Hawaiian Party Burgers

Hawaiian Party Burger -- A Pinch of Joy

Hawaiian Party Burger -- A Pinch of Joy

Hawaiian style!  Party on a bun.  So quick, so easy to make;  the sauce is just a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy.  Your family and friends will love Hawaiian Party Burgers and think you worked really hard to make them special!    I’ll never tell!

When you pick up the package of King’s Hawaiian Rolls in the grocery, check to see which variety you have in your hand.  It should say something like “savory butter rolls” or “original sweet”  or even “honey wheat”.  Did you know they also make a Jalepeno Roll?   I didn’t until I was ready to use it.  Oh my goodness – that’s hot and spicy!!!!  Makes my eyes water even thinking about it!  Probably really good if you like hot and spicy – but definitely not what I was expecting.  Look before you buy!

I also have used slider rolls.  So glad they are easily found on the shelf because they are perfect for serving littles at a family get together.  Even adults appreciate them when there is a lot of different kinds of food.  At a potluck with fabulous salads and desserts – a small burger is just perfect, where a regular burger can be overwhelming and maybe not fully eaten.    Plus,  these little cuties are so festive and colorful on a lettuce leaf  topped with a pineapple slice!

I prefer to use just a bit more than a one pound package of ground beef to make twelve burgers.  I have a hard time getting twelve little patties out of 16 ounces.  Adding a quarter pound (one fourth of a pound roll, if that’s how you buy it) yields 12 burgers  just under two ounces each.  Those fit nicely on the buns and are thick enough to balance the bread/meat ratio.  Yeah, that’s totally a thing. . . lol!

This recipe makes four regular burgers with the same measurements for the sauce. If you want eight burgers use 1/3 cup each barbecue sauce and pineapple perserves for two pounds of ground beef.   Enjoy!

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Hawaiian Party Burgers
 
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So quick, so easy to make; the sauce is just a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy. Your family and friends will love Hawaiian Party Burgers!
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 11/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worccestershire sauce
  • 1 4 ounce can pineapple slices, drained
  • 12 Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • Lettuce leaves
Sauce
  • ¼ cup honey barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup pineapple preserves
Instructions
  1. Combine gound beef and Worcestershire sauce in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 12 small half inch thick patties.
  2. Place patties on grill over medium heat. Grill covered until done about 8 to 10 minutes (160 degrees)
  3. While burgers are grilling mix barbecue sauce and pineapple preserves together in small bowl. Cut or separate buns and line the bottom half with lettuce leaf.
  4. Turn burgers about halfway through cooking time and brush cooked side with barbecue sauce.
  5. Lay pineapple slices on grill while burgers finish grilling. If desired, brush slice with barbecue sauce before placing on grill for a bit more color. When lightly browned, remove slices, cut into thirds and set aside to keep warm.
  6. Place burger on lettuce lined bun and top with pineapple piece. Serve hot!

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Orange Glazed Pork Chops

Orange Glazed Pork Chops -- A Pinch of Joy

Orange Glazed Pork Chops -- A Pinch of Joy

Orange Glazed Pork Chops has been a go-to company meal forevah in our house.  When sister Kay called a couple weeks ago and said “if you guys are going to be home, we’ll stop by in an hour”, I said “great, I’ll make dinner” and tossed a pan of these in the oven.   When sister Bee and hubs came to celebrate our anniversary with us last Saturday, these were on the menu.  That’s why we moved 1000 miles! Not to make pork chops but to share meals and laughter with family whenever we want!

I realized I hadn’t shared this oldie but goodie with y’all.   The recipe came from an old cookbook  —  one of those community compiled books with everyone’s favorite and best recipes.  I actually looked up the recipe this morning to give you the real measurements instead of my haphazard memory ones.   And found that I had mooshed together two similar recipes on adjoining pages.   The big difference was that one recipe used orange juice and lesser seasonings and the other included  melted butter plus paprika.  Both were dated as first made when Bytes was 8 months old!  One had my note next to it saying “very good” and the other said “delicious”.

They are really simple to make. (Probably why I’ve always done pork chops this way!)  If the pork chops are on the thin side, you might want to cover with aluminum for the first 30 minutes of baking to hold in moisture.  I forget to add the butter part of the time, but it does add to the flavor and moisture.  I don’t use one teaspoon paprika as  one of the recipes called for – ‘cause I forgot it was part of the ritual, but it would deepen the color.  I use the lesser amount of sage and mustard, so if you want a deeper flavor you can increase them to one teaspoon each.  I was (and still am!) rather timid with seasoning so feel free to live it up and not be limited by my scaredy cat measurements!   Either way they live up to “very good” and “delicious”!

Orange Glazed Pork Chops
 
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A simple brown sugar orange glaze makes pork chops a delightful and elegant treat -- perfect for family or guests.
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Recipe type: Main Dish - Meat
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 pork chops, medium cut
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
Instructions
  1. Place chops in 9x13 baking pan so they do not overlap.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients except butter and spread over chops.
  3. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, basting occasionally.
  4. Turn chops, drizzle melted butter over them and continue baking for 15 minutes or until done.

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Fruit Pork Roast

Fruit Pork Roast -- A Pinch of Joy

Fruit Pork Roast -- A Pinch of Joy

We had some good eating in the last couple weeks before the freezer left, including this deliciously beautiful Fruit Pork Roast.   When the freezer’s predecessor died, I almost didn’t buy a replacement. But we just couldn’t do without – in less than a week we gathered up the spare change and went shopping for a freezer. This time we decided to list the little chest on Craigslist and buy a new one to fit the new space once we move.

The people who bought it were super nice. Her sister and children were moving from Florida to live with them for the summer (and maybe longer) while the brother in law got settled in his new job and found a house in New York where he’d been transferred.  I wouldn’t back down on the price (since I had a list of seven more inquiries after theirs), but when it came time to pay the guy held back five dollars with high drama. Equally dramatic, I said Yes, we’ll take five dollars less just so you don’t ruin your reputation for driving a hard bargain. He did the happy dance. We all had a good laugh. They loaded the freezer in the back of the SUV with a bit of maneuvering and amazingly the hatchback closed!

This fruit pork loin roast was delicious and served three meals plus another one or two as pulled pork! Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you. Easy and it cooks all day, releasing the most pleasing aromas. Take a minute to garnish with more fresh apple slices and parsley as you serve it and you’ll have a beautiful presentation.   This is worth making, even if you don’t have to empty the freezer and use up the pork roast hiding in the corner.

Fruit Pork Roast
 
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Tender pork roast with fruit for a delightful dinner dish. It's easy to prepare in the slow cooker but looks like a million bucks when you garnish with fresh apple slices and parsley just before serving.
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Recipe type: Meat
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3 pounds boneless pork loin roast or tenderloin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small lemon, sliced
  • 1 medium apple, sliced
  • ½ cup packed fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Combine the first seven ingredients in small bowl.
  2. Use 3 quart slower cooker. If using liner, place in cooker before using. If necessary cut meat in half to fit in slow cooker.
  3. Mix salt, pepper and ginger in cup and sprinkle over meat. Pour apple juice mixture over roast,then arrange apple and lemon slices as desired.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until tender.
  5. Gently transfer meat to serving platter to stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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