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Jul 10, 2006 04:31 PM

What to do with extra ground pork?

We are making some spring rolls this week with ground pork. I know we won't use the full pound we bought, so I'm looking for some suggestions on what to do with the extra. I was thinking about turning it into tacos. Maybe an easy variation on Tacos Al Pastor by browning the meat with some onion and chilis...possibly chipotles in adobo sauce? Anyone tried doing something like that or have any other interesting suggestions?

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  1. Make potstickers!! They freeze well too.

    1. How about making Nam Sod? I prefer to make it with ground chicken, but ground pork is delicious too.

      1. Ma Po Tofu! YUM!! :)


        1. I second the suggestion about Ma Po Tofu. Here's what I do:

          Whiz peeled garlic and ginger in a food processor to obtain a handful-sized amount (proportions should be 1 part garlic to 2 parts ginger). Fry it in a few tablespoons of hot peanut oil. When fragrant and slightly browned, add the ground pork (about 1/2 pound) and stir until cooked. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of Chinese ground brown bean sauce (Koon Chung brand is good), and a heaping tablespoon of sambal uelek (or just use Szechuan hot bean paste instead of the brown bean sauce and sambal uelek). Stir to mix, then add one block (the standard supermarket package) of tofu, drained and cubed, and 1 to 1 1/2 cups chicken stock. When the tofu is heated through, add enough cornstarch (thinned with chicken stock) to thicken the liquid to a gloppy consistency. Serve hot, sprinkled with ground Szechuan pepper and about 1 tsp. sesame oil per bowl.

          I think this and your spring rolls would make a great meal!

          1. Breakfast sausage.

            For about a half pound I'd add 1/2 tsp each of salt, pepper and garlic. Form into patties. Quick and easy.


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            1. re: Davwud

              I just made sausage with some ground pork this weekend. Mix in garlic, a tablespoon of white wine, and chopped rosemary or thyme, salt and pepper. I keep some in the freezer to saute and add to pasta dishes.