Originally posted 2013-04-28 05:00:00.
I love cooking things that are delicious and simple. The Dutch Oven Herb Pork Loin was quick and easy which certainly fits the bill of both!!! It wasn’t much work to get it together and we all enjoyed it so much there were no leftovers! The best part is that it was so great no one added ketchup or anything else! LOL. Chief ZooKeeper always insists on modifying things, this one he complimented repeatedly! It would be incredibly easy to prepare the ingredients, brown, and then start after work or school. A one pot meal with little clean up so you can get to what’s important: your life!
For our health, we chose to go to a very paleo like diet. That’s when I realized just how much junk was truly in my ‘healthy’ diet. I only call it junk because since I’ve switched, I’ve learned that my body was not happy with many of my food choices. I feel better and am healthier, that’s totally worth the sacrifice.
Dutch Oven Herb Pork Loin
- 4 pound boneless top loin roast
- 1 tsp thyme
- Horseradish Sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 onions, thinly sliced (leave out for auto immune and paleo diet!)
- carrots, bell peppers, etc as desired. sliced small
- Rub pork with thyme.
- Heat the dutch oven on high then brown loin on all sides.
- When pork has been browned, brush all sides with horse radish sauce.
- Add the water to the pot. Place the lid on and turn heat to low.
- Cook until meat reaches 140 degrees.
- At 140 degrees, remove pork and place in a warming area (I use the oven typically and keep it covered, you don’t want the oven on or it will cook the meat too much)
- Add vegetables to oven and saute. Cook until done.
Need some fabulous desserts? We have lots, check out this yummy Raspberry Almond Delight!
The first time I had these was when I was a kid at my Great Granny’s house. She and some ladies had a regular Bridge night where they all brought easy to eat and super yummy snacks. Granny let me and my cousin Krystle have some before we were sent off to let the grown ups have their game time. From then on, I was in love! Later, I introduced them to my bestie Stacy and it was our go to snack for an entire summer. Fabulous that it’s a cold one on hot days, but works wonderfully on cooler days as well! I am pretty certain we brought stocks in Atkins Dill Pickles up a notch that summer!
Two things before I get started:
- These never had a name, I made one up. Previously they were those ham roll thingy’s. If you have a better name, PLEASE leave it in the comments! I’ve been trying to come up with a fitting one for a while. Pick’Ams pays homage to my Granny’s Southern Belle heritage, so I used it. LOL
- I’m always looking for simple appetizers! If you know of any, leave a link or suggestion or something! Seems like I have a hard time coming up with them!
1 Jar of Dill Pickles
Cream Cheese, softened (I use low fat)
1 Package Ham of Choice
In a bowl, mix cream cheese and mayo. If you aren’t using mayo, then simply ensure the cream cheese is at a spreadable temp.
Lay out ham and pat dry.
Using a spatula, spread the cream cheese mixture over the ham.
Place pickle on ham and roll it. Chill for 24 hours or more. The chilling helps harden the cream cheese back up and holds it together.
After it is chilled, slice and enjoy!
When I was a kid, my Mom and step-dad took me to this place in Tulsa, OK called Coney Island. It wasn’t an island, just a fast food joint, but it seemed magical. A place where they MADE chili dogs right in front of you! It was on special occasions that we went, like when I begged enough. LOL. Anyway, this is the closest I’ve come to re-living it at home. Just remember, the hot sauce you use makes a huge difference in the flavor. We tried it with green hot sauce and I wasn’t a fan. Chief Zoo Keeper liked it, I didn’t. Let me know if you find a fabulous variation!
- 1/2 c finely chopped (or even minced) white onion
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tsp worcestishire sauce
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- 1 c ketchup
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp chili powder
- Saute onion and garlic.
- Add ground beef, brown, drain.
- Combine other ingredients in a bowl, mix well, then add to ground beef mixture.
- Stir, heat, simmer, for 1 hour. If it begins to dry out, add water and scrape the bottom of the pan. Continue simmering for the entire hour. Gets the flavor in so well!
- Enjoy with your favorite franks and sides!