Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

Happy Wednesday all! Recipe of the day is Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups – succulent meat cups with scrambled eggs with feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes – lovely breakfast idea or just a snack on the go!

Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

It’s been a whole week without posting! It seems every time I try to be more organised and post regularly something gets on a way. And it’s usually something to do with the kids. In this case, it was chickenpox. At lest now it’s over though. Both of my kids had it, two weeks apart and while my older daughter was really lucky and barely had any blisters, my poor baby had it really bad. But again, I’m so glad it’s over now. Easter is coming so are my new recipes so stay tuned…

And the weather’s been amazing recently! It makes me think of some yummy Spring-inspired recipes. So lots of cooking planned ahead!

Anyhow, the recipe is here now so back to it…

This is and incredibly easy recipe made in a muffin tray. All you need is minced pork, sun-dried tomatoes and eggs and feta cheese. If you’re looking for a filling breakfast ideas this is for you. It’s cheesy, meaty and conveniently shaped in small cups ready to bite. 🙂

Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

I had some pork mince leftovers and wanted to make some scotch eggs which I love but then I thought my kids are not keen on them so instead I made these pretty cups.

I’ve been using lots of sun-dried tomatoes lately and they go so well in my savoury recipes. Whenever I’d like to add more flavour to a meal I open my kitchen cupboard and ,especially recently, reach towards the sun-dried tomatoes. That’s why I always have a jar of these in my kitchen cupboard. 🙂

Here’s how to make the Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups.

Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

Ingredients

  • 300g pork mince
  • 1 egg
  • 2tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 7-8 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2eggs
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
  • fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the pork, egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning. Add a handful of fresh parsley and mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and shape the mixture in small balls. Arrange them on the tray and press with your fingers to make a hole(so you can fill them in with the eggs mixture).
  4. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the egg mixture - in a bowl, simply mix the eggs, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes together.
  6. Fill the pork cups wit the mixture and place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until ready.
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Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

Stuffed Celeriac with Pork

Happy Thursday guys! The recipe of the day is Stuffed Celeriac with Pork. It’s incredible easy and delicious, perfect for the winter nights. And it only uses a few ingredients but lots of spices to make you feel warm. 🙂

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet or just starting out? Or maybe haven’t thought about it yet. I believe I’m done, hopefully. Not that I don’t enjoy it, Christmas is my favourite time of the year but all that choosing a gift that your loved ones will love and that’s within your budget, it’s quite stressful. I find it very stressful actually. Now that is over, I just hope everyone will be happy with their gifts from Santa. 🙂

Back to the recipe now. 🙂 I admit, I haven’t really used celeriac much, I’ve tried salads and soups with it but never stuffed it. It’s got really specific flavour, very aromatic and I think it really complemented the pork. I also added a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top for a crispy cheesy finish. 🙂 Really good stuff, I definitely recommend it.

Stuffed Celeriac

To be honest though, my little one was not that keen on the celeriac. She didn’t mind the pork but I guess this specific flavour wasn’t really her type. 🙂 It seems that’s the case with lot’s of ingredients these days. She’s getting fussier by the day. I really hope that’s because of the age because I’m really running out of option what to prepare for her so she could happily eat it. Apart from the all time favourite chicken nuggets, chips and pizza. 🙂 These are always winners but I can’t offer them everyday. Anyway, I’m not giving up, I try various recipes everyday and try to convince her to at least have a bite. Do you have the same problem?:-)

And here’s what you need for the Stuffed Celeriac.

Ingredients:

  • 1 celeriac, cut in halves
  • 200g pork, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 150g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1tsp Garam Masala
  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp thyme
  • a handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt to taste

Stuffed Celeriac

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Drizzle the celeriac halves with some olive oil and place in the oven for about 30 minutes until soft.
  2. Remove from the oven and when cooled, scoop out the celeriac so you can stuff it with the pork. Chop the celeriac that was scooped out.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a pan with the olive oil and gently sweat the onions, celeriac and carrots for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the pork, season with the spices, mix well and leave to cook for about 15 minutes or until ready. Make sure to stir occasionally.
  5. Fill the celeriac halves with the pork mixture, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and place in the oven for about 15 minutes so the cheese is crispy and golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not serve with some rice or quinoa?

Stuffed Celeriac

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Happy Wednesday guys! The recipe of the day is quick and easy Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Beef.

It’s a delicious and very satisfying meal.  Stuffed peppers have become one of our family’s favourite recipes. It seems they are always popular no matter what you stuff them with. 🙂 I usually make them with beef, pork and rice but this time instead of the rice I used quinoa. There was definitely a difference in the taste. You know, how quinoa adds a but nuttiness to the food. Well, it made the peppers really tasty and healthy.

The recipe is really basic and requires only a few ingredients but the taste is amazing. I love this version but if you’re a vegetarian or simply prefer a lighter version, use quinoa only or check below for some yummy vegetarian Stuffed Peppers recipes. I particularly like the ones with the cheese. Cheese is always good, the more, the better 🙂 And not to mention, they’re actually quite light and healthy so if you watch your diet, this is a good option. Probably without the Parmesan cheese though 🙂

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Here’s what you need for these quick and easy Stuffed Peppers.

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 peppers, cut in halves
  • 200g quinoa, cooked
  • 300g beef mince
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Heat a pan with the olive oil and gently sweat the onion, garlic and carrots for about 10 minutes. Add a tiny bit of water so they’re not frying.
  3. Add the beef mince and quinoa and season with the spices. Stir the mixture well and cook for about 20 minutes or until ready, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add more water.
  4. Grease a baking tray and arrange the peppers on top. Start filling them with the beef and quinoa mixture. Place in the oven and leave for about 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top when serving.

Enjoy!

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Tip: For more Stuffed Peppers recipes check here:

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with Minced Pork, Vegetables & Rice

Bacon & Orzo Stuffed Peppers with Mozzarella Cheese

Meatless Monday: Feta & Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Why not improvise and mix things up a little bit? You can use some leftover rice or simply cheese and veggies. That’s what I like in making Stuffed Peppers. You can basically put whatever you’d like and it’ll still taste good. But the ingredients that always work are definitely cheese, bacon, beef, pork, rice and quinoa. I mean, I’ve tried these and I loved them all. But there are much more to try, right! 🙂

Slow Cook Pork Stew with Dumplings

Happy Wednesday all! I have a very comforting and heart-warming Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings for you today! It’s exactly what we need in this weather 🙂 It’ll  definitely make you feel better and warmer. And the best part are the all butter dumpling that are so buttery and so good soaking all the juices from the stew. Oh, and the second best part is that you actually make the stew in a slow cooker, so it’s very simple and straightforward. Seriously, if you don’t won one of these already, you definitely need to get one. It just makes your life easier and your food tastier 🙂 All you need to do is to dump the ingredients in the slow cooker and just relax. Well, make sure to stir it from time to time though as it may burn (I know from experience).

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Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings

It was the first time I used swede in a stew and to be honest, I was a bit sceptic about it, but as it happens most of the times, I loved it. I can’t believe I’ve neglected it and used it in salads mostly. Believe me, guys, it tastes amazing in stews, especially in a Slow Cooked Pork Stew 🙂 I’d describe the taste as a mixture of pumpkin and sweet potato.

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Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings

Oh, and a little info on a side, you might wonder what the yellowish colour is form? I didn’t use turmeric but I used a tiny bit of a seasoning I got from Spain. It turns out, it’s actually meant to add colour to the dishes, not really flavour. Well, it really added colour to the Pork Stew 🙂

I used lots of other spices and herbs so this is like an explosion of flavours – there’s cumin, bay leaves, paprika, black pepper and nutmeg. This definitely made the dish so warming and simply delicious.

So, let’s get to the butter dumplings now 🙂 I’m pretty sure, from now on, I’ll add these to all my stews. They turned out so soft and purely tasted like butter. And I loved the onion seeds I added all over them (I’ve never used onion seeds before but saw them in my local store and decided to give them a go). Isn’t it great when you discover new ingredients and use them in your recipes? 🙂

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Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings

If you’d rather use beef, that is fine, depending on the cut though, it’ll much likely take more time to cook it. But doest it really matter when you use the slow cooker 🙂

When I think about it, fish would be good too 🙂 I know, there are many options, but I recommend trying this Pork Stew first. You won’t regret it, you might even love it 🙂

Check below for ingredients and instructions to make this easy Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings.

Ingredients:

  • 500g pork, cut in chunks
  • 1 carrot, roughly cut
  • 1 swede, cut in pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2tbsp sunflower oil

For the dumplings:

  • 150g flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 125g cold butter
  • 2tbsp onion seed

Preparation:

  1. Simply combine all the stew ingredients in the slow cooker, add about 2 cups of water and cover. Cook for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add more water.
  2. To make the dumplings – combine the ingredients with the cold butter and add some warm water in order to make a smooth dough. Shape up small balls and sprinkle onion seeds all over them.
  3. Add the dumplings to the stew and cook for another 40 minutes or until ready. Make sure to stir the stew so it won’t burn.