Beef Goulash Recipe
Traditionally, goulash is made in a special cauldron (bogracs). Different regions have different recipes, but they all agree on a few things, pork fat or lard, no flour, no wine, and no sour cream. Some serve it with boiled potatoes and some serve it with csipetke (chi-pet-ke), small quenelles egg pasta, poached in stock.
Being a novice home-cook, I still use my cookbooks and cooking magazines to generate ideas and learn techniques and that's how I approach most recipes including this one for stew. First, I look up the dish in several cookbooks and read about the essential ingredients and what cooking techniques are involved. You'd be surprised at the number of ways...
Beef Stew Recipe
There are infinite recipes for beef stew. If you just did a Google search, it would come back with over half a million hits! This is one that I really like to make. I use some red wine for depth of flavor and homemade chicken or turkey stock. Sometimes making a beef stew with wine and beef stock makes it almost too rich. Using a lighter stock is a good compromise.
Berts Barbecue Baby Back Ribs
Did you ever notice how many different ways there are to cook barbecue ribs? After doing a little research in my cookbook library, I was amazed at the number of techniques, marinades, mops, sops, bastes, brines you can use to prepare the perfect rib.
You know I am a big proponent of Kids Can Cook because of the many benefits associated with teaching your kids how to cook including:
Braised Beef Shanks
The recipe was adapted from The Complete Meat Cookbook, one of the best cookbooks in my collection. If you want to learn about beef, pork or lamb, this book is a must. Not only does it have loads of great recipes, it has tons of information about meat cuts and how to cook them. These braised beef shanks are a real winner, too.
Braised Country Style Ribs Recipe
These ribs are really not ribs at all but pork chops cut from the blade (think shoulder) end of the loin that are then butterflied so they look like a big, meaty ribs. There is enough fat on them so they can be braised or slow cooked barbecue style on the grill. Cuts with less fat would just get tough during a braise and are better suited to shorter, higher heat dry cooking methods.
Braised Pork Butt with Port and Prunes Recipe
This braise is really a slam dunk. The richness of the port and prunes plays very nicely with the sweet pork, onions and leeks. And as with all braises, this one tastes even better the next day.
Braised Pork Chops with Fennel Sauce Recipe
This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks called The Complete Meat Cookbook by Bruce Aidells and Denis Kelly. While many braises take hours to prepare, these chops can easily be made on a weeknight. The fennel goes very nicely with the sweet pork, and the sauce is finished off with a bit of cream to round out the flavors.
Braised Short Ribs with Asian Flavors
These short ribs were both easy to prepare and really delicious. A little sweet from the sugar and fennel and a little spicy from the ginger, the flavors worked really well with the meaty ribs.
Brazilian Beef Stew Recipe
This Brazilian beef stew (also called Feijoada) is hearty and filling. The flavor of the beef and kielbasa are brightened up with the addition of orange juice and vinegar, and the perfectly seasoned sauce is thickened with pureed black beans.
Buffalo Roast with Chipotle Roasted Garlic Jus
There are advantages to eating buffalo meat because it is lower in calories, lower in fat, has a wonderful flavor and is very tender.
Since there is very little fat in buffalo to keep it moist, it's important to roast buffalo at a lower temperature than you would roast beef so it won’t dry out and get tough. You may be able to special order buffalo steaks and roast...
Buffalo Steak Diane Recipe
You might be wondering why I choose buffalo meat over beef for this recipe. One, I thought "Buffalo Steak Diane" has a better ring to it than "Beef Steak Diane" and I wanted to let you know buffalo steaks and roasts are readily available now a days.
There are also advantages to eating buffalo meat because it is lower in calories, lower in fat, has a wonderful flavor ...
Cabbage Roll Casserole
A short-cut way to get the flavor of traditional cabbage rolls without all the rolling. Layering all the ingredients in a large casserole saves a lot of time, but you don't lose out on any of the flavor.
Chateaubriand is traditionally made from a thick center cut of beef tenderloin. The cut weighs about 12 oz, and it is generally intended to serve two. This makes it a perfect, albeit expensive, meal to share at an intimate New Year's dinner for two. This version is served with a rich, velvety red wine sauce enriched with demi-glace.
Citrus Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Tangy with citrus and balsamic vinegar, woodsy with rosemary and bright with orange and lime zest, these tenderloin medallions were a hit with the whole family.
Clay-Pot Beef with Red Peppers
This recipe is adapted from The Cook's Encyclopedia of One-Pot & Clay-Pot Cooking. Just for the record, this is my favorite cookbook for one-pot cooking and there's plenty of great recipes for just one-pot with or without a clay-pot.
There are so many advantages to cooking in a clay pot including the number of pans you have to clean up when you are done. You are ...
Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
Since I live in the United States and intend to celebrate as an Irish-American, I will be serving corned beef and cabbage on Tuesday. At its heart, it is a very simple dish and is often simply spiced. To make it a true celebratory meal, I've added some complexity by beer braising and enriched the dish by finishing it with some melted butter.
Crock Pot Short Ribs Recipe
Short Ribs are great to prepare in a crock pot and in my opinion should be eaten a day or two after you prepare them. They are easy to make and a great recipe to clean out your refrigerator as you will see. This version features short ribs with mushrooms and fennel in a port-enriched jus.
Crockpot Beef Stew
At its simplest, you can just toss all of the ingredients into the crock pot, turn it on, and walk away. For this stew, I build a bit more flavor by browning the stew meat and caramelizing the vegetables before adding them to the pot.
Danish Braised Pork Roast
This is a Special Recipe for Me
My Danish mom made this dish for us on Sundays when I was growing up. I remember how I hated the smell of the cabbage cooking, but loved how it tasted. The cabbage which cooks with the pork slowly develops an incredible flavor that will bring you back for seconds. It's even better warmed up the next day. Use a fattier inexpensive cut o...
Dutch Oven Pot Roast Recipe
Nothing could be easier and have as much flavor as slow cooked beef in a Dutch Oven. I had picked up a couple of chuck steaks each weighing about 2½ pounds at Costco the day my Dutch Oven arrived from Cooking.com . I used one of them for this pot roast and vacuum sealed the other for the freezer.
Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe
Recipes for a traditional Argentinian chimichurri sauce as well as an adapted version that I made with cilantro and sherry. Either would be perfect as a marinade for any meat, although I used it with flank steak. It was excellent.
Grilled Lamb Burgers
Adapted from The BBQ issue of Bon Appetit, (which means I made a few changes to suit the tastes of my family or what ingredients I have on hand in my kitchen) this recipe is easy to make but does take a little longer than just making some patties and throwing them on the grill. However, the extra work is well worth the final results.
Grilled Marinated Beef with Caramelized Onions
My tips for perfectly marinating and grilling flank steak, complete with some deeply caramelized onions. Just like the finest steakhouses, only better because you can make it yourself.
Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak
My cooking buddy Robert brought me two skirt steaks for my birthday from the Ardmore Farmer's Market that he visits every Saturday morning. I immediately reached for my newest, favorite cookbook, Marinades, Rubs, Brines, Cures & Glazes written by my friend Jim Tarantino for a marinade recipe.
Grilled Pork Chops On Rosemary
This is the main course we served with the grilled eggplant parmesan. It too came from a Wall Street Journal article about Chef Michel Nischan and his new Connecticut restaurant, The Dressing Room.
Grilled Pork with Chimichurri Sauce
If you like garlic, you are going to love the traditional Latin condiment Chimichurri sauce. Although there are many different variations, it is basically a simple combination of parsley, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and some seasonings. In this recipe, chimichurri meets bacon-wrapped pork medallions and is truly As Good As It Gets!
Grilled Steak with Peppercorn Sauce Recipe
One of the First Romantic Meals I Cooked For My Wife
The first time I made this dish, I was trying to impress my girlfriend (now my wife) with my cooking skills. I would like to think this dinner contributed to our getting married. This was not the first time the Reluctant Gourmet has made his kitchen an arena for romance...... but that's another story. So, what did ...
Guinness Shepherds Pie Recipe
Why Drink Green Beer When Ireland’s Finest is Brown?
Oh, St. Patrick’s Day! The day when everyone is Irish and green foods—and green beer—abound. I enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as much as the next guy, but I do not understand people’s insistence on making sure that everything they eat and drink on the day is green. After all, Ireland is the home of some ...
How to Bake A Ham For Christmas
Would you like to serve a wonderfully flavorful and juicy ham for the holidays? Here's a can't-go-wrong recipe that will have your guests asking for seconds, and for a plate of leftovers, as well. Be sure to read about the history of serving ham on Christmas and the various types of ham you can choose from.
Kitoeo African Beef Stew
I told you about the African vegetable mash called Mukimo my friend Susan taught me how to prepare and now I want to share with you this African beef stew we served it with. It's called Kitoeo and is another very easy dish to prepare. Susan comes from Kenya and told me all young girls in her country are taught this classic dish. Growing up her mom would serve this dis...
Lamb Burgers - Who Knew?
It's hot here in the Philadelphia region so Bob & Bert decided on Lamb Burgers served with grilled eggplant and a yogurt mint sauce, corn on the cob and fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. The tomatoes and basil were fresh from Barbecue Bob's garden.
Lamb Filet Mignon with Sauteed Spinach Recipe
Filets Mignon of Lamb with Sautéed Spinach and Spring VegetablesIn my interview with Chef Alain Braux, we talked about his cookbook How to Lower Your Cholesterol with French Gourmet Food and I asked him to share a recipe from the book. Until I read his book, I found it difficult to believe you could lower your cholesterol by eating French food. Forget cholesterol, I ...
Lamb Stew Recipe
A straightforward lamb stew brimming with caramelized onions, mushrooms and carrots.
Adding a small sprig of rosemary would be a lovely variation. This only takes about 30 minutes of active time; the slow cooker does the rest. As with all braised dishes, leftovers are even better the next day.
Meatloaf Nicois Recipe
Pain de Viande Niçois or Meatball Nicois
This recipe comes from Chef Alain Braux's cookbook Healthy French Cuisine and is an example of how to prepare delicious, healthy, French meals for a lot less than might imagine. I interviewed Chef Braux asking him, "Is there a recipe from the book that I can share with my readers that offers an example of how they can eat inc...
This "ultimate" meatloaf turned me from a meatloaf hater to a meatloaf lover. Richly flavored with sauteed aromatics and brimming with warm spices, a water bath keeps it moist during baking. If you've always been leery of meatloaf, try this one. I guarantee it will change the way you look at meatloaf.
Osso Buco Leftovers
Osso buco is one of those great meals that not only is fantastic the night you make it, but may be better a night or two later. Deboned and chopped, the meat and sauce makes a perfect ragout for pasta.
Osso Buco Recipe
One of the most flavorful dishes I've ever eaten, osso buco is a braise of veal shanks in a hearty wine-spiked sauce served with a bright lemon and parsley topping called gremolada. It's a lot of work, but well worth it to make this Italian favorite.
Osso Buco Revisited
Some home cooks are not thrilled with using veal as an ingredient, others may find veal shanks too expensive so I thought I would give beef shanks a try and see if it made a difference.
Pan Roasted Rabbit Recipe
You may be a little 'reluctant' about eating rabbit, but remember, it is one of the more popular meats eaten in countries like France, Spain, Italy and Germany. Years ago, before the advent of industrialized meat production, rabbit was an important food source here in the United States.
Pan Roasted Veal Chops
Pan Roasting - A Cooking Technique Used By the Pros
I recently read an article about Pan Roasting and how professional cooks use this technique all the time in restaurants.
Just a handful of years ago, I couldn’t find any reference to pan roasting in any of my cook books, but these days it is a very popular technique. It’s popular for good reason, too. Pan roast...
Pan Seared Pork Loin with Pomegranate Port Reduction Sauce
In his spare time, Jules likes to dabble in the kitchen and has recently come up with his own line of products called Splash that are Pomegranate Reduction Sauces. They're excellent for making sauces or adding a little extra flavor to soups and stews but I also like them on fresh fruit and ice cream.
Pork Medallions with Apricot Glaze Recipe
When trying to come up with a meat dish, I looked at the rich cheese and the rich bisque and decided to lighten things up a little for the meat course. I chose pork because of its mild sweetness. After all, Valentine's Day is all about sweets for the sweet. To up the sweetness ante, we'll pair the pork with a very simple and flavorful apricot glaze that will play on the sweetness of the meat. Don't worry, it won't taste like candy. We'll temper the apricot with some vinegar for a little zing and balance.
Pork Osso Buco Recipe
Pork osso buco is made just like the veal version except you use the pork shank instead of the veal shank. It is an inexpensive meal that is every bit as tasty as pricier veal osso buco. Give it a try; this is definitely an "As Good As It Gets" recipe.
Pork Tenderloin with Lemon, Capers and Olives
I'm always looking for new recipes and I found this one on a podcast from Whole Foods Market. It looked good and I liked the technique of cutting a pork tenderloin into pieces and then flattening them into cutlets similar to what you might do with chicken cutlets.
This reicpe comes from Billy Hector's mom. Who is Billy Hector you ask? Billy Hector is the leader of a rockin' blues band from where I grew up in New Jersey and according to the East Coast Rocker, "Hector plays with guts and displays some of the best chops you'll see anywhere."
Those are guitar chops they are talking about and this guy is a great blues gui...
Roast Boneless Leg of Lamb
Nothing could be easier than roasting a boneless leg of lamb for dinner. Growing up, I remember Sunday dinners of roast leg lamb served with roasted potatoes and mint jelly and eating the leftovers during the week. We roasted a lamb this week for dinner, had leftovers the next night and I've been making sandwiches for the last couple of days.
Roast Leg of Lamb
My wife and I prepared this meal for her brother and his son while they were visiting us in Park City. East coasters this time.
After a great day of skiing, this was an easy meal to prepare with time in the hot tub while it was roasting. My wife came up with the idea to marinate our boneless short leg of lamb all day in yogurt and fresh rosemary. It turned out great....
Roast New York Strip Steak
A Professional Chef's Recipe for Roast New York Strip
Although not terribly difficult to pull off, serving a roast for a dinner party always impresses. It’s a good idea to have a straightforward and tasty roast recipe in your repertoire. This recipe, from Chef Bub Horne, fits the bill nicely. "The most requested recipe of my career is Roast New York Strip. The mos...
Roast Pork with Rosemary and Garlic
Here's another great recipe from Home Cook Claudia McCreary. I asked her for her bio and here is what she told me.
"I grew up in a family where good tasting food was very important and my mother was a wonderful cook. I taught myself to cook by watching cooking shows on television. I live out side Philadelphia, PA with my partner and occasional step son.
I worked in ...
Shepherd's Pie Recipe
This recipe comes to you from a new eCookbook, The Reluctant Gourmet's Guide To Great Potato Recipes Chef Dave Nelson and I just wrote and is now available here. Both Chef Nelson and I are big potato fans and thought it would be fun to come up with an informative eCookbook filled with potato recipes and answers to most of your questions on how to cook them.
Sliced Steak Sandwich Recipe
I can't tell you what an impression this sliced steak sandwich had on me. To this day, when I make it at home with leftover steak, I am instantly transported back to The Emerson Hotel. It's true that certain foods have the ability to bring back memories so powerful you would think you were back in time.
Slow Cooked Pork Chops
Slow cooked meals may just be my favorite way of cooking. This braised pork chop recipe, adapted from Cooks Illustrated Online, gets its insane flavor from caramelized onions, garlic and soy sauce. Use inexpensive blade-cut chops for the best, most tender results.
Spiral Ham Stew Recipe
This is a hearty stew I came up with to use up a bunch of leftovers and vegetables that needed to be cooked. Use this recipe as a guide for making your own stews or soups from what's on hand, or make this just as a describe. I think you will really enjoy it.
Standing Rib Roast Recipe
Unsurprisingly, the standing rib roast is cut from the rib section of the animal. More specifically, it comprises 7 ribs - ribs 6-12. If you were to cut the meat apart into steaks, you would have rib-eye steak. You can purchase rib roast in sizes ranging from two ribs up to all seven, although for more even roasting, you'll want to purchase at least a three to four bone roast.
Steak Cheese and Onion Sandwich
I have not talked much about sandwiches on The Reluctant Gourmet web site and blog, and I need to. The anatomy of a sandwich is fascinating to look at. Everyone has their own ideas for making the perfect sandwich and there are so many ways to make an everyday bologna sandwich into something special. In this case I started with a little more than bologna.
Steak Stew Recipe
What To Do With Leftover Steak?
Friday night we grilled up some steaks and had one extra that did not get eaten so I was thinking of some way to use it up and decided on steak stew. This is a true “what’s on hand” type of meal and great for using up “stuff” in the refrigerator that’s in use-it-or-lose-it status.
In my refrigerator I was looking at so...
Stuffed Flank Steak
This rolled and roasted flank steak is literally stuffed full of flavor. Roasted red peppers bring sweetness, spinach lends moisture and a fresh vegetal note, and the prosciutto adds some buttery saltiness. My entire family really enjoyed this dish.
Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe
Stuffed pork chops are easy to make and let you combine some of your favorite ingredients. Last night I stuffed them with some apple, Maple sausage and pine nuts. The results were superb.
Texas Hash Cabbage
This hearty hash makes a perfect camping meal. Rice takes the place of the traditional potatoes, and the whole dish is simply seasoned with salt, pepper and chili powder. Serve it as is or top it with a fried egg for a filling breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner.
Veal Madeira with Artichoke Hearts Recipe
Madeira's are usually drunk as aperitifs and dessert wines depending on theirdryness and sweetness, but I typically use them only for cooking. In my pantry, there were two bottles of Madeira. One was an inexpensive California version and the other a more expensive Sandeman Fine Richproduct from Madeira Portugal.
This classic dish is a classic for a reason. There are many variations of course, but this veal Marsala sauce is straightforward, allowing the mushrooms and wine in the sauce to really shine.
Veal Scallopine with Saffron Couscous
These recipes come from my friends at ChefsLine.com and specifically Chef Cary Wolfson, ChefsLine's culinary content director and executive chef at a large university. As you can see, there are not a lot of ingredients for either of these recipes and they both can be made during the week or on the weekend.
Veal Scallopini with Artichokes and Balsamic Vinegar
This is great recipe for a romantic Valentine's dinner tonight. Easy to prepare, lots of texture, flavor and great ingredients. If you are not a veal eater, you can substitute boneless chicken breasts but be sure to get them thin enough.
Veal Stew with Mushrooms Recipe
This is really a very simple recipe and the results are fantastic. I used a cup of demi-glace because I always have it on hand in the form of Demi Glace Gold but you can substitute 1 cup of homemade beef stock or even try homemade chicken stock.
Venison Stew Recipe
Rich and filling, this venison stew is deeply flavored with bacon, mushrooms and wine. Based on a recipe from Chef Walter Staib, my whole family enjoyed this. If you are leery of cooking with venison, by all means substitute beef.
What to Do With Leftover Pork Chops
We had some leftover grilled boneless pork chops that needed to be used up and because of the heat I wanted to keep it simple. So, I thought a simple sauce served with rice pilaf and some grilled eggplant would work.
What To Do With Leftover Short Ribs
Typically, I make extra whenever I prepare them at home because I know the leftovers, including the luscious sauce made from the braising liquid is going to be incredibly delicious. Besides, serving them the next day gives the cooking liquid some time to let the fat surface to the top of your storage container and be removed making the dish less fatty, healthier for your diet and in my opinion, tastier than the original night.
Wild Game Chili
One recipe I would like to try at home, if I can find the ingredients, is Zane Holmquist's Wild Game Chili. Zane is the executive chef at the world class Stein Eriken Lodge in Deer Valley just up the road from downtown Park City. I'm not sure Zane remembers who I am but we met many times when I lived there and even went to a Fourth of July barbecue at his house years ago.
Winter Polish Sausage and Bean Stew
Nora is a great friend of my wife's and spent some time with us over the holidays with her husband and young son Liam. While here, she made this great meal in less than an hour. This meal is delicious. It calls for beans and a lot of garlic.... so be careful.
Nora says, "this meal is cheap and quick!" When cooking for a family, cheap and quick are definitely the name...