I HEART BACON
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

PORK FEST

I have to give a shout-out to my new hero, Daniel.

Daniel recently hosted the pork fest to end all pork fests with over FORTY POUNDS of pork—and he even made porcine desserts. This was the incredible menu:

  • Brined pork tenderloin on crostini with a puree of sweet potatoes and bacon
  • Mini pork burgers made with Italian sausage and potato rolls
  • A beautiful smoked ham hock terrine

Yes, those were just the appetizers…

  • First Course: Boiled bacon with a star anise, coriander & cinnamon rub and a port & honey glaze
  • Second Course: Pork belly braised in chicken stock and soy sauce (this sounds a little like the incredible Su Dong Po pork I made a while back)
  • Third Course: Pigs head (sweetbreads, tongue and ear) fried in butter
  • Fourth Course: Pork loin roast stuffed with bread cubes, bacon, garlic, rosemary and parsley

Are you salivating yet? But wait! There’s more…

  • Fifth Course: Sixteen chop crown roast
  • Sixth Course: Roasted and salted pork shoulder

And now for dessert…

  • Dessert One: Pierre Hermes Suzy’s Cake with toffee bacon and caramel ganache (yes, I said TOFFEE BACON)
  • Dessert Two: Bacon brioche pudding with a sugar bourbon glaze

Pictures and a detailed account can be found here and here.

Bravo Daniel. Next time, I’d like to be invited ;-)

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24 Responses to “PORK FEST”

  1. santos. says:

    that is insane in the membrane insane. although kudos to him for using every bit of the noble pig. sounds like a great holiday feast—even if there isn’t a designated holiday, one should be created for the feast alone.

    happy thanksgiving to you, miss meg!

  2. steve says:

    wow… toffee bacon!! That’s awesome.

  3. kevin says:

    Megan,

    Extraordinary!

    Happy T’day.

  4. Paul Brown says:

    The boiled bacon and the pork belly looked awesome.You went to a lot of work.You are an inspiration. I just finished my first attempt at curing and smoking my own bacon. It was okay and I am ready to try again. Any suggestions?

  5. joey says:

    Oh. My. God. That is WILD! I want this guy to cater my wedding! I have no words…I am in awe. Oh Meg, that was just beautiful…am almost in tears…

    Happy Thanksgiving from one pork lover to another! :)

  6. megwoo says:

    Ha ha! I agree Santos—there should definitely be a holiday centered around eating pig.

  7. megwoo says:

    Steve,
    Yes, I can’t wait to try making toffee bacon at home!

  8. megwoo says:

    Thanks Kevin,
    I hope you had a happy thanksgiving as well!

  9. megwoo says:

    Paul, Yeah that pork belly sounds incredible. Although I can’t take any credit here—this was actually someone else’s meal that was posted on eGullet. I just couldn’t help linking to it.

    I’ve never made my own bacon before, so I don’t have any tips for you—but good luck on the second batch!

  10. megwoo says:

    Ha ha! I think you’re on to something Joey. A catered pork fest wedding would be fantastic!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  11. megwoo says:

    Thanks Jane. Maybe you should consider adding a bacon cheesecake to your line up. I’m laughing at this idea, but if truth be told, I’d probably buy one.

  12. Dr. Biggles says:

    Eh, you mean you weren’t invited? Ah well. That’s quite a line-up and clearly knows what he’s doing, fer sure.
    I suppose I should get in to terrines. I’ve got a 40+ year old French terrine dish that’d do the trick. Sad thing is it’s never been used. Feh.

    Biggles

  13. shyloh says:

    I hope your holiday was awesome, I snuck in a link for thanksgiving to get you more visitors haha. Love to you dear.

  14. Chubby Hubby says:

    Pig heaven. You really know how to make the rest of us jealous. I’m gonna try out a braised pork knuckle recipe in the next week. Fingers crossed.

  15. megwoo says:

    Dr. Biggles,
    Time to break out the terrine! I’ve really been into potted meats lately… terrines, pâté and rillettes. I would love to see how Dr. Biggles does terrine!

  16. megwoo says:

    Chubby Hubby,
    You know you love pork when the words “braised pork knuckle” make you start drooling. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  17. Daniel says:

    Wanted to thank Megwoo for posting the Porkfest and I love this site!!! Hey thanks everyone for checking out the Porkfest..And I am sorry I didnt invite megwoo..

    Daniel,

    Maker of the porkfest..

  18. megwoo says:

    Daniel, Thank YOU for making such a beautiful pork fest!! Can’t wait to hear about Porkfest #2.

  19. stacey says:

    My boyfriend,David, just saw this post. Porkfest and Daniel are his new heros. We live in Astoria and want Daniel and anyone associated with him to know they are invited to our place for any parties (and welcome to cook). We just had some pork short ribs tonight—nothing to the porkfest attempts but still damn good.

  20. megwoo says:

    Ha ha! That’s great Stacey. Your short ribs look fantastic!

  21. Bohemian Hall says:

    Are you going to the Porkfest in Astoria? 29-19 24th Avenue on 15,16,17 &18 February 2007.

  22. Daiel says:

    Just wanted to let everyone know, I was looking for the old photos of the porkfest and came back around to this site again..

    I started a super club a few years ago and if anyone wanted to come and sign up, please do.. You can mention the I heart bacon website..

    We are now working out of brooklyn.. We might have to change the name but, for now, we are NYBITECLUB.COM

    Glad to see the site is still up and running..

    All the best,

    Daniel and Alicia

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