Things have been a bit quiet around here. I have been a bit distracted over the last week.
Today was spent doing a mass amount of yard work; trimming, cleaning, weeding, mowing, watering and all kinds of other yard activities that require no thought.
However, I did make it out to a friend’s birthday party where his girlfriend brought him something like 2 lbs of freshly picked Morel Mushrooms. We made — I volunteered to man the stove — morel fondue, morel cream sauce on pasta, and pan fried smoked pork with morels.
The smoked pork, not surprisingly, was of my own making. I had a frozen butt that I had reheated earlier and, thus, it was best served with a bit of saucing.
- Heat 1/2 cup of butter in metal pan until it just starts to brown.
- Add diced onions, diced peppers, and morel mushrooms (halve or quarter any large ones). Simmer until tender.
- While simmering, spice veggies with a bit of salt, pepper, cayenne, and whatever strikes your fancy. I added a bit of dried lemon (really, it was a “jamaican spice” but it was mostly dried citrus, salt, and pepper).
- Shred smoked pork into pan.
- Continuing mixing ingredients over low heat until pork is warm through.
- Add a splash of white wine and mix in some melty cheese– mozzarella works just fine.
- Stir until cheese is thoroughly melted and wine is somewhat reduced– you don’t want it too soupy!
- Sprinkle corn meal lightly over the pork and then stir in. No more than 1/4 cup.
- Increase heat and sauce with a decent BBQ sauce. Whereby “decent” means that it is sweetened primarily with fruit and cane sugars. No HFCS!
- Stir for a couple of more minutes to let the sugars caramelize slightly.
In our case, we served it with pita bread and most folks made quarter-pita tacos. It was delicious. The morels added an earthy essence to an otherwise relatively traditional pan fried pork.
If apples or pears were available, I would diced same and simmered it with the onions/peppers/morels.
The photo has nothing to do with anything (it isn’t a morel). It looks like a little laughing mushroom cyclops dude and, thus, captures the rather relaxed mood I’m in after a totally awesome WWDC.