Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wild Boar

Originally posted here on April 29, 2010 as "Mama's in the Kitchen"

Well, the wild boar was a success! I'm not too unhappy with it, seeing as it was my first time ever cooking it, but in the future, I think I'd deduct about 5-7 minutes from the recommended cooking time. It wasnt dry, but without the demiglaze I made, I dont think it would have been as moist. Where do you even get wild boar? It's not something our local grocer carries, LOL! But when the FIL has his mind set on something, a local grocer is no obstacle! Not sure how to cook your wild boar? I marinated mine all day in a cherry juice teriyaki, some apple cider, and mango juice, with several stalks of rosemary, thyme, and sage. In an oven-safe frying pan, I sautéed, in butter and olive oil, some red onion, golden apple, and dates, then seared the tenderloins for 3 minutes on both sides, before popping the entire pan into the oven at 350 degrees. All the recipes I'd investigated for hints on how to cook suggested 20-25 minutes, until a thermometer registered 150-155, then to let the meat sit for 5 minutes. I cooked it for 25 minutes, and a thermometer only hit 145 but, because it was obviously done, I sliced it and then, in the pan, added some cider to deglaze and brought that to a boil to make a quick reduction, which was poured over the sliced meat. (In the future, I think I'd cook for no more than 20 minutes). I served it with pickled red cabbage, apple-date stuffing, homemade golden delicious apple sauce, zucchini topped with herbed tomatoes, and, of course, a salad (with raspberry pecan dressing). And whole wheat yeast rolls! All together, I was really happy with the way it came out. I made a kissass carrot cake with my favorite (ande quick) homemade cream cheese frosting. Yummy!

Now I'm hungry! Since the kids are watching Kung-Fu Panda (this is their favorite, right after the Rosary for Kids, which, although I find the child-angel a little creepy, they seem to love!). I only let them watch about half an hour, so it takes us a while to get through the whole movie (it's about 90 minutes), but it's a nice quiet time (when both are interested) for me to fold laundry or eat breakfast!


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