The Ground Pork Substitute

Tacos are one of the favorite fun time foods around our house here. In the past we often just use simple ground beef to make our tacos. In the last few years I’ve been deciding to try to use a few different kinds of meats mainly chicken and pork.

I found the ground pork is an excellent substitute when you’re looking for a perfect protein for tacos. One of the ways that I like to prepare my ground pork is exactly like I’ve done with hamburger so many other times before. Simply take a one and a half pound package and either defrost it or let it thaw at room temperature. After you fry it up I like to add seasonings like salt and pepper and lots of garlic powder. One way to season it simply is just to get a taco pack season mix and add that to your pork.

The reason I like to use ground pork over beef at times is because the price per pound for pork is significantly cheaper. I also enjoy the flavor as it is a very light flavor and carries the seasoning well. Combining this with sauteed onions, green and red peppers with a bit of cilantro, and corn tortilla is an absolute treat for the family. You’ll stretch your dollar and add more food to your table by using the simple solution.

Making the Perfect Family Personal Pizza

Making the perfect pizza crust can be quite difficult for you and your family baking in a conventional oven at home. This is a classic favorite for my family and on Friday nights we like to make our own personal size pizzas. Half the fun is getting to create your pizza the way that you want. One of the things that my family likes to do is create their own small personal pan pizzas. Often what we will do is prepare a ball of dough ahead of time and then roll them out. You can roll these out to about 12 inches the way you get the best pizza crust is by using durum flour with about two parts water. Allowing you go to rest for at least an hour and a half before working it is absolutely the key to the perfect crust.

After it has had a chance to rest partaking in that means making it gets 350 degrees for 4 minutes will help give your crust the furnace and texture it needs to take on the toppings that your family desires.

When we make a large batch of pizza dough it is more time and cost effective to roll out several days and then freeze them in freezer bags for future use. This is a great way to save on prep time for future meals. I often like to think about putting those fresh crusts in the freezer like I would as if I were going to the grocery store and purchasing frozen pizzas on sale. The trick with bringing your frozen pizza crust back to life is allowing it time to prove at room temperature. After your pizza crust that’s on the counter for at least a couple of hours to prove or get to room temperature the items that you place on top of the pizza will cook evenly and at the same pace as the unfrozen dough. Fresh mozzarella and excellent pizza sauce make this a special treat and Friday nights are so much more fun when you get to have what you want made just for you. We call this our family signature pizza.