Monday, March 23, 2009

Adventures in Slow Cooking in a Dutch Oven

I finally gave in and purchased a nice Dutch Oven! I wasn't able to use it until yesterday since I've been working doubles literally all week and the time was seriously not available. I'd been looking forward all week to Sunday and cooking because I had decided to give my first try at braising and make carnitas! I bought a 4 lb. boneless pork shoulder roast and, after seasoning it with salt and pepper, browned all sides in a large heavy skillet then removed it from the pan. (When I was turning the roast with my tongs, I lost my grip with the following results happening...)


Yes, yes. Who gets to take home the award of dumbass of the day??? This girl! Nothing like grease burns to kick off the cooking right! ;)

After I took the roast out of the pan, I added onions (1 yellow, chopped) and some garlic (2 cloves minced) and sauteed them. I then used one bottle of Dos Equis lager to deglaze the pan, get up all the lovely browned pits, and reduce the liquid. I put the roast in my dutch oven, poured over it the beer mixture, and added some orange and lime zest. Finally, I finished it off with about a tablespoon of oregano, covered and cooked in the oven at 350 degrees for 2 1/2 hours (until it was tender).

Here's the roast with all the aromatics on it prior to putting it in the oven...


While waiting for the food to cook, I whipped up some guacamole as an appetizer for Adam and I, which we enjoyed with some Dos Equis!


I also made some Pico de Gallo and, when the roast was almost ready, warmed up some corn tortillas in a skillet. Here are some finished pics of our Carnitas...





The verdict from Adam: Huge success! Score!

6 comments:

Sara Cox Landolt said...

ouch! painful! my husband wants to buy a dutch oven. your food looks yummy.

The Ridge School said...

Ouch is right! But the carnitas looks yummy!

Brett said...

Looks TOTALLY yummy!!!! I will have to try making that for the Mrs. sometime.

Be careful there chicky! No injuries (sports or non sports related) before Du Nats.

rhodespedal said...

Food was definitely delish! Highly recommend getting a dutch oven!

j.p. patrick said...

When I was teaching at a culinary school, I always started with lesson #1... sharp things cut....hot things burn. Go write that down and put it on your fridge!! The food looks amazing!

rhodespedal said...

J.P. - NOW you tell me! Jeesh.... ;)