Wednesday, September 29, 2010
A Fancy Pork Belly Breakfast.
I've said it before, I'll say it again. Breakfast is my favorite meal. I mean sure I am not a morning person so I tend to eat breakfast a little later than most. To me, there is nothing better than sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits, grits, and ham. Throw a little cream gravy over the whole thing and I'm in Cracker Barrel heaven. However let's get something straight, I am not a fan of pancakes, scones, cereal, oatmeal, or any kind of morning sweetness. I like a little maple syrup with my sausage and I can deal with a good savory chicken and waffle with hot sauce and gravy but that's about it. It's all about the pork and eggs.
Let's go upscale for a bit. Sometimes I just want something fancy and interesting. I had bacon and eggs yesterday but today I woke up feeling fancy. The day before I made some Seven Hour Braised Maple Ginger Pork Belly. A beautiful slab of Thunder Hooves organic pork belly marinated for a few hours in soy sauce, maple syrup, coriander seed, fenugreek, garlic, and ginger. Braised in a 250F degree oven for seven hours with a bit of fresh chicken stock. The pork was then rested in it's own juices. Cut into little squares and seared off in a little butter. This is the most luxurious pork you will ever eat. It 's crispy on the outside and the inside melts in your mouth.
I served the pork belly with a little reduction of it's own jus which was dark and slightly salty/sweet and some Point Reyes Blue Cheese Scrambles Eggs and a drizzle of white truffle oil. It sounds like a ton of flavors going on but it worked perfectly. All of the components lived and got eaten in perfect harmony. I got all dolled up in my pretty Oscar de la Renta dress and I poured myself a couple of mimosas. The perfect meal for a fancy kind of day which in my opinion, should be every day.