Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What Happens When I have All Afternoon To Cook

Sunday I had all afternoon to cook. I planned ahead and got a nice Boston butt that I decided to do in the oven instead of on the grill burning up all that propane. I made a bunch of bacon for brunch and the roasting pan still held the beautiful bacon grease so I just transferred it to the dish for my roast.

Into that fresh grease I put generous portions (a couple of tablespoons each) of Blue Moon Farm's smoked garlic powder, smoked Spanish paprika, cayenne pepper, ancho chile powder, Uncle Lou's Corruption and ground corriander. I put the meat in and made sure to rub every surface well with my bacon grease spice mixture.  I sliced half a Vidalia onion and slipped the slices underneath and added about 1/2 cup sherry and 1/2 cup Marsala wine to the dish. I let it go in a 350 degree  convection oven for 3 hours.  I think it turned out so well.

Once that was in the oven I made a small batch of my grandmother Pan's Potato Salad. You can find the recipe for that here.

Since the oven was already hot I got the idea to make baked beans---yeah I know it's not the 'healthiest' way to round out this meal but I did have three pieces of bacon left*smile*  I prefer navy beans but I didn't have any so I used one can of dark red kidney beans and one can of white kidney beans. I sauteed 1/3 cup finely diced Vidalia onion in a little less than 2 TBs bacon grease ( I know!) and 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 TBs dark molasses, 1 tsp ground corriander, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1 tsp yellow mustard and 1 TB Bluegrass Steaks and Everything Sauce. I topped the dish with the three slices of bacon. I got them in the oven for about 40  minutes during the last cooking time of the roast.  When it came out I cranked the temperature up to 400 degrees and it took them just about 15 more minutes to look as good as they tasted.

So as you can see I can be a little dangerous with an afternoon in the kitchen.  It was all so good. This week will be all salads and lean meats but it was so worth it.


sybil law said...

I am so glad my own husband doesn't know about this site!!


I really need to cook more.
And I maintain there's nothing wrong with cooking with bacon grease, or just lard, even. That stuff is natural!

Finn said...

Sometimes you just have to say "What the hell!" :)

Liz Hill said...

Sybil: I agree wholeheartedly about cooking with natural fats--you just have to mix it up a little. I cook most everything with olive oil but I won't let good bacon grease go to waste. Wait until you see what is in my cream cheese icing*grin*

Finn: True dat!