Pork for Dessert?
A friend of mine is hosting a 4 course menu in which all courses must contain some form of pork product (what a great idea!). The menu is shaping up nicely except dessert. It's hard to find dessert recipes with pork (strange, huh?) Does anyone have any ideas for pork desserts? I figured chowhounds would be the best group of resources to track down the best ideas. She's heard about bacon ice cream but can't find a recipe, and all other ideas welcome too.
A little while ago, I made some pulled pork ice cream. It was actually pretty good.
Pulled Pork Ice Cream
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (or 1T vanilla extract)
1⁄2 C pulled pork
1⁄4 C barbecue sauce
Combine first four ingredients (including the bean and its pulp), in a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring the mixture to 170 degrees F. Remove from heat and pour into a lidded container. Cool mixture, then refrigerate mixture overnight to mellow flavors and texture.
Remove vanilla bean from mixture, and freeze mixture in ice cream freezer according to unit's instructions. Once the volume has reached a soft serve consistency, add the pulled pork and continue turning to incorporate. Scoop the mixture into the lidded container, and fold in the barbecue sauce. Place container in freezer to harden.
A few years ago, I received an ice cream maker as a gift, which set me off on an ice cream-making spree. A couple of years after that, I bought an offset smoker, starting a barbecue/smoking jag. A friend suggested (I think facetiously) that I combine the two. The first idea was for pork rib ice cream, but eventually that morphed into pulled pork ice cream. I told him I'd make it if he promised to eat it. I did, and he did.
A lot of Thai snacks are built around a mixture of sweetened ground pork - Ma Ho is one that comes to mind. You could serve it as a dessert. Another sweet snack that would do as a dessert is Mee Grob, fried crispy noodles in a sweet and sour sauce, which often contains carmelized strips of pork, shrimp and pressed tofu. Not at home right now, so I don't have access to my recipes, but I bet you could find them on line.
How about chow-siu boa?
Sweet pork filling in a steamed bun ... there are definitely worse things for dessert ...
I've seen bacon cookies:
There's a cookbook called "Everything Tastes Better with Bacon" that includes bacon dessert recipes. One that intrigued me was adding crumbled bacon to the topping of a fruit crisp. You can improvise a recipe or search inside a book on Amazon.
Why not sweet bean paste and pork steamed buns?? So easy to make and you can even do "semi-homemade" if you buy the pork pre-cooked at your local asian grocer.
At J&J Bakery in Southern California, and at many Chinese or Asian bakeries, they have a sweet roll that is topped with dried, shredded pork (or beef). The sweetness of the bread/roll allows it to be a dessert, I suppose. Just don't use too much of the dried, shredded pork; use only a sprinkle.
You can find the dried, shredded pork in most Asian grocery stores. It's usually in a clear plastic container with a lid.
Some of the above recipes that use pork in their desserts are amazing! I would have NEVER considered using meat in desserts, although I still am hesitant about doing so. But very creative ideas!
If she's not already serving prosciutto in an earlier course, have a dessert and cheese course with mission figs, proscituto and a creamy goat cheese.
I like the pie crust made with lard idea.