Pork Goulash / Svinjski gulaš

I’ve been in a mood for a nice thick goulash for a while now and when I finally stumbled onto pork leg on sale, I was all set. I suggest using meat with a bit of fat in this recipe, as the fatty bits are going to cook off and in return leave the meat juicy and tender. I decided to cook store-bought gnocchi on the side, but you can totally make this with rice, mashed potatoes or pasta. Of course, whipping up your own gnocchi would be even better, but alas, I was a bit lazy for that venture.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.82 EUR per serving / 4.94 EUR for all)

To prep the meat:

500 grams of pork leg or shoulder (2.00 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.01 EUR)

3 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.04 EUR)

For the goulash:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

2 large onions (0.20 EUR)

1 garlic bulb (0.27 EUR)

2 large carrots (0.20 EUR)

1 tin of peeled tomatoes (0.80 EUR)

2 small potatoes (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp dried red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp smoked red paprika (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.01 EUR)

2 cups water (–)

For gnocchi:

Water (–)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

500 grams of gnocchi (1.00 EUR)

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METHOD:

First prepare the meat by cutting it into cubes and tossing with salt and pepper. Set aside and let it rest for half an hour. While the meat rests wash, peel and dice all the vegetables. After 30 minutes, toss the meat with flour to coat evenly. Place a large heavy pot on high heat and add a tablespoon of oil to it, then quickly sear the cubed meat on all sides. Work in small batches, adding more oil as necessary. Remove all meat from the pot and set aside.

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Add remaining two tablespoons of oil to the same pot and saute onion for a few minutes until translucent. Toss in garlic and carrot and stir to cook briefly until softened. Dump in peeled tomatoes and crush them with a spatula. Return in the meat, add potatoes, salt, red pepper flakes, smoked and Hungarian paprika, parsley and bay leaf, cover everything with water and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer with a lid cracked open for about an hour, until nicely thickened. The flour from searing the meat should be enough to thicken the goulash, but you can also simmer it with a lid off for a while if it appears too soupy. Taste and adjust seasoning.

While the goulash is coming along, cook the gnocchi in salted water as per packaging instructions. Drain and serve with goulash ladled on top and sprinkled with some finely grated hard cheese, if you are so inclined. This dish freezes and reheats great, so be sure to cook enough to have a bit reserved for later.

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Već sam dulje vrijeme raspoložena za fini gusti gulaš, a kada sam naletila i na svinjski but na sniženju, bacila sam se na kuhanje. Moj je prijedlog da ovdje upotrijebite mrvicu masnije meso. Masnoća će se s vremeno iskuhati, a samo meso ostati će sočno i mekano. Ja sam se kao prilog odlučila uzeti kupovne njoke, ali ovo možete svakako složiti sa rižom, pire krumpirom ili tjesteninom. Naravno, bilo bi još bolje da sam sama išla raditi njoke, ali sam za tu avanturu bila malo prelijena.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 6,14 kn po porciji / 36,86 kn za sve)

Za prirediti meso:

500 g svinjskog buta ili plećke (15,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,13 kn)

2 žlice glatkog brašna (0,10 kn)

3 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,30 kn)

Za gulaš:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

2 velika luka (1,50 kn)

1 glavica češnjaka (2,00 kn)

2 velike mrkve (1,50 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (6,00 kn)

2 mala krumpira (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

½ žličice dimljene slatke paprike (0,25 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,10 kn)

2 šalice vode (–)

Za njoke:

Voda (–)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

500 grama njoka (7,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo priredite meso tako da ga narežete na kockice i pomiješate sa solju i paprom. Ostavite da miruje oko pola sata. U međuvremenu operite, ogulite i narežite svo povrće. Nakon pola sata posipajte meso brašnom i promiješajte da se ravnomjerno obloži. Stavite veliki lonac na jaku vatru i na žlici ulja brzo popecite meso sa svih strana, samo da se ulovi korica. Napravite to u nekoliko manjih tura, a po potrebi dodajte još malo po malo ulja. Maknite svo meso iz lonca i stavite na stranu.

U isti lonac dodajte preostale dvije žlice ulja i prodinstajte luk par minuta dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite češnjak i mrkvu, promiješajte i kratko kuhajte da omekšaju. Dodajte pelate i izgnječite ih sa špatulom. Sada vratite u lonac meso, pa dodajte krumpire, sol, čili pahuljice, dimljenu i slatku papriku, peršin i lovorov list, te prekrijte sve sa vodom i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru na srednje-nisku i krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem oko jedan sat, dok se gulaš lijepo ne zgusne. Brašno od prženja mesa trebalo bi biti dovoljno da zgusne gulaš, no po potrebi završiti kuhanje i otklopljeno ako vam se čini da je prejušno. Kušajte i prilagodite začine.

Kad gulaš bude pri kraju skuhajte njoke u slanoj vodi prema uputama na pakiranju. Ocijedite i poslužite njoke prelivene sa gulašom i po želji posipane sa malo parmezana. Ovo se jelo super smrzava i podgrijava, pa skuhajte više da si možete malo spremiti i za kasnije.

Pork Goulash / Svinjski gulaš

Okonomiyaki Inspired Cabbage Pancake / Palačinka sa zeljem inspirirana Okonomiyakijem

While I was in school (I have a B.A. in Japanese language and culture), we’d often have parties with our teachers which, more often than not, included food. Our teachers were all super nice and friendly and were kind enough to teach us how to prepare sushi and other Japanese delicacies. Also, a few of my colleagues went on round trips to Japan and would always haul food back home. As you can imagine, my student life wasn’t bad at all, as it mostly included a lot of eating.

From those times stem my memories of okonomiyaki – a delicious savory cabbage pancake drenched with sauce and various toppings. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get ahold of any of those ingredients necessary to make an authentic Japanese dish. Things like aonori, bonito flakes and okonomiyaki sauce are nowhere to be found over here. But I worked with what I had and produced a yummy and easy-to-mix treat anyway. So here’s a very simplified okonomiyaki type of dish for you to try out.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 pancake / 2.10 EUR)

For the pancake:

¼ of small head of cabbage (0.13 EUR)

2 spring onions (0.27 EUR)

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

1 cup all-purpose flour (0.07 EUR)

½ cup water (–)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

Few thin slices of bacon (0.67 EUR)

Topping:

2 tbsp tomato puree or ketchup (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp barbecue or teriyaki sauce (0.27 EUR)

1 tbsp mayonnaise (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Place a cast iron skillet on medium heat, so it gets thoroughly warm while you prepare everything else. Thinly slice cabbage and spring onion, reserving the onion greens for garnish. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, water, salt and pepper. The mixture should be like a thick pancake batter. Dump in shredded cabbage and spring onion, then stir well so all of the vegetables are coated in batter.

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Add oil to preheated skillet and swish around so the skillet is coated evenly. Pour in all of the batter and press down with a spatula to even it out. Cut bacon slices in a few smaller segments and arrange on top of the pancake, pressing them a bit into the batter. Leave the pancake alone for about 10 minutes, until the bottom is browned and crispy and the top is slightly set.

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Flip the pancake over and cook for another 5 minutes, so the bacon and the other side get crispy as well. I found that the simplest flipping method was to cover the skillet with a plate and turn the skillet over, so that okonomiyaki falls out on the plate. Then I’d just slide it off the plate back into the skillet.

Serve okonomiyaki with meat side up. Whisk tomato puree / ketchup with barbecue / teriyaki sauce and spread on top. Drizzle with mayo and sprinkle with onion greens. Serve immediately.

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Dok sam bila na faksu (završila sam Japanologiju), često smo imali tulume sa profesorima koji su uglavnom uključivali i hranu. Profesori su nam bili jako simpatični i dragi, a naučili su nas raditi sushi i druge japanske delicije. Uz to, dosta kolega s faksa išlo je u Japan, pa bi se vraćali doma nakrcani japanskom hranu. Kao što možete zamisliti, studentski mi je život uz svu tu hranu bio užasno težak.

Iz tih vremena proizlaze i sjećanja na okonomiyaki – prefinu slanu palačinku od zelja, natopljenu umakom i raznim dodacima. Na žalost, nisam uspjela nabaviti sastojke za autentično japansko jelo. Stvari kao aonori, bonito i okonomiyaki sos kod nas nisu dostupne. Ali sam zato upotrijebila ono što mi je bilo pri ruci i smutila ovo ukusno i jednostavno jelo.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 palačinku / 15,11 kn)

Za palačinku:

¼ male glavice kupusa (1,00 kn)

2 mlada luka (2,00 kn)

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

1 šalica glatkog brašna (0,50 kn)

½ šalice vode (–)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,05 kn)

Par tankih kriški špeka (5,00 kn)

Za serviranje:

2 žlice umaka od rajčice ili kečapa (0,50 kn)

2 žlice barbacue umaka ili teriyaki umaka (2,00 kn)

1 žlica majoneze (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Stavite željeznu tavicu na srednje-jaku vatru da se dobro ugrije dok pripremate sve ostalo. Tanko narežite zelje i luk, a zeleni dio mladog luka stavite na stranu za serviranje. U zdjeli pomiješajte jaja, brašno, vodu, sol i papar. Smjesa treba biti kao gusta smjesa za palačinke. Ubacite unutra zelje i luk, te dobro pomiješajte da svo povrće bude pokriveno smjesom.

Dodajte ulje u zagrijanu tavu i okrećite ju da bude ravnomjerno namašćena. Ulijte svu smjesu u tavicu, poravnajte i pritisnite špatulom. Narežite kriške špeka na manje komade, posložite špek po palačinki i lagano ga utisnite u smjesu. Pustite sada da se sve peče 10-tak minuta, dok dno palačinke ne bude smečkasto i hrskavo, a vrh se ne zgusne.

Preokrenite palačinku i pecite još jedno 5 minuta, da se špek i druga strana isto zahrskaju. Meni je najlakše bilo preokrenuti palačinku tako da tavu poklopim tanjurom i onda sve preokrenem. Palačinka bi mi ispala na tanjur i onda bi ju samo odsklizala natrag u tavu.

Poslužite okonomiyaki sa mesnom stranom prema gore. Pomiješajte paradajz sos / kečap sa barbecue / teriyaki umakom i premažite to po palačinki. Pokapajte majonezom i posipajte zelenjem od mladog luka. Odmah poslužite.

Okonomiyaki Inspired Cabbage Pancake / Palačinka sa zeljem inspirirana Okonomiyakijem

Autumn Triangles are the New Spring Rolls (with a vegan option!) / Jesenski trokutići su nove proljetne rolice (sa veganskom opcijom!)

While thinking about what to cook the other day, I realized that I have a few sheets of phyllo pastry leftover from a different recipe. I absolutely didn’t want to throw them away, so I decided to combine other odds and ends from the fridge and make these quick snacks.

Since I had a bit of leftover pork roast, I went ahead and threw it in the filling as well. However, feel free to replace pork with any other meat, or ditch it altogether. To make vegan versions of these triangles, replace butter with coconut or sunflower seed oil and use smoked tofu or sauted mushrooms for the filling.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 triangles / 0.53 EUR per triangle / 2.12 EUR for all)

¼ of small cabbage head (0.13 EUR)

1 large carrot (0.10 EUR)

2 spring onions (0.27 EUR)

Small piece of roasted pork (0.67 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

3 sheets of phyllo pastry (0.40 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Thinly slice cabbage, carrot, spring onions and pork, then toss it all together with salt and pepper. Cut the phyllo sheets in half so you end up with 6 strips. Brush each strip with melted butter, place a small amount of filling in one corner and fold the phyllo into a triangle. Repeat until all the filling and phyllo strips are used up.

Space out the triangles on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in a middle rack, until crispy and golden. Serve hot, or at room temperature. You can also quickly reheat the triangles in a microwave on the next day, if needed.

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Dok sam se neki dan bavila mišlju što skuhati, sjetila sam se da imam par listova tijesta za savijače koji su mi ostali od nekog drugog recepta. Bilo mi ih je žao baciti, pa sam odlučila iskombinirati i druge ostatke iz frižidera i smutiti ovaj brzinski snack.

Pošto sam imala i malo svinjskog pečenja, ono je također završilo u nadjevu. Međutim, slobodno zamijenite svinjetinu nekim drugim mesom ili meso skroz izbacite. Za vegansku verziju trokutića umjesto maslaca upotrijebite kokosovo ili suncokretovo ulje, a umjesto mesa upotrijebite dimljeni tofu ili dinstane gljive.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 trokutića / 2,64 kn po trokutiću / 15,81 kn za sve)

¼ male glavice kupusa (1,00 kn)

1 velika mrkva (0,75 kn)

2 mlada luka (2,00 kn)

Komadić svinjskog pečenja (5,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

3 kore za savijače (3,00 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 180°C. Obložite protvan za pečenje masnim papirom i stavite na stranu. Jako tanko narežite kupus, mrkvu, mladi luk i meso, pa sve skupa pomiješajte sa soli i paprom. Raspolovite kore, tako da ukupno imate 6 traka. Svaku traku premažite maslacem, u jedan kut stavite malo nadjeva i složite tijesto u trokut. Ponavljajte dok ne potrošite sav nadjev i tijesto.

Raširite trokutiće po pripremljenom protvanu i pecite 20 minuta u sredini pećnice, dok trokutići ne budu hruskavi i zlatno-žuti. Poslužite vruće ili na sobnoj temperaturi. Trokutiće možete i sljedeći dan po potrebi kratko podgrijati u mikrovalnoj.

Autumn Triangles are the New Spring Rolls (with a vegan option!) / Jesenski trokutići su nove proljetne rolice (sa veganskom opcijom!)

Love Your Leftovers Burrito / Burrito od raznih ostataka

Our fridge got to the point where we had various scraps of odds and ends mingling together. Naturally, I wasn’t going to throw any of those things away. Instead, I whipped up these colorful burritos. Hence the amounts in this recipe are a bit annoying – it was literally stuff we had lying around. So tweak and adjust the ingredients a bit to make it all work for you. Just don’t go running to the store to buy an avocado to only use up a quarter! That would be pure madness!

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 burritos / 1.34 EUR per burrito / 2.67 EUR for all)

For the meat:

200 g pork loin (0.80 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp oil (0.03 EUR)

For the burrito:

¼ of avocado (0.20 EUR)

½ of small onion (0.03 EUR)

1 Roma tomato (0.20 EUR)

Handful of arugula (0.13 EUR)

½ can of corn (0.40 EUR)

1 tbsp lemon juice (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.04 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

2 tortillas (0.53 EUR)

2 tbsp sour cream (0.07 EUR)

3 tbsp shredded cheese (0.13 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease an oven-safe dish and set aside. Cut the meat into thin strips, toss with salt, pepper and oil and fry in a skillet on high heat. Drain from the excess oil and set aside. Dice avocado, onion and tomato, chop up arugula and then toss everything with corn, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

To assemble burritos, divide veggie mixture between tortillas, top with meat, dollop sour cream, sprinkle cheese and wrap up. Mine were really fat, so the only way to secure them was with a toothpick. Place burritos in your prepared baking dish and bake for 5-7 minutes, just so the cheese can melt and the top crisps up slightly. Serve immediately.

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Spletom okolnosti u frižideru su nam počeli minglati razni čudni ostaci od svega po malo. Naravno, nisam namjeravala išta od toga baciti. Umjesto toga, iskombinirala sam ove šarene burritoe. Iz tog su razloga količine u receptu iritantne – to su doslovce stvari koje sam imala pri ruci. Tako da podesite i prilagodite sastojke kako vama najbolje odgovara. Samo nemojte trčati u dućan po avokado i onda iskoristiti samo četvrtinu! Ti bi bila čista ludost!

SASTOJCI:

(Za dva burrita / 9,95 kn po burritu / 19,90 kn za sve)

Za meso:

200 g svinjskog buta (6,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

2 žlice ulja (0,20 kn)

Za burrito:

¼ avokada (1,50 kn)

½ malog luka (0,25 kn)

1 rajčica šljivar (1,50 kn)

Pregršt rukole (1,00 kn)

½ konzerve kukuruza (3,00 kn)

1 žlica limunovog soka (0,50 kn)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

2 tortilje (4,00 kn)

2 žlice kiselog vrhnja (0,50 kn)

3 žlice naribanog sira (1,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Lagano namastite posudu za pečenje i stavite na stranu. Narežite meso na tanke trakice, pomiješajte sa soli, paprom i uljem, pa u tavici ispecite na jakoj vatri. Ocijedite od viška ulja i stavite na stranu. Narežite avokado, luk i rajčicu na kockice, nasjeckajte rukolu, te sve pomiješajte sa kukuruzom, limunovim sokom, maslinovim uljem, soli i paprom.

Složite burritoe tako da podijelite povrće među tortiljama, pokrijte s mesom, pokapajte kiselim vrhnjem i na kraju posipajte sirom. Zamotajte tortilje, a ako vam budu debele kao moje, učvrstite čačkalicom. Stavite u pripremljenu posudu za pečenje i pecite 5-7 minuta, samo da se sir rastopi a vrh lagano zahrska. Poslužite odmah.

Love Your Leftovers Burrito / Burrito od raznih ostataka

Peanut and Pork Roast Salad / Salata sa kikirikijem i pečenom svinjetinom

If you’ve decided to make pork roast for the weekend, then you probably have a bunch of leftovers to eat. Here is a salad idea where you could incorporate a bit of that leftover cold meat.

INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 huge serving of salad / 1.28 EUR)

5 large lettuce leaves (0.27 EUR)

1 large carrot (0.10 EUR)

1 small onion (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

Juice from ½ lemon (0.20 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp crushed raw peanuts (0.13 EUR)

4-5 super thin slices of cold pork roast (0.40 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash and pat dry all the vegetables. Cut lettuce into strips. Peel carrot and then, using a peeler, make carrot strips. Peel and cut onion super thinly. Mix the cut vegetables with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and, using your hands, gently massage the seasoning into the veggies. Scatter crushed peanuts and meat on top and serve right away.

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Ako ste se odlučili za vikend raditi svinjsku pečenku, sigurno imate još ostataka mesa za iskoristiti. Evo jedna ideja za salatu u koju možete uključiti malo hladnog pečenja.

SASTOJCI:

(Za jednu veliku porciju salate / 9,47 kn)

5 velikih listova zelene salate (2,00 kn)

1 velika mrkva (0,75 kn)

1 mali luk (0,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

Sok od ½ limuna (1,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

2 žlice zdrobljenih sirovih kikirikija (1,00 kn)

4-5 jako tankih šnita hladne svinjske pečenke (3,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite i kuhinjskom krpom posušite svo povrće. Narežite zelenu salatu na trake. Ogulite mrkvu, pa onda ljuštilicom od mrkve napravite debele rezance. Očistite i jako tanko narežite luk. Pomiješajte narezano povrće sa uljem, limunovim sokom, soli i paprom, pa onda rukama nježno umasirajte začine u povrće. Po vrhnu raštrkajte kikiriki i meso te odmah poslužite.

Peanut and Pork Roast Salad / Salata sa kikirikijem i pečenom svinjetinom

Classic Pork Roast / Klasična pečena svinjetina

I remember clearly those Sundays while I was just a little girl, when I’d step into the hallway of our apartment building, and the smell of roasting meat would just swarm me from all around. The times were definitely different back then and big chunks of roasted meat were a luxury people would only serve on big Sunday meals or on holidays.

Nowadays, though, meat is pretty affordable. Roasting a big hunk of meat is easy and leaves you with plenty of leftovers to incorporate in your meals during the week. I love adding thinly sliced cold roast into my salads or sandwiches, just as much I love a fresh roast.

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For a delicious roast, the only two things you need to do is to pick out a fresh and good quality chunk of meat and generously season it with salt and pepper the night before. That’s it. I prefer going for such neutral seasoning, so I can later play with add-ons while eating leftovers.

A lot of people prefer searing the meat in the pan before roasting, so the outer pores can seal and the meat is more juicy and tender. Honestly, I never bother with this. Mainly because I am too lazy to justify getting another dish dirty, but also because I prefer meat really well done. I’ve never had a piece of meat that was too dry for my unsophisticated palate.

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INGREDIENTS:

(4.86 EUR)

1 kg pork loin (4.00 EUR)

1 tsp salt, divided (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided (0.01 EUR)

3 tbsp oil, divided (0.04 EUR)

4-5 large potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks (0.80 EUR)

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METHOD:

Pat dry pork loin from any liquids, rub well with about ½ tsp of salt and ½ tsp of pepper and refrigerate overnight in an open container. When ready to roast, preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly brush the meat and roasting pan with a bit of oil. Sprinkle a bit more salt and pepper on top of the pork loin. Scatter potatoes around the meat and toss with remaining oil, salt and pepper.

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Roast all for 1 to 1 ½ hours, depending on how well done you prefer your meat, while stirring the potatoes once or twice during baking. Once done, allow the roast to rest for about 15 minutes before cutting into it and serving. This way the meat will relax after roasting and all the juices will redistribute evenly.

This amount of potatoes should be enough for 3-4 servings and you’ll have enough leftover meat to use up in later meals. Of course, feel free to add in more potatoes to your pan. As they bake, they’ll soak up all the delicious juices from the meat and taste heavenly.

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Dobro se sjećam tih nedjelja dok sam još bila mala, kada bi izašla na hodnik naše zgrade, a sa svih strana bi me oplahnuo miris pečenog mesa. Onda su vremena bila drugačija, a veliki komadi pečenog mesa bili su luksuz koji bi si ljudi priuštili za velike nedjeljne objede i za blagdane.

U današnje je doba meso poprilično jeftino. Ispeći veliki komad mesa je jednostavno, a kasnije vam ostane dovoljno ostataka da ih kombinirate sa obrocima kroz tjedan. Volim ubaciti tanko narezanu hladnu pečenku u salate i sendviče jednako koliko volim i svježe pečeno meso.

Za ukusnu pečenku trebate samo dvije stvari, a to su izabrati dobar i svjež komad mesa i večer prije ga pošteno začiniti sa solju i paprom. I to je to. Meni je draže koristiti takve neutralne začine, jer onda se kasnije kada jedem ostatke mogu poigrati sa raznim dodacima.

Dosta ljudi prije pečenja meso kratko poprži na tavi da se vanjske pore zatvore, pa unutrašnjost onda bude mekša i sočnija. Iskreno, meni se to nikada ne da. Uglavnom iz razloga što sam prelijena da opravdam prljanje još jedne posude, ali također i zato što volim kada je meso jako dobro pečeno. Još mi se nikada nije desilo da pojedem komad mesa koji je presuh za moje nesofisticirano nepce.

SASTOJCI:

(36,41 kn)

1 kg svinjskog buta (30,00 kn)

1 žličica soli, podijeljena (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra, podijeljena (0,10 kn)

3 žlice ulja, podijeljene (0,30 kn)

4-5 velikih krumpira, oribanih i narezanih na kocke (6,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Kuhinjskim ručnikom dobro posušite but od bilo koje tekućine, utrljajte u meso oko ½ žličice soli i ½ žličice papra i ostavite preko noći u hladnjaku u otvorenoj posudi. Kada ste spremni za pečenje, zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Lagano premažite meso i protvan sa malo ulja. Posipajte još mrvicu soli i papra po butu. Krumpire raštrkajte oko mesa i pomiješajte sa preostalim uljem, soli i paprom.

Pecite sve 1 do 1 ½ sat, ovisno o tome koliko dobro pečeno volite meso, s time da jednom ili dva puta promiješate krumpire tijekom pečenja. Kada je sve gotovo, pustite da pečenka odmara oko 15 minuta prije nego što ju krenete rezati i posluživati. Na taj način će se meso opustiti i svi će se sokovi u njemu jednako preraspodijeliti.

Ova bi vam količina krumpira trebala biti dovoljna za 3-4 porcije te će vam još ostati i nešto mesa, da ga iskoristite u kasnijim obrocima. Naravno, slobodno dodajte još krumpira. Kako se peku, oni će upiti sve ukusne sokove iz pečenke i biti prefini.

Classic Pork Roast / Klasična pečena svinjetina

Mustard and Paprika Marinated Pork Chops with Potatoes and Mixed Salad / Svinjski krmenadli marinirani u senfu i paprici sa krumpirima i miješanom salatom

I’m really proud of whipping up such a well-rounded meal on top of juggling a couple of other things on a busy afternoon. Not that I’m such a fantastic multitasker, noup. This is simply one of those recipes where you’re utilizing your oven to do most of your work for you. That way you can do your nails or catch up on your favorite TV show.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 3 servings / 1.90 EUR per serving / 5.70 EUR for all)

For the pork chops:

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

2 tsp mustard (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

6 boneless pork chops (2.67 EUR)

For potatoes:

1 kilo baby potatoes (1.33 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

For mixed salad:

1 head of iceberg lettuce (0.67 EUR)

½ small head of kohlrabi (0.13 EUR)

6 radishes (0.27 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

Juice of 1 lemon (0.20 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

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METHOD:

To make marinade for the pork chops, in a small bowl, whisk together salt, black pepper, paprika, mustard and olive oil until creamy and uniform. Rub marinade into each pork chop and let them rest for at least half an hour, but best overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 200°C. Give potatoes a good scrub, quarter with skins intact and toss together with salt, pepper and olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes, then carefully arrange pork chops on top of potatoes and bake for additional 20-30 minutes, depending on how well done you prefer your meat and how thick are the slices. I generally prefer mine crisped down to shoe leather, but I understand that most people do not share these sentiments.

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Meanwhile, prepare salad by giving the vegetables a good wash. Cut lettuce into strips. Peel and cut kohlrabi into thin slices. Trim and discard radish ends and then cut into thin coins or half-moons. Toss all the salad vegetables with salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil.

Serve with hot meat and potatoes.

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Stvarno sam ponosna na samu sebe što sam sklepala ovako fino zaokružen objed dok sam usput žonglirala sa par drugih stvari jedno zagužvano popodne. Nije da sam takav fantastični multitasker, a-a. Ovo je jednostavno jedan od onih recepata gdje vaša pečnica za vas odrađuje sav težak posao. Tako da vi možete lakirati nokte, ili pogledati vašu najdražu seriju.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 3 porcije / 14,17 kn po porciji / 42,51 kn za sve)

Za svinjske krmenadle:

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

1 žličica slatke crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

2 žličice senfa (0,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

6 svinjskih krmenadli bez kostiju (20,00 kn)

Za krumpire:

1 kg mladih krumpira (10,00 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

Za miješanu salatu:

1 glavica salate kristalke (5,00 kn)

½ male glavice korabice (1,00 kn)

6 rotkvica (2,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra(0,05 kn)

Sok od 1 limuna (1,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Da napravite marinatu za kotlete, u maloj zdjelici istucite sol, papar, papriku, senf i maslinovo ulje dok ne dobijete kremastu i jednoličnu smjesu. Utrljajte marinadu u krmenadle i ostavite ih da odleže barem pola sata, a najbolje preko noći.

Kada ste spremni za pečenje, zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Dobro operite i istrljajte krumpire, ostavite kožu na njima i prerežite na četvrtine pa pomiješajte sa soli, paprom i maslinovim uljem. Pecite ih 20 minuta, a onda pažljivo po krumpirima poslažite krmenadle i pecite dodatnih 20-30 minuta, ovisno o tome koliko pečeno volite meso i koliko su vam debeli krmenadli. Ja općenito preferiram meso zapečeno do konzistencije kože za cipele, ali jasno mi je da većina ljudi ne dijeli moje osjećaje.

U međuvremenu, pripremite salatu tako da dobro operete svo povrće. Narežite kristalku na trakice. Ogulite i narežite korabicu na ploškice. Rotkvicama odrežite i bacite krajeve, pa ih narežite na tanke novčiće ili polumjesece. Pomiješajte salatu sa soli, paprom, sokom od limuna i maslinovim ulje.

Poslužite sa vrućim mesom i krumpirima.

Mustard and Paprika Marinated Pork Chops with Potatoes and Mixed Salad / Svinjski krmenadli marinirani u senfu i paprici sa krumpirima i miješanom salatom