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Apr 4, 2009 04:09 AM

What to do with ground pork?

I was so excited that the American Commissary had ground pork that I bought 3 pounds of it (Muslim country, pork is not easy to find) then I brought it home and realized that I don't really know what to do with it? Any ideas?

I have limited ingredients available, so think simple, but yummy.



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  1. If you have a freezer available, make sausages and extend the bounty.

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      Chinese Lions head soup, takes advantage of a lot of pork, the meatballs can be larger than usuall. It's a braised pork meatball and cabbage dish.

      You could make Lumpia or Egg rolls, and save half for something else.
      Or make sweet and sour meat balls. Ground pork, jis ust about the best thing there is.

    2. I haven't tried them, but people who have rave about the Grilled Pork Burgers from "Sunday Suppers at Lucques." You might have to substitute for, or just leave out, some of the ingredients such as chorizo. But I'll bet they'd still be good.

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      1. re: JoanN

        Yes - they are fantastic. Someone else also made them into meat balls.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Old thread, but I finally made these burgers last night. Absolutely delicious and well worth my effort. I think next time I will also make the romanesco and aioli to complete them.

          On a related note, I have to say how much I enjoy reading the old COTM threads. Even when I get into a book two years late, I still enjoy going back to see what recipes other people have really enjoyed!

      2. If you have garlic, ginger and a cooking oil like peanut or olive you could do a simple stir fry with assorted sliced vegetables, plus a few chiles and some of the minced pork. Fry in stages then add some soy sauce and rice vinegar at the end and some kind of thickener to make whatever sauce in the pan less soupy. You can substitute and play around with different spices. Serve over rice.

        Some other things that come to mind are meat loaf, tomato and meat sauce for macaroni, cabbage rolls, burritos, chili

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        1. re: Gio

          yeah, I was thinking a Thai-ish stir fry with basil over rice or rice noodle. (add the basil at the very last moment if you can get it,

        2. Tex-Mex dishes, like burritos, that are commonly made with ground beef are even better with pork.

          You can also make pot stickers (gyoza) with it or a variety of Asian pork recipes.

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          1. re: Orchid64

            Oh, yeah! Potstickers! And those could be frozen as well, to satisfy pork cravings for some weeks beyond purchase.

          2. Can you get any stuffable vegetables? Cabbage? Peppers? Squash?
            Soften chopped onion if you can get it. Add the meat and cook it, season with what have you. Stuff the vegetable and bake.