Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Crazy Dinner, for a Tuesday.

So, tonight we had:

  • The pork belly I started cooking last night - turned out alright. The first pieces we had hadn't crisped up as much as I would have thought they ought to have. So, for the second go-round, I threw 'em under the broiler until the skin had crackled and popped, and it was much better. The wine/roasted garlic/chicken stock/thyme sauce was awesome, and all in all, pretty darned good. Next time I'll know to really make sure the skin's super crisp, but it was tasty regardless.
  • Grilled squash - I grilled up two kinds of squash on our grill pan with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and they turned out really nice.
  • Some homemade bread that Ei-Nyung whipped up a couple days ago
  • A baguette
  • Cowgirl Creamery's "Mt. Tam" cheese
  • An aged gouda, I don't recall the specific brand
  • Rillettes du Perigord - a duck pate/confit of some sort, from the French dude at the farmer's market
  • For dessert, a dark chocolate Dove Bar
Yeah, a totally ridiculous meal, but pork belly's sort of an "event" dish, so I figured we might as well really blow it out. Good stuff. I'll post pics later.


Blogger Seppo said...

Made the pork belly again last night, and the skin was definitely better, though it got burnt in a couple places. I didn't do the "refrigeration/pressing" stage, and I don't think it suffered much from it, *except* that while broiling it to crisp up the skin, areas where it was taller got a little burnt. Still, saving a 4-hour refrigeration phase made this doable in 3 hours, which was a pretty critical difference to making dinner Sunday.

This is a really simple dish - I'd definitely recommend trying it to anyone who's interested.

12:27 PM  
Blogger ei-nyung said...

The second round of pork belly was insanely delicious. The crisp parts were crisp and the meaty part was tender and flavorful.

I kept wondering though, if it would be better if more of the fat could be rendered off to make the skin crispier. I know it's not like poultry, but I kept thinking of that duck. :D

6:26 PM  

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