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Stand Up Pork Roll Ups

Well, back to cooking. Here’s something for real pork carnivores.

Our friends the Kings on Chesapeake Bay, sent us a recipe for Shrimp and Grits which eventually became ramekin Shrimp and Quinoa in the new book. They recently sent one of their daughter’s recipes for Pork Meatloaf which they had tried as a ramekin dish. I thought I would work on it to develop a stand up ramekin dish, so here’s my version. The Kings probably get a more flavorful grade of ground pork from their local butcher. My first try, made with super market pork, was a little bland, so I added 3 chopped up strips of raw bacon and some garlic to favor it up a bit. We also flattened out a large meatball sized chunk, put dried fruit in the center, rolled it up and inserted the roll into the tortilla. Kind of like a fruit stuffed pork tenderloin. This was much better, our pork needed the sweetness of the fruit. Don’t try to pack too much mix into the tortilla cup as they will just tear. I didn’t think the egg on top added anything to it, so it’s your choice. Myself I’d just place a thick slice of egg on top after cooking. If you’re not a pork fan this should also work with hamburger. Some one could even work out a tofu version! You could also make this as a single mini meat loaf in a cocotte, just pack the egg or the fruit into the center.  It would make for an interesting presentation. Makes  3 servings.


1/2 lb. pork sausage stuffing
1 egg Hard Boiled and shelled, cut in thick slices, optional
3 strips of bacon coarsely chopped
1/4 cup diced onion
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
1/2 tsp. Herbs de Provence
1/4 tsp. crushed garlic
couple of dashes of salt and pepper to taste
1/2 – 4oz.  jar of chopped pimentos
small amount of dried fruit, apricots or prunes
1 Grande flour burrito


TortillaPreheat oven to 350° f.
Boil the egg before needed as they should cool before using. I like them a little on the soft side, boil about 6 min. Cut into thick rounds
Mix the meat, bacon,onion, beaten egg, bread crumbs, spices and pimentos together.
Add the fruit to the center if you wish. Cut a grande burrito in half and pin the ends together with a toothpick, place this in a PAM sprayed ramekin. Gently fill the ramekin with the mixture about 2/3 full.

1loafBake for 25 – 30 min. until the tortilla browns on the edges. Pick the tortilla up using two forks, one on each side and place it on a plate. Place the slice of egg on top if you want.

You can make an interesting presentation by cutting them in half length wise like below.


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Beef Stroganoff in a Cup



Warm, with beef, noodles and cream, what could be better on a cold winter night. I like to use precooked, beef tips, they just melt in your mouth. You’ll probably find them in the ham and hot dog area of your market. We like it with a nice salad and a good Beaujolais. Life is good!


1 15 oz. pkg. precooked Beef Tips
1 4 oz. can Mushrooms, drained
3 pats of Butter
¼ cup diced onion
1 10 oz. can Beef Broth
1 Tbs. Flour
1 cup Medium Egg Noodles
Dash of Catsup, Garlic Powder, Dijon Mustard and Worcester Sauce
Pepper to taste (there’s usually enough salt in the broth and beef)
¼ cup heavy whipping Cream
1 Flour Tortilla
Sour Cream for the top or use Creme Fraiche (50/50 Heavy Cream and Sour Cream)
PAM cooking spray


Spray 3 eight to ten ounce ramekins with PAM. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.

Boil the egg noodles in salted water until they are slightly softened (about 3-4 min.), rinse, drain and reserve. Sauté the onion in the butter and when it has softened a little add the tablespoon of flour and stir it in well to coat all of the flour. Add about ¾ cup of the of broth, the mushrooms and dashes of catsup, mustard, garlic powder, pepper and Worcester sauce. Pour it into a medium sized bowl.

Separate the beef from most of the gravy in the box (you will need a little of it and they give you way too much) and add it to the bowl. Now pour in the whipping cream and the noodles and stir it all together. Cut the tortilla into thin strips and rough them up a little between your hands to form noodles. Fill the ramekins with the mixture and place a mound of the tortilla noodles on top. Bake for about 30 min. until the liquid is bubbling and the tortilla noodles have browned.

Serve in the hot ramekin with a dab of sour cream on top and a dash of paprika for color.



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Stand Up Lasagna!


I know, I did Lasagna in the first book. But I didn’t do it as a roll up, kind of an Italian Futo Maki. I thought it would make an attractive, different presentation for lasagna. You can also individualize the lasagnas, one meat, one veggie, one broccoli, etc. This also has the advantage of not making a huge amount of leftovers for you to gobble up at some later date. So grab your ramekins and let’s cook Italian.


8 Lasagna noodles (not the no boil kind)
¾ cup of hamburger and/or veggies you might prefer like finely chopped peppers,
spinach, broccoli flowers, etc.
1 garlic clove crushed
¼ cup finely chopped onion
2 eggs beaten
2/3rd cup shredded and chopped small, mozzarella cheese
1/3rd cup shredded and chopped small, Parmesan cheese
¾ cup ricotta cheese
½ Tbs. Oregano
½ Tsp. Basil
salt & pepper
¼ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
¼ cup spaghetti sauce (1 cup or so more for the side sauce)
3 ramekins sprayed with PAM


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large pot of salted water, boil the lasagna noodles until they are flexible. Sauté the hamburger in a little oil, breaking it up into small bits. Add the garlic and onion (sweet red peppers) and cook until they soften. Drain the pan and place the ingredients onto a paper towel to drain. Chop any other vegetables finely and reserve.

Beat the egg and add to it the cheeses, breadcrumbs, spices, etc. and spaghetti sauce. Salt and pepper this to taste. Lightly spray 3 ramekins with PAM

20222324Take two of the lasagna noodles and overlap the second noodle about an inch over the first to make a very long noodle. I make two holes with a small knife in this and jam a toothpick into each. Don’t try going thru with one toothpick as the noodle just breaks. Pull these toothpicks out when the roll is ready to place in the ramekin. Coat one side of the noodle with a very thin coat of the mixture. Lightly sprinkle this with the meat or veggie mixture, pat this down flat.

Roll the noodles up. Don’t be afraid if it oozes out the side or it is crooked. You can pat the filling back

27into the top and bottom and press it between two hands to reform it. Place it in a lightly sprayed ramekin. Put a little bit of the meat or veggies on top so you know which is which. I stick a toothpick into the seam in the roll to insure that they don’t unroll as they cook. Bake at 350 for 30 mins. Let them cool for 5 min. or so to harden up. In the meantime, heat up the side sauce. Then using two forks pick the roll out of the ramekin and put it on the plate. Serve it with some of the sauce on the side, a cool caesar salad and a good Valpolicello wine.

This will definitely go into the next book.





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MicroMiniSorry, its been a while since my last post. Guess I’ve been tied up with taxes, etc.

We have a little pop up camper. We had a big thirty foot trailer but we really felt like it was just too big. Too big for the road, too big to maneuver, too big to gas up, so we bought a little pop up 8×8 feet closed, fast on the road and easy to maneuver, cheap on gas. The down side of the popup is that there is no room to store a lot of stuff. Pots and pans particularly are a problem since you need so many and they are so large. I was looking at a cooking magazine one day and there it was, pasta cooked in a fry pan! Why not an electric fry pan? Like the one we bought to cook in while camping. So I worked up a recipe for spaghetti, in an electric fry pan, in a camp ground. The camp grounds we go to all have power and water so we only use electric devices. That eliminates the pan, propane stove and the propane. Hooray more room for chips!




Chicken, meatballs or other meat if you want it

Peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic, chopped canned tomatoes

Your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce if you desire it

Olive oil

Shredded Parmesan cheese

Cup of water



Plug in your electric fry pan on your picnic table and heat it up. Add some olive oil and then the meat product if you wish. Or go vegetarian and just add the vegetables and maybe some zucchini. Take out the meat, reserve it and fry the vegetables, if you haven’t already done so. Remove the vegetables when they are softened a little ( think al dente). Now add the water and a little salt to the pan. Break up the spaghetti into two inch pieces and put them in the pan. Cover and heat the pan so the water boils. Cook for about ten minutes, check for doneness, add more water if necessary, and continue cooking until it is soft or Al Dente if you prefer. Pour off any excess water, add the meat and veggies and a little more olive oil. Heat it all back up for about five minutes. Plate it up and sprinkle some shredded Parmesan cheese on top. Serve this with a nice loaf of Italian bread and a good red wine. It can all be done in one electric fry pan. Who knew!


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Two Color Stuffed Pepper

Small Pepper

Red and Green Stuffed Peppers

This is a pretty easy stuffed pepper recipe. The only trick to stuffed peppers is to make sure that you do cook them enough, you don’t want them raw inside! I use one red and one green pepper. Fill half the ramekin with one color and the other half with the other. It’s very colorful. Cut the tops off and remove the seeds, then the bottoms. Then slit one side and lay it out flat. Trim off the remainders of the white gills and cut the pepper into 2 in. strips. Peppers need to be dressed up, otherwise they just look like a mound of brown meat. I defrost a few sheets of filo dough, roll them up into a tube and cut rounds out of it. Break up the rounds and you have a topping to brown and look excellent!


1 each medium red & green pepper
About ½ lb. of Hamburger
1 egg beaten
½ cup of mushrooms, chopped and cooked (1 min. in the microwave)
½ cup chopped onions
3 Tbs. of Ketchup
2 dashes each garlic powder and sage
1 pinch of celery seed.
¼ cup of seasoned Italian Bread Crumbs
1 Tsp. Worcester Sauce
Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.


Core, clean, flatten and slit the peppers. Spray 2-3 ramekins with PAM. Cut enough of green pepper strip to just go half way around the inside of your ramekin. Then cut the red pepper strip to fill the other half.

Mix the hamburger and the remainder of the ingredients thoroughly. Form a ball of hamburger mix about the size of a tennis ball and place it inside the peppers. It should just fill the cup leaving a little room for the topping. If you have someone who is really hungry you can mound up the mix, although we like to leave it level to control the portion. Place the ramekins in your oven on top of a cookie sheet as they may run over a bit.

Cook the peppers for about ½ hour. Remove the ramekins and using a spatula or a fork to hold the pepper in, drain off some of the fat. Put the topping on the ramekin and place it back in the oven for 15 min. more. Pick the pepper out of the ramekin using two forks, one on each side, tap the bottom on a paper towel to dry it a little and place it on your serving dish. I’ll bet you’ve never seen a green pepper like this before! Serve this with a green salad and you got a low carb dinner. Enjoy!

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