Porc de Licious

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Porc de Licious (see what I did there)? Don’t mind if I do!

Sounds French right? Yea, it’s really not. Sorry, fellas.

However, this is one of those, “I am so hungry I could eat a cow” recipes. And if it sounds weird, don’t shy away. Just try it!

Potatoes are involved which adds a lot of stomach expanding depth to the meal. But there is always room in the bottomless pit, also known as my stomach. It’s easy, delicious, hence the name, filling and they are damn hard to share. It’s meat!

Let’s get this party started!

Note: Got a date? Let’s just hope that if that is the situation, she’s a vegetarian. In that case, add a bowl of granola to the table spread (always keep some handy in case of emergency), hope for the best and chow down. To play it safe, avoid eye contact until your plate is clean, and hurry!

Prep/Cook Time: 25 min.

Ingredients:

2 pork chops (bone in)

Half cup of Tzatziki sauce

2 regular potatoes (sliced into circular medallions)

1 medium sized white onion (cut small or sliced into half circles)

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Olive oil (for onions)

Margarine (for potatoes and chops)

Balsamic vinegar

Half of a Red Chili Pepper (cut small if desired for a little kick)

Paprika (if desired, but not a must)

Instructions:

-Heat a little butter or margarine in a pan and throw in your potatoes.

-Salt and pepper your potatoes to taste and stir often so they don’t burn but become golden.

-Cook potatoes for about 10-12 minutes (or until desired doneness. Some like them a little crispier than others).

-Heat another pan on medium heat.

-Throw a tablespoon of margarine in and let it melt.

-Put your chops in the pan, salt, pepper and paprika to taste, and cook about 3-4 minutes each side.

-After your potatoes are finished, remove from the pan and sit to the side and start sautéing your onions with a tablespoon of olive oil.

-Add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and your diced red chili pepper (if desired) to your onions half way through. (About 3 minutes) Cook for another 2-3 minutes while stirring often.

-When your onions are just about done, throw the potatoes back in the pan with them and stir it all together.

-Take your Tzatziki sauce and smear it on your plate as a base.

-Plate your cooked pork chops and top with your potatoes and sautéed onions.

Now eat it!!

This is a good hearty, filling meal that will be sure to fill you. The Tzatziki adds a nice creamy texture and compliments the grilled flavoring of the chops when the two fuse together.

And remember… This is Bachelor Pad Recipes where serving size is a suggestion and pretty much doesn’t exist.

Enjoy!!

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Primetime Snack Plate

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Is your favorite show about to come on? Do you have plans to sit, relax and watch that movie you been meaning to get around to on Netflix? Well, instead of stuffing another bag of boring popcorn in the microwave, get a little creative and try the Primetime Snack Plate!

Of course you can always stuff your face with BBQ potato chips after that as well. Never stopped me!

Note: For you vegetarians out there, you can do without the sliced meats and it will still be a tasty snack.

Prep/Cook Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

1 or 2 tomatoes (how hungry are you?)

2 or 3 hard boiled eggs (again, how hungry are you?)

Sliced Prosciutto (can be substituted with any sliced lunch meat)

Olives (your choice – green, black, kalamata)

Salt and Pepper

Olive oil

Cheese cubes (whichever kind floats your boat. I live in Amsterdam, so Gouda is always a good choice).

Instructions:

– First bring a pot of water to a boil for your eggs.

– Boil your eggs for about 10 minutes.

– While they are boiling, slice your tomatoes and fan them out on a plate.

– Plate your olives and cheese cubes.

– When eggs are finished boiling, peel the shell off and cut each egg in half.

– Wrap each halved egg in prosciutto or any sliced lunch meat of your choice. In other words, whatever sliced meats you have in the fridge. You can even mix and match.

– Plate those eggs!

– Drizzle a little olive oil over your sliced tomatoes.

– Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over your tomatoes.

Your Prime Time Snack Plate is now complete! Wasn’t that easy?

Now grab a beer out of the refrigerator, sit down on that nice relaxing, comfortable sofa, start the movie and dig in!

Also, if you have a date over for dinner, make this as an appetizer and they’ll dig it. It’s fancy, but… really not. They won’t know the difference.

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Fish Stick Fantasy

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I know what you’re thinking! Fish sticks? Well I’ll have you know that, yes, they are fish sticks, but if you take a little time to dress them up properly, then they aren’t just fish sticks anymore. They are a thing of beauty and they are usually under 2 $/€ for a box of 10.

Got a date? Cook this recipe and tell them it’s some wild caught, crazy named fish that you caught off the shore of (wherever your closest) and breaded it. Duh, play it smart! But hey, it’s just as tasty without a date, and if that’s the case, well, that’s more fish sticks for you!

Note: No need to preheat an oven because, well, that just takes too long. This is Bachelor Pad Recipes not Emeril Live! We want to eat in the very near future.

Prep/Cook Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

1 box of about 10 breaded fish sticks or breaded fish filet/patties

1 small red onion

1 garlic clove

1 cup of spinach (or arugula)

Olive Oil

Balsamic vinegar (if desired)

Chipotle sauce (if desired)

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

 Instructions:

-Press or chop your garlic clove fine.

-Cut your small red onion in half and slice it to get half circles.

-Heat a pan on medium heat with a tablespoon of olive oil. When the olive oil is heated (liquid-y), swirl it around to cover the inside of the pan.

-Lay your fish sticks in the pan and with the handle of the pan, slide them around to soak up some olive oil.

-Season with a little salt and pepper (to desired taste).

-Drizzle a little olive oil over the top side of the fish sticks.

-Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

-While cooking your awesome fish sticks, start heating another pan with a tablespoon of olive oil on medium to low heat.

-Dump your sliced red onion and garlic in the pan and stir.

-Halfway through sauteing your onion and garlic add 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and stir.

-Throw in your cup of spinach or arugula and stir.

-Cook for about 5 minutes or until onions are tender and the spinach/arugula is cooked and wilted.

When your fish sticks are finished cooking on both sides, plate them (serving size is irrelevant, duh).

Dress them with a couple scoops of your spinach and onion concoction.

If you desire a little spice in your life, drizzle a bit a chipotle sauce over top. I use (and love) Cholula’s Salsa Picante (Chipotle) brand. It’s not over the top spicy and has a nice smoky-ish flavor to it.

Now start stuffing your face and enjoy the hell out of those gourmet fish sticks!

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Welcome to Bachelor Pad Recipes!!

The theme of Bachelor Pad Recipes is quite simple…

Turn Junk Ingredients Into Great Meals! aka – Gourmet Garbage!

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Bachelors are a special breed of people. No were not womanizers (at least not all of us), were not all lazy, and were certainly not afraid to eat whatever is put in front of us. However, when no one is there to put “something (a meal)” in front of you, how do we eat?

It’s important that we learn the basics of cooking. Pull yourself away from the Swanson’s microwavable dinners, the Lunchable’s that you are way too old for now, and grab a few ingredients. They don’t have to be over the top and it doesn’t have to be fancy, a la Emeril Lagasse or The Next Iron Chef status. However, a little basic knowledge can go a long way.

Before you know it, “BAM”! Well, I guess that was a la Emeril.

Anyways, I will provide some simple, yet sometimes odd, but creative recipes that are cheap, easy, can be made from stuff that is already in your kitchen, or not, and can be pretty good.

Don’t be afraid! This is BPR – Gourmet Garbage! Where we eat what we want, Gluten free is non-existent and carbs are like beer… The more the merrier!

Hey, we can always do pushups later, right? Or at least tell ourselves, and others, that we did. Shhh… It’s our little secret.

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