The extended family is coming dinner after my daughter’s Youth Philharmonic concert this afternoon. I need to feed sixteen people, and also be at the concert all afternoon.
We’ll get home from the concert with the crowd right on our heels. I don’t want to spend all my time rushing around in the kitchen, so I’m setting up as much of the work ahead of time as possible.
My Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder recipe is the key. I tripled the recipe in my massive Le Creuset Dutch Oven, which I affectionately call “Big Blue”. It will roast in the oven all afternoon; we’ll be home around 5:00 PM, and the main course will be waiting for us.
At that point, I:
- Take the lid off the pot to brown the roasts
- Slide a sheet pan of new potatoes into to the oven
- Toss a salad
- Set out some chips.
Then I’m done. I can grab a tasty beverage and spend my time talking with the family, not worrying about dinner.