Serious Eats: Recipes
Healthy & Delicious: Pork Roast en Cocotte with Apples and Shallots
When you're trying to eat healthier, having dinner at friends' homes can be a bit of a minefield. Do you ask them to prepare something special? (Too fussy.) Do you bring your own food? (Too impolite.) Do you throw caution to the wind and dig in to that macaroni and cheese? (Too ... no, there's actually nothing wrong with this.)
That's why it helps to know people who'll indulge you. I recently attended a small dinner party at a friend's new apartment. He's an experienced cook, and worships Christopher Kimball. A brief glance at his bookshelf reveals dozens of America's Test Kitchen guides, quite a few Cook's Illustrated cookbooks, and a plethora of other Kimball-associated paraphernalia.
Knowing my preferences, he sunk a few hours into Pork Roast en Cocotte with Apples and Shallots from ATK's 2010 Light and Healthy book. Happily, it was well worth the effort. The pork was incredibly moist, and the apples lent a light sweetness that never became cloying. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans, the meal felt like an indulgence.
Looking forward, I can only hope to be as accommodating to my friends. And if they want the mac and cheese, I'm all over it.