A 1-person, 1-meal Glorious One-Pot Meal
When The Wife got into doing GOPM cookery, she didn’t want to make two meals at once, so I got her this 1.25-quart Staub cast-iron saucepot. It’s $119 at link (I paid $80, but Staub was just being introduced at the time). You can also get it from Amazon for $249 if you want.
It’s the same thing: layer the food, cover the pan, cook in the oven at 450ºF for 45 minutes, let cool for 15 minutes, and you have a meal. I’m cooking my lunch now.
For me the appeal comes from several factors:
- Only one pot to clean.
- Easy to improvise recipes
- Easy to assemble meal and—more important—fun to assemble meal
- Easy to balance the meal: a little starch, a little protein, lots of fresh vegetables
- Cooking requires a timer but no attention
- Inevitably extremely tasty
This one by layer from bottom up:
1 shallot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 Tbsp hulled barley
1.5 Tbsp Crosse & Blackwell mint sauce
1 mild Italian sausage (about 3.2 oz: 5 sausages to the pound), cut into pieces
1/2 bunch chopped mint leaves (the rest of the mint)
1/2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 slices Italian eggplant, chopped
1 Roma tomato, diced
1/2 lemon, end cut off, diced
2 Tbsp Bragg Sesame and Ginger vinaigrette
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
It’s cooling now.
UPDATE: It was very tasty, but I’m thinking that 1 quart of food for a meal, while perhaps fine for runners and triathletes and such, is too much for a sedentary person like myself. A pint is more like it.
So I’m going to use the 1-qt Staub pan for two meals for us, and the 2 quart for 4 meals, 2 of which we eat on the spot, the other two as leftovers.