|Pork and Pumpkin with Bacon and Red Wine sauce, sprinkled with Roasted Pepitas and Pecans!|
|What do these things all have in common- other than being delicious that is?|
1 pie pumpkin
1-2 lb pork roast, fat trimmed, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 package nitrate/nitrite free bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces before frying
About 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
About 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup red wine
2 tablespoons organic sucanat or other dry sugary thing like rapadura, etc.
Roasted Pumpkin seeds or Roasted Crispy Pecans
|What? You don't keep a pumpkin peeler in your drawer?|
|Save the seeds! But for more immediate use than usually suggested|
Here's my pumpkin chunks on the roasting pan ready to go. I added about half a stick of butter, sliced up all over the place, and a few pieces of fat from the piece of ham I used- just for flavor. Lard would probably work well here, but I don't have any.
Step 3- Sprinkle salt, pepper, and cinnamon over the whole thing, then stick in an oven preheated to 415. Roast the whole thing until they are tender but NOT mushy. 20 minutes did it for me, but it will depend on the size of your thumb- ahem, I mean pumpkin chunks.
(Step 3 1/2- fry your bacon. Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch strips before frying- it'll go faster and be easier in the end. Don't let them get too crispy- then you can't put them on the toothpicks! You can do all this while you're chopping and roasting, so whenever you want to make your bacon is fine by me, as long as it's before....)
Step 4- Cut your pork roast up into similarly thumb-like portions. You could roast along with the pumpkin, but I was afraid that they would take different amounts of time, so I pan fried them in the bacon fat that was left over from cooking the bacon Which turned out beautifully. I added salt, pepper, cinnamon and cumin powder to the meat before sauteing. Then you're left with this-
|Pan full of beautiful "Pan Scab" and some bacon pieces|
|Just about ready- it's bubbling, but as long as you keep stirring, it won't burn|
Then Sprinkle your roasted Pumpkin seeds over top, and maybe a few roasted Crispy Pecans, if you'd like. Pecans make everything better to me, so I did. It just gives you something to scrap the plate with when the meat's all gone.
Step 7- ENJOY!
|A close up of the finished product- pumpkin, bacon, and pork- amazing!|
|Surprise! My husband makes funny faces when things are delicious!|
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