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What can I do with 1/2 inch cubed pork shoulder?

I bought about 2 pounds of pork shoulder from Whole Foods and asked for it trimmed. When I got home I discovered that in addition to being trimmed it was also cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Any suggestions for easy recipes? Does not have to be a main course. Needs to be easy. We love spicy foods.
Is there a pork and beans type dish?
Thank you in advance.

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  1. Sure, you could do that but the pork will cook down much quicker since its chopped so small.

    I might cook then with some onions, garlic, paprika just until browned and use it in a taco stuffing. then you can reduce the meat juices left in the pan and make a sauce. Or you could make a hash with potatoes, mix it into some rice w/ same sauce, use it to stuff roasted bell peppers, mac and cheese (with pork), so many options!

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    1. re: cryssy

      Yum! Great suggestions! Thank you! I'm a beginner cook :).

    2. Roll pork cubes in cumin. Sauté to brown. Add salsa of choice. Add apricot or peach preserves. Serve wirh rice.

      1. Posole! Brown those cubes, then simmer for a couple of hours with some onion, garlic and chicken stock. For heat, throw in a bunch of Hatch green chiles.

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        1. re: TheKitchenBitch

          Plus hominy, of course. (Right? Have you seen a posole without hominy?)

          1. re: caganer

            I recently tried something like this and thought the hominy made it too starchy. It tasted much better the second day. Spiced it up with pobolano peppers from the garden. We don't like things too spicy.

        2. I just saw this recipe the other day, it calls for finely chopped pork:


          A pork ragu, or some pork fried rice would also be good.

          1. I would rub them with a vindaloo spice mix, let sit for a day, then make pork vindaloo. In fact, bought some sliced pork shoulder that I will be doing this prep to this week.

            Another favorite here would be to coat with Mexican spices, then cook with some orange juice and white vinegar and serve as al pastor tacos.

            1. the kids and hubby and I ate at Guelaguetza Restaurant
              on Olympic yesterday. what I ordered could have been made with what you have but the pork was in (obviously) larger chunks that I was served. could have had same flavor but much smaller bites.
              fried pork with black beans avocado salad rice and mole for dipping. soooo good.

              1. If you want a pork & beans type dish, do a riff on a cassoulet. Essentially you brown the seasoned meat and add to a casserole dish with white or other beans (either soaked dried or rinsed canned) You can do it with several meats or just the pork. Here's a good recipe from Saveur that can be used as a guide: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

                1. Filipino/Hawaiian-Style Pork Adobo


                  2 lbs pork butt, or shoulder cubed
                  2 tbsp garlic, minced or crushed
                  5 pieces dried bay leaves
                  1/2 tsp dried oregano
                  1/3 c apple cider vinegar
                  1 cup soy sauce
                  1 tbsp whole pepper corn
                  1 lg. can pineapple chunks in juice
                  salt to taste

                  Add all ingredients in a heavy pot. Bring to boil then adjust heat to simmer. Cook for 45 mins to 1 hr until pork is tender. Increase heat to reduce remaining liquid to a syrupy consistency. Serve with steamed jasmine rice, and simply steamed vegetables.

                  1. If you do any deep-frying at home, you can make your own sweet & sour pork.

                    I was also thinking of making a taco-filling dish out of this. Since you like spicy foods, I imagine you may already have some ideas or recipes to transform pork into an easy, spicy filling suitable for (soft or hard) tacos. Or even burritos.

                    1. If there is enough fat in the meat, you could try Diane Kennedy's carnitas. Basically: into a shallow pan, cover with orange juice. Bring to boil, then simmer until pan is nearly dry.

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                        1. re: chileheadmike

                          Agree. They'vve saved you a lot of work for this dish

                        2. I think it would work well with Mark Bittman's Crispy Chickpeas with Ground Meat recipe. It only uses a small amount though. http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/8024/c...

                          1. You could throw it into your slow cooker, add 1 cup of canned black beans, an onion, a cup of your favorite spicy salsa, two tablespoons cilantro, teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of salt (or more), 3 tablespoons olive oil, and a cup of water...cover, cook on high for 6 hours. Would be great served with brown rice and sour cream! Good luck!

                            1. This shredded pork in ancho-orange sauce is delicious and easy to make! http://bestrecipepins.com/shredded-po...