Weekly Eats: Classics, Shaken Up

I love trying new recipes, and I also love reliable, classic dishes. This week's meals were a mix of the two. One was a new spin on a traditional French dip sandwich, made with pork. Another was a new recipe for one of my favorites, pasta with vodka sauce. Finally, I tried some oven "fried" chicken with a new twist: a mix of pretzel crisp crumbs and bacon took the place of the traditional bread crumbs.


Clockwise from top right: 

1. Pork Tenderloin French Dips from Pass the Sushi. Yes, another pork tenderloin recipe. They were on sale again, what can I say? The pork tenderloin is seasoned simply, roasted in the oven, and then dipped in an orange- and garlic-infused broth before going on a sandwich. I liked the flavor of the pork, but I felt like the sandwich itself needed something. Maybe it's because I've grown accustomed to sandwiches with lots of fillings and spreads, I don't know. 

2. Pasta with Vodka Sauce from Dearest Love. I haven't met a pasta with vodka sauce that I haven't liked, so I happily tried Jenna's version. I made a few changes; I had no spicy sausage so I spiced up some ground beef instead. I also cut back on the vodka, since I gave Jona some of the pasta to (not) eat. This was a good one; it felt like a little mid-week indulgence. 

3. Bacon Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken from Oh Sweet Basil. It's kind of funny looking, but when you top chicken with a combination of smoky bacon and salty pretzel chips, how can it be bad? I love oven "fried" chicken recipes, and this was a fun take on that. Yum! 

What's your favorite way to re-do a classic?  

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16 comments:

  1. It all looks and sounds delish especially the pasta with the vodka sauce and of course the pretzel chicken, also. Thanks for sharing Shea.


    Enjoy the weekend!

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  2. That bacon pretzel chicken dish looks so good and I'm going to have to try it. I think that's the way I redo a classic--add bacon! Yum.

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  3. Thank you! Yes, the pasta with vodka sauce was SO good and the chicken had good flavor too!
    You have a great weekend too!

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  4. Yes, adding bacon is always a good idea, right?! It was good!

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  5. Ooh I've made a pretzel chicken recipe before, it's really yummy! I bet the bacon just totally kicks it up a notch too! Yum!

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  6. Your recipes always sound so yummy. I will have to try that vodka sauce!

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  7. Bacon = always a good idea! You should try it! Thanks Beth!

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  8. Thanks lady!! You should...it's so good!

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  9. Wow, those all look and sound great! You are great with flavor pairings!! <3 Cook for me? haha.. - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  10. Yum, that pasta look amazing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  11. Thanks Gingi! I wish my toddler were as enthusiastic about it, hehe :)

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  12. Thanks Melanie! It was so good!

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  13. Pasta with vodka sauce is hands down my favorite too. I love it on cheese tortellini the best I think.. I've never made my own sauce... but now I want to! :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  14. Ooh I bet it would be good with tortellini...I'll definitely have to try that!

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