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Feb 7, 2008 05:52 AM

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.

          1. re: sheilal

            Re-hydration, as I have done, includes soaking in some vege or chicken stock. Not the low sodium kind. As a result of cooking process the protein has been cooked and you effectively tightened up the spaces between the protein , by removing the moisture with heat, you can get it back. What I have done and works well is to first put it into the slow cooker with the stock on low for about three hours. After which dispose of the most of the stock, save some of it and add a table spoon of tomato paste, chopped onions, sliced garlic, some brown sugar, some ketchup (1/2 cup),some heat from with cayenne or red pepper flakes, and liquid smoke if you like it.
            Let cook again on low for about 3 hours. You will have a nice tender pot of barbecued pork, which I serve on a toasted bun or roll.

        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.