My husband recently surprised me with a set of cast iron cookware. I have been wanting a set for sometime now. For years I had been afraid of cast iron. I had thought it was only for cooking on a woodstove. When my husband and I were dating I thought I would be a good girlfriend and clean up after supper for his dad. My father-in-law used cast iron a lot with his cooking. So me being naïve about cast iron care decided to wash his pan. Yes I said wash....submersing this very well seasoned cast iron pan into soap and hot water. Everyone was amazed at how calm he was with me. He just calmly said that was a big no no in cast iron care. So he gave me a little lesson on how to care and re-season cast iron. So now I have my very own cast iron set. Every time I make something with them I lovingly think of him.
Tuesday I was craving something with maple syrup. Not your high fructose fake syrup...but real New York maple syrup. There is nothing like it. I thought pork was a good combination with maple syrup.
Maple Glazed Pork Roast
4-5 pound pork roast
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Salt and pepper all sides of the pork roast. In a very hot cast iron skillet sear each side for about a minute. Pour the maple syrup over the roast. Place into the oven for about 20 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 130 degrees.
Before placing into the oven I put 2 bags of baby carrots around the roast. These turned into candied carrots. This was so good!! I could have honestly ate all the carrots by myself!
Something as simple as adding maple syrup to a roast is amazing. Don't be afraid to add a sweet element to your meats.
I think my family is afraid I am turning into Elf (the movie made a while back. He poured maple syrup onto everything!). Who knows I may just do that.