Porchetta and Polenta

Total:3 hr 15 min  Prep:1 hr  Cook: 2 hr 15 minYield: 20 servings

Ingredients

For the Pork:
For the Onions:
For the Polenta:

Directions

Prepare the pork: To butterfly, slice down the middle of the pork with a sharp knife, about two-thirds of the way through. Open the meat like a book and pound with a mallet or heavy skillet into a 1-inch-thick rectangle, about

8 by 14 inches. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Season the pork with about 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. In a small bowl, mix the lemon zest, garlic, 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, the sage, rosemary and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Rub the mixture all over the pork, then roll it up tightly and tie with twine. Drizzle the roll with olive oil and rub all over; sprinkle with pepper and more fennel seeds. (The roll can be prepared up to 3 days in advance; refrigerate until roasting.)

Place the pork roll on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Roast until a thermometer inserted into the middle registers 180 degrees and the pork is crusty on the outside, about 2 hours. Let rest 15 minutes before slicing.

While the pork roasts, make the pickled onions: Bring the vinegar, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, the bay leaf, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion slices and simmer 1 minute, then remove from the heat and let the onion cool in the liquid. (Leftover pickled onions will keep in the liquid for weeks.)

Prepare the polenta: Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and fry the polenta until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. To assemble, arrange the polenta on a platter or individual plates. Thinly slice the pork roll, then cut into bite-size pieces and pile on the polenta. Top with pickled onions and serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy Ted Allen for Food Network Magazine

Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini

MAKES: 36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 French bread baguette (1 pound), cut into 36 slices
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • Dash salt
  • Additional toasted almonds, optional

Directions

Place bread slices on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 8-9 minutes or until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cheese, mayonnaise, almonds, bacon, onion and salt. Spread over bread. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with additional almonds if desired. Serve warm. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2007, p42

1 each: 120 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

Churro Almonds

Total Time: Prep: Cook:
Level: Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 c. almonds
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 c. water
  • melted white chocolate

Directions

  1. Combine sugars, cinnamon, salt and water in a large skillet over medium heat. When the sugar has dissolved, stir in the almonds. Stir constantly until the almonds are completely coated and the sugar crystallizes, about 8-10 minutes. The mixture should be dry.
  2. Remove from heat and transfer almonds to parchment paper to cool. Drizzle with melted white chocolate. Let set for 10 minutes. Serve at room temperature.

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a51065/churro-almonds-recipe/

Cranberry Chili Meatballs

MAKES: 76 servings TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs, thawed

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the first six ingredients; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add meatballs; cook for 20-25 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Editor’s Note: To prepare in a slow cooker, heat sauce ingredients as directed. Add sauce and meatballs to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Chili Meatballs in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p14

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 51 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 lean meat.

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