I’m all about simplifying weeknight dinners so my latest discovery using oven and wok combo will impress you so much that you’ll want to immediately invite friends over for dinner to show off your new dinner trick, it never fails! Once you’ve got this down, you’ll be able to make loads of variations, see mine below. It’s the same easy technique as my visual roadmap for wok cooking.
It’s a fail proof stewing method and same concept as slow cooking in a crock pot except…
1) you won’t need one more cookware taking up counter space
2) you can use whatever you find in your fridge
3) you’ll be guaranteed success every time!
Here are a few things you need to know to guarantee your success…
1) use meat that has a ton of marbling i.e. fat so it doesn’t get dry, I love pork shoulder strips or pork belly. It’s not fat that makes you fat, it’s sugar and starchy carbs. I learned a lot since becoming prediabetic and my numbers are so good, I’m off medication!
2) use firm veggies to include with meat and add less firmer veggies half way through.
3) always start with switching oven on at 345 while chopping aromatics: onion, garlic and ginger.
4) use very little chicken broth or any leftover wine or beer, you don’t want soup!
5) you don’t need much seasonings cause you’ll want to taste the flavors from your meat and veggies! Seasonings can be tamari, dry spice rubs, dry herbs, tumeric ginger (good for digestion and all sorts of health benefits, be aware it’ll turn orangey yellow which I love, more color the better!)
6) use a wide baking tray, trust me you’ll want to make a whole lot of this to last a few more dinners! After filling with veggies and meat, cover tightly with foil and stew for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours, check half way through if you want, but I’ve never had to do anything even after peeking at it!
7) stir fry a veggie that gives contrast and oompf to your stew! Two that were outstanding…bok choy and rappini.
Ready to find out how to make your pork fork tender?
This is not a recipe, it’s a method, along same lines as my no-recipe technique for wok cooking, remember?
If you’ve enjoyed learning this technique for stewing in the oven, you’ll enjoy my no-recipe technique for wok cooking! If you live in Miami, you can attend a class, if you live elsewhere, my instructional DVDs together with my Wok Star Kit will provide everything you need to succeed.
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