Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Paint the Pork

Alya's Roasted Pork Shoulder Butt that is...
Not sure when AlyaBuzz went from all fashion to all food but when it's freezing outside, food not fashion is the only way to stay warm inside.  After all, with a closet full of beautiful coats, all I ever wear anymore is my down-filled boring black jacket that every year I swear I'll burn upon Springs arrival.
So, in an effort to exercise my creative muscles I've turned to food and last night took on pork, very Jewish mother of me I know.
As always, started with a recipe I found online and improvised to create this...sadly, pork doesn't make for great #foodporn but trust me, it was delicious!
Total Time: 40 min
Prep: 5 min
Level: Easy

Recipe give or take a little
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped garlic...I used garlic powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
My special ingredient, rosemary...I put that shit on everything especially, lamb and pork
1 (4 pound) pork shoulder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and rosemary. Using a pastry brush or, as in my case, paint brush (told you I improvise) and spread the mixture all over the pork butts.
Set the meat on a rack set (I didn't do this but recommend that you do so that the meat cooks evenly all around) into a roasting pan. 
Roast for 20 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 325 degrees F. Continue to cook until the pork reads ready...see not precise but about 20 minutes. Remove the pork from the oven and let stand until cool enough to handle or...long enough before your kids scream...I'm Hungry!!!
Said Kid...
So good especially when dipped into pomegranate molasses, a tangy red sauce commonly used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.  I grew up on lamb shish kabob and we often had it around the house.  If you don't have access to a Russian or Middle Eastern grocery store, here is an easy recipe..   
This is the brand I used only because my father, a food shopaholic, bought it for me but there are tons of other brands out there that are equally delicious.
See, the Jacula likes it and so will your kids... 
Enjoy and let me know if and when you try this recipe for yourself!
Gonna go sort through my coat closet now...out

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