Sunday, May 17, 2009

Home Cookin'...Mother Nature's Hizzy.

So, it wasn't exactly "roughing it".
Well, maybe it was, but luckily we had enough wine and food to keep us going for a night. The entire gaggle of Boyscouts had a ceremony and camping thing Saturday.
The weather held until about 8:30 or so, then the heavens let loose with the hardest rain I've seen so far this year.

Anyhow, my buddy Mike said he was going to do a one-pot meal for dinner. I thought it sounded like a great idea and started thinking...what can I make with one pot that will be knock-your-socks-off good?
I like to try to impress my wife with my cooking as I'm fairly certain it's the only reason she married me. She liked this, but I don't think she liked it as much as I did.

I pre-packaged everything and had all of the prep done. Everything was in ziplocks in our cooler. I brought my favorite cast iron Dutch Oven, some tongs, and a wooden spoon as the only things that would need to be packed and brought home.

I threw some pork back in the oven and rendered that. Then I threw in a pound of Andouille and let that brown for a while, followed that with a pound of bonless chicken, then, because Alex asked for it, a snow-crab cluster. After that I emptied the spice baggie (garlic, shallots, salt, pepper, and tumeric for color) into the pot.


After they'd gotten soft I put in about 1/2 of a red plastic cup of chardonnay (be precise!) and let that reduce to about 1/4 of the pre-reduction volume. Once all of that was done I added two small cans of white beans, liquid and all, and let that simmer for a while with the lid on.


I served it with some lovely wine-in-a-box and crusty baguette.
What's your favorite single-pot meal?
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