A flavorful and colorful plate of food!
I read through the recipe and got out the pots and pans I would use.
A. 1qt pot of salted water for the rice. Use a larger pot for Large or XL portions
Put the pot of salted water on high heat to bring to a boil. Using a lid on the pot helps it to boil faster… 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice. I always re-measure my rice so I know how much water to use.
B. Skillet for Searing the Pork and Cooking the other vegetables. Be sure it is big enough to hold all these wonderful ingredients
C. Lay out and go over your ingredient bags. 1. Pork Cubes 2. Creole Seasoning 3. Jalapenos 4. Onions and Garlic 5. Tomatoes, Corn, Okra, Green Onions and Seasonings 6. Chicken Broth 7. Rice
I always get the rice water going first. A little salt, maybe some butter. If you have some minced garlic from your refrigerator, that is always a nice addition to sear in your butter, add your water and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice. Put a lid on it. Cook the rice for 12 minutes at a simmer. Check at 12 minutes, if most of the water is absorbed, you may turn the rice off and allow it to finish cooking, keeping it covered.
Meanwhile, oil in the skillet, season your Pork Cubes with the Creole Seasoning. If you wish to hold back on the seasoning, you may always add it back in to the dish on the final cooking process if you want more flavor!
On high/medium high heat, sear your Pork Cubes until brown-stir/or flip after 3 minutes. The hotter the pan, the faster and better the sear. Remove pork form the pan.
Add a bit more oil, turn heat to medium and the onions and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes. Add Tomatoes, Corn, and Okra, add jalapenos, cook over medium heat for 4 minutes (if vigoursly boiling, turn heat down, we are looking for a simmer).
Check Rice. If the water is mostly absorbed, turn off and allow t0 finish cooking, covered.
Add Chicken broth and bring to a boil. Turn to a simmer for 4-6 minutes.
Add pork back into skillet, allow to warm through. Taste test-do you want more salt, pepper, the rest of the Creole Seasoning?
Serve Rice on plates, add the pork, corn, tomatoes and okra over the rice!
You are ready to eat.
And Remember…. Get the kids to help set the table. Placemat, Fork, Knife, Folded Napkin, Cup or Glass for their drinks. Teach them: Forks go on the left and knives and spoons go on the right. (To remember: “Fork” has four letters, as does “left”; “knife” and “spoon” both have five letters, as does “right.”) Folded Napkin under the Fork on the left side. A set table sets up a nice protocol for family time. Not always easy to do and it gives kids a chance to share about their day.
NO CELL PHONES...that includes mom and dad!