Michael’s Special Seasoning

Fried Pork Cutlets

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My mother is from Texas so I grew up on Southern Cooking. One of my favorite meals is my mom’s Chicken Fried Steak. I am combining the both of both world’s in honoring my mom and my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law always made fried Cubed Pork Cutlets for Christmas. I made some yesterday and I just had to share this recipe with you.

2 to 3 pounds of cubed pork cutlet (4 to 6 ounce portions work well) (available at your local meat market)
1 cup of milk
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons Michael’s Special Seasoning (available at your local butcher shop)
4 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
2 Tablespoons water

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Put Michael’s special seasoning in a gallon size plastic bag. Add the flour and shake it until it is blended. Put 1 cup of milk in a pie pan. Take the cubed pork cutlets and shake in the bag. Then take the coated cubed pork cutlets one at a time and moisten both sides in the milk. Then take the cubed pork cutlets and put them into the flour mixture a second time. Repeat until all of the cutlets are coated in this manner. Place 2 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil in a 12 inch skillet. Turn on high until the oil is hot. Turn the burner to medium. Put enough cutlets into the skillet that it fits comfortably, and fry on both sides (approximately 45 seconds per side). When the cutlets are browned, remove them from the frying pan. Add an additional Tablespoon of Sunflower Oil to the skillet before you put in the next batch of cutlets to be fried. Continue until all of the cutlets have been browned. Take a roaster pan, and put 2 Tablespoons of water in the bottom of the pan. Take a small salad plate and invert it in the bottom of the roaster pan. This allows the meat to steam without sitting in the water. Place the browned cutlets on the saucer. Put the lid on the roaster pan.

Heat the oven to 280 degrees and place the roaster pan with cutlets

in the oven and cook for 45 minutes.  Remove the lid from the roaster pan and cook an additional 10 minutes.

These are delicious and you will be fighting over the leftovers. Have a safe and Happy New Year! We appreciate all of you so very much. Until next time… From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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New Year’s Traditions

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Well, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.  I can hardly believe it.  This past year is such a blur.  We have to have our traditional New Year’s dinner of sauerkraut and pork with black-eyed peas and mashed potatoes.  

Pork and Sauerkraut

pork and sauerkraut

2) 2 pound bags of Snow Floss Sauerkraut (available at your local meat market)
5 pound trimmed pork butt (available at your butcher shop)
1 to 2 Tablespoons of Michael’s Special Seasoning (available at Sherman Provision)
4 apples peeled, cored and sliced
2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar (optional)

Turn your crock pot on high. Open the bags of sauerkraut and put them in the bottom of the slow cooker. Put the sliced apples and Brown Sugar (if using) on top of the sauerkraut. Season the pork butt with Michael’s Special Seasoning and place the pork butt, fat side up, on top of the sauerkraut and apples. Put the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on high for about 6 hours. Your pork should be done enough to fall off the bone. If it isn’t to that stage cook it a little longer. Remove the pork butt and pull it from the bones and take any extra fat off as well. Return and mix with the sauerkraut and apples. Cook an additional 2 hours on low.

Black Eyed Peas

Black eyed Peas

2 Pounds of dried Black Eyed Peas
1/2 pound of chopped smoked ham (The Butcher’s Cottage Hams are great for this)
1/2  onion, chopped

Soak peas overnight. Drain in a colander and rinse. Put the Black Eyed Peas, smoked ham and onions in a pot. Cover the peas with water (about 1 inch above the peas in good) and bring to a boil. Turn to simmer, cover and cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Do this ahead so you just have to warm up the peas. They don’t take as long to cook as other dried beans. You can also use frozen black-eyed peas and cooking time is cut to 45 minutes.

We always make mashed potatoes and put the Pork and Sauerkraut over the mashed potatoes. You will be glad you have leftovers. The Pork and Sauerkraut will freeze well along with the Black Eyed Peas.

My Dad always said whatever you do on New Year’s Day you will do the rest of the year. Choose carefully what you do.

Happy New Year! Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Beef Stew

Sometimes you just have to get back to basics.  I have gotten off of the Paleo Wagon a little and I have seen a few pounds creeping up.  The secret is to nip the weight gain in the bud.  I have sworn off sweets and I am concentrating on “basic” foods.  Basic doesn’t have to mean boring.  You can make some “rib sticking” meals that are delicious.  Beef stew is certainly in that category.   Whatever the occasion you will be glad for the leftovers.  You can cook once and feast on this meal several times.  It will not get boring.

Roast Beef Stew
7 pound Beef roast (available at your local meat market)
2 Tablespoons of Michael’s Special Seasoning
4 pounds of carrots, peeled and cut
4 pounds of red skinned potatoes cut in fourths
3 pounds of onions peeled and sliced
2 Tablespoons of Beef soup base (available at your local butcher shop
6 Cups of water

Place onions in the bottom of your crock pot. Season the roast with Michael’s Special Seasoning and place on top of the sliced onions. Place Crock Pot on high and cook for 3 hours. Add all the additional ingredients to the crock pot. Reduce the heat to low and cook an additional 6 to 7 hours. The beef roast should be fork tender when this is ready to eat.

That’s all for this week. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table

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Smoked Pork Chops

Smoked Pork Chops are a great selection for dinner.  Why?  You might ask.  I’ll tell you why.  The Butcher has done all of the hard work for you and you will get all the credit.  That works for me every time!  I paired my Smoked Pork Chops with pork and sauerkraut, smashed garlic red potatoes and green beans.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

Smoked Pork Chops

4 to 8 Smoked Pork Chops (available at your local meat market) cut 3/4″ to 1″ each
2 to 3 Tablespoons of Butter

Heat butter in a heavy skillet (I used my iron skillet) over medium heat. When the butter is melted and sizzling, put the Smoked Pork Chops into the skillet. Cook for about 6 minutes per side. Continue process until all of the Smoked Pork Chops are done. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Put a saucer upside down in the bottom of a roaster pan and put 1/4 cup of water (or apple cider) in the bottom of it. When the Smoked Pork Chops are cooked put them in the roaster pan, put a lid on the pan and place in the oven. Cook for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. This will make the Smoked Pork Chops fork tender. You can also serve them right after you fry them if you prefer a more “set” Smoked Pork Chop.

I served this with Pork and Sauerkraut. This is a dish you can make in your crock pot the day before.

Pork and Sauerkraut

3 to 4 pound bone in pork butt (available at your local meat market
2 Tablespoons of Michael’s Special Seasoning (available at your local butcher shop
4 pounds of Snow Floss Sauerkraut (available at your local butcher shop)
3 cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/3 cup of honey or brown sugar

Put the Sauerkraut in the bottom of a crock pot. Layer the sliced apples on top. Season the pork roast with Michael’s Special Seasoning and place the pork roast fat side up on top of the apples. Cook on high for 3 hours. Turn Crock pot setting to low and cook an additional 5 hours (until pork roast falls off of the bone). Pull the pork from the bone and take out excess fat. Keep warm. Serve this over Garlic Smashed red potatoes and you have a feast fit for a king.

Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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