I made an old school roasted meat dinner. True, there are no potatoes but in the age of quinoa stews and interest in so many ethnic dishes a dinner like this is actually pretty rare.

I cured the pork before I cooked it (so I suppose its technically a ham now) you can see that recipe here but you can just use fresh pork if you like.

Cut through the skin and fat so it can render out a little. Also stab the meat a bit so you can get the seasoning in.

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Next, season the meat. I used garlic powder, onion powder, some dried orange peel, dry mustard, pepper, and salt. Next time, I would skip the salt as the outside is salty enough from the curing.

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Lastly, Cook in the oven for 30-35 min per lb at 350 flipping over halfway through. Then I broiled it for a few minutes to get the skin crispier.

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MAKING THE GRAVY

It is really easy to make gravy from roasted meats.

First, remove the meat from the pan and put the pan on your stove on medium-high. Pour off some of the fat if there is more than a few Tb in the pan. Add stock and try to scrape off all the stuff on the bottom of your pan

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Next, mix a little flour with some cold water and stir until it is smooth. Add that to your pan.

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Let it come to a simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Add salt and pepper if needed and then strain

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POPOVERS

This is a really easy bread to make to go with the meat.

First add a 1cm layer of vegetable oil to a muffin tin and put in the oven at 400 for 10 minutes

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While its heating up make the batter. Whisk three eggs with one cup of milk for a few minutes until it gets a bit airy. This is what makes it rise later in the oven

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Next add one cup of flour, a pinch or two of salt, and whisk until its smooth and then put it in a container you can easily pour from as you want to add it very quickly to your hot pan. Fill each tin up about 2/3 of the way. Then put it back in the oven for 30 mins

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When you take them out they will be all puffy but then will deflate a bit.

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And here is dinner like its 1940!

Smoked Meat and Popover Recipe

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Next, I will show you how to make a soup with the leftovers so nothing is wasted.

 

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