On Pork, Silicone, and oh, a Giveaway!* February 15, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in Cook's Illustrated, Cooking, Food, Giveaway.
Remember back a couple of years ago when we made the Chicken Enchiladas?
You remember, when we had to take the poor puppy baby to the vet for x-rays?
Well, anyway, we really enjoyed those enchiladas. They were super-tasty.
But then, what do you expect from a Cook’s Illustrated recipe?
Of course, it was a wee bit labor intensive.
But again, what do you expect?
Then we found ourselves with a nice bit of leftover roasted pork, and we thought that surely there was something we could do with that – besides the obvious like dumping it in soup or making hash out of it.
Both of which, of course, are fine, fine things to do with leftover pork, yes.
But so is a batch of enchiladas. And it had been so long since we’ve last had them, too!
Turns out, if you’ve got lovely leftover roasted meat, you can skip that pesky chicken-cooking step.
And you know what else? If you went a little crazy and roasted a BIG pork shoulder, you can even double the recipe and make a bunch of enchiladas for
the freezer your neighbors.
Don’t be greedy – there’s enough for everyone!
What I really REALLY wanted to tell you about is this.
A while back, oh, gosh, it must have been a couple of years ago, I ordered these silicone steamer things on Woot.
Must have been in a fit of “gotta lose weight so let’s start steaming stuff” – you know? That, and it was a Woot-off. Things get a little crazy during Woot-offs, you know.
And so anyway, they were in two-packs, and they came in three colors, and they were a really great deal.
And, since they came in three colors AND there was a limit of three, it only seemed right that I get one of each, you know?
As it happened, these steamers were a little smaller than I thought – not quite big enough to steam enough veggies for two (unless you don’t care much for your vegetables, of course), and I’ve been pretty much using them for reheating stuff for lunches – something for which they’re admirably suited, sure, but I don’t think we’re getting the full impact of silicone that way.
So I was putting together the enchiladas, and, I don’t know how, but I either ended up with one extra, or 5 short. And really, what am I going to do with one lonely enchilada?
(No, I’m not giving it to The Jar – I don’t care HOW much pitiful he looks!)
(Oh, don’t worry too much – he got to clean up some stray shreds of cheese off the floor.)
But then I remembered – SILICONE!
This stuff is OVEN SAFE! (Up to 430°F, anyway.)
So we decided to take that one, lonely enchilada and try baking it in the silicone steamer.
I assembled it, covered it, and shoved it in the 400° oven until it was good and melty, then uncovered it and let the cheese brown.
I did make sure to put the silicone dish on a sheet pan – I’ve had enough experience with flimsy foil pans, I don’t even want to think about trying to pull silicone with hot cheese out of the oven!
It was perfect. The food cooked, the cheese browned, and, best of all, the dish cleaned up like a dream!
So here’s the thing.
Since I can’t resist a good deal AND free shipping, I went a little overboard when I bought these and now find myself with an unopened package of Orka Personal Silicone Steamers.
They’re oven-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. Oh, and none of that BPA stuff to worry about.
There are some decent reviews on Amazon, too.
They really are a “personal” size – a 12-ounce capacity, which is about the size of, oh, a single enchilada with sauce.
Or a burrito.
A slice of lasagna.
Or, and this is a crazy one, a good-sized serving of broccoli.
So do this – leave me a comment and tell me what you like to eat for lunch.
Do you slap together a sandwich? Reheat last night’s dinner? Go out for lunch? Or (perish the thought!) skip lunch?
Friday evening, I’ll randomly pick a number and sent the winner a set of these really cool silicone steamers, in basic, neutral black. Call it Friday at 5pm. Eastern time. How’s that?
Oh, and sorry, but it’s got to be a US address. I’ve shipped overseas before and I don’t need to do THAT again any time soon!
* Stuff that probably should be said: I have not been compensated in any way by Woot, Amazon, Orka, Mastrad, or anyone else for this post. No one gave me any freebies, and any postage is coming out of my own pocket. I’m just trying to clear out some cupboards and would love to share some neat stuff with one of my lovely, lovely readers. You’re welcome.