What an awesome birthday gift.
So of course, I set out to use it right away. Since Crocktober Fest, I’d wanted to have a go with the recipe for which I’d voted. But I don’t really like using my Crock Pot (I’m actually wary of it because it’s not super easy to clean – I know, use my liners that I got from that event, but I’m just not that keen on measuring things exactly… whatever. Plus, I have a new Staub! I want to use this one!
There’s no recipe for this because it needs tweaks. I layered a can of diced tomatoes, a bag of shredded carrots, a bag of shredded cabbage, and poured a bag of frozen artichokes on top… whisked mustard with white wine, garlic, onions… it was a mash-up of the winning recipe and the recipe I wanted to win!
When all was said and done, after I’d let it braise for a couple of hours, this is what came of it.
Slices of meat topped with its gravy and veggies, yum! The meat was somewhat tender but could have used a bit more zazz in terms of flavor. I think I’ll use a rub and let it sit overnight before I cook it next time.
As for the rest of the plate?
Roasted brussels sprouts (sans bacon)…
and roasted turnips, which take on this amazing sweet taste. Like candy; I popped these in my mouth cold repeatedly because they’re that good. They retain a lot of their texture, too, though not completely crunchy.
Now some glory shots of the pork with its nice, even slices… and fat cap, haha.
I probably should have/could have added some tomato paste to help thicken it, but I ran out. Pretty good, but needs a little work. Long, low, slow cooking is not my forte… clearly.
I’ll report back when I’ve finished tweaking! In the meantime, happy eating!
PS This week of weak posting brought to you by “I have the flu.” Sorry!