Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Firsts - Pork Shoulder Steak

Friday Firsts

Happy Friday everybody!! (Click the image above for more information on Friday Firsts.) Is anybody else really excited that Thanksgiving is next week? It's not my favorite holiday, but I'm looking forward to it this year because I'm hosting!

My first for this week is cooking with pork shoulder steaks. While perusing the meat aisle, I came across 4 large pork steaks, for a little over $6. It looked like a great deal, with the dark marbelized meat that was sure to be tender and flavorful. I called my dad to see how to cook it, and took his advice with vegetables in a kind of braise situation.

4 pork shoulder steaks
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
~2 cups red wine (I used a Pinot Noir)
glug of olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

In a heavy bottomed pot with a lid, add a glug of olive oil over medium high heat. Throw in the vegetables and let cook until fragrant. Remove to a bowl and turn the heat to high. Sear both sides of the meat in the bottom of the pot. Add the wine, stirring and scraping the bottom to deglaze. Add the vegetables back, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a slight simmer, place the lid on, and let it cook for about 20 minutes.

I chose to serve mine with the braising vegetables and roasted cabbage with cheese sauce (a favorite in our household).

Johnny and I both really liked the pork shoulder steaks. And $6 for two huge dinners is not a bad deal in my book. Just as I hoped, the meat was really juicy, tender, and full of flavor. The wine and vegetables complimented it beautifully!

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Kristina @ spabettie said...

thank you AGAIN for doing Friday Firsts!! I *LOVE* them, and have found new blogs to read because of it!

roasted cabbage with cheese sauce sounds GOOD.


Jessie said...

I'm SO looking forward to Thanksgiving, mostly because of PIES :D Great job with the pork shoulder! It looks tender and flavorful, and for the right price, too!

Have a great weekend, Christina!

The Diva on a Diet said...

I don't really have a first to report ... I'm just here to drool. What a fantastic meal! I don't know that I've ever seen pork steaks before, but I'm anxious to try this recipe. A perfect fall comfort meal, especially with that yummy looking roasted cabbage!

Actually, I am looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. I've been hosting it for years now and sometimes I'm really into it, sometimes not so much. This year I can't wait. Have fun hosting your first TG, I know its going to be scrumptious!

Biz said...

I love any kind of pork - I've even use those in my crock pot to make pulled pork sammies - such an economical cut of meat!

Can't wait for Sunday!! I'll have your $$ for the sausage - I'll email you on the side about the dog treats :D

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Oo sounds like a great first to me--and how awesome that it was so cheap! It always pays to stroll the meat aisle and see what kind of deals of the week you can pick up!

Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Roasted cabbage with cheese sauce? I need to try this!

Lyndsay Wells said...

I love pork and am always looking for new recipes. This one looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing it!

My first for this week was a recipe for Creamy Chicken Taquitos.

They were very easy to make and absolutely delicious. I plan to make them over the holidays as a finger food because they will also freeze very well.

~Lyndsay, The Kitchen Witch