Friday, May 20, 2011
Food Attacks #1: rôti de porc au lait
For Christmas our hero received a copy of Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook. Last Sunday, he cracked the pages and attempted to make his first meal from it.
All of the recipes in the book have French names, which makes it a little difficult for one, such as our hero, who does not speak French to know what they are at a glance. Not all of them have pictures of the finished product either. You may be amusing and edgy Anthony, but you're also a snooty food snob.
For his first foyer into snooty French cuisine, our hero choose the appropriately snotty sounding "rôti de porc au lait". Oooo. Sounds fancy.
Really, it's just "roast pork with milk". Oh, Anthony. You're whole book is about how people shouldn't be afraid to make French food at home. Then you have to go intimidate everyone with the snooty French names no one understands. (How many more times can I say "snooty", and yes, that one time I did mean "snotty".)
Nevertheless, our hero donned a cat apron and attempted to look French:
Fortunately the recipe was simple. Brown the pork roast in some oil and butter, which will fill the kitchen with that wonderful bacony cooking-pork smell. Caramelize some onions, carrots, and leaks. Add stuff and a bunch of milk. Then simmer it all together for an hour, rotating the pork occasionally. Make sure your shirt matches your Dutch oven (see pics above).
When it's done, you take the pork out and it looks like this:
Then you strain the stuff out of the pot, grab the immersion blender you got for your wedding (which should also match your shirt and Dutch oven), and froth the sauce until it looks like this:
You'll notice our roast was in two pieces. This was because the 3lb roast the recipe calls for wouldn't fit in our Dutch oven. But rather then just each take a half and start gnawing on it, our hero made the radical decision to carve it:
Then cover it with sauce and eat it with something to soak up the sauce (like boiled new potatoes with meyer lemon zest and juice from the tree in your neighbor's backyard). The sauce is amazing.