Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Heritage Pork ~ Cubed Steaks with Savory Roots

Price per serving for two: $ 1.95

Hard to believe the price. But, its absolutely do - able. I found a package of 3 delicious cubed pork steaks for less than three dollars. I also bought a single parsnip for less than .50 cents and three carrots for .51 cents.  I like to buy single items because I can use them quickly and thus don't have half a bag of something in the fridge.

You will need from the pantry list: Olive oil, coconut oil and seasonings. Start with melting in a covered skillet 3 tbs of olive oil and the same of coconut oil. Just ask yourself, how does a chef approach his/her cooking. He/she takes a skillet and melts in cooking oils and then seasoning and then the food item they want to cook. I personally like to get the seasoning a little hot before I add any meat or veggies. Once the oils are just disappearing in the pan, shake in all desired seasoning, of course having them handy to do that.

For this dish, I used red pepper flakes, garlic powder, sea salt and dried herb seasonings* rosemary, oregano, basil and thyme. Once the seasonings start to pop and spit in the oils, I lay in the meat - cube steaks searing them quickly on both sides. Reducing the heat, I cover and let them finish taking about 5-6 min. In this time, French sliced the root veggies.

Remove the steaks from the heat, put them onto a serving platter and cover with foil to retain the heat. Add your root veggies to the skillet that the steaks were cooked in. Since there is nearly no fat in the skillet, only wonderful juices, I take advantage. Cover and let cook for 8 min. When they are just getting tender, I uncover, turn up the heat and brown the edges to pull the sweet savory taste from the veggies.

Add them to the platter and serve.


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