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Curried Pork

Some of my favorite cookbooks are Cooking Light Annual Recipes, this recipe struck my eye out of the 2004 edition.  As a child my mother cooked a lot with curry and to be honest it burned me out on it.  Mr.Picky likes it so I thought I should give it a try and cook a curry dish.

This dish was great and easy.  Allow yourself at least an hour to cook though.  The only thing I would do differently is add some more spice for a fuller flavor.  I have adjusted the recipe to what I would do next time.  We served our curried pork over white rice with seasoned roasted cauliflower.

Curried PorkCurried Pork:

  • 1 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can no salt added diced tomatoes, undrained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large nonstick skillet lightly sprayed with cooking spray or olive oil saute onions and peppers over medium heat for about 3 minutes.

Add in mushrooms and cook another 2 minutes.

Curried Pork

Place vegetables in a 11 x 7″ baking dish that has been lightly greased.

Combine flour, curry powder,salt, and pepper in a bowl.  Add pork and toss to coat.

Curried Pork

In the same pan you used for vegetables, spray again with oil.  Over medium high heat add pork mixture and cook about 5 minutes until pork has browned on each side.

Pour pork mixture over vegetables in baking dish.  Now pour the can of tomatoes over the whole dish.

Curried Pork

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until tender.

Serve over rice.

Curried Pork

 

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Easy Hamburger Buns

When searching for a hamburger bun recipe for Mr.Picky’s Giant Birthday Burger I found 40-Minute Hamburger Buns Recipe | Taste of Home.  I tried it and we fell in love from there.  As I mentioned in the Giant Burger post this really, really is the perfect bun.  It had a light texture that held up well the burger.  It was not overpowering and allowed you to taste more than just bread without falling apart or getting too soggy.

I also think this recipe would be made wonderfully into some dinner rolls.  In fact before I had the chance my sister used the recipe to bring to an event.  Everyone complimented her on how great the rolls were.  Can’t be a recipe that makes two things.

This yeast recipe really takes little time to rise and turns out wonderfully.  I was a little worried that my giant bun was going to turn out flat.  Trusting other comments on the bun I just kept going.  It puffed right up in the over to the perfect sized bun.  Three cheers to a perfect recipe!

Baked giant burger bun using Easy Hamburger Bun recipe.

Baked giant burger bun using Easy Hamburger Bun recipe.

Easy Hamburger Buns:

  •  2 Tbs active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-3 1/2 cup flour

In a bowl combine yeast and water.  Add in sugar and oil and allow to sit for 5 minutes until foamy.

Add in egg, salt, and a bit of flour at a time until you form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic feeling.

Do not let rise.

Divide dough into 12 pieces and shape into balls (1 one giant piece for a giant bun).

Giant Burger Bun

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Place on a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.

Cover with a towel and allow to rise/rest for 10-20 minutes.

Bake at 425 for 8-12 minutes until golden brown.  The buns should sound almost hollow when tapped with your finger.


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Cottage Cheese Crescent Rolls

Cottage cheese crescent rolls is a recipe out of grandma’s recipe box.  Years ago I copied some recipes on  my recipe cards and put them into my box.  I recently found this recipe and it sounded interesting.  I have no recollection of Grandma making this or of eating these.  So why not try them.

How easy to mix it all and forget about it overnight.  Plus there are only three ingredients, it can’t get much easier than that. I baked them up the following evening to accompany our dinner.

Next time I might roll them out a bit thinner.  The directions were old and didn’t give a lot of guidance.  1/4 inch thickness would be about right next time.  I made only have a recipe and it made 16 rolls which seemed like plenty so I will keep the recipe adapted.  I also wasn’t sure if I mixed them enough because I could still see bits of cottage cheese.  Don’t worry the cottage cheese just melted away in the oven and no one would guess it was in there.

They had a great butter flavor and we found they tasted best with a bit of jam.  I would make these again for sure.  These rolls are pretty small but being loaded with butter probably is just right.

Cottage Cheese Crescent Rolls

Cottage Cheese Crescent Rolls:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cups flour
  • 6 oz. cottage cheese ( I used skim it was fine)

 

Mix all together (there will be little bits of cottage cheese it is ok) and refrigerate covered overnight.

Dough after chilling overnight

Dough after chilling overnight

Divide dough into half.

Roll each half as you would a pie crust and cut into 8 triangles as you would pie pieces, use a bit of flour if needed as you roll out to prevent sticking.

Rolling up the triangle pieces

Rolling up the triangle pieces

 

Roll each triangle starting with the big end up into a crescent roll shape.

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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