Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Java Pork Roast
Veggie Fries
Roast is such a comfort dish!
It is so easy all you have to do is sear the outside and pop it into the a crockpot or the oven without searing it. The slow cooking browns it beautifully.
When I was working full time I utilized my automatic timer from the oven.  Most people are unaware of this feature, but every oven has one. Check the manual if you can find it!
I would time it to turn on at a certain time and finish cooking at a certain time and dinner was ready when we walked into the house. If you utilize your oven this way you must use frozen foods if you are away all day. The small space does not allow air to defrost the food quickly, so it is food safe. 
If you are afraid to do that, then use your crockpot.
This dish is great anytime of the week, for family or guests, even for a laid back Sunday dinner!

 2tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp instant espresso powder or coffee
1 tsp salt
1tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2tsp ground sage
1 tsp peppercorns
2 tsp pepper flakes
1/2 cup white wine
2tsp cornstarch
1cup green olives (opt.)
1  5lb  boneless pork sirloin roast, centre cut,
Rub the dry herbs and spices all over roast and place in a plastic bag with a zip lock, squeeze out all air and marinate min. 1 hr or up to 24 hrs. Remove roast from refrigerator 1 hr before roasting, bringing the meat to room temperature, relaxing the muscle fiber. This can also be frozen and ready to go when needed. If popped in the oven frozen, the cooking time will increase by approx. 1 hr.
Place Roast on rack in roasting pan pour wine over top and add 1-2 cups of water to bottom of pan. Roast at 375F for 2-3 hrs, uncovered until temperature reaches 160F. or until the tip of a knife inserted releases clear juices, turning every 1/2 hr.  If the liquid evaporates too quickly add more wine or water. Let rest for 15min covered with a foil tent, before slicing thinly.
Gravy:  Strain juices through a small sieve, directly into a small saucepot. Add 1tbsp water to cornstarch, stir to mix well and pour  juices into the pan.  The coffee makes this gravy very dark and rich.  Bring to a boil stirring constantly, reduce heat and continue cooking to desired consistency. Add olives and cook 1 more min.
 Crockpot Method: Place 1-2tbsp vegetable oil in a preheated skillet. Place roast in and sear on all sides until golden brown.  Place the roast into the crockpot and turn dial to slow for 6-8 hrs. Proceed with recipe.
Veggie Chips
3 beets, washed and peeled
1 yam, peeled
3 potatoes, peeled, washed
vegetable oil for frying
Slice paper thin in a food processor, mandolin or by hand. Heat a heavy bottomed pot with 1" of oil to 365F, or drop a small piece of potato into oil, if it sizzles immediately, it is ready.
Begin to fry potatoes, then yam and lastly beets so as not to transfer the colour.  Remove with a spider or slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, sprinkle with salt.
Enjoy with Love!


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