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Pork Loin leftovers - what to do?

Henhawk Sep 27, 2010 09:40 AM

Hi all,

I made a pork loin, roasted with a fennel seed/thyme crust. it's good, but I have a lot left over and aside from sandwiches (which are good), I'm not sure what to do with it...any ideas?

Thanks all!

  1. c
    cgarner Sep 27, 2010 09:44 AM

    I like to make fried rice from leftover pork... I get creative with the flavors too. Who says Fried Rice has to have Asian flavors? Dice it up, dice up some standard veggies like carrots and onions, but then quarter some brussel sprouts too... add crispy bacon and then toss in some cooked rice and a little beef or chicken stock... stir in some fresh thyme and serve

    1. k
      katecm Sep 27, 2010 09:57 AM

      I know you said no sandwiches, but what is better than roasted loin sliced super-thinly and reheated in a spicy broth full of crushed red pepper, oregano and garlic, then heaped on a bun with equally spicy broccolini?

      1. DoobieWah Sep 27, 2010 10:02 AM


        Finely dice, (say quarter inch) and pan fry with onions and peppers. Fold into a soft corn or flour tortilla with a little shredded cheese, (Monterrey Jack, Asadero, Colby, etc.) and maybe a shmear of refried beans and/or avocado.

        (Damn! That sounds good!)

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        1. re: DoobieWah
          cgarner Sep 27, 2010 10:07 AM

          @DoobieWah...mmmm tacos!

        2. f
          fourunder Sep 27, 2010 10:26 AM

          Quesadillas would be the easy choice for me....but a poor man's version Vitello Tonnato would be a great choice to impress. Slice the meat thin and fan out around a platter or serving plate. Place the tuna aioli in the center and garnish with capers and olives (optional)

          1. p
            preppie foodie Sep 27, 2010 10:47 AM

            How about dicing some of it and putting in a hearty salad? Can use mixed greens, maybe with some thinly sliced raw fennel, goats cheese, a little beets, toasted nuts or some sort, maybe some roasted sweet potato?

            1. BeefeaterRocks Sep 27, 2010 02:16 PM

              Did you save the drippings for gravy? Hot pork sandwiches are very good.

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              1. re: BeefeaterRocks
                fourunder Sep 27, 2010 02:33 PM

                Hot Pork Sandwiches are excellent.....two of my favorites:

                The Cubano
                Hero with Top Butt or Fresh Ham and Broccoli Rabe

              2. j
                just_M Sep 27, 2010 05:13 PM

                The pork loin sounds delicious. My first thought was a stroganoff. I usually do something along the lines of this recipe http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... I don't care for dill so I usually swap it for thyme. I also like to add garlic and a shot or two of Worcestershire, and I of course swap the other ingredients for ones I have on hand (marsala wine is good). It always turn out great. When I use leftover meat I chop it first and let it get some of the chill off while I prepare the sauce then toss it in at the last moment to just heat through. Garlic mashed potatoes or polenta would be nice alternative starches.

                On second thought; after being inspired by cgarner and katecm, I'm thinking stir-fry. How about the broccolini that katecm describes but thicken the sauce, maybe throw in halved grape tomatoes at the end w/ the sliced meat, and serve w/starch of choice. Or a stir-fry of fennel and radicchio, maybe w/something sweet like carrot and/or a spicy-sweet sauce w/red pepper flakes and orange juice. maybe served over pan-fried noodles.

                Possibly a stew w/cannellini or other white bean, zucchini, onion and/or other veg, like a white chile would be really good also.

                So many possibilities... I'd love to hear what you end up doing w/all that delicious pork!

                1. alkapal Sep 27, 2010 08:09 PM

                  white bean and pork chili! cumin. jalapeños. chicken broth. cubed pork loin. canellini beans. tomatillos? top with cilantro.

                  here's some further info: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,172,1...

                  and doggone it, ya gotta make at least one cuban sandwich!

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