We normally have a bottle of Tawny Port Wine in the house, as it can be used for many things aside from the obvious. I thought you might like to know a little about this wine…
Tawny ports are wines, made from red grapes, that are aged in wooden barrels, exposing them to gradual oxidation and evaporation. As a result, they gradually mellow to a golden-brown colour. The exposure to oxygen imparts “nutty” flavours to the wine, which is blended to match the house style.
Tawny ports are sweet or medium dry and typically consumed as a dessert wine.
When a port is described as tawny, without an indication of age, it is a basic blend of wood aged port that has spent at least two years in barrels. Above this are tawny with an indication of age which represent a blend of several vintages, with the nominal years “in wood” stated on the label. The official categories are 10, 20, 30 and over 40 years. The categories indicate a target age profile for the ports, not their actual ages, though many people mistakenly believe that the categories indicate the minimum average ages of the blends. It is also possible to produce an aged white port in the manner of a tawny, with a number of shippers now marketing aged white ports.
Pork Chops with Cranberry, Port, and Rosemary Sauce
There’s always leftover cranberry sauce after the holidays; this easy pork chop recipe makes delicious use of it. However, you can always pick up a can of cranberry sauce at the store to enjoy this year round.
Recipe by Bon Appétit Test Kitchen
• 4 1-inch-thick pork rib chops
• 2 3/4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary, divided
• 2 tablespoons (1/4) stick butter
• 3/4 cup low-salt chicken broth
• 3/4 cup tawny Port
• 1 cup leftover cranberry sauce
Sprinkle pork chops with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon rosemary. Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat until beginning to brown. Add pork chops and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to platter; cover to keep warm. Add broth, Port, and remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons rosemary to same skillet and boil until liquid is slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Add cranberry sauce; bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 7 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over pork chops and serve.
Since our local supermarket had some great looking tuna steaks, we had to buy them. Both of us like tuna tartare (yes, the raw stuff) but we wanted to try grilling the steaks. The result was great! This is perfect for a small get together over the long weekend, which is why I am posting this early this week!
Tuscan-Style Grilled Tuna Steaks
As seen on Food Network with Rachael Ray
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Serves: 4 servings
4 fresh tuna steaks, 8 ounces each, 1-inch thick
1 lemon, zested
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, about 2 tablespoons leaves stripped from stem
Handful flat leaf parsley
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Coarse salt and black pepper or grill seasoning
Extra-virgin olive oil, for cooking
Rinse and pat tuna steaks dry. Place zest on top of cutting board. Pile rosemary and parsley leaves on top of zest. Pile garlic and some coarse salt and black pepper or grill seasoning on top of herbs. Finely chop the garlic, herbs, and spices. Drizzle the olive oil over the tuna steaks just enough to coat each side. Rub herb and garlic mixture into fish, coating pieces evenly on each side. Let stand 10 minutes.
Grill tuna steaks 6 minutes on each side or 4 minutes on each side, if you prefer pink tuna at the center. Cook steaks over: high setting on indoor electric grill, medium high heat on outdoor gas grill or, 6 inches from hot, prepared charcoal.
Just came across this great recipe for Thanksgiving…. turned out perfectly. <y changes as always are in RED
Roast Turkey Breast with Potatoes, Green Beans, and Mustard Pan Sauce
6 servings PREP: 25 minutes TOTAL: 2 hours Recipe by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- 4 tablespoons honey mustard, divided (I used grainy mustard)
- 5 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, divided (I used dried rosemary)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 2 1/4-pound boneless turkey breast, net removed (I used a skinless one from Costco)
- 2 pounds baby potatoes, halved
- 2 cups thinly sliced leeks (white and pale green parts only; about 2 large) (substitute carrots, small onions and baby squash)
- 2 8-ounce packages trimmed French green beans (haricot verts)
- 1 cup low-salt chicken broth
- TEST KITCHEN TIPS
The Bon Appetit Test Kitchen used a whole small turkey breast when testing this recipe. If you plan on cooking a turkey breast half, then shorten your cooking time.
- To ensure the best results, make sure your oven is calibrated to the correct temperature.
- After 30 minutes, check the potatoes and leeks for doneness. After 35 to 45 minutes, check the turkey temperature with an instant-read thermometer. It should register 165°F when it’s done.
- If you don’t like the tarragon, thyme or rosemary would suit this recipe just as nicely. Just be sure to use a smaller amount—about 1 tablespoon—as these herbs can be overpowering.
NOTE: I did the turkey in one covered Corelle baking dish and the vegetables in another…on the same shelf in our gas oven. I did put te green beans in with the turkey as indicated.
- Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Coat 2 heavy large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick spray. Whisk 2 tablespoons mustard, 2 tablespoons tarragon or rosemary, and 1 tablespoon oil in small bowl. Place turkey breast, skin side up, on 1 prepared baking sheet; sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Spread mustard mixture over skin. Roast turkey in bottom third of oven 45 minutes.
- While turkey roasts, toss potatoes, sliced leeks, 1 tablespoon tarragon or rosemary, and 1 tablespoon oil in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; spread out on second baking sheet.
- After turkey has roasted 45 minutes, place potatoes in top third of oven. Roast along with turkey until potatoes are tender, stirring potatoes occasionally, about 45 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven.
- Toss beans with 1 tablespoon tarragon and 1/2 tablespoon oil in large bowl; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread beans around turkey; pour broth over beans. Continue roasting until thermometer inserted into thickest part of turkey registers 165°F and beans are crisp-tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Rewarm potatoes in oven 5 minutes.
- Place potatoes and beans on platter. Slice turkey; place on same platter. Whisk 2 tablespoons mustard into turkey juices on sheet; season with salt and pepper. Spoon some juices over turkey; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon tarragon. Pass remaining juice.
IF you are still able to afford the roast, this was a great recipe which I made in the North for our friend. Ask the butcher to remove the ‘ribs’ and tie them back onto the roast! While it was in the oven, I added parsnips, potatoes and some great heritage carrots (the multi-colored types) after dropping the temperature to 250 degrees. The ‘jus’ was wonderful!
PRIME RIB ROAST WITH MUSTARD & ROSEMARY CRUST
Jennifer MacKenzie (LCBO Food and Drink Holiday 2009)
With a simple mustard and herb seasoning, the wonderful beefy flavour of prime rib really shines. Searing the roast in a hot oven and then cooking it low and slow does take a little longer but it seals in every drop of juice keeping it melt-in-your-mouth tender. A good meat thermometer is worth the investment to make sure you get an accurate test for doneness. The slow roasting method reduces the quantity of pan drippings so the flavour of the jus relies on good-quality stock. Use homemade stock if you have it or the highest-quality prepared stock available. If you prefer thickened gravy, stir 2 tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour into the onions and cook for a minute before adding the stock.
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ACCURATELY!!!!
5 lbs (2.2 kg) beef prime rib premium oven roast
½ cup (125 mL) grainy or Dijon mustard
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh rosemary,
or 2 tsp (10 mL) dried
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1 tsp (5 mL) coarsely ground pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) finely chopped fresh rosemary,
or ¼ tsp (1 mL) dried
2 cups (500 mL) beef stock
1 tsp (5 mL) grainy or Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
2. Place roast rib-side down in roasting pan. Combine mustard, rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub over top and sides of roast.
3. Roast for 10 minutes. Turn heat down to 275°F (140°C). Add whatever vegetables you prefer
4. Roast rib for 3 to 3½ hours or until meat thermometer reads 135°F (57°C) for medium rare, 4 hours or until meat thermometer reads 145°F (62°C) for medium or until desired doneness. Place roast on cutting board and tent with foil for 20 minutes.
5. To make jus, place pan over medium heat and stir in onions and rosemary; sauté for about 3 minutes or until soft. Stir in beef stock and mustard and bring to a boil, scraping up any bits stuck to pan. Simmer, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until slightly reduced. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a warmed gravy boat. Serve slices of roast drizzled with jus.
This was a great recipe! Instead of using a whole chicken, I used chicken legs since Larry is fond of the dark meat. My only suggestion would be to watch the cooking times depending on your cooker. My legs were done almost one hour before I expected…LOL. Red lettering. as always, reflects my changes to Paula’s great recipe…
SLOW COOKER ORANGE ROSEMARY CHICKEN
Courtesy of Paula Deen
- 1 (3-4 pound) roasting chicken (6 or 8 chicken legs or thighs skin removed)
- 2/3 cup chicken broth
- 2 oranges, quartered, divided
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 oranges, zested
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup orange marmalade
- 2 rosemary sprigs, more for garnish
- 1 head of garlic
- 3 orange slices
In the bottom of slow cooker, add chicken broth, 4 orange quarters and onion. In a small mixing bowl, stir together butter, orange zest, chopped rosemary, salt, pepper and marmalade.
Pat chicken dry and liberally salt and pepper the cavity. (or just salt and pepper the legs or thighs).
Place remaining orange quarters, rosemary sprigs, and garlic inside the cavity (or on top of the legs).
If using a whole chicken – loosen the skin from the meat. Place half of butter mixture underneath the skin. Rub remaining butter on the outside of the chicken. Place chicken on top of orange quarters and lay three orange slices on top of the bird.
If using legs or thighs, rub them with a little butter, lay the orange quarters on the bottom of the cooker and then three slices on top of the legs.
Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or until juices run clear. Legs took about 6 hours!
With the cooler weather coming in, I went searching for a great and easy pork roast recipe. Simple and yet very tasty. The leftover pork and sauce made great open face sandwiches for lunch today…if you are watching your sugar intake, cut back on the honey…I used only 4 Tablespoons…
Honey, Mustard and Rosemary Pork Roast
3/4 cup beer
1/2 cup Dijon mustard (I used the peppercorn version)
6 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 2-pound boneless pork loin roast
1/2 cup whipping cream
Whisk first 6 ingredients to blend in 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish. Add pork and turn to coat. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour or cover and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Transfer pork to rack set in roasting pan; reserve marinade. Roast until thermometer inserted into center registers 150°F., about 55 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes.
Strain marinade into heavy medium saucepan. (Not really necessary to strain). Add cream and juices from roasting pan. Boil sauce until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Slice pork; arrange on platter. Drizzle some sauce over. Serve, passing extra sauce separately.