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@ 2012-12-24 16:23:00
The Ever Popular One Pot Dishes
One pot cooking is terrific for the budget conscious and you can draw on all kinds of assorted pots and pans, especially people who are pressed for time or can't stand washing up.
With the majority of one pot meals which call for stewing or casseroling, braising or pot roasting, cheaper meat cuts are used and the results are very gratifying. Therefore the best cuts aren't crucial, which is great when you're on a budget.
The slow cooker is absolutely perfect for one pot meals, where would we be without one in fact. They have deep bowls which are capable of cooking food to perfection and their adjustable temperature gauge is perfect for browning followed by a long slow cook. The perfect one pot meal can be served directly from the slow cooker saving yourself the bother of having to wash as many dishes than you ordinarily have to.
Needless to say, the food once cooked may then be placed into numerous storage containers and put in the freezer for meal times of the future.
Memories of childhood quite often contain the meals which were prepared for us, such as meat casseroles and stews and were generally comprised of minced meat and root vegetables. On occasion, it was great to find some chunks of meat in them as well. One pot dinners often work out a lot cheaper than the traditional meat and vegetable cooked meal and you're always guaranteed a big portion.
One pot dinners are not entirely the same, for instance stews and casseroles on a parallel theme. However, a lot of recipes for one pot meals will come in the form of a soup, pasta or vegetable based dish. Stewing and casseroling are the most obvious methods to make one pot meals although you could also use the pot roasting, braising or stir frying methods.
Stewing or casseroling indicates a slow and long mode of cooking food in simmering liquid. Beef, if not minced, needs to be cut into little pieces and chicken may also be jointed in order for it to be cooked quickly.
Although roasting is suitable for cooking larger meat joints or entire birds, pot roasting is the perfect way for cooking small joints. The meat needs to be browned first and put in a pan surrounded by vegetables, then covered with foil or lid and cooked on top of a low heat or in an oven at low temperatures.
Braising is when small cuts of meat or joints of poultry which have been browned are placed in a dish along with vegetables and a little bit of gravy or stock to be covered with foil or lid and cooked slowly in the oven to permit the juices in the meat to mix with the stock or gravy.
Stir frying is when thinly sliced or finely shredded ingredients are briefly fried in a small amount of oil on a high heat. The ingredients must be quickly turned over and over to guarantee even cooking. Vegetables need to be tender to the bite and cooking times should be kept to the bare minimum subsequently if you are short of time it can be an excellent method of cooking to make use of.
Novices and experts alike will have at some point made one pot dishes. This form of cooking is very traditional, using recipes going back hundreds of years. Since it is a fast and easy method to make a very tasty dish it's no surprise that one pot meals continue to be as popular these days as they did way back when.