Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash.

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/Curry Roasted Acorn Squash.

Prep Time: 25 MINUTES               Cook Time: 7 HOURS                 Total Time: 7 HOURS 25 MINUTES

 

This crockpot crispy caramelized pork ramen noodle soup with curry roasted acorn squash is some real deal Ramen. The mixture of flavors and broth – oh my!! Ramen has always been one of my favorite things to eat and now it’s one that I love to make AND eat – YUM.

Growing up I pretty much lived on Ramen Noodle Soup. Especially during the cold fall and winter months. If you live in northeast Ohio, especially along the lake, like I used to, you know that those months can be brutal. Comforting soup is the best cure-all. The rain, the freezing rain, the snow, the ice, the bitter cold – with no sunshine for days.
UGH.

Ramen, and maybe a roaring wood burning fire, can restore sanity. I would come home from school, boil the water, add the noodles + seasoning and cuddle up on the couch with a big blanket (if I was lucky, the fire was going too), my hot bowl of ramen and either a re-run episode of Gilmore Girls or 7th Heaven.

Ok, that was my ideal day. I cannot say how often that truly happened because I had five other brothers living in the house as well. Getting the TV all to myself meant that I was probably still in grade three, four or five because for some reason those grades got out at 2:45pm. The rest of the grades got out at 3:15 (middle school + high school) and 3:55 (lower elementary school). For the record, Kensington (my upper elementary school) was by far my favorite school, for the sole reason that while attending, I got out earlier than all my siblings. This meant that I had at least an hour alone with my mom after school. With five other siblings + my dad all fighting for her attention, this was obviously the best thing ever to me. It was rare that it was just us girls in the house so I always loved that time after school. Unless of course I had a boatload of homework. Then I was stressed to the max and HAD to get it done right-away (issues).

 

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It’s probably clear I was a total freak. No denying it. I mean what kid does their homework literally right after school? I wouldn’t eat or do anything till it was all done. Mental issues? Yes, yes, yes, I had them and still do, but now they are in different forms…

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I have not actually had Ramen Noodle Soup, with the seasoning pack and all, in years because my mom and I sadly found out (at way too young of an age) that Ramen was basically a bunch of processed junk that we did not want to be putting into our bodies. I still remember the day my aunt Alyssa called and broke the news that our beloved Ramen probably wasn’t the best thing to be eating. Daily. And yes, even as a kid I never wanted to eat junk food unless my mom made it from scratch, meaning all her cookies, cakes, K-bars and pies where fair game. I didn’t even like chips. See, total freak.

Last year I made this Thai peanut chicken ramen that I still love and make all the time with angel hair pasta, but this fall it was time for a new Ramen. And um, I have to say that I have totally upped my Ramen making game.

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The caramelized pork does the trick. It’s pretty awesome, but I still think the egg… or maybe the curry roasted acorn squash (can’t decide) are my favorites. Together they honestly make the most perfect bowl of ramen.

Bonus, the pork gets cooked all day in the crockpot too. It’s the best way to make this because not only does it make dinner easy, but the pork gets cooked low and slow and creates an incredible broth. Seriously, the broth is out of this world good. There is a little work to do before dinner, you have to roast the acorn squash and get the pork all crispy + caramelized in the skillet, but I promise the extra efforts will be so worth it. You do not HAVE to make the pork all caramelized and crispy. It’s still going to be good if you don’t, but I highly recommend taking the extra ten minutes to do so. It takes the meal to a whole new level. Plus, it totally makes this a Bahn Mi Ramen Noodle Soup.

And the squash, well it’s the perfect fall topping to add to Ramen. I wouldn’t do it any other way. So good.

 

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And those noodles, while nothing will ever compare to real deal Ramen noodles.

 

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  1. Add the pork to the bowl of a crockpot. Pour the chicken broth, 1/4-1/2 cup soy sauce (depending on your taste), 1/4 cup rice vinegar and fish sauce over the pork. Add the thai red curry paste, ginger, sambal oelek, juice of 1 lime, Chinese five spice powder, black pepper and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours (I recommend going low and slow).
  2. About 40 minutes before you are ready to eat, roast the squash. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the melted coconut oil, curry powder, miso, brown sugar and a good pinch of pepper. Add the cubed squash to a greased baking sheet and pour the curry mixture over the squash. Toss well. Bake for 30-40 minutes, tossing a couple of times during cooking. You want the squash to be lightly browned and crisp.
  4. Meanwhile, remove the pork from the crockpot and add the mushrooms. Cover the crockpot and crank the heat up to high. Lightly shred the pork with two forks or your hands.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame oil. Once hot, add enough pork to cover just the surface of your skillet, do not over crowd the skillet. Sprinkle a little brown sugar over the pork, add 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, toss. Allow the pork to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Stir and allow the pork to continue to caramelize, about 3-5 minutes total. Remove the pork from the skillet, repeat with the remaining pork. Keep the pork warm.
  6. Add the Ramen noodles to the crockpot and allow them to cook 5 minutes. Once the noodles are cooked, stir in only half of the pork. Ladle the soup into bowls. Top with extra caramelized pork, curry roasted acorn squash and an egg. Season the egg with salt and pepper, Add the carrots, jalapeños, green onions and cilantro if desired. Happy slurping!
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August Lamb Challange Recipe- BBQ Lamb Rib

August Lamb Challange Recipe- BBQ Lamb Rib

Sometimes you just want to put something on and then forget about it while it does its own thing.. well slow roasted dippy messy, not alot of meat on them ribs fit the bill.

  • 3 to 4 pds worth of Lamb Riblits-take out the night before and allowed to thaw in the fridge
  • 3 Tbsp of oil or so to brown the ribs in, a frying pan on med heat.

Then move ribs and all drippings from the frying pan to the roaster or to a crock pot.

At that time, you can add

  • 1 clove of garlic-minced
  • 1/2 cup of vinager (any kind will work but apple or white wine are very nice)
  • 1 cup of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp of worcesterhire sauce
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 small onion minced
  • half a tsp of salt/pepper

Put all the rest back into your frying pan and simmer for 15 min then pour over the ribs and bake in the over at 350 for about 2 hours or into a crock pot on low for four to six hours till the meat is falling off the bone.

A thank you out to Will for letting me know that for whatever reason the first posting didn’t work properly, thankfully I had a draft version still saved so didn’t have to write it out again.. very sorry folks that it came out the first time incomplete.

 

 

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Buckle

Strawberry-Rhubarb Buckle

Prep: 20 mins    Cook: 40 mins    Total: 1 hr     Servings: 8     Yield: 8 servings

 

Growing up in Wisconsin, we had a patch of rhubarb growing in our backyard, and I loved all of the delicious desserts my Mom would make when it was in season. This recipe is my spin on her strawberry-rhubarb cake. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

 

Ingredients

Strawberry-Rhubarb Filling:
Cake Batter:
Topping:

 

Directions

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  • Combine rhubarb, strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of water in a saucepan. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until mixture begins to boil, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low.

  • In a small bowl, stir together remaining 2 tablespoons of water with cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved. Add mixture to the saucepan and continue cooking fruit until mixture begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Remove from stove and set aside to cool.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9-inch deep dish pie pan with non-stick cooking spray, and place on a baking sheet.

  • Beat 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of sugar with an electric mixer in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, and yogurt. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix until just combined. Spread 2/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. Pour strawberry-rhubarb filling on top of the batter. Spread remaining 1/3 of the batter in small mounds atop the filling. Set aside.

  • Combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and 2 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl. Mix using a fork, a pastry blender, or your hands, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on top of the batter and filling.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cake topping is nicely browned, about 35 minutes.

     

 

Nutrition Facts

386 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 57.4g; fat 15.7g; cholesterol 62.3mg; sodium 379.7mg.
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Smoked Brisket

Smoked Brisket

12 INGREDIENTS
MAKES 12 SERVINGS
APPROXIMATELY 12 HOURS (1 HR PER POUND OF BRISKET)

Ingredients:

 

1 whole Brisket

6 cups post oak wood chips

2 Tbsp. ground coffee

2 Tbsp. kosher salt

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

4 tsp. paprika

4 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

Preparation:

INDIRECT SMOKING

1. Season Brisket generously with seasoning mixture.

2. Lightly coat grates with vegetable oil spray. Close cooking chamber lids.

3. Place 3-5 lbs. of charcoal, in center of the firebox. Open the firebox air vent approximately 1-2″, and smokestack damper halfway. With firebox lid open, stand back, carefully light charcoal and allow to burn until covered with a light ash. (Approximately 20 minutes)

4. Once coals have ashed over, add wood chunks. Do not shut firebox lid until the smoke is clean, often called Blue Smoke.

5. Close firebox lid. Adjust the firebox air vent and smokestack damper to regulate cooking temperature. The ideal smoking temperature is between 200°F-250°F.

6. Place brisket on cooking grate, fat side up, in the cooking chamber. Maintain a consistent cooking temperature by adding wood chunks as needed. Monitor the internal temperature of the brisket throughout the cooking process. The ideal finished internal temperature is 195°F-205°F.

7. Remove brisket from smoker and allow to rest. (Minimum 3o minutes)

 

 

WATER SMOKING

1. Lightly coat grate with vegetable oil or vegetable oil spray. Close cooking chamber lids.

2. Place 3-5 lbs. of charcoal, in center of the firebox. Open the firebox air vent approximately 1-2″, and smokestack damper halfway. With firebox lid open, stand back, carefully light charcoal and allow to burn until covered with a light ash. (Approximately 20 minutes)

3. Once coals have ashed over, add wood chunks. Do not shut firebox lid until the smoke is clean, often called Blue Smoke.

4. Close firebox lid. Adjust the firebox air vent and smokestack damper to regulate cooking temperature. The ideal smoking temperature is between 200°F-250°F.

5. Place water pan under brisket grate. One gallon of water will last 2-3 hours.

6. Place well-seasoned brisket on cooking grate. fat side up, in the cooking chamber.

7. Maintain a consistent cooking temperature by adding wood chunks as needed. Monitor internal temperature of the brisket throughout the cooking process. The ideal finished internal temperature is 195°F-205°F.

8. Remove brisket from smoker and allow to rest. (Approximately 30 minutes)

 

 

INDIRECT GRILLING:

1. Soak wood chips in water at least one hour.  Drain and set aside.

2. In a bowl combine coffee and remaining 9 ingredients. Generously rub brisket with coffee and spice mixture.

3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling.  Remove grill rack; set aside. Heating one side of grill to high and leaving one side with heat off.  Pierce bottom of a disposable aluminum foil pan several times with the tip of a knife.  Place pan on heat element on heated side of grill; add 1 ½ cups soaked wood chips to pan. Place another disposable aluminum foil pan on unheated side of grill.  Pour 2 cups water in pan. Let chips stand for about 15 minutes or until smoking; reduce heat to medium-low. Maintain temperature at 225°F.  Place grill rack on grill.

4. Place brisket in a small roasting pan, place pan on grill rack on unheated side.  Close lid; cook for 6 hours or until internal temperature registers 190°F.  Add 1 ½ cups wood chips every hour for the first 4 hours; cover pan with foil for remaining 2 hours. The ideal finished internal temperature is 195°F-205°F. Remove from grill.  Let stand, covered, 30 minutes.

5. Unwrap brisket, reserving juices; trim and discard fat.  Using a large strainer, drain drippings into a bowl reserving liquid.  Skim any fat from the top of the liquid.  Serve with reserved liquid.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Nutrition information per serving: Calories 290; Total fat 22g (Sat. fat 9g; Trans fat 0g); Cholest. 75 mg; Sodium 690mg; Total Carb. 2g; Fiber 0g; Total Sugars 1g; Protein 21g; Vit D (0% DV); Calcium (2% DV); Iron (15% DV); Potas. (10%DV)


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Soy-Glazed Meatloaf

Soy-Glazed Meatloaf

Ground beef mixed with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, onion and parsley creates a kicked-up meatloaf recipe that will be your family’s new go-to. The secret to moist meatloaf? A generous amount of meatloaf glaze brushed over the loaf before baking, of course! This soy-glazed meatloaf is doused in a delicious mixture of ketchup, brown sugar and— you guessed it— umami-rich soy sauce. Made from a fermented paste of soybeans and roasted grains, this Chinese condiment lends an earthy, salty taste to everything it touches.

Got allergies to soy? You’ve got options. Try gluten-free tamari, which is often made without wheat, and is thicker, darker, and milder in flavor. Coconut aminos, a slightly sweeter sauce made from coconut tree sap and salt, makes a great paleo-friendly pick.

 

CAL/SERV: 275          YIELDS: servings             PREP TIME: hours mins             TOTAL TIME: hour mins

 
 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 large eggs
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt and pepper

1/2 c. panko
1 small onion, coarsely grated
1/2 c. fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 1/2 lb. ground beef chuck

Mixed green salad, for serving

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Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. In bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar and 1 teaspoon soy sauce.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, balsamic vinegar, remaining tablespoon soy sauce and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper; stir in panko and let sit 2 minutes. Add onion and parsley and mix to combine.
  3. Add beef and mix just until incorporated. Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet and shape into 9- by 3½-inch loaf.
  4. Brush loaf with ketchup mixture. Bake until internal temp registers 150°F, 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with salad if desired.

Nutritional Information (per serving): About 275 calories, 14.5 g fat (5.5 g saturated), 23.5 g protein, 430 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber

 
 

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