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Oct 9, 2006 07:15 PM

What would you prepare with 1 lb. of ground pork?

This is good quality organic pork. I don't have any ground beef or other meats to combine with it, except bacon, and I don't have any dried beans (except white beans) to make chili.

I do have: organic yukon gold potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, onions, celery, & carrots, (I was intending to make Marcella Hazan's addicting braised carrots again). Also have cornmeal if that suggests something? And a kabocha squash. There's a can of chipotle chiles in the "pantry" (ok, cabinet). Also have some whole wheat linguini & pasta shells.

Any ideas how to make something delicious out of some of these ingredients? I have plenty of salad fixings to supplement.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Just pork with no beef? I searched for such a recipe but did not find.

      1. re: Babette

        Here's a recipe you could adapt. I'd skip the cinnamon. Instead of doing the casserole with rigatoni, almonds, and breadcrumbs, just serve the sauce on boiled shells or whatever.


    2. I'd make Ants in a Tree... I love the version from Sara's Secrets.

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      1. re: Katie Nell

        I need a couple more ingredients to do this but it sounds so good. It is on my to do list. Thanks!

      2. Babette.... do you have any tomato paste in your pantry? If so... I would make Linguini with Pork-Chipotle meat sauce....

        > Sautee the onions & diced bacon until lightly browned
        > Add the ground pork & brown for a few minutes
        > Blend tomatoe paste & chipotle with a tiny bit of water & add to the Pork & Onions along with sliced celery
        > Cover & cook for about 20 minutes or so
        > Prepare your linguini al dente
        > Roast the potatoes & carrots in a 450 Degree oven for 15 minutes... brush with a little chipotle adobo with 5 minutes to go

        Start your meal with a duet of sliced tomatoes (maybe a little salt)... paired with your roasted chipotle vegetables.... then have the pasta as a 2nd course.

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        1. re: Eat_Nopal

          Yes, I do, & this sounds delicious. What a good , creative idea. I will probably do this tomorrow. (For today, it's pea soup & corn bread). Thank you!

          1. re: MaspethMaven

            Adding this to my list of coming dishes. What do you add to the pork for the stuffing? Thank you!

            1. re: Babette

              Here are some great stuffed cabbage recipes that 'hounds generously shared when I asked.


          2. rice or kasha, depending on what slant I'm going for.

            Kasha or bulgur is more of a polish/ukranian bent, to which I also add some sauteed onions, maybe some chopped mushrooms, and some carrot, then I roll and bake in a pork and tomato gravy.

            if I'm going more italian, I do rice, peppers, garlic and parmesan, then bake in tomato basil sauce.

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            1. re: MaspethMaven

              In honor of my Polish grandfather & Russian grandmother, I believe I'll try that option first, then the Italian--thanks!