Friday, November 5, 2010

Fall Fare

I tried out a recipe from dear Martha today and it turned out de-and-licious!

Braised Pork Shoulder

6 ounces pancetta, finely chopped (I used poor woman's version: bacon)
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 bone-in (or not, if Costco has boneless) pork shoulder (6-7 pounds)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 head garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fennel seeds, toasted and ground
1 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
2 cups Belgian-style ale
1 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock

1. Preheat oven to 300*. Crisp pancetta in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat, until fat is rendered, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon.
2. Add onions to Dutch oven. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 25 minutes. Transfer to plate using slotted spoon.
3. Season pork with salt and pepper. Add oil to Dutch oven, and sear pork, fat side down, until golden, about 5 minutes. Flip, and repeat.
4. Add garlic and spices to pot. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ale, stock, pancetta, and onions; bring to a simmer. Transfer to oven, and braise pork, covered, basting every hour, until meat is falling off the bone, about 4 hours. Shred meat (just what you're using) using 2 forks, and drizzle with warm skimmed jus.
recipe from Martha Stewart Living

And I got to cook it in this gorgeous new red Dutch oven that Mr. B. bought for me! I'm spoiled rotten...=} He just couldn't wait for this meal, having anticipated it all week.

Caramelized onions...mmmmm.

Crushing the fennel.

It doesn't look half as scrumptious as it was! And while it was cooking I vacuumed and scrubbed, so the house was neat and smelled divine when Daddy came home. He had three helpings, so I'm thinking he liked it. =)
P.S. I haven't forgotten to share pics of the new do. I'll try to get to those soon!


  1. I love carmelized onions and fennel. As a non meat-eater, I can't comment, but it does look expertly cooked and tempting, even to me.


  2. Oh, lovely! You did a splendid job! I do believe it looks even tastier than Martha's! But...
    I am a wee bit jealous of your new Dutch Oven! I have been looking at them in the stores ~ dreaming of them and sugar plums! And now I'll be dreaming of Braised Pork Shoulder, too!

  3. Oh, wow! Beautiful pot and Delicious looking pork! You have had a very productive day!

  4. Yummy! I can almost smell those delicious carmelized onions - my favorite! :)

    And I can't wait to see your new 'do! Are you loving the ease of short hair?

  5. Oh my...that is one beautiful kitchen accessory! :)... I have done this recipe before, but not with fennel. And yes, the scent is so delicious and the meat just falls off the bone ~ yummm!

    Since you cut your hair...well, I got the inclination of cutting mine also and went ahead and did it, so thank you for the inspiration :)


  6. YUM... looks scrumptious! :)

    You won the Apron, dear friend!! <3


    Love~ Miss Jen


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