Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Piggy's in the Brew Again

The pig is one of the very first types of livestock to be domesticated back in 5000BC by the Chinese. In fact: In China, pork is so important that the nation maintains a "strategic pork reserve".
Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. Even though the meat is Taboo in the Middle East and most of the Muslim world because of “Islamic Halal” as well as Jewish “Kosher” dietary restrictions.

In this dish we use the historically well know tenderizing properties of beer to enhance an already great taste. An easy 5 ingredient dish!
Slave is going to a public mixer of a meet-up group tonight. They advertised it as a "Hygge" so allow slave to suggest this song for the meal:

For the meal tonight lets also serve some Creamy Sunshine Roasted Broccoli!
This you start first!
2 pounds fresh broccoli, florets removed, about 2 large bunches, divided
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons orange zest, plus juice from 1 large orange
Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Put 2/3 of the broccoli in a large bowl with the olive oil and orange juice; season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat. 

Transfer the broccoli to a large rimmed baking sheet in 1 layer and roast until just tender with golden brown edges, approximately 15 minutes. Take it out and cover with foil. Reduce the oven temperature to 350.

4 pork chops
1 cup ketchup
1 bottle of beer
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup ketchup

When oven is at 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and beer. Mix well and pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Rinse off the pork chops. Make small cuts into the band of fat around the side. Just cut down into the meat. This band will contract when cooking and turn the chop into a cup if you don't.

Place the pork chops over this mixture in the dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, or internal pork temperature reaches 145 degrees F 

Note: Place foil over pork chops if they start to brown too quickly.
With about 10 minutes to go, slide the cooking tray with the broccoli back in the oven.
Pour the cream into a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the remaining broccoli, garlic, and orange zest and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat.

Cook until the cream has reduced to half its original volume and the broccoli is cooked through, about 10 minutes. 

With a potato masher, mash this until coarsely blended and still a bit chunky. Gently fold in the roasted broccoli; taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve warm.
Now slave fixed some long grain and wild rice for the pork chops to be served on.
If you want some sauce. Pour out the sauce from the baking dish into a medium sauce pan and mix in 2 tbs of corn starch. Heat over medium heat stirring until thickened. Makes a heavenly sauce. Save any extra!

This wonderful meal can help you forget the icy weather! Slave took two dishes full to neighbors so they could have a home cooked meal.

So happy to be serving my Master
To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F315Y4I/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_vAT4sb0934RTM via @amazon

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