We had friends over for dinner last night. I wanted a traditional comfort-food fall meal and decided on pork roast and Au Gratin potatoes.
I don't normally make a roast for the two of us and when I do it's usually in the crock pot. To give it lots of flavor I rubbed the roast with olive oil, salt and pepper, minced garlic, rosemary, tarragon and thyme. Husband suggested beer in the roasting pan to keep the meat moist. It was then covered and in the oven for two hours. It was outstanding; very moist and flavorful.
The Au Gratin potatoes is one of my favorite holiday recipes; Russet potatoes boiled and then shredded, layered with sharp Cheddar cheese, heavy cream poured over the top and bread crumbs on top to finish. It is rich, creamy and delicious.
I bought a loaf of sour dough bread at Panera Bread and dessert was my homemade French Apple pie. It was a great evening.