Spiced Meat Rolls


I got bored with a basic burger so I decided to do a little experimenting with ground beef.  I came up with a spiced meat roll that has a green onion in its center.  I wasn’t sure how this would come out but I was very pleased with the way they came out.  Serve these over some Turmeric rice and peas.

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Ingredients:

1lb. ground beef

½ red pepper, chopped

½ chili pepper, chopped

¼ red onion, chopped

2 tbsp. All Purpose Spice

Salt and pepper

4 green onions

1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Combine first 6 ingredients and form around the green onion.  This needs to be done gently.  Place the oil in a medium hot skillet and brown meat on all sides.  Cook to your desired doneness.

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Osso Bucco


This is one of my favorite meals but I have never attempted to make this delicious dish.  I used beef shanks instead of the more traditional veal shanks and I substituted chicken broth for beef broth simple because I didn’t have any beef broth.  Remember this is not traditional, this is my take on the dish.  Enjoy

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Ingredients:

2 beef shanks

1 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. olive oil

½ yellow onion, chopped

½ red pepper, chopped

1 chili pepper, chopped

1 stack of celery, chopped

4 unpeeled carrots, sliced thin

3 cloves garlic, chopped

Salt and pepper

1tbsp. dried oregano

½ cup white wine

2 cups chicken broth

Directions:

Heat a stock pot over medium heat.  Season the shanks with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour shaking off any excess.  Place the shanks in the pot and brown on both sides.  Remove to plate.

Add the onion, peppers, and celery and cook until the onions start to soften.  Add the carrots and cook for about 5 minutes stirring often.  Add the garlic, salt and pepper, and oregano stir to combine.

Add the white wine, stir and allow to cook for a few minutes.  Add the chicken broth, stir, return the shanks to the pot and cover.  Place the pot in a 375 oven and cook for about 2.5 hours.

When the shank meat starts to fall off the bone remove the shanks to a cutting board and allow to rest.  Take the pot out of the oven and place uncovered over a medium high burner.  Reduce the mixture in half making sure you stir often.

Remove the meat from the shanks and cut in small pieces.  Place the meat into the vegetable mixture and stir.  Serve over creamed orzo.

Wheat Orzo, Creamed


This is my easy substitute for Risotto.  I love risotto but I don’t like the time and care it takes to make it.  I find that orzo can give you the same rich texture of the risotto in a lot less time and effort.

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Ingredients:

1 cup wheat orzo

3 cups chicken stock, 1 cup reserved

1 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated

Ground pepper

Directions:

In a medium pot over medium high heat place the orzo and 2 cups of chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to simmer.  When all the liquid is absorbed and the orzo is soft but chewy place the orzo in a large skillet over medium heat.  Stir in a little of the reserved chicken stock stirring until it is absorbed.. Continue to do this until the orzo is aldente. Season the orzo with the pepper   Add the butter and Parmesan cheese stirring until you have a creamy texture.  Remove from heat and serve.