Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pigs have great shoulders!

   Do you have people coming over for dinner and you want to serve them a meal that they will never forget? I have a perfect dish, which doesn't require a lot of work, but will definitely be the star of the evening (as long as your guests eat pork). Pork is one of those things that if made properly is super flavorful and elegant. Don't be scared of it, it's so easy. What you need is: 

*  pork shoulder
*  2 carrots (chopped)
*  1 large onion (chopped)
*  2 cloves garlic
*  1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
*  vegetable oil
*  3 cups chicken broth
*  1/2 cup soy sauce
*  1/2 cup rice vinegar
*  2 tbs Worchestire sauce
*  3/4 cup light brown sugar
*  1 orange (zest and juice)
*  salt and pepper

   Coat a large Dutch oven with some oil and bring the pan to high heat. Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper, brown it on all sides, and remove from the pan. Into the same oil add onions, carrots, garlic, and ginger, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add soy sauce, Worchestire sauce, rice vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, and cook for 5-6 minutes to reduce it a little bit. Add chicken broth and brown sugar, return the pork to the pan, and bring to a boil. Cover tightly with a lid and transfer into a 300F oven for about 3 hours. The meat should be 3/4 covered with a liquid, so you can turn it during roasting. You will not believe how moist and tender it will become.

   Do you see this bone in the middle? The meat was so soft and tender that the bone just fell off when I touched it. You don't even need teeth to eat just melts in your mouth! And the flavor is amazing! A little bit sweet, salty, and tangy. It's so yummy that even vegetarians would love it (maybe!).


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