I had to come up with a braising liquid that didn't include flour and was creamy, but wouldn't curdle. I also wanted some mushrooms. At the store, I bought a box of organic french onion soup, a box of organic portobello mushroom soup and for the creamy, a jar of Classico Alfredo Sauce.
I sauteed some shallots and garlic and added it to my braising liquid...
Here it is:
I added some pepper and junk to it too. Then I browned my Porky-Steaks:
Then I ran into the dilemma of deglazing the pot. I didn't want to use any of the braising liquid for that cause I figured I'd make cheese or something. BOOM, I had leftover kraut in the fridge that I'd made with some stock...and isn't kraut one of Porky's BFF? I think so! So I deglazed with that, then put the Porky-Steaks and the braising liquid back in the pot, brought it to a boil and stuck it in the oven for an hour and a half.
So I asked No-Wet-Meat-For-Me-Poppy if she wanted some leftovers for lunch. She said:
Then today while I was enjoying my leftover Porky-Steak-Surprise, I emailed Dry-As-A-Bone-Poppy to tell her how good my lunch was and here's how the conversation went down:
Me: My porky steak surprise is so good!
My Worst Food Critic: Gag.
Me: You didn’t like it? I thought it was really good. Soggy pork, yum!!
MWFC: It was good. Just the day after as a swill …
Me: I can’t believe you used the word “swill” in connection with my wonderful dinner! Hurumph!
MWFC: No, as your next day lunch, all liquidy and mixed up. That is the definition of a swill.
Of course I had to look up the definition of “swill” on my Internets…
1. liquid or partly liquid food for animals, especially kitchen refuse given to swine; hogwash.
2. kitchen refuse in general; garbage.
3. any liquid mess, waste, or refuse; slop.
4. a deep draught of liquor.
5. contemptibly worthless utterance or writing; drivel.
MWFC: What a great word!!
Me: But that’s not what I just ate!
MWFC: And there’s a big distinction between “swill” and “a swill.” Yours is a swill, not swill in general.
Me: I think “medley” is a better word…Pork Steak w/mushroom medley.
MWFC: Medley implies texture and differentiation…
Me: It’s there, it’s just subtle!
MWFC: Mm hmm.
Now, I'm the first to admit that I like foods that are...well...wet. I also wouldn't mind if everything had cottage cheese on it. The conversation continues:
MWFC: A lot of what you like is all flavors blended together in kind of a soupy mess. Like what I’m going to feed you through a straw in your old age.
Me: Thank the Cods for the NutriBullet!
MWFC: Zackly. Tasty swill.
Me: Great, now everything you feed me will be called “Tasty Swill”.
We're having a dry grilled steak and some over-cooked sweet potato fries and charred Brussels sprouts for dinner! In fact, I think I'll dry-rub Poopy-Poppy's steak with some Ex-Lax!
Be safe and enjoy your weekend!