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What would you do with 1 lb. of ground pork?

I have 1 lb. of ground pork I took out of the freezer for dinner and need some suggestions. I don't want to make spaghetti sauce so give me some ideas. I was thinking about deconstructed stuffed peppers but not so sure-so any suggestions welcome.

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  1. Funny you should ask. I have a pound of uncured homemade chorizo defrosting in the fridge. The chorizo will be used instead of ground beef to make Texas Hash. If you are not familiar with Texas Hash, it is a ground meat and rice dish prepared as a casserole.

    I've made this casserole several times, never using more than a pound of ground meat.

    Two recipes follow...

    Texas Hash
    1 to 1½ lb lean ground beef
    3 large onions, sliced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 green bell pepper, seeded, chopped
    1 can diced tomatoes with juice
    ½ cup uncooked long-grain rice
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1 to 2 tsp salt, or to taste
    ½ teaspoon pepper

    Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Brown the beef and onions in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

    When onions are translucent, add garlic and green pepper; cook until green pepper is softened.
    Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients.

    Transfer mixture to the casserole dish; cover with lid or foil and bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 15 minutes longer.

    Serves 4 to 6.


    Texas Hash Casserole

    1½ pounds hamburger
    1 large green pepper, chopped
    ½ cup rice, uncooked
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    1 large onion, chopped
    16 ounces can tomatoes
    2 teaspoons salt
    ½ teaspoon black pepper
    Brown hamburger, onion, and green pepper; drain. Mix in remaining ingredients. Pour into casserole dish. Cover and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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    1. re: ChiliDude

      Texas Hash is one of the ultimate comfort foods in our family. :) I can't wait until it cools down enough to use the oven again.....

      1. re: ChiliDude

        Hi, would you post your homemade chorizo recipe?


      2. Tacos??

        You could always make sausage patties out of it.

        I do like the stuffed peppers idea. I wouldn't deconstruct though.


        1. What about an Asian-inspired casserole? Shredded nappa cabbage, thinly-sliced onion, ginger garlic soy, browned ground meat, crumbled; sliced water chestnuts; baked with stock and stock thickened at the last w/ cornstarch - serve with rice. Mushrooms or bellpeppers or both, sliced, would work well with this. You could also make some really good sweet and sour meatballs with noodles, or Swedish meatballs with mashed and gravy. It would be totally fine as the meat for tacos, too. Or you could season it with sausage spices and have breakfast for dinner.

          1. Mix in some garlic, ginger, green onion, sesame oil, maybe some fish sauce and make some "Asian" burgers.

            1. http://mantestedrecipes.com/recipe/29...
              You'll need a few more ingredients, but I'd make these egg rolls!

              1. Dan Dan Noodles. Chinese Dumplings. Lionhead Meatballs. Sausage. And those are just the four things that popped into my head.

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                1. re: smtucker

                  Do you have a good recipe for Dan Dan noodles? They're one of my favourites but I've never found a recipe that was "right"

                  1. re: CanadaGirl

                    I use the one in Fushia Dunlop's "Land of Plenty" and it has always seemed right.

                2. Mabo tofu, over Jasmin rice. One of my favorite rainy day dish and really easy to prepare if you keep some silken tofu and basic Asian ingredients in your pantry.

                  1. I'd probably make fried rice with lots of chopped veggies. If the weather were cooler, meatloaf using pork and ground turkey.

                    If you feel like grilling, vietnamese-ish meatballs:


                    1. I once had an Asian-inspired pork meatloaf that was phenomenal. Or just a barbecue sauce pork meatloaf.

                      Little tiny meatballs. Chili. Turnovers.

                      1. Thai lettuce wraps with a sweet, sour, hot dipping sauce. Many easy recipes out there ..

                        1. these pork meatballs with anchovies, lemon , parmesan and thyme are very good. (Nigel Slater recipe)

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                            1. re: inaplasticcup

                              Laab/Larb was also my first thought for something tasty and different.

                              1. re: Bada Bing

                                i'm a larb fan, too! that or pork and shrimp shu mai.

                            2. While I seldom just buy ground pork without buying ground beef, I do use only pork or a combo of pork and ground shrimp when making Asian pot stickers.

                              Easy to make, and then I usually cook what I make and then freeze after cooking in portion sized bags.
                              Pull out , thaw quickly and microwave quickly . Dipping sides of sesame dumpling sauce and Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce and done.

                              If splitting ground pork up, I split in half to make meatballs with half and then a small meatloaf for two (or for one with leftovers) using a 50/50 mix for each.

                              I also like doing Lion's Head meatballs with either baby bok choy or fresh spinach.

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                                  1. I would stash it in the freezer until it gets cold and then make a tortiere. It's a French Canadian meat pie flavored with fennel, boiled potatoes and spinach and encased in a rich pastry. It's heavy -- so you don't want it this time of year -- but it's bliss just bursting with flavor!

                                    Serving Size: 10

                                    This savory meat pie made of pork is a traditional French Canadian (Quebecois) Christmas dish. It's hardy and full of flavor

                                    PASTRY DOUGH
                                    • 2 1/2 cups flour
                                    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
                                    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
                                    • 3/4 cups cold lard, really adds to the flavor and authenticity of this specialty
                                    • 1/2 cup cold butter
                                    • 5 tablespoons ice water

                                    • 2 lb. ground pork, or 1 pound each of ground pork and beef
                                    • 1 large onion€” , diced
                                    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
                                    • 2 tablespoons bacon grease or vegetable oil
                                    • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
                                    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
                                    • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
                                    • 1 cup chicken stock
                                    • 3 medium potatoes, peeled cut in large dice
                                    • 1 box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
                                    • salt and pepper
                                    • 1 large egg
                                    • 1 teaspoon milk

                                    1. TO PREPARE PASTRY:

                                    2. Thoroughly mix flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

                                    3. Add the lard and break up with your fingers until the mixture is the consistency of a coarse corn meal.

                                    4. Add water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture clumps together. Use your hands to mix in the water.

                                    5. Form two balls from the dough, one a bit larger than the other. Press the larger ball flat on a floured work surface and roll it out to form a circle. Line the inside of a 9" springform pan. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate.

                                    6. Roll out second ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate.

                                    7. TO PREPARE FILLING:

                                    8. Heat oven to 400F.

                                    9. Heat bacon grease or oil over medium high heat. Add pork, onion, garlic and spices. Season to taste with salt, pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring to cook evenly. Add broth, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Cool. Drain liquid and reserve.

                                    10. Boil potatoes in reserved stock until fork tender. Drain and cool. Once again, reserve the broth.

                                    11. In a bowl, coarsely crumble potatoes with a fork. Add meat mixture and spinach. Stir in enough of the reserved broth to thoroughly moisten mixture but no more.

                                    12. Remove pastry from refrigerator and allow to warm up until top edges are pliable -- about 10 minutes. Fill pastry shell to within 1/2" of top. Moisten edges and lay on top crust and press to seal. Beat together egg and milk and brush pastry. Cut several slits in top and bake in middle of oven for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.

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                                    1. re: rainey

                                      I have never seen it with spinach! Good idea....

                                    2. I would halve it, and use the first half mixed with an equal amount of ground beef for a juicey meatloaf. The second half I'd brown with some shredded cabbage, chopped onion and diced garlic, some soy sauce, ginger salt and pepper and make egg rolls and freeze them.

                                      1. As previously referred to, make your own homemade Mexican style chorizo then go crazy :-).
                                        Here's my recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/11809-mex...
                                        MUCH better than the greasy commercial stuff made with nodes and glands.
                                        It will be better after 'resting' for a day in the fridge.

                                        1. Dan dan noodles are my go - to for a pound of pork.

                                          1 pound ground pork
                                          3 tablespoons rice vinegar
                                          3 tablespoons soy sauce
                                          1 tablespoon sriracha
                                          1 cup nlow-sodium chicken broth
                                          1/2 cup peanut butter
                                          2 tablespoons oyster sauce
                                          1 tablespoon vegetable oil
                                          2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
                                          1 pound linguine
                                          2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
                                          1. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Meanwhile, combine pork, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and chili-garlic sauce in bowl. In another bowl, whisk broth, peanut butter, oyster sauce, remaining vinegar, and remaining soy sauce.

                                          2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add pork mixture and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth mixture and simmer until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.

                                          3. Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon salt and noodles to boiling water and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, drain noodles, and return to pot. Add sauce and toss to combine, adding reserved pasta water as needed and serve.

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                                          1. re: jeanmarieok

                                            jeanmarieok , since I keep everything you list in my pantry or fridge, this will likely be the Sunday night " I;m chowhound recipe guinea pig " dinner.

                                            Is the linguine correct, as I keep thin rice noodles, pad thai flat noodles, angle hair , vermecilli and linguine on hand? Is there a more common noddle used for Dan Dan dishes?


                                            1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                              I believe fresh chinese egg noodles are the traditional noodle. You want something kind of sturdy, for the sauce to stick. Pad Thai noodles would probably work, too. Linguine is just my always in my pantry, so I go with it here.

                                            2. re: jeanmarieok

                                              I'm super allergic to peanut butter, so what could I use to thicken the sauce? Thanks

                                              1. re: daviedog

                                                Sesame paste / tahini should work.

                                                1. re: daviedog

                                                  Not tahini, the sesame seeds aren't toasted. A Chinese toasted sesame paste would be better.

                                              2. I just had this happen last week, and while searching for an answer found these interesting little recipes. Usually I make Asian, shu mai, or Thai lettuce wraps, but this looked very appealing to me!

                                                and the favorite
                                                I know it calls for pork butt, I was going for ground pork anyway.

                                                1. homemade sausage or add it to meatloaf

                                                  1. Grilled pork sliders with a mustardy relish.

                                                      1. re: MrsCheese

                                                        A variation on your theme. These are really really good


                                                        I find poaching any type of meatball in the sauce is the best way to complete the cooking.

                                                      2. Dumplings or pork boas.

                                                        1. Make meatballs with parmesan, fresh bread crumbs, egg, minced garlic, parsley.. brown in olive oil. Add to good chicken stock, simmer 10 min. Add a couple handfuls of young kale. Delicious soup.

                                                          1. The only thing I ever grind pork for is potstickers, but they can be a lot of work, so sometimes I just mix up the ingredients and cook as patties (falafel size) to serve with rice or noodles. I mix in egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh ginger and garlic, napa cabbage, green onions, and mushrooms. Sometimes I add bread crumbs to the patties (not the dumplings) if the veg is really juicy.

                                                            1. You've probably figured something out already, but I have to put in a good word for one of my favorite Thai street food dishes: Pad Gaprao Muu Saab, or holy basil ground pork.
                                                              http://www.realthairecipes.com/recipe... - great starter recipe. I add onions and long beans (or green beans are just fine too) near the end and get them just barely crisp-tender. Black soy sauce is thick and sweet and has sort of a molassas-y flavor... I've run out and subbed oyster sauce, or regular soy sauce and more sugar.

                                                              Also - it's good with sweet basil or Thai basil instead of holy basil...the flavor's a little different of course, but it's still delicious. We eat this all the time with jasmine rice and a thai-style fried egg on top.

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                                                                1. If you want to try something totally new - wontons/wonton soup is the way to go. The filling is traditionally made using ground pork; although, I more often use ground turkey to make it a bit healthier.


                                                                  - For the Dough -

                                                                  2 cups all-purpose flour

                                                                  5 tablespoons water

                                                                  - For the Filling -

                                                                  1 pound ground turkey or pork

                                                                  3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

                                                                  2 teaspoons soy sauce

                                                                  1 teaspoon cooking wine

                                                                  1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil

                                                                  cracked black pepper

                                                                  - For the Soup -

                                                                  4 cups chicken broth


                                                                  bean sprouts

                                                                  Bring a pot of water to boil.

                                                                  Cook the wontons in batches so the pot is not overcrowded. After the wontons are dropped into the boiling water, bring the water back up to a boil.

                                                                  After the wontons rise to the surface, add a couple of minutes and they will be cooked.

                                                                  Remove cooked wontons from the pot and start serving them into individual bowls.

                                                                  Repeat so that all the wontons get cooked.

                                                                  In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.

                                                                  Add in your desired amount of bean sprouts and watercress. Cook until watercress turns bright green and tender.

                                                                  Pour the broth and vegetables over the served wontons.

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                                                                  1. re: limonay

                                                                    limonay, those are things of beauty!

                                                                  2. Depending on the weather, I'd eather make Sloppy Joes or taco filling. If it's cold where you are, a casserole of shredded cabbage, noodles, and seasoned browned pork with a cheese sauce is delicious. If you don't care for noodles you could use thinly-sliced potatoes instead. And, not a family meal but delicious when you have some time is won tons, with purchased wrappers, pork mixed with roughly ground shrimp,chopped water chestnuts salt and pepper, minced ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. Lemongrass and minced cilantro are nice additions to this filling.

                                                                    1. Add whatever ingredients are needed to make breakfast sausage patties. Then a nice omelet to go with it. OJ and coffee and the Sunday NYT...leave me alone!

                                                                      1. I vote for the homemade sausage; or add to 1 lb ground beef and make meatloaf.

                                                                        1. I just took out a pack of 1.15 ground pork & thinking maybe a stir fry dish or adding red pepper flake & fennel seeds crushed w/onions & garlic & using it instead of Italian sweet sausage in baked stuffed shell recipe. Easy quick idea is just using it instead of ground beef in a Manwich sandwich is another option as well. Even thinking of experimenting with jalopeno or serrano peppers & canned pineapple to create sliders. Or even frying it w/red & green peppers & scooping out some 1 pound idahos for stuffed baked potatoes (with cheese on top more than likely) - LOL.

                                                                          1. Pork makes the very best:
                                                                            meat sauce for pasta (Italian _or_ Chinese style)
                                                                            siu mai dumplings
                                                                            breakfast sausage patties or links

                                                                            ...and it makes a KNOCKOUT chili!

                                                                            1. I'd add 2 lbs. ground beef (not lean beef) and 1lbs. ground veal, seasonings, butter milk, Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic and eggs to make the "BEST" meatballs.

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                                                                              1. re: chefirish

                                                                                I'd leave out the ground beef and veal...just use the pork and make even better meatballs. :-)

                                                                                  1. Use it, with other ground meats, to make a very rich and tasty meatloaf. Or make ma bo doufu (ma po tofu, if you like it spelled that way). If the latter, use soft tofu, and only add the tofu late in the game so it doesn't get all broken up.

                                                                                    1. A fast and favorite weeknight meal at our house is stir fry some carrots and onion then add the pork. Next add some Kikkoman Teriyaki Garlic and Green Onion Sauce (she says while ducking - I did say this was a FAST weeknight meal). Wrap all up in lettuce or cabbage leaves.

                                                                                        1. chinese style minced beef stir fry with carrots, peas and lots of garlic and ginger on top of rice.....with an over easy egg.