Baked Pork Chop

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups panko
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Four 3/4-inch bone-in pork chops (about 2 1/4 pounds)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Combine the panko, oil, Parmesan, Italian seasoning and 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Put the pork chops in a large bowl and toss to coat with 1 tablespoon water. Place the pork chops in the bag and shake well to coat, pressing the breadcrumb mixture firmly into the meat.
  2. Place the pork chops on a wire rack set on a baking sheet and top evenly with any breadcrumbs remaining in the bag. Bake until the breadcrumbs are dark golden and the internal temperature of the chops registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer (avoid touching bone), about 30 minutes. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, if using.
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Thai Spicy Eggplant with Sweet Basil

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 Tbs. peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 3 baby eggplants, cubed into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 medium-sized onion, diced
  • 1 medium-sized red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. white vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. dark soy sauce, such as tamari
  • 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn

Directions

  1. Cook jasmine rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a deep skillet or wok-shaped pan over high heat. Add oil and crushed red pepper, and let sizzle for 10 to 15 seconds. Add eggplant, and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic, and stir-fry for 3 minutes more. Add vinegar and soy sauce. Sprinkle with sugar, and toss for 1 or 2 minutes longer.
  3. Remove pan from heat, add basil leaves and toss to combine with eggplant. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
  • 1/3 cup King Arthur Triple Cocoa Blend or Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 2/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini, gently pressed
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F; lightly grease an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, honey, oil, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Add the salt, baking soda, baking powder, espresso powder, cocoa, and flour, mixing until well combined.
  4. Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake the bread for 65 to 75 minutes, until the loaf tests done (a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center will come out clean, save for perhaps a light smear of chocolate from the melted chips).
  7. Remove the bread from the oven, and let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes before turning it out of the pan onto a rack.
  8. Cool completely before slicing; store well-wrapped, at room temperature.
  9. Yield: one 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf.

Weeknight Mapo Tofu with Ground Pork

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 1½-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • 4 scallions, chopped, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns or freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese black bean garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound silken tofu, drained, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Torn basil leaves and steamed white rice (for serving)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a small heavy pot over medium-high. Add ground pork and cook undisturbed until very well browned, about 5 minutes. Break pork up into small pieces and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until browned all over, about 3 minutes longer. Add jalapeño, garlic, ginger, and 4 scallions and cook, stirring often, until softened and very fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste and Sichuan peppercorns and cook, stirring constantly, until paste is slightly darkened in color, about 1 minute. Add broth and black bean garlic sauce and bring to a simmer. Mix cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. water in a small bowl to form a slurry, then stir into broth.
  2. Return to a simmer and cook just until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add tofu, cover pot, and let simmer gently until tofu is heated through (do not stir or tofu will break apart).
  3. Divide mapo dofu into bowls and top with basil and more chopped scallion. Serve with rice.

Beef Mince Noodle Stir-Fry

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plum sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 150g green beans, trimmed, halved
  • 1/2 x 300g packet shredded carrot
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 350g fresh chow mein noodles
  • 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced

Jerk Chicken

Ingredients

FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 1 lb. bunch green onions, plus more thinly sliced for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 pieces bone-in chicken drumsticks and thighs
  • Vegetable oil, for grill

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine green onions, garlic, jalapen~o, lime juice, oil, brown sugar, allspice, thyme, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons water and blend until smooth. Set aside 1/4 cup.
  2. Place chicken in a shallow dish and season with salt.Pour remaining marinade over chicken; toss to coat. Let marinate in fridge, turning once or twice, at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  3. When ready to grill, heat grill to medium-high and oil grates. Grill chicken, turning occasionally, until chicken is charred in spots, about 10 minutes.
  4. Move chicken to a cooler part of the grill and brush with reserved marinade. Grill, covered, until chicken is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes more.

Six-Grain Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
  • 1 cup six-grain blend
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup Baker’s Special Dry Milk or 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk granules
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl or the bucket of a bread machine. Mix and knead by hand, electric mixer or bread machine until the dough is smooth and supple, adding additional liquid or all-purpose flour as needed.
  2. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for about 1 hour. (In a bread machine, allow the machine to complete its dough cycle.)
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly oiled work surface, and shape it into a 9″ log.
  4. Place the loaf in a lightly greased 9″ x 5″ pan, cover the pan, and let the loaf rise about 40 to 60 minutes, or until it’s crowned about 1″ over the rim of the pan. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Bake the bread for 30 to 40 minutes, or until it’s golden brown and its internal temperature registers 190°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  6. Remove the bread from the oven, remove it from the pan, and allow it to cool on a rack.
  7. Yield: 1 loaf.