A couple weeks ago Cookies was moaning for pizza, but I just was a little tired of the same old ingredients over and over again. Standing over the cutting board with piece of bacon, onion and cheese I was thinking, what I can do… pizza …
Sort of Meat Pie but with Potatoes. You could easily make this with pastry crust and it would be like a ground beef pot pie… sort of. Anyway, we like a lot of vegetables and I try to utilise as many as I can, when I am called upon to do the “dirty” no, not that, NOR, washing the dishes… but when Magda Cooks, doesn't cook and Cookies gets to cook. More like IS MADE too, but I like too as well, as generally, by rule, I do stuff she does not. Henceforth, good.
Todays recipe is an easy one, not much goes into this, and can be done a number of different ways actually. I will present to you, the way I do it, but I will also try to show you some alternatives too. Basically its potatoes with mixed vegetables, and a gravy sauce from ground beef. Sounds easy? Well, guess what IT IS.
Well, unfortunately not every recipe I try is a success. Lately I found a very promising salad on BBC Foods. It included beets, potatoes, and smoked mackerel. Seemed interesting, and different at the same time, so I gave it a shot… well… IT WAS FREAKING KATASTROPHY! I never ever ate something so hideous than this salad… okay maybe canned peas is worse, but not many other things I ate that was worse than this SHIT … OK, ok… salad. I just forgot that the BBC is British, and they like weird mixes with fish 0_o. My Polish palate didn’t think it was possible to finish it. And as much as I despise throwing food away… I did this time. Cookies ate it, without the dressing, and piece by piece. And remarkably didn’t complain. But he would not touch the dressing. At all.
And no, not going to give out this recipe even if you threaten Cookies life… I would say go ahead, do him in, there is no way I share it!!!
The next day felt like I need to do something good or I’m facing another IDWTC Syndrome week.
Since I write about what I cook and serve, I couldn’t afford another couple days break. Google Analytics says this is the case! 0_o So I wanted to do something completely opposite than that freaking mistake. I remembered I have pork neck in the freezer, and I read on gazeta.pl a nice recipe for Cowboy Cutlets. It was easy, and like it came in the end very tasty.
3 big pork neck cutlets
5 tbsp oil
3 tbsp good spicy ketchup
1 medium onion
7 big potatoes
Natur for potatoes or your own spices mix for potatoes
2 big tomatoes
salt and pepper
Beat the shit out of the cutlets 😉 to make them softer, and thinner. Mince onion tiny, and put into a bowl. Pour oil, and ketchup over, mix good together. Prepare container, put a little of the marinate on the bottom, place the cutlets, and smear it good. Put into the fridge for at least an hour. Relax while FBing or looking into the ceiling, or talking with friend over the phone 0_o. Or peel the potatoes, and cube it the soup size. Pour 2 tbsp oil into a non-stick skillet, and heat it up. When hot, toss in the potatoes, then start tossing the skillet covering potatoes with the hot oil. When it’s done cover, and let cook on medium heat. Don’t forget tossing the skillet every 5-6 min. Other way potatoes will just burn ;-). 10 min of tossing, and boiling, add spices, can’t give you the amount cos I always do it by eye. If it’s Natur it is definitely half bag. Don’t worry, no water needed. After around 30 min potatoes are done. Add some parsley. Of course while tossing potatoes, you can and actually grill the cutlets ;-).
Heat the grill pan, and put cutlets straight from marinade, grill until nicely browned with dark strips. If the meat is thick, cover for last 4-5 min and it should be cooked through.
Serve with the hot potatoes and straight tomato salad with salt and pepper.
Until next time, remember: Take care of yourself, and each other (unless your name is Cookies, see below).
P.S. Cookies thought of the day – “Can I have that BEET, POTATO, and MACKEREL recipe? I want to try it, and make it BETTER than you :)” … what a #HEEL, and you wonder how I handle… or more importantly, WHY I put up with him… 0_o