SAGE AND GARLIC PORK ROAST
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
10 garlic cloves
1½ tablespoons coarse salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon dry white wine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (6-pound) boneless pork shoulder Boston roast
Preheat oven to 275°F.
Blend together sage, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor or mortar and pestle until a thick paste forms. With motor running, add wine and oil and blend until combined well.
If necessary, trim fat from top of pork, to leave a 1/8-inch-thick layer of fat. Make 3 small incisions, each about 1 inch long and 1 inch deep, in each side of pork with a small sharp knife, and fill each with about 1 teaspoon herb paste. Spread remaining herb paste over pork, concentrating on boned side, and tie roast with kitchen string at 2-inch intervals.
Put pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan and roast in middle of oven for 6 hours. Transfer roast to cutting board and let stand 15 minutes.
Discard string and cut pork roast into thick slices.
ROASTED VEGETABLES WITH PROVENCAL HERBS
4 large ripe plum tomatoes, cut into ½-inch wedges
2 zucchini (4 ounces each), trimmed, halved lengthwise, and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 yellow crookneck squash, trimmed, fat end quartered lengthwise, and cut into ½ -inch pieces
1 yellow onion, cut into 1/8-inch wedges
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into ½-inch squares
1 pound small red potatoes, quartered
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 (3 by ½-inch) strip orange zest, finely slivered
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Spread the tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, bell pepper and red potatoes on a nonreactive rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the rosemary, thyme, orange zest, garlic, salt and a generous grinding of pepper. Stir to blend.
Roast, stirring every 15 minutes with a flat-edged wooden spoon or spatula, for 50 to 60 minutes, until the vegetables are evenly caramelized and tender.
BARBEQUE PORK SANDWICH
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon Tabasco, or to taste
In a small bowl whisk together ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco.
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound leftover pork, shredded or cut into matchstick pieces
4 soft buns
Combine first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature until onion softens, tossing occasionally, about 2 hours; or cover and chill up to 1 day.
Toast the buns and top with the mayonnaise, pork and cabbage slaw. Serve with salad or chips.
Recipe by Chef Pam Schwartz
Cooking Program Coordinator, Sur La Table, Carlsbad CA
EASY POT PIES
1 recipe flaky pie crust or refrigerated pie crust (half of 15-ounce package), room temperature
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups leftover pork, diced into ½ inch pieces
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups chicken broth
2 ½ cups leftover vegetables, diced into ½ inch pieces
Salt and Pepper, to season
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Place crust on work surface. Press out fold lines; pinch to seal any cracks. Cut out 4 pastry rounds to fit top of four 10 oz ramekins. Arrange crusts on baking sheet. Pierce with fork. Bake crusts until golden, about 8 minutes.
Season the pork with salt and pepper. Add pork to flour; toss to coat. Melt butter in heavy large skillet oven medium-high heat. Add pork and any remaining flour to skillet and stir until pork is beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Mix in broth and vegetables. Bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce heat, cover skillet and simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer filling to ramekins. Top with crusts and serve.
Cooks Notes: The herbs that are in the roasted vegetables are going to give the pot pie extra flavor.
FLAKY PIE DOUGH
Makes 1 (9- or 10-inch) pie shell
Many bakers are so intimidated by the idea of making flaky pie crust that they either settle for the prepared dough from the grocery store or don’t make pie at all. But, like all baking, pie crust is quite straightforward once you know how the ingredients work together. Take a deep breath and follow the steps below for a beautifully crisp, golden brown, flaky pie crust. This recipe doesn’t call for shortening, as the flavor, aroma, and color of an all-butter crust can’t be beat. The drawback to butter is that it can soften quickly at room temperature, which is why it’s best to use the food processor to ensure great results every time.
Equipment: Small Measuring Cup, Food Processor Fitted with a Metal Blade, Large Bowl, Rolling Pin, Pastry Brush, 9- or 10-inch Pie or Tart Pan, Kitchen Scissors
· 1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted
· butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
· 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water
· 1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
· 1½ teaspoons sugar (omit for a savory crust)
· ¼ teaspoon salt
1. Place the butter pieces in a bowl or on a plate and freeze for at least 20 minutes. Refrigerate the water in a small measuring cup until needed.
2. Mix the dough: Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of the food processor. Process for 10 seconds to blend the ingredients. Add the frozen butter pieces and pulse 6 to 10 times (in 1-second bursts), until the butter and flour mixture looks like crushed crackers and peas.
3. Immediately transfer the butter-flour mixture to the large bowl. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the cold water over the mixture and “fluff” it in, then add another, and another, until 3 tablespoons have been added. Continue to fluff and stir 10 or 12 times. It will not be a cohesive dough at this point but a bowl of shaggy crumbs and clumps of dough. Before bringing the dough together, you need to test it for the correct moisture content. Take a handful of the mixture and squeeze firmly. Open your hand. If the clump falls apart and looks dry, remove any large, moist clumps from the bowl then add more water, one teaspoon at a time, sprinkling it over the top of the mixture and immediately stirring or mixing it in. Test again before adding any more water. Repeat, if needed. The dough is done when it holds together (even if a few small pieces fall off). If the butter feels soft and squishy, refrigerate before continuing. If the butter is still cold and firm, continue to the next step. (Note: Adding the liquid may also be done on low speed in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment—add three-fourths of the liquid, test for moistness, then add the remaining liquid if needed.)
4. Knead and chill the dough: Turn the dough onto a work surface and knead gently 3 to 6 times. If it won’t come together and looks very dry, return it to the bowl and add another teaspoon or two of water (one at a time), mixing in as above, and try again. Flatten the dough into a 6- or 7-inch disk, wrap in plastic or parchment paper, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. This allows time for the dough to hydrate fully and for the butter to firm up again.
5. Roll the dough: If the dough has been refrigerated for more than 30 minutes, it may be very firm and hard and will crack if you try to roll it. Let it sit on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes until it is malleable but still cold. Dust your work surface generously with flour and set the disk on the flour. Dust the top with flour. Roll, turning the dough, until you’ve got a 14- to 15-inch circle about ¹⁄8 inch thick. If at any point the dough becomes warm and sticky, gently fold it into quarters, unfold it onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until the butter is firm again.
6. If a crack or hole forms while rolling, brush any flour away and patch the area according to the instructions above.
7. Transfer the dough: Fold the dough circle into quarters, brushing off any excess flour as you fold. Put the point of the folded dough in the center of the pie pan, tart pan, or baking sheet and unfold the dough, lifting it slightly as necessary to ease it into the crevices of the pan. Do not stretch or pull the dough, which can cause thin spots, holes, and/or shrinkage during baking.
8. Trim the dough: Use a pair of kitchen scissors to trim the dough so it overhangs the edge of the pan by 1 inch. Fold the overhanging dough under itself around the pan edge, then crimp or form a decorative border. Chill for 30 minutes before baking.
Storing: The dough can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days, or double-wrapped in plastic, slipped into a freezer bag, and frozen for up to 1 month.