It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another What I Ate Wednesday!
Dinner on Monday
I tried out a meat I don't normally use on Monday: pork! I made Parmesan and Sage-Crusted Pork Chops.
MyRecipes. I followed the recipe exactly, so I'm not going to re-post it here. I do want to make a few recommendations and comments:
- I will say that I used thin-sliced pork chops, as the recipe suggested, and was able to make 7 pork chops using the ingredients listed.
- Joe ate 4 pork chops and I ate 3. We weren't stuffed, either. If you need to feed more people, adjust the recipe accordingly (or serve with more hearty side dishes).
- There was plenty of flour and the parmesan-sage mixture, so feel free to double the egg white/mustard mixture for more thinly sliced pork chops.
- I think I cooked this on higher heat than I needed to. I would go for more of a medium heat level so you don't get the burning that I did.
Dinner on Tuesday
This meal was a favorite in our house, and I've talked about it before on WIAW. I found a recipe for homemade spaghetti meat sauce online a while back because it's Joe's favorite meal. As someone who usually doesn't like red meat sauce on pasta, I LOVE this recipe so I wanted to share it! I have since lost the original recipe, but I've estimated the measurements.
Homemade Meat Sauce: Serves 4
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 3 strips of bacon (I use turkey bacon)
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (16 oz) tomato sauce
- 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/3 cup red wine (I usually use a cabernet, but you can use any red wine. I wouldn't recommend sweet red wine)
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp tabasco sauce (can add more to taste)
- Cut bacon into small pieces, then cook in large pot on medium-high heat until grease renders out.
- Put grounded beef and onions into the same pot and brown the beef. Dump out any grease once beef is browned.
- Next, add salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, and red wine. Cook on medium-high heat until wine renders out (about 5-10 minutes)
- Mix in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and tabasco sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes. (I usually simmer until the spaghetti noodles are cooked and ready to go).
- Serve over pasta of your choice. Add parmesan cheese if desired, and enjoy!
Question for you: Do you have a meal that you've made so often you know the recipe by heart?