Solar Braised Roast

Sun Oven Milk Braised Pork Roast

(adapted for the Sun Oven from “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” by Marcella Hazan)

This simple roast is a Sunday favorite in many Italian homes. Traditionally slowly braised in a Dutch oven, on the stove, under the watchful eye of a “Mamma”, for three hours. My Mamma is the Sun Oven – she never burns it.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

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Solar Stew

This stew can be served over cooked noodles or with a nice crusty bread. Like most stews, it’s even better the next day.

Sun Oven Mediterranean Pork Stew

Ingredients

1 1/2 pound boneless pork loin roast, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup dry red wine

1 small onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1 yellow bell pepper, sliced

2 cans (15-ounce) diced tomatoes

2 cups chicken broth

1/4 cup orange marmelade

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon fennel seed

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Hot Tacos, Cool Kitchen

Your kitchen will stay cool when you let this pork simmer in the Sun Oven, but be careful, it’s very spicy.

Try making it with fewer chipotle peppers the first time, then if you like it hotter you can gradually increase the amount until you reach your preferred level of spiciness.

It can also be served as a stew but I like to use it as a filling for tacos and tostadas with bit of sour cream or some shredded cheese to offset the heat of the peppers.

Super Spicy Sun Oven Stewed Pork

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 onions, chopped

1 (12-ounce) bottle of beer

3 t0 5 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce plus 2 to 3 tablespoons sauce

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Sun Oven Sunday Roast

This is a great Sunday roast with plenty of leftover meat for sandwiches during the week. Store it in an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for up to three days or can be frozen for up to three months.

Solar Braised Pork Roast with Apples

Ingredients

1 3-pound pork top loin roast, trimmed of fat

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried sage

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges

4 shallots, chopped

5 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca

1/2 cup chicken broth

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Southern Italian Flavors for the Sun Oven

In southern Italy sausage is often paired with rapini, a slightly bitter green that is similar to broccoli. If you can’t find it at your local market you can use broccoli florets,  Swiss chard, or kale.

Sausage and Rapini Sun Oven Gratin

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound fresh Italian sausage, casings removed and crumbled

1/3 cup dry white wine

1 pound rapini, large stems removed and roughly chopped

2 cups olive oil béchamel sauce

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Sun Oven Weekend Fun

The past few days have been so warm that I almost thought it was summer and nothing says summer more than BBQ. Luckily with the Sun Oven you don’t need a pit to get that slow cooked flavor. Any cut of pork, or even turkey breast, can be used in this recipe.

Easy Sun Oven BBQ Pulled Pork

Ingredients

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Solar Braised Pork Roast

This traditional slow cooked Italian roast is an ideal candidate for solar cooking. Don’t be surprised when you lift the lid to find that the milk has curdled, it’s supposed to do that.

Italian Pork Solar Braised in Milk

Ingredients

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Zest of 1 lemon

1 boneless pork loin roast, trimmed (2 1/2 – 3 lb.)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

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If At First You Don’t Succeed…

As good as last Sunday’s pasta was, I still prefer that particular dish when it’s prepared the traditional way, so I spent the next few days searching for recipes that used similar ingredients but were more adaptable to solar cooking. I found one on epicurious.com, Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Torta, that consisted of layers of crespelle (an Italian version of  crepes), bechamel sauce, rapini, and sausage.

The crespelle were way too much work and I didn’t like the idea of a butter based sauce (bechamel) combined with the other ingredients. I decided to make up something of my own. I used no-boil, whole-wheat lasagna noodles and made an olive oil based bechamel.

I think I’m on the right track, but as you can see in the picture I was a little short on sauce. The top noodles were too dry and I had to throw them away.

Once I get the quantities right this will probably be put on our dinner rotation. It makes a satisfying one dish meal and the leftovers are good for an easy to reheat lunch. And, of course, when I have those quantities I’ll post the recipe here.

Solar Braised Orange Pork Chops

If you made these pork chops on the stovetop it would only take 15 minutes so it’s not exactly the kind of recipe I’d normally adapt for solar cooking. But I use frozen chops straight from the freezer without browning them first. Bake a couple of sweet potatoes alongside for a perfect side dish.

Solar Braised Orange Pork Chops

Ingredients

4 frozen 1/2-inch-thick pork chops

Salt and pepper to taste

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preparation

Set Global Sun Oven out to preheat.

Place pork chops in one layer in a pot. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic, orange juice, wine, and lemon juice. Cover and cook in Sun Oven until meat is tender, about 1 hour. Serve with cooking juices.

Short Cut to Braised Pork Chops

The original recipe for these pork chops called for browning the meat, but the first time I made it I’d forgotten to take the chops out of the freezer; a common occurrence in my kitchen. I hate defrosting things in the microwave and I had my heart set on this dish, so I skipped the whole browning part and made it with the still frozen meat. It came out just fine and I’ve made it that way ever since. If you prefer, and have defrosted chops on hand, you could go ahead and brown them in some vegetable oil first. If you do, your cooking time might be a bit shorter.

Solar Braised Pork Chops with Apricots

Ingredients

Two 1-inch thick loin pork chops (fresh or frozen)

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