Last weekend I took the afternoon away from the kids to visit the Le Creuset store which opened at The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta in Woodstock. I have several Le Creuset pans which I’ve received as gifts over the years and always looking for a new piece to add to my collection.
I was greeted by Cody the manager and Carol the assistant manager. As it turns out Carol is also a food blogger at A Cup of Mascarpone. It’s great to meet new people with a passion for food.
Le Creuset pans heat evenly and retail their temperature. The enamel coating makes cleanup a breeze and of course the assortment of amazing colors are always a topic of conversation. I’ve used and abused my Le Creuset pans over the years and they still look brand new.
As you can tell I’m a huge fan of the pans and company and excited Le Creuset agreed to sponsor a giveaway for a 3 1/2 qt. braising pan in the winners choice of color!
These traditional Tagine roasters have a unique lid which returns moisture to the braiser.
These small side dishes are great for sauces, condiments or soups.
Who wants a wall like this in their kitchen?!
(a $240.00 value)
Braised Pork Tacos
I left the Le Creuset store with a new 3 1/2 qt. casserole which was perfect for this braised pork taco recipe. The Le Creuset pans are very versatile and can be used for a variety of dishes and cooking techniques.
Braising is a combination cooking method which uses moist and dry heat to break down collagen in large cuts of meat. Time, heat and moisture work together to transfer tough dry cuts into tender and flavorful bites.
The basics of braising are:
Sear the meat
Saute the mirepoix
Deglaze the pan
Return the meat to the pan with liquid to braise
I kept the toppings simple but you could add avocados, salsa or lettuce to these tacos.