So first I have to apologize about the long time period with no posts from me. I have been busy with new job – that does not mean I have not cooked or eaten some amazing pork in the past few months! More to come after this….
It has become a tradition to share not only Thanksgiving with family but with friends as well, and this year was no exception. A few of us were hiking and camping in the Adirondacks a few weeks prior and decided that it should be called ‘porduckey feast’ as we wanted to have pork, duck and turkey as part of the feast. We decided on a potluck meal at our friends Will and Emily’s. I of course set out to overwhelm with pork and I think I succeeded. I can honestly say that I am not a huge fan of turkey – even though that seems to be a centerpiece of many meals.
For my turkey dish I took a turkey breast (@ 6lbs) and stuffed it with a mixture of 2 sweet Italian sausages, 3/4 bulb of chopped fennel and heaping handful of raisins salt and pepper. I used twine to tie this mound of meat together before cooking it at 375 for about an hour and a half…
In addition I always like ribs so we made four racks of ribs with my famous spicy rub and BBQ sauce to compliment. I started these the night before by rubbing them with my own rub mixture and letting them sit in the fridge overnight. Ultimately I like to smoke ribs (either in a smoker or makeshift on a grill) but as I do not have access to those things living in Park Slope I cooked them low and slow in the oven.
These are just a few pics from the epic meal that was shared among great friends… Everyone brought something to the table including indian spiced mashed potatoes, wild rice, a roasted duck, brussels sprouts with bacon and raisins (these were amazing and I will blog about another version of these later), corn, stuffing, applesauce. (I hope I am not leaving anything out!) We all dug in and I think we all ate at least one plate before we took a break to enjoy some great cocktails by Cliff – Mmmm Dark and Stormy before some of us made second and third runs!
Of course there was dessert too – two amazing pies; one cherry and the other pecan. Served with vanilla ice cream of course! Needless to say everyone left VERY full and took to go containers as well… I think we ate and drank from about 2 until sundown.
I stand by my opinion that pork is a necessary part of every holiday meal including Thanksgiving!