Sunday, January 31, 2010

Apple Stuffed Pork & "Cheaters" Bear Claws

I know, I know, tomorrow starts a new month and we're all anxious to hear what we'll be cooking to celebrate February's arrival. Under "normal" conditions, you would arrive here and I would have a list of food celebrations listed for the month, along with the "red letter" days. Not today folks. Today, I'd like to give you a taste of what I made for dinner. Oh, this was no ordinary dinner mind you, John & Kyla came for dinner and for them, I wanted to make something extra special!

I don't think you've been "formally introduced to my son John and his sweetheart of a wife Kyla. Oh, and we can't forget my one and only grand-puppy Iggy. Psst...he's the cutie in the middle. (Thank you again Kyla for taking these delicious looking pictures:) Kyla has a "fashionable" blog over at Blue Collar Catwalk. Every once in while she let's John visit too. This picture is from his Ugly Sweater Series.

So what did I make for dinner? A gorgeous apple stuffed pork loin of course with garlic mashed potatoes, pan gravy and carrot raisin salad. (I was hesitant about the carrot raisin salad but surprisingly, it added a nice crunch to the fruitful meal. I only wish the yogurt I made this morning had set in time. It would have added a nicer tang than the mayo)

The pork was carved through the center with a big ol' apple corer and I stuffed it with toasted oatmeal bread, one diced gala apple, teeny tiny diced prunes, fried pork bits from the center of the pork. (I got the idea from the Time Life Foods of the World Series; The Cooking of Scandinavia) I moistened it all with reduced apple and raisin juice. I simply seasoned it with a bit of salt & pepper and a few strips of bacon. Fruitful indeed!

Wait, there's dessert too!!! Bear Claws. Well, sorta, kinda bear claws. I like to think of them as Cheaters' Bear Claws because I adapted a recipe I found over at The Black Cat Kitchen. Jess happens to be having a spice give-away at her new blog on Wordpress too.  She calls them  Easy Bear Claws and boy oh boy, they sure were easy and oh so good!!!

Monthly Food Celebrations

I did a bit of "cheating" with this list also. I just grabbed the post I did last year in the Kettledrum and "seasoned" it up a bit.

I'll be back with the daily celebrations on Carrot Cake Day. I'm gathering up some fabulous Carrot Cake links just for the occasion. See Ya there!!!

1. Pastry Bear Claws


  1. I love to see you cooking. Looks amazing my friend.

  2. I've done apple stuffed pork before....apple and pork complements each other so well :D

  3. Wow! A February celebration without valentines or presidents! Oh, wait, cherry month...

  4. Mmm, mmm, mmm ... it was oh, so yummy! Thank you!

  5. This looks absolutely delicious, I will definitely have to give it a try my Hubs would love it he could eat pork every day! I love the way you list the food days, this is something I didn't think much about but it would be really neat to do them with the kids, thanks so much, my creativity is low right now so I need all the inspiration I can get.. lol

  6. I have always wanted to try a stuffed pork loin like this; they look elegant and delicious. Kudos to you! And bear claws, I followed the link over and bookmarked!!

    Big YUMS up!

  7. What fun! Good food, good company... I might have to make a carrot cake Wednesday night!

  8. Oh Courtney, you are too kind. I can't wait to see you cooking on TV! Congrats to you my friend:) I hope you will be making a HUGE announcement:)

    I'm sure your apple stuffed pork was deeee licious tigerfish, You have some pretty awesome recipes on your blog!!!

    Personally Mae I'm excited about Grapefruit Month. Reason? I'm not quite sure:)

    The pleasure was all mine dear Kyla. I'm so glad you "guys" enjoyed it!!!

    Hi Busymom3 It was pretty easy to carve into the pork and it really did make a nifty presentation. I hope you will save some of your pork cooking to share with us. I really should post more kid friendly recipes. Let me think on it...

    Hi Katy. I've since included the inspiration for this recipe. It came from the Time Life Series, Foods of the World, Scandinavian cooking. The Bear Claws were ever so easy and rather fun to "construct." Let me know when you bake em up!!!

    It was such a wonderful afternoon dinner, Chan. I'm thinking about baking up a carrot cake myself after I saw the diverse collection of recipes on the blogs:)

  9. It looks tasty to me! I bet you're a wonderful MIL!

  10. Lots of yumminess!
    I love your grand-puppy!

  11. Hello Louise! Oh my, those bear claws! This is the type of food that makes me fall in love! :-)

  12. I'd love to come to your home! :)

  13. Why thank you Miranda. It's easy when you have a wonderful daughter-in-law such as Kyla..

    Yumminess and puppiness, who can ask for anything more? That was me singing again, Natashya:)

    HELLO yourself Cakespy!!! What a coincidence. You've been on my mind lately. As a matter of fact, I was over at your place just last night in search of carrot cake recipes. I know, I was such a bad blogger. I didn't "drop a note." I'll drop by real soon and say hi in "person."

  14. A gorgeous apple stuffed pork loin of course with garlic mashed potatoes, pan gravy and carrot raisin salad

    Wow...this looks so GOOD !

  15. Bet you thought I dropped off the planet. I thought I did for a second. Just been thinking lately.

    Anyways I love pork tenderloin. I usually will buy them when they are on sale in the store and they are so good. Wow and to stuff it with apple and oatmeal sounds awesome. Never would have thought of stuffing it. I might just have to try it the next time I get one. Thanks Louise

  16. I'm not the biggest fan of pastry...but oh, that stuffed pork loin! Oh oh oh! Love apples with pork!

  17. I love the fact that you used an apple corer on the pork. How creative is that? Gorgeous dinner. Gorgeous family!

  18. Your son and daughter in law are gorgeous!! The grand dog is pretty cute too. Yummy dinner. I wish I had been there!

  19. Yum Louise! Those bear claws look pretty swell too! I am still so happy that you made the corned beef tacos and thought they were yummy. Can't wait for Carrot Cake Day! That is my favorite.

  20. I love pork- I wonder if my husband has the urge to make that dish. I have to wonder if pork and apples are traditional? We had a late Christmas party a week ago and the restaurant served really nice grilled pork cutlets with applesauce. I didn't touch the sauce, but some people were dumping it on their meat.

    I love bear claws, but my baking skills are mostly limited to baking mixes. :o)

  21. your plank o' pig is perfectly stuffed--it sounds delicious! and a bear claw (or any pastry, for that matter) is always welcome in my belly. :)

  22. When I get back on my feet, I'm following that bear claw link. And somehow I would have guessed which one was Iggy!

  23. Thank you so much Janet. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit:)

    Oh Sidney, you're to kind. Wait till you see the Carrot Cake I baked. You'll think twice, honestly:)

    Uh Oh Jim What are you concocting over there? I'll be over later today to see what's "cookin."

    I'm not a big fan of pastry either Sophia. However, the kids sure are! Love apples & pork too!!!

    I don't know how ingenious it was Kate I opened the draw, said "what can I use" and it all happened so quickly, LOL.

    Thank you Julia They are GREAT kids too! Let me know when you're in PA. You just never know what I'll be concocting!

    Kasha those corned beef tacos were oh so yummy. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

    Hi Michelle so nice to "see" you. I'm thinking the pork and apple thing probably started more as a convenience. I'm not sure but I think they are both "harvested" at the same time of year. I'm going to have to dig deeper into the pork and apple marriage. Stay tuned...You should give it a try sometime. If you like applesauce that is. You may never go back to not touching the sauce. Let's not talk about baking skills. I'm baking challenged big time! Check my Carrot Cake Day post you'll see what I mean. However, the recipe for the Bear Claws was insanely easy. I promise you. If you can open a can of crescent rolls you can do it!!! I'll be by tomorrow to get a closer look at that bear of yours:)

    Hi Grace! So nice to "see" you. The pork turned out pretty darn good although, I think I should have taken it out a tad earlier. As for the bear claws, so so easy but I couldn't put them in the fine pastry catagory. But, they were oh so good! Thanks for stopping...

    Are you not feeling well, Marjie? I made some more last night. I'd be happy to send you a get well package. Can you imagine Iggy and Thor in the same room, LOL!


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