Thursday, July 28, 2016
Pig in the Pot
Last week slave noticed that pork steak was on sale for $.98 a lbs! So a couple of packages were purchased. Turned out that one package was cut into 2 inch strips – odd but I guess that is why it was on sale. Never let things like this trip you up. These pieces were perfect for the crock pot.
This is a variation of a favorite recipe, but instead of using Worcester sauce, this features soy sauce & ginger for just a hint of something different. It still makes the most wonderful gravy, so homemade mashed potatoes and a simple green vegetable rounds out this filling meal.
2 lbs pork steaks (sliced pork butt)
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can condensed cream of celery soup
2 yellow onions
4 tbs soy sauce
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground garlic
I always suggest you do the cutting the night before when fixing a meal for the crock pot. This meal will take 7 hours so just count back from when you plan dinner.
Any time you use a mandolin slicer PLEASE use the food holder! It cuts far too quickly and easily.
The morning of the meal:
Lift out the slow cooker, wipe it out well and spray it with cooking spray. I always set it on low with the lid on the empty pot to let it warm while the meal is prepared. (that way silly slave does not forget to turn it on!)
Sprinkle half of the onion to form a light bed for the meat.
Heat some oil in a large skillet and brown the edges of the pork. This will only take about 4 – 5 minutes per side. This is to just start caramelizing the exterior proteins on the meat for optimum flavor as well as making it look more appetizing.
While that browns, mix the soups, sauce and seasonings in a large bowl with a whisk to combine.
Note: if the bowl is too full: twirl the whisk between your fingers to mix it up. That way you wont slouch it all over the place.
Arrange the meat on the bed of onions and cover with remaining slices and rings.
Smooth the soup mixture over the top with a spatula to cover well.
Let this cook on LOW for 7 hours.
Much more than that and the meat will start to fall apart!
Use this time do fix your mashed potatoes and side vegetable.
Carefully remove the meat to a platter. Dip out 2 cups of the cooking liquid and place in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat mix in a slurry (made of 1 tablespoon of cake flour and ½ cup of half & half.) Stir this for 2 minutes as it cooks to thicken and get rid of the starchy flavor.
A wonderful feast made from less than $2.00 worth of meat!
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To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
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Posted by socialslave at 9:45 AM