh.
Take half of the compounded bacon-herb butter and spread it all around underneath the turkey skin. Rub the remaining butter compound over the skin, giving the turkey a good butter-bacon massage. Season with salt and pepper.
To weave the bacon jacket
Start by wrapping the drumsticks. Begin at the back to the drumstick and wind the bacon around trying to slightly overlap each piece until each drumstick is covered.
Place a horizontal strip of bacon across the breast just below the neck hole. Now place a vertical strip of bacon on the far right of the bird, going from the neck end towards the bottom of the bird.
Alternate weaving horizontal strips and vertical strips until the entire top of the turkey is covered in the jacket. Take care to slightly overlap each strip. Using some kitchen string, tie the legs of the bird together.
To cook the turkey
Place an oven rack in the bottom of the oven and remove all the top racks. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Scatter the carrots, leeks, celery, onion and apples in the bottom of a roasting pan. Place a roasting rack on top of the vegetables and place the turkey on top of the rack.
Roast for 30 minutes at 450 degrees and then reduce heat to 375 degrees. Watch the bacon and as soon as it begins to darken cover with tin foil, usually in the first 30 minutes. Cook the turkey until its internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, about 15 minutes per pound or about 3½ hours total for a 14 pound bird.
When turkey reaches 155 to 160 degrees, remove from the oven and let rest for 30 minutes before serving. The turkey will continue to cook while resting and the internal temperature will rise to 165 degrees. Always use a thermometer to safely determine when the turkey is done.