Best Ways to Cook Pork Chops

Pork chops are suitable for roasting, grilling or frying. No matter how you make them they are always very delicious. The flavor is amazing. Pork chops are so easy to cook, they make a nice change so they are ideal for last minute decisions, as well as for large outings where you can show your cooking skills. You can serve them with mashed potatoes, beans ,cabbage or your favorite salad. These recipes are among my favorites.

Tender & Juicy Pork Chops with potatoes

Before starting to cook I take the pork out of the refrigerator so that it can come to room temperature. I like to marinate the pork in olive oil,fresh garlic, oregano and thyme. I’m definitely a fan of garlic and rosemary. They complement the pork so well. I leave the pork in marinate for a few hours. Then I dry it with paper towels, coat it with salt and freshly ground black pepper. I put about a tablespoon of olive oil and some butter in the pan and fry the chops on both sides.Each side takes about 3-5 minutes to cook all the way through.

It is important to be very careful not to overcook and dry out the meat. Meanwhile I preheat the oven 180C, wash 800g potatoes, cut them into thick slices without peeling and cook in boiling water for 6-8 minutes. Then I slice 500g tomatoes to the same thickness. Sprinkle a little olive oil, arrange rows of potatoes and tomatoes across the dish, seasoning with salt, garlic and chopped rosemary, drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the vegetables and bake for 15 minutes, then I place the pork on top and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until the pork and potatoes are tender enough.

In the end the sauce thickens and we have these delicious and a bit spicy potatoes and pork chops that just melt in the mouth. When the Pork Chop is ready, I leave it to rest on the baking tray for 5 minutes. This rest time lets the process of cooking finish and start the cooling process. As the juices cool, they thicken up so that they stay inside the chop when it is cut.

ITALIAN PORK CHOPS

  • 4 bone-in  pork  chops
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil and parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Green pepper rings

In a nonstick pan fry pork chops on both sides, combine the mushrooms, onion and garlic in a saucepan, top with the pork chops.
In a bowl, combine the tomato sauce, lemon juice, salt, oregano, basil and parsley. Pour over pork chops. Cover the saucepan and cook on low heat until meat is tender enough.
In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and water, add to saucepan, bring to a boil; cook and stir until it thickened. Serve over the pork chops. Garnish with pepper rings.


Best Ways to Cook Sausages

Sausages are an excellent addition to any meal. They are easy to cook, delicious to eat and loved by everybody. Sausages can be barbecued, grilled, fried, roasted or poached.

Boiling sausages

Boiling sausages won’t give them a crisp exterior, but it will preserve the moisture and fat content within them. Boiled sausages look a little different than grilled or fried sausages. They are not crispy. But boiling is a good way for cooking sausages with other ingredients (stock, beer, herbs, etc.). Don’t pierce them. If you prick good quality sausages, you will let all the moisture and flavor out Just place the sausages in the cold water cover the saucepan with a lid. It will take up to 30 minutes to cook t hem.

There is no need to salt water for cooking sausages, as they are already salty. If you do not care what the sausages look like after cooking, then throw them into boiling water, but they will probably burst along during cooking

Simply grilled sausages

Grilling sausages is ideal for hot weather and summer meals shared with friends and family. The simplest way to cook sausages is to grill them either on a barbecue grill or in a hot pan. It requires very little amount of work and attention. For thin sausages, preheat your pan and add a small amount of butter or oil. Add the sausages and allow them to slowly cook, turning them every few minutes until they’re evenly colored.

Sausages should be cooked over moderate heat otherwise they will be burnt The higher the heat is, the faster the skins burn. It is important to keep an eye on the grill to avoid burning the sausages. You should turn the sausages regularly to ensure that they cook evenly and don’t burn. Before cooking the cellophane shell needs to be removed. Cellophane contains substances that, when heated, will not improve the state of food.

The natural shell sausages should not be cleaned as they are quite edible. For thicker sausages, either drop the heat to low and cook them for at least 25-minutes to ensure they’re cooked all the way through. Cook them in an ovenproof pan over a medium heat until they’re evenly fried, then pop the pan into a preheated 180C oven for 10 minutes, or until they’re cooked through.

Sausage meatballs

Sausages include the perfect mix of meat and fat to make the perfect meatballs, all that you need to do is remove the skins and scoop out the filling. Here is a nice recipe of meatballs with spaghetti

Roll sausage meat into small balls. Fry meatballs. Remove from pan and set aside.

In the same pan fry 2 diced onions,2 grated carrots, 2 grated zucchinis and 2 cloves of garlic. Then add the sauce and stir through. Add an extra 1/2 cup wine if sauce is too thick. Season with mixed herbs, add the meatballs back and simmer for 10 minutes7Add pasta to the meatball, serve with grated cheese.

Cooking Sausage in a Pan

Pan frying is the solution that will bring out the most flavor in your sausages and make them crispy. If you like, you can also add extra seasoning to them. Cook your sausages on low heat for 15 minutes, being sure to turn them over every 3 minutes.


Best Ways to Cook Salmon

The meal of the day is decided – today we are eating the yummiest and the healthiest dish ever – salmon. This is a fatty fish that is so easy to prepare and it is so healthy at the same time. Salmon is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and vitamins like B and E which also has an antioxidant peculiarity.

There are millions of possible ways to make salmon at home and in this article I, as an experienced cook of the family will share with you the best ways to prepare salmon so that the whole family is consent with the dinner.

We can either bake the salmon, broil, toss on the grill or eat it smoked, poached or in stews and even make fish cakes and burgers or add salmon to salads. We decide.

Let’s Pan-Fry the Salmon

The fastest way to deal with salmon fillets that provides the fish with a crispy, crunchy skin. In case you prefer plain dishes, you can add some seasonings like salt and pepper and some olive oil and place the fish on a hot pan. Let the fish get fried for about 5 minutes and then with the help of a spatula turn the salmon on the opposite side let it cook for 3 minutes.

Once it is ready squeeze some lemon and serve the dish, it is ready.

We can roast the salmon in the oven

Again a very quick and easy method. This method is especially helpful when you cook salmon for a bigger group as you can place all the fillets into the oven.

What do we need to do?

Firstly, we need to season salmon with salt and pepper and place on a baking dish but the skin side of the salmon has to be downside. We need to bake the salmon in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can add other greens like dill or parsley to the fish and some vegetables if you don’t like it plain.

Why not grill the salmon

I am offering you another very simple method of cooking magnificent salmon – it is grilling. The taste of the smoke that is added to salmon fillets makes it even tastier and more appetizing. Once we have the hot coals ready we can place our lightly oiled fish again skin-side down.

After 5 minutes grilling we need to flip the salmon to the other side so that the salmon is well cooked from all the sides. The process needs to be done very carefully with the use of a spatula. If you notice that the flesh of the salmon is still sticking to the grate, let the salmon be grilled for another couple of minutes and try again. After another 5 minutes’ grilling the salmon is almost ready and we can check it to make sure out yummiest dinner is ready.

I have learnt this method from my husband as grilling is his thing and it is especially good when you taste grilled salmon prepared by your husband.

Fastest method? – Broiling Salmon

Broiling salmon is the fastest way of cooking salmon. You will not manage to leave the kitchen and the salmon is ready. Once the oven is on we can place flavored fish on the pan. Place the salmon on the top part of the oven right under the red-hot-glowing broiler very close to the heat source. Do not forget to check the fish in 5 minutes. If you feel it needs more time broiling as the outside is well done but the center not, turn off the broiler and keep the salmon in the oven for some more minutes to have a better result.