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Julia Child’s Cassoulet

main course french stew untested pork lamb

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lb. bone-in pork loin, excess fat removed (preferably marinated overnight)
  • 2 lb. or 5 c. dry white beans (in the US, Great Northern beans)
  • 1/2 lb. fresh pork rind or salt pork rind
  • 6-8 sprigs parsley
  • 4 unpeeled cloves garlic
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb. fresh, unsalted, unsmoked lean bacon (or very good, lean salt pork simmered for 10 minutes in 2 qt. water, drained)
  • 1 c. sliced onions
  • 2–2 1/2 lb. boned shoulder or breast of mutton
  • 4–6 tbsp. fresh pork fat, pork-roast drippings, goose fat, or oil
  • 1 lb. cracked mutton or lamb or pork bones
  • 2 c. minced onions
  • 4 cloves mashed garlic
  • 6 tbsp. fresh tomato purée, or tomato paste, or 4 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups dry white wine or 2 cups dry white vermouth
  • 1 qt. brown stock or 3 cups canned beef stock with 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. saucisse de Toulouse or other garlic-forward sausag
  • 2 c. dry white bread crumbs mixed with 1/2 c. chopped parsley
  • 3–4 tbsp. pork roasting fat or goose fat

Preparation

Bake the pork loin to an internal temperature of 175–180 degrees, and set it aside to cool. Reserve its cooking juices.

Place the beans into an 8 quart pot containing 5 quarts of water at a rolling boil. Boil for two minutes. Remove from heat and let the beans soak for 1 hour. The rest of the cooking should proceed as soon as possible after the soaking is completed.

While the beans are soaking, place the pork rind in a saucepan and cover with 1 qt. cold water. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Drain, rinse, and repeat the process. Then, with kitchen shears, cut the rind into 1/4" strips, and cut the strips into small triangles. Cover the rind again with 1 qt. water, bring to a simmer, and simmer slowly for 30 minutes. Set the saucepan aside.

Tie the parsley, garlic, cloves, thyme, and bay leaves in cheesecloth. Place the unsmoked bacon (or blanched salt pork), onions, the pork rind and its cooking liquid, and the herb bouquet into the kettle with the soaked beans. If you did not use salt pork so far, add 1 tbsp. salt. Bring to a simmer. Skim off any fat which might rise. Simmer, uncovered, for about 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are just tender. Add more boiling water during cooking, if necessary, to keep the beans covered. Season to taste near the end of the cooking process. Leave the beans in their cooking liquid until you are ready to use them, then drain, reserving the cooking liquid. Remove the bacon or salt pork and set aside. Discard the herbs.

Cut the lamb or mutton into chunks roughly 2" square. Dry each piece in paper towel. Pour a thin layer of fat into a heavy, 8-quart, fireproof casserole and heat until almost smoking. Brown the meat, a few pieces at a time, on all sides. Set the meat aside. Brown the bones and add them to the meat. If fat has burned, discard it and add 3 tbsp. more. Lower the heat and brown the onions lightly, about 5 minutes.

Return the bones and the lamb to the casserole and stir in the garlic, tomato, thyme, bay leaves, wine/vermouth, and stock. Bring to a simmer and season to taste with salt. Cover and simmer slowly, or in a 325-degree oven, for 1 1/2 hours. Then remove the meat to a dish; discard the bones and bay leaves. Remove all but 2 tbsp. fat and carefully correct the seasoning of the cooking liquid.

Pour the cooked and drained beans into the lamb cooking liquid. Stir in any juices you may have from roasting the pork. Add bean cooking liquid, if needed, until the beans are covered. Bring to a simmer and simmer 5 minutes, then let the beans stand in the liquid for 10 minutes. Drain the beans when you are ready for final assembly, again reserving the liquid.

Brown the saucisse de Toulouse, cut into lengths between 1/2" and 3" long (depending on size/preference) and drain on paper towels.

Cut the roast pork into 1 1/2–2" serving chunks. Slice the bacon or salt pork into serving pieces 1/4" thick. Arrange a layer of beans in the bottom of your cassoulet dish, then continue with layers of lamb, roast pork, bacon slices, sausage, and beans, ending with a layer of beans and sausage. Pour on the meat cooking juices, and enough bean cooking juice so that liquid comes just to the top layer of beans. Spread on the bread crumbs and dribble the fat over the top. You can set this aside until you’re ready for final cooking (about 1h).

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Bring the casserole to a simmer on top of the stove. Set it in the upper level of the oven. When the top has crusted lightly, after about 20 minutes, turn the oven down to 350 degrees. Break the crust into the beans with the back of a spoon, and baste with the liquid in the casserole. Repeat this process several times, as the crust re-forms, but leave a final crust for serving. If the liquid in the cassoulet becomes too thick, add a spoonful or two of bean cooking liquid. It should bake for about one hour.

Variations

You could use goose confit instead of the roast pork. Scrape the fat off, and cut it into serving portions, then brown it lightly in some of the fat from the package. Then arrange it directly in the final step.

If you have fresh goose, duck, turkey, or partridge, you can roast or braise it, carve it into serving pieces, and use it with or instead of the roast pork.

Ham hock or veal shank can be added to the simmer with the beans, then cut into serving pieces and added at final assembly.

Julia Child


Pasta with Pork and Eggplant

main course eggplant pasta pork

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-size firm eggplant, a little over a pound or so in weight
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon fennel pollen or seed
  • 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 small onion, grated or very finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 chili pepper – Italian red cherry or Fresno, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • a generous handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 pound short-cut pasta, whatever shape you like
  • Parmesan cheese

Preparation

Peel half the skin off the eggplant. Dice very finely into 1/8-inch pieces. Sprinkle with salt and reserve. Place a large pot of water over high heat for the pasta. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve a half cup of the starchy pasta water for the sauce. Heat the olive oil, 3 turns of the pan, over medium to medium-high heat. Add pork and lightly brown while finely crumbling it into tiny bits. Season with fennel, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, thyme and the chili pepper. Squeeze any liquid from the eggplant then stir it into the pork. Cook about 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently until eggplant is tender. Deglaze with white wine, stir a minute then stir in cream and simmer over low heat while pasta cooks. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce, adding liquid to combine. Stir in parsley.

Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen


Whole Roasted Suckling Pig

main course pork

Ingredients

  • 1 whole suckling pig, around 20lb/10kg
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tsp. juniper berries, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves

Preparation

Preheat oven to 275 F. Chop together the garlic, rosemary, parsley, sage, and juniper berries, and stir in 2 tbsp. of oil. Rinse the pig inside and out, pat dry. Season inside and out with oil, salt, and pepper. Place the herb mixture inside the cavity of the pig. Cover ears and tail with tin foil to keep them from burning, and put a ball of tin foil in the mouth if you want to add an apple later.

Roast until an instant-read thermometer reads 160 F at the deepest joint (the shoulder near the head), around 4 hours (or less). (If you want to hold the pig, you can tent it with foil at this point until ready to continue.) Increase oven temperature to 500 F and cook for 30 minutes more, until skin is crisp all over.

[Consider serving this with Czech potato pancakes.]

Serious Eats and Recipe 4 Living, edited


Instant Pot Carnitas

main course instantpot mexican pork

Ingredients

for the carnitas:

  • 1 (4-5 pound) lean boneless pork roast, excess fat trimmed, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

for the sauce:

  • 1 cup beer (or chicken stock)
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves separated, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

Preparation

In a medium mixing bowl, mix all sauce ingredients together.

Season pork chunks on all sides with salt and pepper.

Click the “Saute” setting on the Instant Pot. Add oil and half of the pork, and sear — turning every 45-60 seconds or so — until the pork is browned on all sides. Transfer pork to a separate clean plate, and repeat with the other half of the pork, searing until browned on all sides. Press “Cancel” to turn off the heat. Pour in the mojo sauce, and toss briefly to combine. Close lid securely and set vent to “Sealing”. Press “Meat”, then press “Pressure” until the light on “High Pressure” lights up, then adjust the up/down arrows until time reads 30 minutes. Cook. Then let the pressure release naturally, about 15 minutes. Carefully turn the vent to “Venting”, just to release any extra pressure that might still be in there. Then remove the lid.

Shred the pork with two forks. Then transfer it with a slotted spoon to a large baking sheet. Spoon about a third of the leftover juices evenly on top of the pork. Then broil for 4-5 minutes, or until the edges of the pork begin browning and crisping up. Remove the sheet from the oven, then ladle a remaining third of the juices from the Instant Pot evenly over the pork, and then give it a good toss with some tongs. Broil for an additional 5 minutes to get the meat even more crispy. Then remove and ladle the final third of the juices over the pork, and toss to combine.

Gimme Some Oven


Sweet Potato Stir Fry

main course side dish chinese pork sweetpotato untested

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 large cloves garlic
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger root
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 pound sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 6 ounces ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

Preparation

Mince enough of the garlic to yield 1 tablespoon. Peel and mince the ginger to yield 1 tablespoon. Separate the scallion whites and greens; chop each. Peel the sweet potato, and either grate it in a food processor (cut into chunks first), cut it into matchsticks or use a spiralizer.

Whisk together the wine or dry sherry, the soy sauce or tamari, the Worcestershire sauce and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the pork and stir with a fork to incorporate.

Heat a wok or large, well­-seasoned cast-iron skillet over high heat. Drizzle in the oil so that it coats the sides of the wok. Working quickly, add the garlic, ginger and scallion whites; stir-fry for 5 seconds, then add the pork mixture and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until the pork is cooked through.

Add the sweet potato; stir-fry for about 6 minutes and try to create some crisped edges on it, if possible. Some of the sweet potato pieces will still be somewhat firm. Remove from the heat.

Divide among individual bowls. Garnish each portion with the scallion greens. Serve hot.

Washington Post


Tacos al Pastor

main course mexican pork

Ingredients

  • 16 tortillas de maiz
  • 800g (1.5 lbs) pork butt
  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1 lg. onion
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 8 limes
  • salt

For the axiote marinade:

  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 300g ground axiote (powder)
  • 10 dry chiles guajillos
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp white pepper
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 stick of cinnamon

1 recipe salsa taquera

Preparation

1. Make a cut into the side of each chile guajillo, and devein them (rip out the stem and the guts) and soak them in hot water. Once they’ve hydrated and they’re soft, remove from water and place in blender. Add the vinegar, the juice of two oranges, chop up the medium sized onion and add that too. Add your garlic cloves, the cinnamon, and blend it a little. Then add the axiote, the white pepper, then blend. Then add salt to taste. Once the mix is ready, pour into a big bowl you’ll use to marinate the meat.

2. Cut your pork hiney into half steak pieces. Try to make them uniformly thick, but they don’t need to look pretty at all because we’re going to chop them all up before the end to serve in the tacos.

3. Cover each “steak” in the axiote marinade and then refrigerate them all for as long as you can afford to (at least three hours).

4. When it’s time to make dinner, start be preheating the grill.

5. Slice your 1/2 pineapple into “disks” just a bit over 1cm thick (about 1/2″). You can just cut the slices across the entire pineapple, and you don’t have to peel the outside of the pineapple off before you grill it, either.

6. With a hot grill, throw on the now-marinated pork steaks along with your pineapple pieces until both have been cooked. This should take about eight minutes, maybe a touch more. You know you’ve cooked the pineapple enough when it has become soft throughout. It’s alright if the pineapple slices get charred a bit, but do your best to keep them from burning, otherwise they will not taste good.

7. Now peel the pineapple rings off and chop the pineapple into small little cooked pieces.

8. Mince the onions, chop up the cilantro, then mix them together with the pineapple in a bowl. Take a lime and squeeze its juice into the mix and add salt to taste. Sample it to see if you need to add more lime juice.

9. Chop up the pork into little strips and pieces for filling your tacos with.

10. Make the tacos: add the meat to the tortillas first, then your pineapple-cilantro-onion mix, and then top off with your delicious authentic salsa taquera.

Authentic Mexican Recipes


Pastitsio

main course beef casserole greek lamb pasta pork

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. thick macaroni
  • 7 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes (optional)
  • 1 lg. onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lg. clove garlic
  • 2 lb. minced meat (half pork and half beef, or lamb, etc.)
  • 2 tsps dried mint, rubbed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup pureed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated Halloumi (or other dry, hard) cheese

For the white sauce:

  • 8 cups milk scant
  • ½ c. corn flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp grated cheese
  • zest of 1 lemon

Preparation

Macaroni:

Grease a shallow baking dish (15x13"). Break the macaroni in half (this will enable you to arrange the cooked pasta better in the baking dish later). Add macaroni to a large pan of boiling water, together with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt and 1 vegetable stock cube (optional). Boil, uncovered, until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water. Drain well and put aside in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp butter to the pasta, 3/4 cup of your grated cheese, the beaten egg and 1tsp dry mint. Mix well and set aside.

Meat Sauce:

Heat the rest of your oil in a large frying pan; add your chopped onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add the mince and cook until well browned. Add the pasata and the tomato paste, the sugar, oregano, dried mint, cinnamon, the stock cube dissolved in 1 cup of hot water, the salt and the freshly ground black pepper. Towards the end, add the parsley and remove from the heat.

White sauce:

Dissolve your corn flour in 1 cup of milk, then and1 tsp salt. Add the egg (lightly beaten), and the finely chopped parsley and lemon zest. In a big non-stick pan add the remaining 7 cups of milk and bring almost to the boil. Gradually whisk the dissolved corn flour and egg mixture into the hot milk, stir well over the heat until the mixture boils and thickens; mix until smooth and remove from heat.

Next steps:

Add half of the macaroni into your greased dish. Top the macaroni with the meat sauce and spread evenly. Add rest of the pasta over meat sauce. Pour over ¾ of the white sauce and use a fork to make sure that some of the white sauce goes through the pasta to the base of the dish. Now add the rest of the white sauce and smooth the surface, then sprinkle the breadcrumbs and cheese on top. Spread several nobs of butter equally along the surface of the dish.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until golden brown. Leave to stand for 15 minutes before serving.


Thai Coconut Soup

main course coconut pork soup thai untested

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 stalks lemon grass, sliced thin
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 8 sprigs fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 2 14 oz. cans coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ lb. white mushrooms, cut into 1/4" slices
  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin, halved lengthwise, sliced into 1/8" thick pieces
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. red curry paste

Preparation

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add lemon grass, shallots, cilantro, and 1 tbsp. fish sauce; cook, stirring frequently, until just softened, 2 to 5 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and 1 can coconut milk; bring to simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Strain broth, return to pan.

Return pan to medium-high heat. Stir remaining can coconut milk and sugar into broth mixture and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium, add mushrooms, and cook until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add pork and cook, stirring constantly, until no longer pink, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove soup from heat.

Combine lime juice, curry paste, and remaining 2 tablespoons fish sauce in small bowl; stir into soup.


Eggplant, Oyster, and Tasso Gratin

main course cajun eggplant oyster pork untested

Ingredients

  • 1 pint shucked oysters with their liquor
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 ounces finely chopped tasso (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese, grated (1⁄4 cup)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish and set aside. Pour the oysters into a bowl and check for bits of shell. Strain the oyster liquor through a fine sieve into a small bowl and set aside. Set drained oysters aside in a small bowl.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat and whisk in the flour. Whisk in the reserved oyster liquor and stock. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly. Whisk in the cream. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently, stirring from time to time, until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Season the sauce with salt, pepper, hot sauce, and nutmeg. Remove the pan from the heat and cover to keep the sauce warm.

Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the onion, tasso, garlic, sage, and rosemary. Cook until the eggplant is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the eggplant mixture into a colander to drain for 5 minutes. Stir together the crumbs, parsley, melted butter, oil, and cheese in a small bowl and set aside.

To assemble the gratin, spread about one-third of the oyster liquor sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spoon the eggplant mixture into the dish. Arrange the oysters in a single layer over the eggplant mixture and drizzle with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the entire dish. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Epicurious


Pressure Cooker Pork Belly

main course instantpot japanese pork

Ingredients

  • 3 green onions (we’ll use only the green parts)
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 lb. (907 g) pork belly block
  • Water for cooking pork belly
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) sake
  • ½ cup (120 ml) water
  • ½ cup (120 ml) mirin
  • ½ cup (120 ml) soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (50 g) sugar

Preparation

We will only use the green parts of the green onions (use the white parts in miso soup to go with this dish). Cut the green parts in half. Peel the ginger and slice it thinly.

On the pressure cooker, press the “Sauté” button on your Instant Pot and heat the oil. Cook the pork belly. You can skip this part to cut down the cooking time, but this process will render more fat and make the dish tastier.

Pour water to cover the meat, then add the green onions and sliced ginger. Cover and lock the lid. Make sure the steam release handle points at “sealing” and not “venting”. Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button on the Instant Pot to stop cooking. Press the “meat/Stew” button to switch to the pressure cooking mode. Cook under pressure for 35 minutes. If you’re using a stove-top pressure cooker, you won’t have the buttons to press. Just cook on high heat until high pressure is reached. Then reduce the heat to low to maintain high pressure for about 30 minutes.

When it is finished cooking, the Instant Pot will switch automatically to a “Keep Warm” mode. Slide the steam release handle to the “Venting” position to let out steam until the float valve drops down, OR let the pressure release naturally (takes about 15 mins). Unlock the lid and drain the cooking water and discard the green onion and ginger. Rinse the pork belly under warm water.

Put the pork belly back in the Instant Pot and add water, sake, mirin, soy sauce, and sugar. Mix the seasonings a little bit and add the boiled eggs. Press the “Sauté” button on the Instant Pot and press “Adjust” once to increase the heat. Bring it to simmer to let the alcohol evaporate. Once the alcohol smell is gone, press “Keep Warm/Cancel” button to turn off the Sauté mode. Cover and lock the lid. Make sure the steam release handle points at “sealing” and not “venting”. Press the “meat/Stew” button to turn on the pressure cooking mode. Press the “minus” button to decrease the cooking time from the preset 35 minutes to 10 minutes.

When it is finished cooking, the Instant Pot will switch automatically to a “Keep Warm” mode. Slide the steam release handle to the “Venting” position to let out steam until the float valve drops down and unlock the lid. If you have time (this is optional), press the “Sauté” button and simmer on low heat until the liquid in the cooker has reduced by half.

Serve the rice in a (donburi) bowl and pour the sauce on top. Place the pork belly and egg (add blanched green vegetable if you have any). Pour additional sauce over the meat and serve immediately.

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