The Old World Kitchen

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American cuisine is a hybrid of various cultures. Having strong origins from Europe, our food naturally has a European flair to it. However, since the beginning, these traditional European meals were modified to the ingredients found on this land. Furthermore, they were blended with the other associated cultures to create what we know as traditional American food.


·         Whole Grain Cracker Crust Pizza - We all crave pizza at some point. This lesson teaches you how to make your classic American style dish, but with a healthier twist to it; it is 100% whole grain. The pizza dough has several Italian themed herbs in. The toppings would be your choice, but our favorite is to add roasted garlic, fresh basil, and mushrooms with two cheeses that consist of mozzarella and Parmesan. Thick crust style also available.


·         Apple Pear Stuffed Pork Loin with Pecan Mustard Coating - We take a pork loin, cut it and hammer it until it is somewhat flat. It is then filled sautéed apples and pears.  Once it is rolled, it is glazed with a mustard based sauce and topped with pecans.


·         Roasted Red Bell Pepper Stuffed with Italian Meat Balls - The meatball consists of several dried herbs, fresh parsley, whole wheat bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, onions, etc. It is stuffed into a half cut red bell pepper where it is smothered with a marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and then roasted in a hot oven.


·         Chicken Soup – A whole chicken is boiled with herbs, garlic, and onions until the meat is so tender it falls off the bones. The chicken is pulled out of the broth and pieces of meat are added back to the savory broth. Carrots, parsnips, and celery are also added. Noodles or dumplings are optional for this meal. Note: this makes an excellent pairing with a two day lesson plan in which the leftover chicken meat is used to make enchiladas, tacos or a chicken soufflé.


·         Chicken and Dumplings – Similar to the chicken soup, a whole chicken is boiled with herbs, garlic, and onions until the meat is so tender it falls off the bones. The chicken is pulled out of the broth and pieces of meat are added back to the broth. Carrots and celery are also added. Finally, a whole grain dumpling is spooned into the soup where it cooks until fluffy and soft.


·         Beef Stroganoff – Fillet mignon is thinly sliced and simmered in a beef consume sauce that has been thickened with whole wheat flour. Top this savory dish off with a Parmesan cheese garnish and you have a traditional American comfort food.


·         Fried Chicken – Yes, this too is whole grain. Chicken legs are covered in a spice blend, doused with whole wheat flour, and fried in olive oil. The final product is a salty, savory, and delectably crunchy fried chicken. A southern classic cooked in a more traditional way than you might find in the south during this modern era.


·         Whole Roasted Chicken with Gravy – A whole chicken covered in herbs is slowly roasted until a delectable golden crust is formed. The pan drippings are then used to make whole grain gravy to smother over it. Pairs excellent with stuffing and mashed potatoes.