Sous Vide Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce & Oven Roasted Potatoes

Sous Vide Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce & Oven Roasted Potatoes

Sous vide makes this pork chop dinner so easy, plus brining makes the pork extra juicy and searing after sous vide gives the pork an extra tasty exterior. We served it with some easy oven-roasted potatoes and kale. The mushroom sauce comes together quickly while the pork cooks.

Brine
INGREDIENTS
Pork rib chops, 4 chops, 1-1/2 inches thick each
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon juniper berries
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
2 garlic cloves, crushed

INSTRUCTIONS
Make the brining solution by dissolving the kosher salt and sugar in 1 quart of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour into a food-safe storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Add 2 cups ice to cool. Add the remaining ingredients, stir well, then put the chops into the cooled brine, cover, and refrigerate 4 hours or up to overnight. When ready to cook, remove the chops from the brine and discard the brining liquid. Rinse the chops in cold water. Pat dry.

Sous Vide Pork Chops
INSTRUCTIONS
Brined bone-in pork rib chops
2 tablespoon grapeseed oil, plus more for the Sous vide bags
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter

INGREDIENTS
Preheat a sous vide immersion circulator to 140 degrees. Place the chops in sous vide bags and drizzle each with olive oil. Seal bags and place in the water bath for one hour.

To Finish: Remove pork from the water bath bag and carefully pat dry with paper towels. Heat a large heavy cast iron or sauté pan until very hot over high heat. Add grapeseed oil and butter then, working in batches, lay the pork chops in the skillet in a single layer, pressing down with a set of tongs. Cook until the crust is deep brown and very crisp, about 45 seconds.

Flip pork chops, add 1 tablespoon butter, along with garlic, and shallots. Spoon butter over pork chops as they cook. Continue cooking until the second side is browned, about 45 seconds longer. Serve with the mushroom sauce.

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INSTRUCTIONS
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 cup red wine
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons freshly grated fontina
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:
Melt butter in a large skillet oven over medium heat. Add garlic and mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned about 5-6 minutes. Add the wine and cook until evaporated. 

Add the heavy cream, thyme, and oregano; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced and thickened, about 5-6 minutes. Stir in fontina until melted. Serve with the pork chops topped with fresh parsley.

Oven Roasted Potatoes
INSTRUCTIONS
1 tablespoon sage leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon kosher salt
4 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 425°. Toss together the sage, zest, and salt until well combined.

In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil and butter and season with pepper. Spread the potatoes in a single layer on 2 large rimmed baking sheets and roast for 25 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and toss with the salt mixture, adding enough to taste. Serve immediately.

Savoy Cabbage Rolls

Savoy Cabbage Rolls

Whether it’s  St. Patrick’s Day or you just want a comforting dish – these easy cabbage rolls are the perfect choice. Savoy cabbage leaves stuffed with seasoned beef, pork, & rice and baked with a delicious sauerkraut mixture topped with tomatoes.

INGREDIENTS 
Coarse salt
1 large head Savoy cabbage, about 2 to 3 pounds
2 cups prepared sauerkraut, drained
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
12 ounces ground beef
12 ounces ground pork
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups cooked white rice
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 cup diced, canned tomatoes, drained

INSTRUCTIONS
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cabbage head, and cook until outer leaves are just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Peel outer layer of leaves, and drain. Return remaining cabbage to water, and repeat until all leaves are cooked and removed. Pat each leaf dry with paper towels. Select a dozen of the  largest light-green leaves and set aside. Chop the remaining leaves and combine with the sauerkraut and brown sugar. Add to the bottom of a large shallow baking dish.

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Combine the  beef, pork, rice, onion, garlic and parsley, with 1 tablespoon salt. Working with 1 leaf at a time, trim the thick part of rib with a paring knife, leaving leaf intact. Arrange about ½ cup filling  in center of each leaf. Fold stem end of cabbage over filling. Fold in sides of cabbage. Carefully roll cabbage over to form a package, overlapping ends to seal. Place each one, seam side down, in the baking dish over the sauerkraut mixture.

Sprinkle the tomatoes over the cabbage. Cover with a lid or foil  and bake until cooked through and cabbage is tender, about 1 hour. Serves 6.

Spring Fresh Pasta With Vegetables

Spring Fresh Pasta With Vegetables

Perfect for warmer weather, this light pasta dish is full of homemade fresh pasta topped with roasted squash, tomatoes, freshly shaved Parmesan cheese, parsley, and fresh rosemary.

INGREDIENTS
3-4 cups peeled, cubed  butternut squash
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more
16 ounces fresh rigatoni or penne pasta
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
¼ cup sliced shallots
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, lightly chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Thinly sliced  Parmesan shavings for garnish.

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Toss the squash in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Pour out onto a sheet tray and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until  lightly browned. Remove and set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Following the package directions, cook the fresh pasta. Drain and set aside.  

Put the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, anchovy, shallots, tomato paste and rosemary and cook for about a minute; add tomatoes and cook until they begin to pop. Add the cooked squash and cook for 2-4 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Combine the sauce and pasta, and serve, garnished with fresh parsley and Parmesan shavings.

Asian Spiced Duck Breast with Sesame Kale and Spiralized Turnips

Asian Spiced Duck Breast with Sesame Kale and Spiralized Turnips

Along with deeply delicious Asian flavors, this sous vide duck breast is the perfect combination – juicy and succulent inside with a savory crunch skin outside. The recipe includes honey butter spiralized turnips and a delicious pan-seared purple sesame kale, all served over some extra Asian sauce for dipping.

Asian Spiced Duck Breast
INGREDIENTS

¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 small red chili, sliced very thin
1 star anise
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
¼ teaspoon Chinese five spice
2 duck breasts, skin scored

INSTRUCTIONS
In a saucepan, combine, soy, hoisin, sugar, vinegar, chili, star anise, garlic, ginger, and Chinese five spice. Simmer until combined; remove and set aside.

Slice hatch marks in the fat on the top of duck breasts without cutting through to the skin. Over medium high, sear the fat until browned and mostly rendered out. Add to a sous vide bag with the sauce and seal. Following the directions that came with your immersion circulator, cook the duck breast at 135˚ for 2 hours.

When the cooking is complete, remove duck breasts from their bag and reserve the liquid. Over high heat in a sauté pan, brown the fat again until crisp for 2-3 minutes. Cover and keep warm.  Meanwhile, strain reserved bag liquid into a sauce pan and simmer to reduce and thicken. Brush the reduction over the duck fat, slice, and serve with the extra sauce.

 

Sesame Kale
INGREDIENTS
12 ounces of kale
1 tablespoon grape seed or canola oil
1 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons sesame oil
¼ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS
Wash the kale thoroughly to remove all grit. Discard the tough ribs, and coarsely chop the kale leaves.

In a large heavy sauté, heat the grape seed or canola oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic, cooking for about 1 minute to release the aromas. Add the kale and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until the leaves have softened a bit but the kale retains its shape. Sprinkle with the sesame oil salt, sauté for another minute then top with toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot with the duck.

 

Spiralized Turnips
INGREDIENTS
1 pound spiralized turnips
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. In a saucepan, melt the honey and butter whisking together. Add the turnips to a large bowl and drizzle over the honey butter; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and pour out onto the parchment lined sheet and roast for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and tender. Serve hot with the duck.

Sous Vide Arctic Char with Red Quinoa, Sesame Dragon Kale, and Lemon Caper Sauce

Sous Vide Arctic Char with Red Quinoa, Sesame Dragon Kale, and Lemon Caper Sauce

Full of flavor and contrast, our menu is not just healthy but balanced. Our crispy skin sous vide Arctic Char has a healthy fat content like salmon, while the antique Dragon Kale is rich in vitamins. Contrasting with red quinoa’s slightly chewier, nuttier and heartier texture. Served with a lemon caper sauce, it’s perfect for a dinner on a cold winter night.

Sous Vide Arctic Char
INGREDIENTS
¼ cup kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 pounds Arctic Char, sliced into 4 servings
8 teaspoons olive oil
4 teaspoons fresh dill

INSTRUCTIONS
For the brine, whisk ¼ cup kosher salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar into the ice water until dissolved. Add the Arctic Char and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to one hour.

Rinse and dry off the Arctic Char. Place in a sous vide bag with 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon fresh dill. Seal the bag. Set your immersion circulator to 145˚F. Drop the bags into the water bath and cook the Arctic Char for 1 hour.  

 

Dragon Kale
INGREDIENTS
1 pound dragon kale, stems removed and leaves left whole
1 tablespoon of olive oil
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 garlic clove, finely chopped
Kosher salt
Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add crushed red pepper flakes, and let them sizzle in the oil. Add the garlic and cook until softened. Raise heat to high, then the kale and toss to combine. Sauté for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Lemon Caper Sauce
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon finely chopped capers
2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
Whisk together all the ingredients above until well blended. Chill well before serving.

Rose Chicken with Pistachio Saffron Cauliflower Rice

Rose Chicken with Pistachio Saffron Cauliflower Rice

Filled with delicious Middle Eastern inspired seasonings, this dish is loaded with flavor – rose water, paprika, saffron, and pistachio. A delicious Rose Sauce is served with the chicken prepared either sous vide or oven roasted. A side of sautéed riced cauliflower, full of saffron and crunchy salty pistachios, finishes the plate.

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
1 teaspoon powdered garlic
1 teaspoon ground white pepper, plus more
4 skin-on small boneless chicken breasts
4 teaspoons butter
1 cup fresh cream
1 teaspoon rose water
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup whole milk, plus more if needed
1 tablespoon organic and edible, crushed rose petals (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
In a small bowl, mix paprika, salt, pepper, and powdered garlic. Rub each piece of chicken with the spice mix. Place in sous vide bags, top each piece with one teaspoon of butter and vacuum seal. Following the directions of your immersion circulator, cook the chicken to your desired temperature. 

Or place the chicken pieces in a heat-proof dish and top with a teaspoon of butter. Place in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 minutes or until the chicken achieves an internal temperature of 165 °F. 

Remove the chicken from the sous vide or oven and let it rest 5 minutes before serving. 

While the chicken cooks, prepare the sauce. Add to a blender or food processor the cream, rose water, honey, lemon zest and ¼  cup milk. Blend until smooth adding a splash of milk if needed to thin. Season with salt and white pepper. Add to a saucepan over low heat and simmer until thickened, making sure to not boil. Cover and keep warm. To serve, add sauce to a plate and place the chicken breast on top and garnish with rose crumbles (optional).

Pistachio Saffron Cauliflower Rice Cauliflower Rice
INGREDIENTS
½  teaspoon saffron threads
1 tablespoon chicken broth
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup, small diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups Fresh Riced Cauliflower
¼ cup ground pistachios

INSTRUCTIONS
Crumble the saffron threads into a small measuring cup with the broth, stir, and set aside. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat until hot and add the olive oil, onion, and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the riced cauliflower to the pan, and sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until the cauliflower is slightly browned. Add saffron/broth mixture to the pan and stir until the cauliflower rice is yellow and the liquid has evaporated. Stir in the pistachios until just warmed, serve with the chicken.