Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

This is my most favorite time of the year. It brings so much joy, good times and of course amazing food. I like to start my celebrations early by preparing festive dishes and getting every one in the mood for the holidays. I can’t get enough of the decorations, music and holiday movies. To go along with all that fun, good festive holiday food is a must. While we eat healthy the rest of the year around the holidays I allow myself all the guilty pleasures I want. It’s just unfair not to. Too many temptations.

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

The smell of a pot roast in the oven is divine. Add ingredients like cranberries, orange zest and cloves and you got yourself a house bursting with happiness. While I love a traditional pot roast I equally love adding unexpected ingredients to make things extra festive.

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My Holiday Roast is super simple to prepare, all the work happens in the oven. The hardest part is keeping away and restraining yourself from opening that oven door too many times. When picking out meat for this dish I suggest chuck. It the perfect cut for braising and gets very tender. 2 1/2 hours in the oven and you got yourself a pretty amazing dinner.

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

Once the roast is cooked, set it on a cutting board then using a slotted spoon fish out all the cranberries from the pot. Try to leave the carrots and onions behind. I find that cranberries add a great flavor but I am not a big fan of serving them on top of the mashed potatoes. The sauce is great without the cranberry chunks. Mashed potatoes are a must. Garlic cheesy bread on the side makes this meal complete and simply delectable.

If cranberries is not your thing prunes work fabulously in this recipe. As a matter of fact adding prunes to this dish will be make it even more fabulous.

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast

5 more days of work for me and then I am on a Thanksgiving week vacation. Can’t wait. My baby girl turns 7 that week and we have a whole week of festivities planned.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Suppers: Holiday Pot Roast
 
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  • 2½ lb chuck roast
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • ½ (12oz) bag of cranberries ( i also suggest adding ¼ cup prunes)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 4 garlic cloves, cut in half
  • strips of zest from half orange
  • orange juice from half orange
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar (plus more if needed) (if using prunes you might need less sugar)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season chuck generously with salt and pepper. Using a pairing knife make small slits in the meat and insert half of garlic. Repeat all around the meat.
  3. Heat canola oil in a Dutch oven and sear the meat on both sides until nicely brown. Remove and set on a plate.
  4. To the same pot add onions and carrots, cook for 3 minutes. Pour in the bourbon, then cook another 3 minutes. Stir in cloves, cinnamon, zest and orange juice. Return meat to the pot and surround with cranberries. If using prunes add them now.
  5. Pour in the chicken stock, add ½ the sugar in the recipe reserving the rest of the sugar for later. Cover with a lid and braise for 1 hour.
  6. Remove from the oven and taste the broth. If needed add more sugar. Cover and return back to the oven. Braise another 1½ hours.
  7. Serve over mashed potatoes.

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Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is a classic All-American and a comforting memory of anyone’s childhood. I remember those days when canned tomato soup after school was the best, fastest and easiest thing I could prepare while my parents were still at work.  Those days are long gone but one thing has not changed, I love my tomato soup. These days the soup I eat never comes from a can, it’s made by me every time and the work I put into it is well appreciated by my loved ones. Roasted tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich will forever be one of my most beloved meals. Today I wanted to share this simple Roasted Tomato Soup recipe that is sure to put a smile on your face and spare the additives in the canned varieties.

Roasted Tomato Soup

Easy on your budget and short on the ingredients it is one of those meals that don’t require a lot of work. The smell of roasting tomatoes is a welcomed one in the kitchen especially when roasted with garlic and a bit of rosemary. I love it cold the very next day or slightly warmed with croutons. On a cold chilly wintry night it will warm you to your bones. As you can tell I LOVE tomato soup.

Roasted Tomato Soup

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You see that juice at the bottom of the pan? That is the foundation of everything I just described. I had a hard time restraining myself from licking the bottom of the pan. But I did clean it up with a wonderful slice of Pain de Campagne from Whole Foods. There was a party in my tummy before the soup was even ready. Happy cook is…. hmmm… I wonder if there is a saying for that. I might need to come up with one.

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

 With a heart full of love I wish you all a great day.

4.7 from 6 reviews
Roasted Tomato Soup
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2½ lbs tomatoes, all varieties
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced in half
  • ½ tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup fat free half & half
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Core and slice smaller tomatoes in half and larger tomatoes in quarters. Transfer into a deep baking dish, add garlic, rosemary and season generously with salt. Coat with olive oil and roast for 25 minutes.
  3. In a heavy soup pot or a Dutch oven, melt 1 tbsp of butter, add onion and sauté until soft.
  4. Add tomatoes with all their juice, chicken stock, basil and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer and cook another 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
  5. Using an emersion blender (or a regular blender) blend the mixture until smooth.
  6. Add half & half, season with salt if needed and enjoy.

 

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One Roast Two Delicious Recipes: Roast Pork & Cuban Panini

One Roast Two Delicious Recipes: Roast Pork & Cuban Panini

I like cooking in bulk for obvious reasons… full freezer with dinner options in a jiffy. Cook once and eat a bunch of times. Lots of recipes can be made using the same ingredient. Pork is one of them, especially pork shoulder or Boston butt. It can be cooked in bulk, frozen and used many times in a variety of dishes. This cut of meat has both dark and white meat. The dark meat is perfect for pulled pork, tacos and hash. The white meat goes great on sandwiches and paninis.

One Roast Two Delicious Recipes: Roast Pork & Cuban Panini

Roasting a pork shoulder is easy. It does not require a lot of work just some time commitment, perfect for a day like Sunday when you are most likely to spend more hours at home. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare pork. It’s gets lots of great flavor from braising in garlic, herbs and orange juice. I promise you’ll have a hard time keeping fingers away and the smell…. Oh the smell is so appetizing you’ll find your belly rumbling with hunger.

One Roast Two Delicious Recipes: Roast Pork & Cuban Panini

One of my favorite pressed sandwiches is the Cuban Panini. The gooey cheese, the juicy pork and the sour pickles grilled in between crusty bread is a combination that pleases the senses every step of the way. And it is one of the quickest dinners to make using all that great meat you prepared on Sunday.

One Roast Two Delicious Recipes: Roast Pork & Cuban Panini

One Roast Two Delicious Recipes: Roast Pork & Cuban Panini

I am off for three days starting tomorrow and looking forward to it very much.

Have a great weekend friends.

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Versatile Roast Pork
 
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  • 9 lb Boston Butt
  • 10-15 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1½ cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tsp dry rosemary
  • canola oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Using a pairing knife make small holes in the pork and insert a garlic clove. Repeat with the rest of the garlic all over the meat.
  3. Generously rub canola oil all over the pork and season with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Place into a roasting pan.
  4. Add orange juice, water, sliced onion, quartered orange, bay leaf and generous sprinkle of salt to the same roasting pan. Please note that pork should not be submerged and the liquid should only come up about ⅓ of the way. I used a large roasting pan.
  5. Roast in the oven for 1½ hours, flipping the pork every 45 minutes. Bring the oven temperature to 375 degrees and cook another 30-45 minutes until the top is golden.
  6. After its done cooking, allow to cool a little. The dark meat can be used for pulled pork. The white meat for sandwiches, etc.

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Cuban Panini
 
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Serves: 2
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  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 5-6 slices roast pork (recipe above) warmed up
  • 4 pickle slices
  • 6 slices swiss cheese
  • mayo
  • french baguette (2 hoagie size pieces) or any panini type bread, sliced lengthwise
Instructions
  1. Preheat a griddle or a panini press.
  2. Spread mayo on one side of the bread. Top each with equal amounts of pork, ham, swiss cheese and pickles then top with the second piece of bread.
  3. Grill until the cheese is melted. If using a griddle place a heavy pot or a kitchen brick on top of the sandwich.
  4. Enjoy!

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