Category: Pork


As you can see, I’m still on the Asian food kick!  I had some leftover pulled pork from the Banh Mi meal, and decided it could use a Korean BBQ sauce and be recreated into an, as it turned out, quite delicious casserole!

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3-4 C. pulled pork (chicken and ground meats would work well for this too)

3-4 C. cooked rice (I used a wild and brown mix that was – oh yeah – leftover)

1 can Cannelloni beans (always in my pantry, but any beans such as garbanzo or black beans would work too!)

2 C. assorted vegetables (I used celery, carrots, and onions, that I softened in a little oil, butter, and garlic and had in the fridge ready to use.  They also freeze well.)

1/4 C. Korean BBQ sauce (homemade or store bought) – a mix of soy, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, rice wine vinegar, and chile.

1 C. shredded cheese (I used mac and cheese mix for one dish and Daiya shreds for the other, since I have a son who can’t have dairy.

Combine pork, rice, beans, vegetables, and Korean BBQ sauce.  Place in 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with coconut oil.  Top with cheese or shreds.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until cheese is golden, meanwhile roasting any vegetables you want to have on the side!

We used “Pickled” cucumbers, onions and carrots as a topping – also from the Banh Mi meal.  (Mostly cucumbers, since my kids and grandkids attached the onions and carrots first!)

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Roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts on the side were prepared by my cousin, who came over with my 90 year old uncle for dinner.

 

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I cooked a pork butt in the crock pot that had been rubbed with eelsauce and 5 spice.  Yum.  I pickled cucumbers carrot matchstick and thinly sliced onion in 1 c. Rice wine vinegar mixed with 1/2 c each water and sugar.  The only disappointment was the bread which had to be toasted as it was not crunchy enough.  It was a great success!  I can’t wait to try non pork alternatives.

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Pickle the veggies about 30 minutes ahead of serving.  Spread sirracha aioli on bread and assemble.  Enjoy!!

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I was recently treated to a local restaurant called YOLO for a lunch with my boss and his daughter and girlfriend to celebrate Christmas.  Having been well-trained in the past to read all menus from right to left and respectfully order a reasonably priced item, I chose the moderately priced Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich.  Wow!  A love affair has begun.  The flavors were intoxicating.  I began trolling the internet for recipes and discovered that there are so many variations, we can have a “Banh Mi” type sandwich on a regular basis, since the ingredients usually used are non-shadetree (good for my arthritis) and I love, love, love freshly pickled onions and the like.  For New Years, since pork is traditionally considered a good luck meal, I’ll be trying out my own first Bahn Mi using pork.  Even though I don’t have pictures yet, I decided that working through the planning process by blogging it might be fun.  I’m also potentially going to do a side that includes, what else, black-eyed peas.  The picture above is from Martha Stewart, and the pictures below from Taste of Home, sites I visit regularly for ideas.  Another favorite of mine is Damn Delicious.  Food Network also provides a good cross section of styles.  I also love America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country.  My love of cooking was also enhanced by Lidia’s Italy and Fort Lauderdale’s own Chef Jean Pierre of Sunshine Cuisine.

The first step is deciding on the pork portion of the recipe.  Alton Brown (who I love) uses ground pork in his recipe.  As a devoted sale shopper, I will likely be opting for whatever good quality pork is on a great sale, and cooking it in the crock pot.  It will likely be a loin or roast.  I will thinly slice or shred, depending on the meat’s texture.  The internet is full of variations using steak, chicken, fish, you name it.  The idea is a crusty bread, tasty protein, pickled veggies, and a spicy condiment.

The bread is important too.  YOLO used a super crusty baguette.  The words “bahn mi” actually mean baguette or bread in Vietnamese.  My thoughtful daughter gave me a gift card to Lucky’s so I can sip and stroll, and they have freshly baked baguettes on sale most of the time.  It’s a good bet I’ll get my bread there.  They also have a killer produce department, so the veggies to be pickled can be bought there.  Depending on what the sales are next weekend, I may be able to one-stop shop!!

Almost all the recipes called for a sriracha or spicy style mayonnaise or aioli.  This I will likely make myself, since I always have sriracha and mayonnaise in the fridge.  Let me clarify, however, that for some people on a shade tree free diet, sriracha is a big no no because of the hot peppers used to make it.  However, I seem to still be able to have sriracha with no pain.  Ketchup and pizza sauce have proven to not be something I will be eating anymore, though.  My pain returned within an hour of very small amounts of both.

The juices from the cooked pork should also be cooked down for a dipping sauce, so this is kind of like a Vietnamese “French Dip”.

Writing this has helped to build enthusiasm for food again.  After a huge Christmas Eve of Ham, Bacon-Wrapped Carrots, and Roasted Squash, followed by an even bigger Christmas feast of turkey and all the usual trimmings.

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1 pork shoulder roast

1 packet fajita seasoning mix

There’s nothing easier than pulled pork in the crock pot!  I wanted to season it with a Mexican flair as I planned to serve it over rice with tostones (I had some in the freezer that I’ve been meaning to cook up).

Rub roast with seasoning mix.

Place in crockpot and cook on low 8-10 hours.   Shred.  Add in seasoned bread crumbs to thicken juices, if needed.

 

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My daughter, Andyy, moved to rural Georgia.  Apparently, locally their go-to meat is pork.  She asked for ideas of how to cook pork, and I came up with these suggestions:

Pulled Pork (a great way to have pork for more than one night).  Pick any sauce you like – even the lemongrass basil and Thai coconut curry I gave you would be good.  Barbecue sauce is also good.  Or you can mix barbecue sauce with maple syrup and Dijon mustard.  You can also just use ranch dressing mixed with teriyaki.  Any time you make something in the Crockpot, it’s like it makes more liquid, so usually about a cup of the marinade is all you need, reserving the rest for adding in after you shred it, if you want.  You can also freeze leftover pulled pork for a night when you didn’t remember to plan and need to throw something together.

I like pork butt and pork shoulder for pulled pork because they have some nice fat for flavor.  A tenderloin works too.

Poke holes in the roast and marinate for 30 minutes (or even overnight)  Cook in the Crockpot for 8 -10 hours until you can fell it break apart easily when you stick a fork in and turn it.  I shred it with forks first, and then use kitchen shears to break up some of the more stubborn pieces.

You can serve pulled pork lots of ways:

With Asian noodles (if you did an Asian style sauce)

Atop rice and beans (works well with barbecue)

Sandwiches topped with cole slaw or sweet pickles

Over roasted potatoes

Uses for leftover pulled pork:

Cornbread casserole

Chili and Pulled Pork Salad (both use the Chili)

Cuban sandwiches (since you have the Panini press)

Fettuccine Alfredo with pulled pork and broccoli

If you look at my blog, here are the links:

Pulled Pork Sandwiches:

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https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/happy-new-year-crock-pot-pulled-pork-sandwiches-topped-with-cole-slaw/

You need to be sure you have hearty buns that you toast and whatever topping you want.  These pair nicely with corn on the cob, beans, potato or macaroni salad, or just a nice big salad.

Cornbread Casserole:

Cornbread Casserole

https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/spicy-pulled-pork-cornbread-bake/

You need cornbread mix, canned corn and canned creamed corn, sour cream (optional).  You will also need salsa if you want to lean towards a Mexican take or canned tomatoes mixed with some Italian seasoning or spaghetti sauce (if you don’t want it to be Mexican style) to mix with the leftover pork.  The recipe doesn’t call for it, but you can also top this with shredded cheese before baking – Mexican cheese or Italian, depending on which direction you took.

Chili and Pulled Pork Salad together:

Chili Salad

https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/pulled-pork-chili-salad/

For chili, you need salsa, canned beans, and canned whole kernel corn.

When you serve it with a salad, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, any salad topping you like with whatever dressing you like.

Cuban Sandwiches:

https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/cuban-sandwiches/

You need buns, yellow and spicy mustard, pickle slices, turkey lunchmeat, sliced cheese.  A nice side dish is roasted potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes.  The recipe called for sliced pork, but pulled pork will also work well!

Fettuccine Alfredo with Pulled Pork and Broccoli

https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/fettuccine-alfredo-with-pulled-pork-and-broccoli/

You need noodles, jarred alfredo sauce, and frozen broccoli florets.

Ribs

Bone in: 

https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/fall-off-the-bone-baby-back-ribs/

You need barbecue sauce, chicken broth, and a Crockpot.

Country style boneless:

Cheesy Breaded Boneless Ribs:

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https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/category/pork/page/3/

You need bread crumbs, seasonings, and shredded cheese.

Lots of variations – Italian, barbecue, Mexican, etc.

City Chicken:

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https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/city-chicken/

If the ribs are too fatty, you may want to cube up a tenderloin, but I like the flavor of the fat in this.

You need flour, seasonings, eggs, breadcrumbs, small stubby skewers, foil to wrap them, oil to make them crisp)

Barbecue in the Crockpot:

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https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/crock-pot-boneless-barbecue-ribs-and-creamy-gluten-free-mac-and-cheese/

You need barbecue sauce, beer, onion, garlic, seasonings for the ribs.

You need noodles, cheese sauce, cream cheese, and shredded cheese for the mac and cheese.

Pork Chops

My Mom’s pork chops:

Grace’s Pork Chops

Grace's Pork Chops

https://vickidelbrouck.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/graces-pork-chops/

You need flour and seasonings, sour cream, cornflake crumbs.

Ground Pork

 

Cook and use in tacos, quesadilla, spaghetti sauce, make meatballs or burgers, chili.

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I’ll be doing another one of these posts in upcoming days addressing recipes for ground meat, and ground pork will do just fine in all of them.

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Pasta alla Norcina

Okay, so I am totally food obsessed and spent the last couple of days binge watching America’s Test Kitchen.  I already know it will totally be worth it, even if I just try the Pasta alla Norchina!  The picture above is from the America’s Test Kitchen website.  I haven’t actually tried the complete recipe, but I have tried the trick about cooking the ground eat as a burger and then chopping it up and finishing the cooking of the meat in the sauce.  I made a lasagna that had ground pork and turkey that were cooked according to the directions for the meat in this recipe and will never again suffer through chopping ground meat as it cooks with a spatula.

Here is the America’s Test Kitchen recipe for Pasta alla Norchina.  If you get a chance to watch the video, it is worth watching!

4 tsp water

1 ½  tsp. salt

¼ tsp. baking soda

Incorporate water, salt and baking soda into 1 lb. ground pork.

Let rest for 10 minutes

Add the following to the pork:

1 tsp garlic

¾ tsp. chopped fresh rosemary

¾ tsp. black pepper

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Smear the meat up against side of the bowl  for approx 15 seconds to blend all the seasonings all the way through.

Form into large patty – place on greased dinner plate and set aside.

Place  oz. cremini mushrooms in food processor and chop finely about 10 pulses.

Heat 2 tsp oil in skillet

Brown both sides of the pork patty, but leave raw in middle – about 2 minutes per side

Meanwhile cook pasta.

Transfer patty to cutting board and chop into fine pieces.  Place in bowl and add ¾ c. heavy cream.

Add oil to skillet and cook mushrooms w/ 1/8 tsp salt about 8 minutes till nicely browned.

Add 2 tsp oil, 2 tsp garlic, ½ tsp. rosemary, ½ tsp. black pepper.  Cook 30 seconds.

Add ½ c. dry white wine.  Cook until wine completely evaporates.

Meanwhile drain pasta and reserve ¾ c. pasta water.

Once wine is evaporated, add sausage cream mixture and ¾ c. pasta water.  Simmer approx 3 minutes until pork is fully cooked.

Turn off heat and add in ¾ c. pecorino until melted and smooth.

Pour over pasta.

Add 3 Tbsp. fresh chopped parsley and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Add more pasta water if it looks too thick.

Serve immediately.

 

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1 box La Piana cheese tortellini

1 package Trader Joe’s  Sweet Italian Pork Sausage

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/4 onion, sliced thinly

1/2 green pepper, sliced thinly

1/4 each red, yellow and orange peppers, sliced thinly

3 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. pesto

1 Tbsp. Tuscan seasoning mix

Parmesan to taste

Directions:

Put on water for tortellini.

Remove casing from sausage and cut into 1 inch pieces.

Heat olive oil in large skillet to brown sausage.

Meanwhile slice veggies and add tortellini to boiling water.

When sausage is nicely browned, add in veggies, stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft and translucent.

After gently boiling tortellini for 15 minutes, drain.

Stir in butter, pesto, and Parmesan.

I bought Italian made dried tortellini at The Fresh Market.  It was much better than the frozen kind!

The pesto, olive oil and seasonings were all super quality products my friend Stephanie gave me for my birthday that she got from Marshall’s.

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4 c. leftover pulled pork

2 packs Buotoni fettuccine

1 bag frozen broccoli florets

1 jar alfredo sauce

Cook fettuccine according to package directions

Heat leftover pork in skillet.

Microwave broccoli and toss with pork.

Stir in sauce and toss with noodles.

I felt lazy tonight and was glad to have all the ingredients on hand to throw this together.  Nice and yummy and easy to make.

 

 

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1 lb. ground pork

1 packet SunBird Hot and Spicy Szechwan Seasoning

1 package Sidari’s fresh angel hair pasta (part of the Fresh Market little big meal)

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 Tbsp. honey

1/4 c. each chopped onion, red pepper, green pepper, yellow pepper, and orange pepper

1/3 c. water

1/3 c. crunchy peanut butter

1/2 packet Dole Chopped Salad (kale, cabbage, chard, brussel sprouts, etc.)

1/4 c. oil (I used pistachio but sesame oil or any other nut oil works)

1/2 bottle Honey Ginger Miso salad dressing

Sesame seeds, chopped cashews, and sliced green onions for garnish

Heat water to cook pasta.

Brown pork in skillet with nut oil.

Mix seasoning packet, soy sauce, honey, water, and peanut butter.  Mix well with immersion blender.  Set aside.  Reserve 1/4 c. sauce for meat.

Cook noodles according to package directions – only 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.

Drain.  Combine with sauce, chopped salad, and dressing.  Top with seeds, cashews and green onions.  Set aside to cool.

Once pork is cooked through, add in copped veggies.  Cover and steam until veggies are tender, but not mushy.  Add reserved peanut sauce.  Spice up meat mixture with red pepper flakes to taste.

Serve meat over noodles.

Yum!!

 

I love, love, love these noodles.  Even after they are refrigerated, they stay tender, making them perfect for this dish!!

 

 

 

City Chicken

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4 lb. pork tenderloin, cut into cubes

Short skewers

1/2 c. flour, seasoned to taste.  I used 2 tsp Mango Marsala Curry Salt and 1 tsp. garlic powder

2 eggs

3/4 c. seasoned panko bread crumbs

Olive oil

Foil to wrap the “chicken legs”

Coat pork cubes completely with flour mixture by tossing in a large zip lock bag  Put on skewers.

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Prepare breading station by putting beaten eggs in one bowl and panko bread crumbs in another.

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Tear pieces of foil, one for each “leg” and set aside.

Preheat oven to 376 F.

Spin each “leg” in egg and then in panko bread crumbs.

Spray foil piece with coconut oil spray.  Place “leg” on foil at an angle.  Drizzle with olive oil and wrap.  I did one at a time instead of  laying out all the pieces of foil.

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Place “legs” on baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.

I had previously made pork cubes and baked them without putting them on skewers.  These were less dry and delicious!  I served with fried potatoes.

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