Monday, March 5, 2012

Betty Crocker Fail

Last week I learned quite an important lesson: follow the recipe.

Yeah, at 27 years old, you would think that I knew that already. And for the most part, I do. But wouldn't you know, the one time I don't, I really messed up!

If only I could blame the fail on pinterest!

Here's the recipe I found via Pinterest:  Slow Cooker PParmesan Honey Pork Roast

which links to this website.

Here's what they say the recipe is:

1 (2-3 pound) boneless pork roast
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp dried basil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, garlic, oil and salt; pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.
Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice roast; serve with gravy (I also made mashed potatoes and the gravy was delicious on them!).

People, it is imperative that you follow the cooking suggestion! Unfortunately, I was a total goober who put this recipe on in the morning before I left for work that day and ended up cooking my already small pork roast for 10 hours. Yikes, I know. The meat was actually salvageable and I went ahead and made the gravy like she suggests. {foreshadowing: BIG MISTAKE} I made 2 wraps for Cody and I and then encouraged him to get some sauce to put on it.

Yep. The meat was ok, but the gravy held all of that burnt, way overcooked flavor. And because I told Cody to put it ON our wraps instead of using it as a dipping sauce, we were forced to suffer through it. Live and learn. I will definitely try this recipe again but will pay a little more attention to how long I cook the meat for!

Anybody else every totally messed up a recipe by overcooking it?


  1. Yes I have messed up many dishes. I have found that as I'm trying to learn to cook like my Grandmothers... failure is inevitable. In fact, just yesterday I was working so hard to make my Grandmothers slowcooker brisket with homemade potatoe salad and baked beans that I OVERCOOKED the fudge brownies. These poor fudge brownies (that I have made MANY times) were NOT salvagable. They were hard as rocks and neither warming them or smothering them in ice cream helped. However the rest of the dinner was a success (hallelujah!) So never give up on cooking. I think the failures we make just put us that much closer to the "Grandmother Perfection" that we try to obtain. Maybe we'll have it down by that time WE are the Grandmothers! =0)

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