Due to several responses requesting recipes, I've pulled them together for you. I sort of don't use recipes... I mean, you'd never know it to see my cookbook collection. I like to collect cookbooks... because I like to look up recipes, then mostly ignore them. Primarily, they inspire me or remind me how good certain ingredients blend well with one another, or to remember what temperature to cook the lamb at. Most of the time, I look up the recipe, survey the contents of the fridge and pantry, then I put together a facsimile of the recipe - it could have any wierdo thing in it before it's done! And, if it's something I make a lot (like bread), I come up with my own way of doing it. So, here is MY way to make this meal... your pantry (and imagination) may vary:
Feeds a hungry crowd, approx 12 folks
1 (5 pound) pork pork shoulder
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 (12 ounce) cans of root beer
2 c Hickory barbecue sauce
2 t. Hickory Liquid Smoke (optional)
2. After pork has cooked, drain and discard the root beer. Shred the pork and place it back in the slow cooker. Pour the liquid smoke and barbecue sauce over the pork and stir to combine.
3. Serve on fresh rolls topped with a heap of slaw.
(adapted and Moosified from Bon Appetit)
5 c. shredded green cabbage
2 medium granny smith apples, diced
1 c. diced fennel bulb (optional - goes
great with the tart apples)
1/2 c. diced red onion
1 c. nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 T. distilled white vinegar
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 t. grated garlic
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1. Combine cabbage, onion, apple, and fennel in a large bowl. Toss to mix well.
2. Whisk yogurt, mayo, vinegar, lemon juice, and garlic in a medium bowl until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
DO AHEAD: Make slaw mix and dressing to hold in separate bowls, cover, then chill.
This recipe makes tasty bread!
1 T. active dry yeast
1/4 c. sugar (or 1 T Agave Nectar)
1 c. water at 115 degrees
1 t. salt
3 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1. Place yeast and sugar in mixing bowl, add warm water, give a little stir and let it bloom for 5-10 minutes
2. Combine egg and salt and whip with a fork until well mixed
4. Remove dough from mixing bowl using lightly floured hands. Cover and let rest 10 minutes on lightly floured surface.
5. Grease large cookie sheet with shortening. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Using greased hands, shape each piece into a ball. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
7. Heat oven to 375°F. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm, or cool on wire rack.
DO AHEAD TIP: After you have shaped the dough into rolls and placed them on the cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap. You can refrigerate them 4 hours up to 48 hours. Before baking, remove rolls from the refrigerator and follow remaining directions (starting with #6)
Not pictured, but certainly enjoyed alongside the pulled pork sandwich last night:
Serves 2 (or one hungry Moose)
2 handfuls of Brussels Sprouts, halved
2 T. (or 3, whatever) Butter
2 garlic cloves (or more!), minced
1. Melt butter in medium frypan
2. Add Brussels Sprouts halves, garlic, and salt to taste
3. Over medium-low heat, cover pan and cook for 3 minutes to soften sprouts. Once they're a Cyndi Lauper bright green, uncover and turn heat up to medium. Toss and brown until the edges are golden.