Thursday, November 17, 2011

A week of heavenly pork!

One of my favorite quotes is from Anthony Bourdain that he made during an episode of No Reservations years ago. "God lives between the skin and bone of a pig"  I don't remember anything else from the episode but that quotes passes through my brain weekly. It sums up my love for this animal so perfectly!

The royal pig gives us some of my most beloved meats... BACON, pork tenderloin, pork chops, pulled pork, ham, pork belly, PANCETTA, crispy pig skin (yeah I said it!) the list goes on and on.

So when I slow cooked 4 lbs of heavenly pork shoulder on Sunday I had no fears that any of it would go to waste!

That doesn't mean I planned on eating the same pulled pork with salad all week.  The key to stretching $7 worth of meat is to vary what and how you serve it.  Variety is the spice of life people!

Pulled pork isn't just for lunch or dinner!  This yummy meat is the perfect addition to omelets or even hash. It is already cooked so you can throw it in quickly and have bfast in a matter of minutes!

Even the panda is eyeing my breakfast!

Pulled pork with wilted collard greens and oven roasted potatoes (thanks to brother-in-law for the potatoes!)
Place the pork over raw collard greens dressed w/ a little olive oil.  The greens will wilt perfectly when you reheat at lunch.

Add a bit of fresh salsa for spice and fresh zing to every bite
Pulled pork right from the oven with a side salad
10 minute miso pulled pork soup

This was so easy, spicy and yummy!  Boil a few cups of water.  Once boiled turn off heat and add in a few tablespoons of miso paste to dissolve.  Once mixed, add in noodles, dried wakame, ginger, diced scallions and shredded pork.  I also added a small spoon of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce to add a kick.  Go easy with this if you are new to it.  It gets really spicy, very quickly!!!

A classic dish that you have to make with pulled pork in my mind is pulled pork tacos!  Savory meat, spicy salsa and tangy sour cream (or plain greek yogurt for this girl).
I have to say for $7 and a few hours in the oven this pork shoulder has gone above and beyond what I expected!  This may have to be a monthly Sunday dish!  I don't think I could eat pulled pork every week, but for the price, taste and ability to morph into tons of dishes this food experiment gets an A+++