Friday, January 22, 2010
When my kids come back from their dad's, I always have this overwhelming urge to nurture them with real food. Not that chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, pizza, & sugary cereal aren't their dream foods... Not on my watch! This was dinner the other night.
First, carmelize some onions in some butter and a couple Tbs. of brown sugar.
Meanwhile, open up an unrolled pork roast so that it lays flat. Sprinkle with garlic salt & pepper & some chopped rosemary and parsley. Then layer on the onions.
Roll up & tie with kitchen string.
Brown on all sides on the stove top in a pot. My mom got me a cast iron pot for Christmas (shown at left). I love it and I have used it almost every day. It's great because it holds temperature great, has a lid and can go from the stove to the oven, which is where it goes after the roast is browned.
Oh! But first, toss some carrots into the bottom of the pot and pour over about a cup of water.
I put it in at about 350 for about a half hour. But my oven is a fossil, so don't hold me to that temp. Make sure you let it rest a while before removing string & slicing. While it rests, put the pot back onto the stove and add about 2 cups of the water from the potatoes that you surely have been cooking for mashed potatoes. Deglaze the bottom of the pot and then add about 3 Tbs of cornstarch to 3 Tbs of water and add to pot. Stir until thickened and voila! You have a perfect gravy.
My children gobbled everything up, which always makes me SO happy to see them eating something they love, and makes me feel like I am doing my part to nourish their bodies & their souls.
Posted by H at 11:42 AM