We had a great vacation this past Summer to Oregon & Washington and in the process stopped at the most fantastic restaurant in Bend, OR called Spork. It was so good, we went there twice! My favorite thing on the menu was a carnitas sandwich (the “Carnitas Sando”) that I promised myself I would do my best to re-create when I got home. I made some changes to the original mostly because the ingredients were not easy to come by (see how many stores in your area sell Yucca chips). Anyway, it only took me 2 months to do it (Ha!), but here it is in all it’s glory with my little slice of variation on it:
I put the bread in the oven, pulled it out when mostly done, got the egg frying in a skillet, and got another hot skillet going at the same time w/ a little olive oil in it. I then started assembling all of the rest of the ingredients above onto the sandwich bread put the whole thing onto the hot skillet and put another pot on top of the sandwich to get a good brown on the bottom of the bread…I flipped it after maybe 30 seconds and browned the other side. I took the whole thing off, opened it up, dropped my fried egg into it, gave it a good smash to get the beautiful yolk flowing all through it and then went to town!
One of the best sandwiches I’ve had in my entire life…you really should try the real deal at Spork…thanks for the inspiration!
Knocked out these Fish Tacos last night for the kids and they crushed! 2 big thumbs up…will do again and again. It may look like a lot of work, but they were truly worth it and it was actually a lot faster than I thought. I included ingredients below for ease of shopping, check the links for how-to’s:
- This Blackened Cod recipe although I added lemon juice to it before applying ingredients, let it all sit about an hour and then drained the lemon juice before blackening. I’m not married to this fish, but it came out pretty good, but think the rest of the stuff below really made it…any other suggestions let me know as I’d be game. Ingredients are here, for the how-to check the link above:
- 1 1/2 lb cod fish (cut into 3 inch long fillets)
- 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- I added lemon juice from 1 lemon
- And this fish taco sauce, and I changed the sour cream to yogurt (although Honey Greek Gods yogurt which was all I had and it was yummy…will do again). Ingredients are here, for the how-to check the link:
- 3 tablespoons sour cream (I subbed in Greek Yogurt here)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce
- Costco Uncooked Flour Tortillas:Heat up a pan and cook and as good as hand made…I love these tortillas and they make a huge difference
- Killer, Creamy Black Beans: these take some time…I usually make them in big batches and freeze them down as they are just as good when you pull them out:
1lb bag dry black beans
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- This groovy Mexican slaw. Ingredients are here, for the how to check the link:
- 14-ounce package prepared coleslaw mix
- ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- 2 limes, juiced (about ¼ cup)
- 3 cloves garlic, pressed (I used garlic powder)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 6 dashes hot sauce
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Avocado, slice
- Your favorite hot sauce if you like. My favorite for this is Tapatio
- I also added these groovy pickled red onions that I made well ahead of time…they are amazing
Also, consider washing it down with this Gold Margarita…put a little Tajin and salt on the rim for this one to change it up…Tajin rocks!
To this day, one of the easiest and most incredible recipes I’ve had a go at. The almost 1,000 reviews and 5 Stars say it all. It’s a lot of red meat, so make sure you have a crowd of hungry folks (it’s fantastic for the Holidays). I’ve adjusted the recipe slightly as the seasoning is WAY overkill (I’ve cut it in to 1/4 here…really that’s all that is needed) and tried to fill in a couple of blanks, but other than that all the same. Anyway, it is:
One 5-pound standing rib roast
1/4 cup salt
1 Tbspn black pepper
1 Tbspn garlic powder
Allow roast to stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degree F. Rub roast with House Seasoning. Pack it on! Place roast on a rack in the pan with the rib side down and the fatty side up. Roast for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turn off oven. Leave roast in oven but do not open oven door for 3 hours. Turn oven to 375 degrees F and reheat the roast (just enough to warm it up). Here’s where I’d break out a thermometer…looking for about 130-135F for medium rare). Please, Please, Please, let it rest for at least 15-20 minutes before you cut into it to keep all the wonderful juices from spilling out of it. If you go with a bigger roast, I’d put more time on it on the front end…add about 5 minutes per lb for anything over 5 pounds (so about 1 hour and 45 minutes for 10 lb roast), so adjust anything in between accordingly.
Important: Do not remove roast or re-open the oven door from time roast is put in until ready to serve.
If you like, a nice horseradish dipping sauce goes nicely with this…just some sour cream with some prepared horseradish mixed in to taste and you are good to go. Enjoy!
I got this recipe from an old Newman’s cookbook. It’s so good and relatively easy that I only changed it slightly (I love shrimp and like a little more spice) and I usually make twice what we can eat because it freezes down so well. It does take a lot of chopping, but the cooking is super simple. Also save a lot of time by getting peeled and deveined shrimp.
Here’s the original link and here’s the recipe I go with:
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3/4 pound kielbasa sausage, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups clam juice
1 cup Newman’s Own Sauce (or whatever your favorite)
1 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and rinsed (I usually cut these into bite size pieces)
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 tsp dried basil leaves
In a large pot, heat butter or margarine over medium heat until hot. Add celery and pepper, sauté 8-10 minutes until softened. Remove mixture from skillet and set aside. To same skillet, add onion and kielbasa and sauté 10 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook 30 seconds.
Add spice mixture, clam juice, and pasta sauce. Simmer, covered 5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook about 5 minutes. Add celery mixture, and heat through until shrimp have turned pink. Discard bay leaf.
Serve over rice in a large shallow soup bowl and enjoy!
Additionally, this goes particularly well with my “Slap Yo Mama” cornbread…pair away!