I can't believe it took me this long to....
finally roast and created pulled pork. After reading chow posts on how to accomplish this dish, I jumped in and made the attempt....for a family anniversary party, no less.
I love pulled pork. Grew up on a hog farm. We focused on pork chops, not roasts. I'd been wanting to try, but felt intimidated--Gas Grill--wouldn't be right.
Finally decided to make the attempt, even though I didn't have all the best circumstances (gas grill, used a commercial sauce). People LOVED it.
I'm looking forward to continuing practicing roasts, rubs, and creating my own sauce.
What is the dish that you took forever to attempt and now.....
1. Not one dish specifically, but Indian food in general.
2. Thai coconut milk curries
3. Spares, tips, and also pulled pork in the smoker.
4. Still have yet to do a brisket.
5. Homemade hot giardiniera, and also hot sauce.
I agree on the pulled pork. Just roasted a pork butt tonight, coincidentally. Other eureka moments would be, proper grilling methods (ie, letting it sit for a couple of minutes rather than constantly fussing), pre-chopping the butter for a puff pastry, broiling a lemon tarte to create a carmelized top. You just think, duh, how simple.
Yesterday I finally canned my own salsa verde, and the whole time I was thinking "I can't believe it too me this long to do this!" It was so easy, and the results were delicious, and I can't WAIT to crack open a jar in January...
my first attempts at muffins were hockey pucks, my pie crusts were horridly rubbery or fell apart in the pan while baking (NEVER use the trans-fat free Crisco... purchased by accident; in fact, I'll never use anything but butter again), my scones scorched, cakes would burn around the edges and stay raw in the center... I couldn't even make decent brownies from mixes...
Now, I'm tearing it up with new things every week and trying ever more complex desserts. I think the first few disasters were a result of not knowing enough about the science of baking, but following bad recipes and doing things blindly.
I wish I had gotten smart sooner; I've been missing out on some wonderful things that I didn't know could come out of my kitchen.
Spicy garlic dill pickles.....I'll let you know in 4 weeks if it was worth waiting all these years to try making at home..