Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chef Steve

I’ve been wanting to cook a little more, and I’ve been doing some in my cast iron skillet. I got a dutch oven for Christmas, and was going to make something in there, but I’m waiting on amazon to deliver my chimney for getting coals going. It’s so much cleaner and easier with one, so once that comes I’ll do some type of cobbler.

In the meantime, I had a hankering for some carnitas yesterday after trying the new Barbacoa beef from Subway yesterday. It was pretty good, so I googled some recipes last night as we were lying around and printed a few. I had to hit Home Depot this morning, and on the same trip I swung by Wal-Mart and loaded up some ingredients.

I thought carnitas would be harder, but they turned out easy. I cut up some pork sirloin and added beef broth and salso to it, simmering it for about 3 hours in a saucepan. Then I baked it for 20 minutes, and I think it came out great. Tia said it was a little dry, so maybe I’ll keep some of the stock when I put it in the oven.

Barabcoa was more difficult. I dropped in a few things into the crock pot and let that go for 6 hours. However then I had to remove the beef, shred it, and put it back in, minus the stock and onions, with some tomato sauce and spices. Two more hours, and it’s still going.

Neither was very hard, though it’s a long day when you have to keep everything on your mind. I passed the time watching some football and working in the garage, so it wasn’t bad. Looking forward to trying the beef later.

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