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Ground Pork - what to do?

pâté chinois Aug 11, 2008 01:14 PM

Using up my freezer's contents as we're moving soon...

I have about 1-1.5 lbs of ground pork and I don't know what to make with it for dinner tonight.

We're not really fans of meatloaf, so turning that meat into meatloaf is not an option.

I thought about making grilled vietnamese pork balls, but can't find a recipe that looks great (hence my request here).

We also have tons of applesauce, so I would consider going away from the vietnamese balls if that helps.

Thanks a lot in advance!


  1. rcallner Jan 30, 2014 04:17 PM

    Next time you find yourself in this situation make ma po tofu - it's wonderful with ground pork.

    1. h
      hongrey Jan 28, 2014 05:22 PM

      don't laugh, some of us are hella poor and ground pork often being cheaper than other ground flesh lends itself well to the rejected hamburger helpers at the rejected grocery store

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        Querencia Sep 10, 2008 06:36 AM

        1) The pork pie suggestion sound like the French-Canadian "tourtiere"---qv for seasoning ideas. 2) I would also think of pot-stickers. My recipe uses either ground pork or ground shrimp.

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          pâté chinois Aug 12, 2008 02:15 PM

          Thanks to all of you for your yummy suggestions! :-)
          I ended up making "flat rectangular sausages" with sage and garlic. I broiled them and they were yummy!
          I served them with onions braised in a tomato/honey/butter sauce and blanched haricots verts. Very good indeed!
          I very rarely have ground pork at home, so I was at a loss as to what to make with it. Your ideas made my creative juices flow!

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          1. re: pâté chinois
            MsDiPesto Aug 12, 2008 02:30 PM

            Next time you might try a szechuan ground pork and noodles recipe, it's easy and very tasty!

            1. re: MsDiPesto
              JungMann Aug 13, 2008 05:35 AM

              How do you make yours? I've been meaning to try to get off the Lee Kum Kee ma po sauce which tastes like pure salt to me.

          2. chefschickie Aug 11, 2008 08:45 PM

            Probably too late for dinner but how about Nam Sod Moo?
            Very tasty!! Google for recipes...

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              chef chicklet Aug 12, 2008 01:48 AM

              What is Nam Sod Moo?

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                chefschickie Aug 13, 2008 06:47 PM

                It's a Thai kind of Salad. I think the ground pork is boiled (but you could also sautee it), then tossed with Lime Juice, Fish Sauce, Slivered Red Onions, lots of Ginger, Chillies and Peanuts and serve it over a bed of Iceberg Lettuce.
                It's very nie, light and refreshing! Great for a Hot day!!

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                  chef chicklet Sep 9, 2008 07:55 PM

                  ok, this sounds like what I call Thai lettuce wraps. Actually copied a Thai restaurant that makes them here in my town, that we always order. I like to use ground turkey, there is so much flavor, with ginger, garlic, serrano chili, scallions, lime juice, mint, and cilantro,fithen fish sauce, soy sauce... they are just the bomb! And you are correct with being perfect summer days.
                  CC,Sorry missed your post and just saw it.

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                    chefschickie Sep 10, 2008 06:16 PM

                    never thought of eating them as wraps! haha, I always just cut it up, haha! will try it as a wrap next time!

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                cimui Aug 12, 2008 09:05 AM

                Mmmm, great suggestion. I was thinking along similar lines: Thai lettuce wraps.

              3. chef chicklet Aug 11, 2008 08:33 PM

                I make sort of cheaters version of pork buns, instead of pork char siu, I use ground pork. Make it the same way I would use the char sui, only make mini version pork buns. These make a great meal with lettuce wraps or egg rolls and yes they can be frozen. Here they are, try not to laugh at my dental impressions!!


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                  smtucker Aug 11, 2008 08:14 PM

                  I have been making wontons. Some get served in soup, some are eaten after a quick sautee. Best use of my CSA ground pork I have found. If you want ingredient lists, let me know.

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                    wellfedred Aug 11, 2008 07:08 PM

                    I am away from home & do not have my recipe with me for Vietnames pork meatballs. It was cooking light recipe a few years back. What I remember is maybe 2/3 or 3/4 ground pork to 1/3 or 3/4 ground sirloin (don't remember exact). 1 piece of bacon & chopped shallots in the food processor....cannot remember if anything else is in the patty mix...then saute or grill and put over rice or rice noodles with a little fish sauce concoction...

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                      harryharry Aug 11, 2008 05:29 PM


                      Very good recipe - also try the same recipe as meatballs topped w/ the sauce and wrapped w/ bibb lettuce leaves

                      1. Sarah Aug 11, 2008 04:27 PM

                        Lettuce wraps? Won't use up any of the apple sauce and/or all the pork at one sitting tho.

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                        1. re: Sarah
                          DiveFan Aug 11, 2008 11:55 PM

                          Pork and apples are good together, but combining ground pork and applesauce is flabbering my gaster.
                          Applesauce is good for cooking rotkohl in, but that requires a red cabbage.
                          Leftover red cabbage is easy to use up in curtido (Salvadoran cole slaw) which is also good on hot dogs/sausages and keeps very well.
                          Talk about a vicious cycle :-).

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                            porker Aug 12, 2008 06:29 AM

                            "Flabber my Gaster"

                            Gotta use that one! :/)

                        2. DiveFan Aug 11, 2008 04:21 PM

                          Try my Mexican style chorizo recipe http://www.chow.com/recipes/11809
                          cook a few potatoes and stuff a few tortillas!

                          Search for simple larb/laap recipes. Basically meat, shallots, toasted/ground rice, mint, cilantro, lime juice, fish sauce, wrapped in a lettuce leaf. Very refreshing!

                          1. withalonge Aug 11, 2008 02:15 PM

                            I second the dumpliing idea... or ma po tofu... or stir fry pork w/ green beans.... or turn it in to breakfast sausage...


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                            1. re: withalonge
                              bubbles4me Aug 11, 2008 02:35 PM

                              We make pork pies with ground pork, (sometimes un-cased sausage) they are so tasty!
                              One box hot roll mix, (prepared as directed on box and cut in two pieces)
                              Ground pork or sausage
                              Grated Parm...good amount
                              Lots of black pepper.

                              Roll dough into a rectangle, about 13 inches
                              Sprinkle with ground pork
                              Cover with grated cheese
                              Sprinkle with black pepper
                              Roll into log, bruch with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake in 375 degree oven for aprox 40 minutes.
                              Slice and serve...really good in the morning too, with a cup of coffee...yum

                              1. re: bubbles4me
                                withalonge Aug 11, 2008 08:37 PM

                                what is hot roll mix? is it like a parkerhouse roll?

                                sounds yummy... guess you could tart this up with any kind of add ons... onions, diff cheeses, etc.?

                                1. re: withalonge
                                  bubbles4me Aug 11, 2008 10:37 PM

                                  It is a Pillsbury product....we have played with it before but I gotta tell ya, the classic is best.

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                                    withalonge Aug 13, 2008 11:05 AM

                                    ah, should have googled it


                                    I assume it is kind of a add eggs/oil/butter... etc. kind of a thing? do they sell it next to the other baking mixes, I assume? will have to try it. I'll definitely have to try it the classic way first.. they mess with it.

                                    1. re: withalonge
                                      bubbles4me Sep 10, 2008 06:44 AM

                                      You know, that mix can be hard to find ouside of the holiday season...not impossible but hard. It is sold with the other baking mixes but in a pinch frozen dough can work too. We nade them Sunday for a football party....gone in less than 30 minutes, (there were 6 people...two pies gone in 30 minutes).

                                2. re: bubbles4me
                                  JungMann Aug 12, 2008 07:49 AM

                                  Your pork pie sounds great, but I prefer the more traditional route with a savory, sage-pork filling, buttery pie crust and a velvety pork jelly to finish the whole thing off.

                              2. vvvindaloo Aug 11, 2008 02:12 PM

                                how about pork pot stickers, chinese-style? you'll need to either make dough for doughy dumplings, or get your hands on some wonton wrappers for lighter ones.
                                plus, thinly sliced green onion, chopped chinese cabbage optional, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, minced garlic and ginger, minced shrimp optional, white pepper optional (black pepper turns out ok, even though its completely different), finely chopped cilantro optional, soy sauce and oyster sauce. you can thicken with cornstarch if desired.
                                a simple but tasty dipping sauce:
                                soy and oyster sauce, blended with garlic and ginger, chili paste, simple syrup or sugar, and chinese black vinegar (i've substituted rice wine vinegar, and it wasn't bad).

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                                  vvvindaloo Aug 11, 2008 02:27 PM

                                  or use it in a lasagne filing.

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                                    Firegoat Sep 10, 2008 06:41 AM

                                    Definitely, ground pork or sausage always joins beef in my lasagna

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                                      coll Jan 29, 2014 05:49 AM

                                      Ground pork, alone or with other meat, for my (Italian) meatballs.

                                  2. re: vvvindaloo
                                    Westy Jan 30, 2014 06:42 AM

                                    Completely agree. Great idea. I was going to say the same. Ming Tsai hasa wonderful recipe out on foodtv.com

                                  3. porker Aug 11, 2008 01:51 PM

                                    Apple sauce with a ground pork dish...hmmmm.
                                    Apple sauce aside, I'm thinking Italian sausage - you can season with salt/pepper/fennel/cayenne, mix well. You can form into patties and grill, you can form into meat balls (or cylindrical 'sausages') and cook in tomato sauce, or bake as an italian meatloaf (OK, you're not a fan, but its more of an italian thing rather than meatloaf...).
                                    I also like to make chinese 'lobster sauce' - fry up with garlic/chinese dry black beans/oyster sauce. Add broth (or water), bring to boil, thicken with a starch slurry and stir in a few scrambled eggs. Good with shrimp.
                                    You could make a 'meat pie' - simmer meat in water, add cubed potatoes, simmer longer to break down potatoes, add S&P, fill pie crust add top crust and bake until crust is cooked.
                                    You could make a stuffed cabbage (I made this a few weks ago, nice). Season meat as desired (Italian above comes to mind), blanch cabbage leaves. Place cheese cloth on work surface, lay cabbage leaf, add some meat mixture, layer another leaf, repeat. Pull up corners of cheese clothand twist, turning the cabbage/meat layers into a ball. Simmer in a tomato sauce of your choice. Slice like cake.
                                    Or stuffed peppers,
                                    Or a pork pate chinois!

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                                      Val Aug 11, 2008 01:51 PM

                                      PC, how about a chili verde? This is a good one from epi, we've had it twice...tho' if it's 100 degrees where you are, you may not like this option...I also have seen pork pie recipes out there that are usually served with applesauce...do you have any pie dough on hand or in the freezer?


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                                        pâté chinois Aug 11, 2008 01:58 PM

                                        This looks good, Val! (today is actually a little cool) What could I replace hominy with?

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                                          Val Aug 11, 2008 03:59 PM

                                          White corn...or yellow corn, I believe, make passable subs for hominy.

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