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Ham and smoked pork shoulder are two cuts of pork that get a lot of limelight leading up to Easter. Shortly after, it seems to fade away, back into the sidelines while most people return to roasting chickens, grilling steaks, so on and so forth...
Me? Well, you'll find a ham in my fridge more often than not. Since it's already been cooked, it lasts a long time and is ideal for many things from cubing up into a simple omelette to mac and cheese, soups and more.
This recipe takes thick slices of ham (or smoked pork shoulder -- the main difference is that they are different cuts of meat, but processed the same way) and turns them into filling, sweet-savoury dinner steaks in no-time. The cucumber cashew salsa helps brighten things up too.
This dish is just begging to be eaten outside on your back deck. Weather permitting, of course!
With Swine & Dine approaching its five year anniversary, I can tell you that I have tasted a variety of desserts featuring Alberta pork. I have to say, chef Brochu wins the award for the most innovative use of a pork product in a S & D dinner.
Third Little Piggy Long Live the Jello MoldChef served up a taste of jello made with the trotters for our most favourite animal. He flavoured the jello with strawberries and raspberries, topped with thyme and mind creme anglaise. It was the perfect little bite of sweetness following the monster shank we had for our main dish. I've enjoyed all the meals I've eaten at Chartier, and as previously blogged, the pork-packed brunch is certainly worth the drive. But, the Swine & Dine dinner that chef Brochu created is easily my favourite experience in the rustic Beaumont restaurant. I'd like to thank Sylvia and Darren Cheverie for agreeing to host a Swine & Dine, and to chef Brochu for sharing his passion for pork with us yet again. It was also lovely to hear how passionate farmers Christopher and Jessica Fasoli are about their product and the free-range pork they raise on their farm. And of course, thank you to all the kitchen, bar and service staff who helped make for a beautiful evening. Chartier Restaurant 5012 50 St #102 Beaumont, AB T4X 1E6 Save the date for our next Swine & Dine Tuesday May 30, 2017 at Tzin Restaurant - menu and event details to be announced soon.