I enjoy the fine dining experience immensely...but nothing beats a Comfort Food meal at home. Growing up on a farm, many meals we shared at the kitchen table would and could qualify as comfort food. Some that come to mind....Mac & Cheese, Chicken and Dumplings, Great Northern Bean Soup with home made bread, Salmon Patties..My blessed mother could always fill the table and fill our bellies with good food. As I have lost Mom and continue to "age" myself, I find those foods an absolute essential for our table too.
Last week I roasted a sirloin pork roast. Quite a value in grocery budget at $1.69 per pound. I found one roast with a small bone and 98% of the roast was usable. Belle, our sweet dog enjoyed that part of the meal.
Last evening, I was scouring the refrigerator for something to make for supper. I found the left over pork and about 1 cup of leftover gravy. Also, a cup of leftover baby carrots caught my attention.
I took the pork chunks and cut into small bite size pieces and added to stock pot. Sauted with a tablespoon of oil. Added gravy and carrots. The gravy was a little thick and I thinned it with a cup of water. Let it simmer for 30 minutes and then added four large quartered mushrooms to the pot.
Now it comes time to boil egg noodles, a Comfort Food staple in Mom's kitchen. Cooked for six minutes, drained and added to simmering pork. A quick stir to blend; simmered for five additional minutes to allow the noodles to soak up flavor. By the way, Mom made egg noodles more than we ever had a bag from the grocery. I find myself buying a few things and never found the need to make noodles.
Along with the new Comfort Food creation, a salad with French vinaigrette completed the meal. Hearty and healthy for a cold winter's night supper.
|Ready for serving with a dollop of Sour Cream and Scallions|
|A Fresh Salad|