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Maple Pulled Pork & Cornmeal Waffles



Maple Pork: – 2 tablespoons California butter – 2 lbs. boneless pork shoulder or sirloin, cut into 2-inch cubes – 1/3 cup pure maple syrup – 1/4 cup cider vinegar – 1/4 cup chicken stock – 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 3 cloves garlic, minced – 1/2 cup California crème fraiche – Snipped fresh chives or green onion tops Cornmeal Waffles: – 1 cup flour – 2/3 cup cornmeal – 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1 1/4 cups California buttermilk – 3 tablespoons melted California butter – 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup – 4 strips cooked maple bacon, coarsely crumbled
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Makes 6 servings

Prep time: 20 minutes

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

1. In a 4-quart saucepan, combine milk and cream and heat over medium-high heat until just before boiling. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk yolks and half of sugar until smooth, heavy, and pale yellow, about 30 seconds.

3. Heat a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, sprinkle remaining sugar into pan by the spoonful. As each spoonful melts, add another and gently mix with a long-handled whisk or wooden spoon. Repeat until all sugar is used.

4. The sugar will begin caramelizing very soon. The color will go from pale to golden to amber to dark. (Don’t panic! The color needs to be dark for the ice cream to have flavor.) When the bubbles get foamy and smoke rises, remove pan from heat. (Do not allow caramel to burn.)

5. Whisk a small amount of hot cream mixture into caramelized sugar. Be careful: It will steam up and bubble. Keep adding cream mixture, whisking, until it is all incorporated.

6. Return pan to medium-high heat and gently bring mixture to a boil. Whisk to gently incorporate any hardened “rocks” or pieces of caramel sticking to side of pan.

7. When caramel-cream mixture comes to a boil, in a slow stream, pour half of cream mixture over yolk-sugar mixture, whisking constantly until blended.

8. Return pan to stovetop over low heat. Whisking constantly, stream yolk-cream mixture back into pan.

9. With a wooden spoon, continue stirring until mixture registers 165°F to 180°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 2 minutes. Do not heat above 180°F, or eggs in base will scramble. Mixture should be slightly thickened and coat back of spoon, with steam rising, but not boiling. (If you blow on the back of the spoon and the mixture ripples, you’ve got the right consistency.)

10. Transfer to a bowl and mix with an immersion blender or a hand mixer. Mix in sea salt.

11. Pour into a clean, airtight container and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

12. Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

13. Scrape into an airtight storage container. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.

Sandwich between freshly baked, cooled Double Chocolate cookies.

Cook time: 1 1/2 hours

Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add pork and cook for 10 minutes or until nicely browned on all sides.

Stir in maple syrup, vinegar, stock, rosemary, salt and garlic.

Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork; cover and keep warm.

Whisk together all waffle dry ingredients in a medium bowl, then whisk in remaining ingredients.

Cook in a preheated waffle iron until golden brown.

Break into triangles and stack on serving plates.

Top with pork, crème fraiche and chives.