The other night, we had Jamie Oliver’s Cabbage and Bread soup for dinner, as I saw it on Food Network last Spring and I’ve been waiting for Fall and colder weather ever since to make it. Now, I know what you are thinking — Bread and Cabbage Soup. Really? But, oh my god, if you had seen the episode you would understand.
I did make that and it is the next post but I thought I’d start with this — Crab Hush Puppies. I made this as sort of a starter for the soup, just because I happened to see the recipe and was intrigued. Here are a few caveats though –
1. I know the inclusion of “just add water” Cornbread Mix gives it that, uh, somewhat Semi-Homemade kind of feel. This will be doubled when you realize the only “just add water” Cornbread mix you can find is by Marie Callendars (not that there’s anything wrong with that…) Just fight it and move on.
2. Crabmeat is damn expensive! We had a 25% off coupon for the Belmont Zupan’s, which is another reason we tried this recipe with fresh crabmeat. But, honestly, you’re already using Cornbread . . . → Read More: Experimental Crazy Little Crab Hush Puppies
This was super good and appropriately Fall-ish. Originally, the recipe called for parsnips and turnips, but I changed the turnips to sweet potatoes. I also added some garlic cloves. I would think you could use any root vegetables you wanted to — potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, etc…
And, I finally mixed up some of this Essence seasoning mix stuff. I used teaspoons instead of tablespoons, though. So, yeah, this is an Emeril recipe. At first, jwa was skeptical, as he is of all things that come out of a crockpot. But, in the end, he was won over. Sweet, succulent pork will do that. Epic win.
My pork loin was on the smaller side (about 2 pounds). Didn’t seem to make any difference. Enough for dinner and lunches later in the week.
Applesauce and Sage Glazed Pork Loin with Sweet Potatoes & Parsnips
1 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 to 3 pound boneless pork loin
1 medium white onion, chopped
Kosher salt & black pepper
1 tsp Essence, recipe follows
1 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 cup chicken stock
2 medium parsnips, diced
2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
6-8 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves (or . . . → Read More: Applesauce and Sage Glazed Pork Loin with Sweet Potatoes & Parsnips