Like I mentioned in my last post, Andy J at the Back Porch Gourmet issued me a challenge in the dutch ovens. We would give each other a list of three ingredients that would need to be used in a completely original recipe. He gave me Pork, Oranges, and Curry. I gave him Fish, Dill, and Potatoes.
The whole idea, as I understand, isn't really to see who's the best. We really can't taste each other's dishes. The idea is just to push us out of our comfort zones a bit and see what we can each do. And to have a little fun in the process. I tried a little trash talk, but really, I'm not too good at that...
I was really feeling out of the zone. It was strange. Since the original challenge stated the the recipe needed to be "wholly original", I didn't even go online for ideas. I just mulled over ideas in my head, and got some great suggestions from Jodi.
Here's my result:
Dutch Oven Orange Curried Pork Chops
12" dutch oven
15 coals below
20 coals above
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 med onions, chopped
- 5-6 green onions, chopped
- 4-5 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 canful water
- 1 canful rice
- Pork chops
- kosher salt
- curry powder
- 1 jar orange marmalade
- zest of 1 orange
- juice of 1 orange
I started out by chopping up and mincing all of the veggie ingredients in the first set. I mixed all of the first set in the dutch oven. Pretty easy, so far.
In the next set of ingredients, I had to make some choices. I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to put the curry directly on the meat, or include it in the glaze. In the end, I decided to put it on the meat. I rubbed the meat, both sides, with kosher salt and curry powder. Then I layered the pork chops over the veggies, rice, and liquid. I had about 8-9 actual chops, so I had to overlap them in a circle.
Finally, I mixed the marmalade, the zest, the juice, and the cinnamon into a glop and spooned it onto the meat.
I put that out on the coals. It cooked for about an hour. Some of the rice in the middle ended up not fully cooked, so I probably should have gone longer. There was still some liquid that could have been absorbed.
In the end, it was a really interesting flavor. The rice, and even the meat, had a rich creaminess that I'm sure came from the coconut milk. The spices gave it a very interesting flavor, one that I'd not tasted before, so it was neat to have something almost completely new.
So, thanks Andy! Here's his response!
Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including MarkHansenMusic.com and his MoBoy blog.