10/1/12

Slow Cooker Pork and Sweet Potato Curry in the Ninja Cooking System

Ninja Cooking SystemFinally had a chance to use my newNinja Cookertonight. For those of you who don’t know, I attended Foodista’s 2012 International Food Bloggers Conference this  summer.

Euro-Pro unveiled the latest product in their Ninja Line, the Ninja 3-In-1 Cooking System, with a series of impressive cooking demonstrations: searing, roasting, baking, and slow cooking all in one unit. At the end of the demo, all of us attendees were pleasantly shocked to discover that we would be receiving one of the units, for free, upon its September release.

Obviously, we were all pretty excited! Especially me, as I took it upon myself to “grill” the presenters about this gizmo, and was pretty confident that it would turn some of my favorite dishes like pho, boeuf bourguignon, cassoulet, curries, etc…quicker and easier that before, and with less clean-up (which is key, until such time that my daughter is old enough to place into dish-washing servitude.)

So, tonight was my first test run, with an experimental recipe…peanut-pork and sweet potato curry. Couldn’t be happier with the results!

Got a great sear on the meat, onions caramelized beautifully, then switched over to the slow-cook option, and let ‘er sit 4 hours on high. Meat and potatoes came out fork tender but not mushy, broth reduced nicely, and (best of all) the whole thing cleaned up with a swish o’ hot water and a quick wipe with the sponge.

Seriously, no more baked-on crock-pot crud for this boy! Here’s the recipe and photos…enjoy!

(Oh, and thanks again to the awesome folks at Foodista and Ninja…I’m lovin’ this thing!)

Chef Perry



Slow Cooker Pork and Sweet Potato Curry.
Serves 4   Active Time: 20 Min    Total Time: 4 hrs 20 Min – 10 hrs 20 min.

1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 pound bnls pork (shoulder or loin), cut into 2-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2 inch cubes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp. mild curry powder
1 tbsp. garam masala
1/2 lb roma tomatoes, diced
15 oz can coconut milk
2 Tbs chunky peanut butter
2 cups jasmine rice, cooked.
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
1 scallion, sliced

Set the Ninja to “Stovetop High” and heat the oil (or heat oil to high in a large skillet.)

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Season the pork with salt and pepper. Add half of the pork to the skillet and brown it over moderately high heat, about 12 minutes.

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Transfer the pork to the plate. Repeat with the remaining pork.

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Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat in the skillet. Add the onion, garlic, sweet potato,  ginger, curry, garam masala, and cook over low heat, stirring, until fragrant and the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

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Scrape the mixture into the slow cooker (skip this step if you have a Ninja, and just keep cookin’ baby!) Add the tomatoes and their juices, pork, and coconut milk.

Switch the Ninja over to “Slow Cook High”, cover and cook for 4 hour (or on low for 10.)

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Spoon off as much fat from the surface of the curry as possible, stir in peanut-butter.

Serve 1/4 of the curry over steamed jasmine rice in deep bowls, garnished with cilantro and scallions.

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This dish can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

NOTE: If you like a little (or a lot) of heat, add 1-2 tsp of red pepper flakes, or 1/2 of a habanero or scotch-bonnet pepper (seeded and chopped fine – WEAR GLOVES) while searing the meat.

Enjoy!

Chef Perry

04/8/12

Volume 1: Issue 9

The “Amazing Meals Made Easy” system for the busy food lover!

Week of April 8, 2012

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” –  Harriet Van Horne

Happy Easter everyone!

How many of you are doing our “Elegant (and easier) Easter Dinner” recipe tomorrow? I’ve already got the Garlic and Rosemary Leg o’ Lamb rubbed with spices, and my Potato, Leek, and Asparagus Gratin is tucked safely in the fridge. Can’t wait to dig in tomorrow! If you’re doing one of these recipe, let us know how it goes, and post some pictures on the Facebook page or the hautemealz.com blog!

The hand’s down big hit on this week’s menu, for me, has to be the Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Simple Snow Peas. Savory, sweet, sticky beef candy…need I say more?

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04/6/12

Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Simple Snow Peas

Because my very dear friends, Kathy and Joel, asked for it…here’s a freebie from next week’s menu…I’m eating this as I type, and it’s pretty freakin’ awesome.

This is my new favorite “quick and easy” bbq sauce…I can’t wait to try in on brisket!

Dinner 6

Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Simple Snow Peas

Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs (6a)

Yield: Serves 2  Active Time: 10 min.    Total Time: 9 hr. 10 min.

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb. boneless beef short ribs
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce*
  • 3 tbsp. chili sauce
  •  1 tbsp. minced garlic

Put flour, salt and pepper in a bag, add ribs and shake them well to coat.

Brown the ribs in butter in a large skillet, over medium heat, then transfer the ribs to your slow cooker.

In the original skillet, combine remaining ingredients and bring them to a boil, stirring constantly.

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Pour the sauce over the ribs, cover and cook on low for 9 hours.

If you’re feeling adventurous, here’s an amazing, and easy homemade bbq sauce recipe that’s just 8 calories for 2 Tbs!

 Simple Snow Peas (6b)

Yield: Serves 2  Active Time: 5 min.      Total Time: 5 min.


  • 1 cup fresh snow peas (washed/trimmed)     1/2 to 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced                                      Salt & Black Pepper

Heat wok or skillet on medium-high heat, add the oil, get it hot, then dump in the peas. Cook 1 minute, stirring, and then add garlic and seasoning.

Quick fry just till bright green and still crisp.

Remove and serve while still hot.