Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tasty Tuesday ~~ New Year's Day Menu


I'm late posting my New Year's recipes, but better late than never, right? These dishes use some traditional items with a Cajun-Country-Italian spin on them -- typical Gumbo Writer style. :) The key to enjoying your New Year's food is s-l-o-w cooking, in my opinion. You put your food on to cook the day before, or early morning of, and let it do its thing while you enjoy your football games or other plans. I love that you're working out of one pan of sauteed veggies for the whole menu! :)

BBQ Pork Tenderloin (aka Pulled Pork)

4 8-pound pork tenderloins
Seasoning (Tony's or Cajun spice, garlic powder, sea salt & pepper

Put tenderloins in large aluminum pan and cover tightly with foil. Cook at 350 for about 12 hours. (Works great overnight!)

Drain off about 2/3 of the juice/drippings. Add BBQ sauce (recipe below) after pulling apart meat. It should be very tender and fall apart.) Stir well. Re-cover with foil and put back in oven for 2-3 hours on low. This allows meat to absorb the sauce.

Notes: This is great as a main dish and also for sandwiches. I served this recipe at the men's shelter on New Year's Eve and it was a big hit. THIS RECIPE SERVES 50, SO ADJUST DOWN RECIPE AS NEEDED.

Angie's BBQ Sauce

6 18-oz Kraft BBQ Sauce (2 each - Regular, Hickory, and Honey flavor)
2/3 cup mustard
seasoning (garlic, salt & pepper, Tony's/Cajun seasoning)
1 large store brand grape jelly
4 T. Worcestershire
1 cup leftover coffee (Community Coffee Dark Roast)

Heat ingredients in a medium pan on low, stirring until mixed well. Simmer for 2 hours with lid off to thicken. Yummmmm! (As in pork tenderloin recipe, adjust down quantity to fit your needs.)

White Beans & Ham

1 pkg Camellia Great White Northern Beans ("New Orleans' finest...since 1923.")
Large leftover ham bone (Save your Christmas honey ham bone for this!)
2 medium white onions chopped medium fine
1 cup pan drippings (If you have to ask, just use 2 boullion cubes & water. LOL)
1 cup leftover coffee (I use Community Coffee Dark Roast)

Seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, Diesel's Seasoning --NOTE: Diesel is blogger Karen Evans' son and a swell soldier man!)
1/2 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet
A few strips of cooked bacon or breakfast sausage for extra flavoring
2 garlic pods, minced
1 c. juice from pork tenderloin, or bought broth

Soak beans overnight, drain off water, rince, cover with water again. Saute onions in drippings (or olive oil). Add garlic to saute pan the last few minutes.

Put all ingredients into crock pot, cover, and cook on high for 4 hours. Then mash about a cup of the beans against side of crock to thicken. Simmer uncovered for about an hour. Taste to check seasoning, and add more if needed. Serve and enjoy. (Even better the second or third time as leftovers.)

Black Eye Peas

2 cans Trappey's black eye peas "flavored with slab bacon"
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning
2 T. pan drippings/sauteed onion & garlic
2 cooked breakfast sausage pattis, crumbled (Or substitute bacon)

Simmer peas in medium pot, lid on for 2 hours. Adjust seasoning if needed. Serves 4.

"Fried" Cabbage

1 head green cabbage
Seasoning to taste
3 or 4 slices crisp bacon and/or breakfast sausage
sauteed onion & garlic
1/3 cup beef broth
1/3 cup leftover Community Coffee 

In same pan you sauteed onion and garlic in, retain 1/2 cup veggies and drippings. Rough chop cleaned cabbage into pan. Cover and cook on medium low for about 30 minutes. Add in broth, cover and simmer on low for 1 hour. Cabbage will shrink down a LOT. Drain off 2/3 of juices. Enjoy!


Diane said...

You are such a great cook! Your family is lucky to be in the presence of greatness. :O)

Melissa Marsh said...

I should not have clicked on your blog just now since my measly frozen lunch did NOT satisfy my appetite. Now I am HUNGRY!!! It all looks delish, Ang! :-)

Karen said...

Oh, Yummm to all'em!!! Thanks for using Diesels seasoning. He's got them in several stores in VA now! :) I'm gonna try that bean one, for sure!

Janna Qualman said...

Angie, YUM. Ham and beans (with cornbread!) is one of my down-home favorites.

rosaria said...

Oh, now we have the secret, for the slow cooking pull apart pork, and the great bbq sauce. Yummmmm!
The reat of the meal is superb.

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