Monday, February 28, 2011

Le Creuset Pork Roast!

My Dutch oven collection has been mocking me! Use us, Use us, they
seem to chant from their pretty little perch in my kitchen. And, if a certain
someone had his way, I would be using my Dutch ovens every day! 
But he hasn't had his way in quite a while, and for that I feel pretty bad. Just
how disconnected I've become from my kitchen hit me like a ton of bricks at
Costco on Saturday when I realized that I had no idea how much butter was in
the refrigerator. Do you know how huge that is? Huge! Because before beginning
my CLEAN journey last June, I always knew exactly how much butter was in
my house at all times! Please don't misunderstand, I love my new body, and I do
not miss butter for a second... But I have missed baking/cooking in my kitchen!
So after buying 5-pounds of butter at Costco... To add to the three pounds I forgot
was still in the refrigerator, I decided enough was enough and that it was high time I
cooked a proper dinner. Using one of my beautiful Le Creuset Dutch ovens, of course! 
We celebrated Valentine's Day Saturday evening with dinner at the, Twin City Chop
House and later, we took in a wonderful performance of the musical, 1776. Any way,
I was convinced he would choose the pork chops for dinner; however, the only pork
option was a chop stuffed with goat cheese, which is not his thing. So he ordered
the filet mignon on my promise that I would prepare him my own pork dish!
If you don't already own a Le Creuset Dutch oven, go buy one today! If you do own
one or eight, like me, then you know why this is the absolutely best way to cook!
I browned the roast on all sides in hot olive oil infused with crushed garlic
After the roast was completely browned, I deglazed with white wine. By the way, if you're
like me and don't drink alcohol, these little bottles are just the right size for cooking!
After all the browned bits of goodness came off the bottom
of my pan, I poured in a little mixture of honey and soy
Then I placed the roast back into the pan and let the liquid come to a big boil!
After tossing in one sliced Granny Smith apple and a whole, chopped
white onion, I slipped the roast into my 400-degree oven for 3 hours...
Until it was perfectly... Perfect! 
When he came in for a nibble, he said it was well worth the wait!
If you like to slice your pork roast with a fork, this is how you do it! 
Speaking of how you do it... You must try this, Spoon Bread Casserole! 
It, along with a baked sweet potato dotted with butter and sprinkled with
brown sugar and cinnamon completed my promised pork roast dinner!
(Please forgive me the poor quality of this
photo. It got late and I totally lost my light!)
Remember! Le Creuset Dutch Ovens... For the way they cook!

17 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you.....The Le Creuset Dutch Ovens are the best... I bought myself two, after reading your blog!! My husband was not very convinced at first, but after trying the food made with them, he convinces his friends, and mine, that there is nothing like it!!! He wants me to cook everything in them.... even his chili con carne!!!

    Your pork roast looks delicious.....

    Hope you enjoyed it

    B

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  2. Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering so much right now! And it's 10am on a Tuesday morning! Your dinner looks amaaazing!!

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  3. Ok, that looks like something I could actually cook! I have a dutch oven and honestly don't know how to use it. This is the next meal to be cooked in it! Thank you for the post!

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  4. Mmmm, May I come to your house for dinner? :)

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  5. That looks scrumptious, Janet!
    I also have to say, Le Creuset is a fabulous product. I love my sweet little 3 quart cast iron tomato pot... and my stoneware pieces.
    The tomato pot keeps things so warm afterward.

    I also love your kitchen. Chris and I are trying to decide what to get. I love the look of wood, but I'm kind of tired of brown. We're sampling something called Champagne glazed maple. It's pretty light and the grain peeks through the glaze. What kind of counter top do you have?
    {can you tell we're in the decision phase? LOL}

    Oh please pass some of that dinner over here ~ The photos are so good, I can almost smell it!
    *smiles to you*
    ~Maria

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  6. Thanks you have just given me some inspiration for dinner yum

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  7. OMG, thank you , thank you, thank you for posting that. Now I know what to make for Sunday dinner. You are such an inspiration!

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  8. Ohhhh, does that look fantastic or what?? So when are you coming over?? :)

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  9. Been Checking in on ya.I Miss your yummy & fun posts. Hope all is well. Hope to see a new blog soon!!

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  10. Looks delicious! I would love to know where you found the storage rack for your Le Creuset.

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  11. Looks delicious! I would love to know where you found the storage rack for your Le Creuset.

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  12. Dear Anonymous - Thank you for your comment and for reading along. You did not leave me an e-mail address so I hope you will check back for this answer... After passing on the cookware stands at Sur la Table and Williams-Sonoma, where they can cost almost $300.00, I searched at Overstock.com and found this:

    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Chrome-Cookware-Stand/3344552/product.html

    Overstock has several options to choose from. The link I provided is to the model I have; however, if you perform a basic search for "cookware stand" you will find others.

    Always my best,

    Janet

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  13. Hi Janet

    Superb recipe, thank you so much from this aussie household, have just actually finished eating and couldn't wait to let you know - simply SUPERB. Came across your blog a couple of weeks ago while searching for le creuset recipes. I enjoyed looking around, great work - you're an inspiration! And as someone else said earlier, great kitchen!

    Just a note on my pork - it was cooked at 150 degrees C for 3.5 hrs, then rested for 30 mins.

    Purchased my first LC just over a month ago and hubby and I just love all the food we've cooked in it.

    All the very best,
    Lorraine

    lorraine22@gmail.com

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  14. Loosely followed this recipe for a side I cut off a larger pork shoulder and it came out amazing.

    2 qt le creuset, prosecco instead of wine and no soy.

    Thanks!

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  15. I want to make this dish, but I'm all about the size and how much of everything. What size was the pork roast and how much of the honey/ soy mix did you use? One more question. How much wine to deglaze.... 8 oz?
    Thanks
    Nicky
    nickyp4@hotmail.com
    I love the dutch oven.

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  16. Love your Le Creuset. I'm trying to decide on the best size to buy. Trying to decide between the 7 or 9 quart. What have you used the most?

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I use the 7-quart Dutch ovens the most and I know you will too!! :)

      xo

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Thank you for taking the time to let me know what you think!

xo
Janet