Farm Fresh Recipes: Pork Roast, Squash Soup and Apple Squares
Feel the autumn breeze blow in as it brings a harvest of fall flavors. You’ll enjoy this tempting bushel of hearty family favorites using garden-fresh ingredients.
By Scott Jones | Photos By Jason Wallis
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2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups peeled, finely chopped apples
1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F.
2. Combine flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Firmly press 2 3/4 cups of mixture evenly into an ungreased 13- x 9-inch baking pan, reserving the remaining mixture in bowl.
3. Add next 6 ingredients to reserved mixture in bowl, and beat well. Fold in walnuts and apples. Pour filling over crust in pan.
4. Bake at 350˚ F for 35 minutes or until filling is firm. Cool and cut into 2-inch squares.
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. Yield: 2 dozen squares
Italian Pork Loin Roast
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon grated lemon rind
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 (3-pound) pork loin, trimmed of fat
1 (141/2-ounce) can of low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1. Place salt and garlic in a small bowl and mash with the back of a spoon to form a paste. Stir in oil, rosemary, lemon rind and lemon juice.
2. Make 6 shallow cuts on top of roast (about 2 inches deep). Rub the mixture over the pork, pressing mixture into cuts. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 375°F.
4. Pour broth into a roasting pan. Place pork on a rack in roasting pan.
5. Roast 50 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145°F. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, place roasting pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, scraping up any browned bits, 2 to 4 minutes, or until sauce is reduced by half. Serve with the pork.
Prep: 20 min. Chill: 1 hr. Bake and Cook: 54 min. Yield: 10 servings
Butternut Squash Soup
6 bacon slices
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 (32-ounce) container low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
2 to 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
11/2 Tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup whipping cream
1. Cook bacon slices in a Dutch oven until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 Tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside.
2. Sauté onion and carrots in hot bacon drippings in Dutch oven over medium-high heat, 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add apple and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes. Add butternut squash and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes, or until squash is tender.
3. Process squash mixture in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth.
4. Return to Dutch oven. Add lime juice and next 6 ingredients. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes, or until thickened. Top with crumbled bacon. Garnish, if desired.
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min. Yield: 8 servings