Saturday I couldn’t wait to cook something in the new Dutch Oven. The first dish – Green Chili Pork Stew. I made half the recipe because that’s all the meat I had defrosted.
The pork was already cut up and seasoned. In the new pot, I added olive oil and browned the pork. Potatoes that were scraped and quartered (and grown in my garden were added) and browned a bit. Then I added onions and garlic and cooked that a few minutes. Then I added the seasonings and a jar of tomatoes and a bit of water.
All that was given a good stir. The lid was put on the pretty blue pot and I stuck it in the oven for about an hour at 250º. Then I checked it and everything looked fine. I added 2 ounces of diced canned green chili peppers and put it all back in the oven for another 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
Looks like the pot is in pretty bad shape, huh? Kinda grungy . . cooked on baked on mess!
It was almost unbelievable! Once the pot cooled down, I stuck it in the sink of dishwater, swished the water around and was going to put the pot in the clean side of the sink and run some fresh water in it and let it sit for a while but when I pulled the pot out of the dishwater, it was almost completely clean, just from swishing the water around with my hand. I literally wiped it . . one pass . . with the dish rag and it was perfectly clean.
I’m happy with the way it cooks and with the way it cleans. Now if the porcelain will just hang on and not chip or crack, I’ll be real happy with it!