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What to do with leftover boneless pork chops?

They've been refrigerated so they're really not "shreddable". They're pretty thick but really lean. Aside from reheating them in the microwave (yuck!) with a side of garlic mashed potatoes, what else can be done with them? I feel very confident that someone here can come up with some inventive and delicious!!!

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  1. Oh, forgot to mention that they've already been cooked. Grilled with a little salt & pepper.

    1. Slice them in thin strips and stir fry with multiple sliced vegetables.
      Pork fried rice.
      Added to a macaroni red sauce.
      A component of a casserole.

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      1. re: Gio

        pork fried rice! with minced water chestnuts, sliced green onions, bell pepper slices, small cubes of pork, hoisin, roasted sesame oil, soy? mirin splash? egg scrambled in empty center of pan, then combined. and some blanched edamame and/or sugar snaps or snow peas tossed in at end. (also, fresh bean sprouts to bulk (and crunch) it up -- but stir fry them a little to take off the raw flavor!)

        i use as a staple in so many cooked foods those bird's eye brand frozen bell pepper and onion combo. it would be good here, too.

        and remember, use cooked rice that has preferably been around in the fridge so as to dry out (day old is perfect!)

        1. re: alkapal

          I was going to suggest using them in fried rice, too! That, or make som udon noodle soup and add thin slices of the pork at the end, just to warm them up.

          1. re: leanneabe

            that sounds good, too -- esp. with the cold weather. condiments on top!

      2. Carnitas,You probably could shred or slice -saute with cilantro ,scallions,mole or green salsa and make taco's.

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        1. re: potofood

          I don't think the lean pork would shred very well. I suppose I could coarsely chop it. My fear is that it will be too dry since the pork has already been cooked (and refrigerated). I suppose I could hydrate it with some beef broth or lime juice.

        2. I just used some left over pork chops in yakisoba (the kind you find in the refrigerated produce section at the grocery store) Turned out really nice with some spicy szechuan sauce and some stir-fry veggies. Really great for after we get back from the gym...and quick!

          1. This isn't high brow, but I generally use leftover pork in quesadillas.

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            1. re: Janet from Richmond

              Janet, that's okay. I'm definitely not a high-brow person. All suggestions are welcome.

            2. I slice them thinly, simmer them in French onion soup with sliced onions until onions are tender. Served with yellow rice sprinkled with mixed peas and carrots.

              1. How about a bean soup or a big pot of pinto beans with the pork chops added?

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                1. re: dar0270

                  The original post was 3 years ago. I sure hope the chops are long gone.

                2. slice them into a stir-fry
                  have them 4 lunch the next day

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                  1. re: lilybloomer

                    Well, just for the sake of sticking my nose in, you've got the makings for great Banh Mi or Cuban Sandwiches, or you could "matchstick" it, and reheat with shredded carrots, sliced onion, sliced mushrooms and water chestnuts and a little hoisin and chicken broth for mu shu pancakes or in lettuce wraps.

                  2. I love pork chops or spareribs and saukerkraut.

                    Drain a bag or jar of sauerkraut as much as you can. Put some apple juice or frozen concentrate in a braising pan. Layer on the dry sauerkraut. You can put in some thinly sliced tart apple or some caraway seeds if you like. Top with cooked pork. Braise slowly for a few hours. At some point you can go in and break apart the chops with a couple forks. Toss the meat in and continue braising until the sauerkraut is very soft and takes on a sweet flavor. If you like you can stir in a couple generous spoons of sour cream at the end.