So no outdoor island inspired BBQ but instead a good mealthat made my big old Le Crueset dutch oven very proud.
To quickly summarize, we opened eating festivity with some finger food... Blue Fingerlings with a homemade Danish blue cheese dipping sauce, cleansed our palates with some shaved papaya salad.
Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 cup crubled , high quality Danish Blue Cheese
2-3 Tablespoons of Philly Cream Cheese (or Mascarpone)
2-3 Tablespoons of White Balsamic Vinegar
2-3 Tablespoons of White Apple Cider Vinegar
EVOO , S/P
Blend all ingredients in a blender until it becomes pourable with a spoon . Use a dip or dressing . Keep chilled after creation .
|Blue on Blue: Fingerlings and Cream|
Shaved Papaya Salad
Very simple to make. Shave a hard Mexican Papaya with potato peeler, Toss with a light vinaigrette of lime, EVOO, white apple cider vinegar, and a hint of Japanese mirin. When plating, sprinkle with a few poppy seeds for effect.
|Shaved Papaya Salad|
Slow Cooked Pork Loin in Mushroom-Calvados Broth
Two things you will need for this dish . The first is patience, the patience to wait until the meat's proteins break down and tenderize. But I might of said this in some other post. The second is a heavy, cast iron, enameled dutch oven.
Start with slightly browing the meat on all sides. Then toss in a medley of celery, green bell peppers, a few cups of baby bella mushrooms. a medium sized shallot, a half cup of ripe grape tomatoes, a few cups of chicken stock and some white wine - I used prosecco this time, Also add some chopped parsley and dry imported thyme. Cook for a few hours until the meat is very tender over low heat, Keep the oven covered. Add some water if needed if the liquids reduce too much.
Once the meat is cooked. remove it from the dutch oven, set aside . Drain all vegetables from the remaining sauce. Reduce the sauce in a sauce pan, add in shot of Calvados brandy. Reduce further, allowing the alcohol to evaporate but do keep the sauce thin. Do not discard the vegetables, they are great as a side dish.
Slice the meat. and serve topped with the warm sauce.
|Bath Time: Le Crueset Style|
|Ultra Tender Pork Loin|
With left over papaya I decided to make a quick cocktail. The papaya was cubed, then tossed with some agave syrup, tequila and a pinch of salt. Blueberries were also added.
To make the Bellini, just add some of the marinated papaya to a Cosmopolitan glass and top with bubbly Prosecco.