Susans Scribblings: December 2010

WHAT ARE YOU SERVING NEW YEAR'S EVE OR DAY?

If you're looking for something to serve that is impressive and tasty too, especially if you have guests coming for a sit down meal, look no further . . .

 

CROWN ROAST OF PORK!

This never fails to impress and you can dress it up and fill the centre with a variety of options.  The following provides for Saffron Rice Pilaf and serves 12 people

AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE KITCHEN -
PREPARE EARLIER AND STICK IN THE OVEN FOR APPROX. 3 HOURS!

Ingredients 

    1 crown roast of pork (about 6-1/2 lb/3 kg)  For easy serving, be sure to ask the butcher for a roast with 12 ribs.
    3/4 cup (175 mL)chicken stock
    Herb Rub
    2 tbsp(25 mL) dried rosemary
    2 2tbsp (25 mL) extra virgin olive oil
    1 1tbsp (15 mL) dried sage
    2 tsp(10 mL) fennel seeds
    1-1/2 tsp(7 mL)salt
    1 tsp(5 mL)pepper
    4 cloves garlic
    Saffron Rice Pilaf
    2/3 cup(150 mL) pine nuts
    2 tbsp(25 mL) butter
    1 onion, chopped
    2 cups(500 mL)  choppedfennel or celery
    1 each sweet red and green pepper, chopped
    2 cups(500 mL) long grain rice
    1-1/2 tsp(7 mL) salt
    1/4 (1 mL) pepper
    1/4 tsp(1 mL) saffron threads, crumbled
    3 cups(750 mL) chicken stock
    1/2  (125 mL) golden raisins
    Sauce
    1/2 (125 mL) white wine
    2 tbsp(25 mL) al purpose flour
    1/2 cup(125 mL)chicken stock
    Preparation:

Herb Rub:

1-  With mortar and pestle or in mini-chopper, grind rosemary, oil, sage, fennel seeds, salt, pepper and garlic into paste. Rub over pork, excluding bones. Place, bone ends up, on rack in roasting pan. Wrap bone ends in foil to prevent them from burning. Pour stock into pan.

2-  Roast in 325°F (160°C) oven for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until thermometer registers 160°F (70°C), adding up to 1/3 cup (75 mL) water if necessary to maintain juices. Transfer to platter. Remove foil. Tent roast with foil; let stand for 10 minutes.

3-  Saffron Rice Pilaf: Meanwhile, in large skillet, toast pine nuts over medium heat, shaking pan often, until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

4-  Add butter to pan; cook onion, fennel and sweet peppers for 5 minutes. Stir in rice, salt, pepper and saffron. Pour in stock; bring to boil. Add raisins; reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.

5-  Sauce: Skim fat from juices in roasting pan; place over medium-high heat. Pour in wine, stirring to scrape up any brown bits. Whisk flour into stock; whisk into pan and cook, whisking, until thickened, 2 minutes. Strain into gravy boat.

6-  Spoon some of the pilaf into centre of roast; transfer remainder to serving bowl. Sprinkle pine nuts over rice. To serve, slice between bones; top each serving with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the sauce. Serve with pilaf.

You can dress it up with fancy pants if you like as seen below:

Place it on a bed of exotic greens on which you place steamed baby potatoes and baby carrots.  Whatever veggies you like that are posh enough to be served with this magnificent piece of meat!

This is what I'll be serving New Year's Day for the family but for New Year's Eve -  just my dear husband and I with all of our favourite nibblies. [evil grin]

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL -  ENJOY!

If you're thinking about selling, I'd love to meet with you and provide a Market Analysis and go over my Marketing Plan - it is the little things that make the difference.**

 Susan Emo
Sales Representative,
Sotheby's International Realty Canada, Brokerage*
Kingston, Ontario

www.SusanEmoSellsHomes.com

 Serving the Kingston, Gananoque and the 1000 Islands Region
- come for a visit and stay for a lifetime!

*Each office independently owned and operated.
** There is nothing on this blog that is intended to solicit business from anyone already under contract with another Realtor

The opinions expressed on this blog are the personal opinions of Susan Emo

If you are a non-member and would like to comment, please feel free to contact me.

Take a moment to visit my facebook fan page at
www.facebook.com/susanemosellshomes
and click "LIKE" today! 

 

 

Powered by RealBird.com
Comment balloon 13 commentsSusan Emo • December 29 2010 10:01PM
WHAT ARE YOU SERVING NEW YEAR'S EVE OR DAY?
share
If you're looking for something to serve that is impressive and tasty too, especially if you have guests coming for a sit down meal, look no further CROWN ROAST OF PORK! This never fails to impress and you can dress it up… more
Yes, the Spring Market does start in January - even in Gananoque
share
Janice has reminded us all that the holiday period is about to close and it is time for us to get our act in gear for what promises to be a busy January. If you're thinking of putting your home up for sale, she has great advice for you. … more
MY FAMILY WOULD KILL ME IF I DIDN'T MAKE THESE ROAST POTATOES!
share
PERFECT ROAST POTATOES - s erves 10 It is a requirement at our Christmas dinner, that these perfect potatoes be served. I don't know about where you live, but around here it is practically impossible to buy goose fat. Or even duck fat for… more
A PERFECT DISH TO SERVE WITH TURKEY, GOOSE, HAM OR ROAST PORK
share
RED CABBAGE WITH POMEGRANATE JUICE - serves 10 I'm starting this dish this morning so I can have it ready and in the fridge for tomorrow. The flavours meld overnight and like left-overs, it is tastier the next day! 2 tablespoons of veg… more
240-244 CHARLES ST NORTH, GANANOQUE FOR SALE: $169000.
share
Gananoque, Ont Asking only $169, 000. 00 COME BACK FOR A SECOND LOOK . When this property was last available for sale, the tenants trashed the place but the Seller has put the shine back on this gem. New hi-eff furnace… more
You Have References From Your Potential Realtor… But You Don't Know…
share
Gananoque, On Karen has written a great post that gives you actual questions to ask the person who is referring a Realtor to you. We're NOT all the same and some of us actually take great pride in our service to clients. If you're looking… more
A WISE MAN CAME TO ME - NO NOT THREE!
share
Gananoque Ontario A gift was delivered to me today, December 1st. Delivered by one Wiseman (times are tough and cut backs are happening all over! ) A gift that thrilled me to no end. A gift I was so happy with even before I… more