Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts - The DW loves Mexican cuisine so I decided to surprise her with a new recipe - after nearly 45 years of marriage it's not that easy to surprise her. The results were delicious ... I done good!!!! Served with a side of refried beans, rice, guacamole, and a dollop of sour cream.

Roasted Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Roasted Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Mozzarella topped breasts
Mozzarella topped breasts

We have a local Mexican Meat Market which has an exceptional selection to choose from. The Butcher is an artist - he took a couple chicken breasts and provided me with 4 beautiful thin butterflied chicken fillets. The stuffing consisted of: 4 oz softened cream cheese, 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 4 oz can of fire roasted diced green chiles, and 1 TBSP taco seasoning.

Rolled the stuffed chicken breasts and secured them with toothpicks. Mixed 2 TBSP olive oil and taco seasoning. Brushed the breasts with the oil mixture. Baked in a preheated 400ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the stuffing reached an IT of 165ºF. Topped chicken breasts with shredded mozzarella and baked an additional 3 minutes until cheese was melted.

Chicken Breast & Stuffing
Chicken Breast & Stuffing
Rolled Chicken Breasts
Rolled Chicken Breasts
Prepped Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Prepped Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions
Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions

Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions

Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions - The Money $Shot ... This exquisitely tender, moist bacon wrapped pork tenderloin was as good if not better than the dish the DW enjoyed in Las Vegas. This time I chose to taste and enjoy the pork medallion's full pork flavor without using a sauce but I can see serving it with a sauce in the future. I'm still awed at how tender and delicious this turned out to be. Served it with a side of my Daughter-in-law's macaroni salad and a little green salad. Oddly enough this is the first time I have ever made macaroni salad ...

A while back the DW and I were eating out in a Las Vegas restaurant and she ordered the Pork Medallions with some sort of sauce. It was a stunning dish and I was amazed how tender and moist the Medallions were. So I made it my goal to learn more about Pork Medallions. After reviewing countless pork medallion recipes online I came up with this easy version which involves bacon. After all, everything tastes better with bacon.

First let me say that Pork Medallions are formed by slicing Pork Tenderloins. Having smoked, baked, and roasted pork tenderloins over the years I know how tender, moist, and delicious these cuts can be using all methods of cooking.

Bacon Wrapped Medallions
Bacon Wrapped Medallions
Searing Pork Medallions
Searing Pork Medallions
Roasted Pork Medallions
Roasted Pork Medallions

Swift Premium Pork Tenderloin I buy at Costco comes 2 in a package. Trimmed silver skin from both Pork Tenderloins. Cut tenderloins crosswise into 12 equal slices (medallions) about 2-inches wide. Lightly rubbed the medallions with roasted garlic extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with Jan's Original Dry Rub.

Placed 2 medallions together and wrapped a bacon slice around both pieces to hold together to make pork "mignons". Secured with toothpicks. This recipe is scrumptious and really easy to prep and cook. There won't be enough cooking time for the bacon to get crispy so I selected thin bacon which I pre-cooked over medium-high heat briefly until lightly browned but still flexible.

Flexible Bacon
Flexible Bacon
Pork Tenderloins
Pork Tenderloins
Trimmed Tenderloins
Trimmed Tenderloins
Pork Medallions
Pork Medallions

Melted butter and olive oil together in a skillet and over medium-high heat seared each bacon wrapped pork medallion for 2 minutes on each side. Transferred the seared pork medallions to my 400ºF pre-heated MAK 2 Star pellet grill. Baked the medallions for about 15-20 minutes until the internal temperature reached 145ºF. Rested the medallions for 5 minutes loosely under a foil tent before serving.

Gravy with a side of Smoked Meatloaf

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Gravy with a side of Smoked Meatloaf
Gravy with a side of Smoked Meatloaf

This post is for all lovers of gravy like myself!! I normally post Money $Shot photos with a touch of gravy in order to best display the cook. But before settling down to wolf my dinner I drown certain foods with gravy. Meatloaf & mashed potatoes is one of those recipes. I don't think I'll hear too complaints of people asking me where's the gravy!! As the meal progressed I must admit that I supplemented my plate with more gravy ... There is no better comfort food in my opinion than meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and lots of gravy.

Rested Smoked Meatloaf
Rested Smoked Meatloaf
Plated Smoked Meatloaf
Plated Smoked Meatloaf

Mixed up 1 lb hamburger, 1 lb Jimmy Dean sausage, red onion, green pepper, 2 eggs, Italian bread crumbs, tomato sauce, granulated garlic, black pepper, seasoned salt, and garlic salt. Split the mixture into 2 loaves. You can substitute this meatloaf recipe with your favorite family recipe.

Preheated my MAK 2 Star wood pellet smoker-grill  to 200ºF with hickory -> smoked the meatloaves at 200ºF for an hour -> bumped the pit tempt to 365ºF -> topped the loaves with tomato sauce after 30 minutes -> pulled the meatloaves at an internal temperature of 170ºF -> rested the meatloaves for 15 minutes loosely under a foil tent ... for planning purposes it took 2¾ hours from start to finish.

Hickory Smoked Meatloaf
Hickory Smoked Meatloaf
Smoked Meatloaf to 170ºF
Smoked Meatloaf to 170ºF
Resting Smoked Meatloaf
Resting Smoked Meatloaf

SPAM Orzo Recipe

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SPAM Orzo
SPAM Orzo

SPAM Orzo Recipe

SPAM Orzo Recipe - I'm always looking to develop and try new recipes so this morning I started thinking about ways to use SPAM. I recently restocked my pantry and found I need new ways to use cans of SPAM I bought on sale. Like many people, and the State of Hawaii as a whole, I really enjoy the taste of SPAM.There are almost 20 varieties of SPAM and I can honestly say that I've only enjoyed the Classic. Well over seven billion, that's billion with a "B", cans of SPAM have been sold to date. SPAM was first introduced by Hormel Foods Corporation in 1937.

According to its label, SPAM'S basic ingredients are pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. Natural gelatin forms during cooking in its tins on the production line.

Hawaii consumes more SPAM than any state in our union -- in total, 7 million cans a year. According to the SPAM website, the island's love affair with SPAM began in World War II, when GIs were served the salty luncheon meat because it didn't require refrigeration and had a long shelf life.

SPAM Orzo Ingredients
SPAM Orzo Ingredients
SPAM Red Sauce
SPAM Red Sauce
SPAM Orzo $Shot
SPAM Orzo $Shot

Over the years I've made what I call 'Red Rice' which uses leftover ham in a tomato based sauce over white rice ... therefore turning it into red rice. If you do a search for 'Red Rice' you'll find millions of hits but I don't know where I first found a recipe for my version of 'Red Rice'. Not having any leftover ham around I decided to substitute SPAM. Then, I noticed that I've ran out of white rice. Upon further exploration of my cupboards I discovered that I had some Orzo left from a previous recipe. So I figured: ... why not throw together my 'Red Rice' recipe but use SPAM and Orzo.

Orzo, which means "barley" in Italian, is used most traditionally in soups, but this very versatile, rice-shaped pasta has been widely adapted by chefs in Italy and America for both main courses as well as side dishes.

Ingredients:  ½ pound orzo > 1 can Classic SPAM diced > 1 cup chopped celery > 1 cup chopped red onions > 4 oz canned mushrooms > handful of sliced black olives > chopped green onions > 14 oz tomato sauce > 14 oz chopped stewed tomatoes > 1 tsp crushed garlic > 1 tsp seasoned salt > ½ tsp black pepper > 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil.

Directions:  Sauté celery & onions in olive oil till translucent > mix all ingredients except orzo in a large skillet > bring to boil and lower to a medium simmer > simmer SPAM and ingredients for 30 minutes > boil orzo according to directions > Drain orzo and add to sauce > Serve with a side of green salad and toasted roasted garlic bread.

Scalloped Potatoes and Smoked Pork Loin

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Scalloped Potatoes and Smoked Pork Loin
Scalloped Potatoes and Smoked Pork Loin

Scalloped Potatoes and Smoked Pork Loin

Scalloped Potatoes and Smoked Pork Loin - Do you love potatoes as much as I do? I can honestly say that in my youth there were times when we only had a potato or two to eat the entire day. Yes, like many coal mining families in Northern France we had some extreme hard times. But as the old saying goes, all's well that ends well. Those hard times helped mold the person I am today. As such, to this day I simply adore potatoes in any form: scalloped, Au Gratin, baked, mashed, fried ... just to name a few.

Do a search on scalloped potatoes and you'll only get about 1,770,000 results. What's a man to do? So many recipes and so little time. When we were married, 44 plus years ago, we bought a Betty Crockett Cookbook which had a simple scalloped potato recipe. After all these years I still use that easy recipe. I only deviate from the recipe when I want to make potatoes au gratin which merely requires the addition of a nice sharp cheddar cheese.

Resting Smoked Pork Loin
Resting Smoked Pork Loin
Scalloped Potatoes
Scalloped Potatoes
Carved Smoked Pork Loin
Carved Smoked Pork Loin

For the scalloped potato recipe see my post called "Scalloped Potatoes with SPAM". It's actually an Au Gratin recipe with diced SPAM in it topped with Italian style Panko crispy bread crumbs. Just omit the SPAM and Panko crumb ingredients - or not!

Trimmed a 3 pound Swift pork loin roast of excess fat and silver skin. Rubbed the pork loin on all sides with roasted garlic extra virgin olive oil and Jan's Original Dry Rub. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight. Preheated my MAK 2 Star to 200ºF with hickory wood pellets. Smoked the seasoned pork loin for an hour at 200ºF for an hour before increasing the pit temperature to 350ºF until the internal temperature of the loin reaches 145ºF. For planning purposes only, it took approximately 2 hours to smoke/cook the pork loin. Rest the pork loin loosely under a foil tent before slicing against the grain.

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