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Repurposing peppery, sweet pork chops

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This weekend I made slow cooker pepper pork chops following this recipe from Alton Brown: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

They came out great! But we're a bit tired of eating pork with mashed potatoes, so I'm trying to think of a way to repurpose the remaining meat. It's essentially shredded pork at this point, with plenty of the cooking liquid and onion and apple mixture left. It's got a nice peppery taste but is not overpowered by the pepper; it's also sort of sweet from the apples. I also have a small amount of gravy that I made with drippings and a roux (unfortunately, the fiance didn't care for the gravy because it concentrated the sweetness of the cooking liquid; I could take it or leave it).

So, what would you do with it?

In case this sparks inspiration, some other ingredients that I'm looking to use up in the next few days: sweet corn on the cob, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, cooked brown rice, heavy cream and 2% milk.

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  1. Would it work for a tamale pie of sorts? You could add in the corn, green pepper and cherry tomatoes and top with a corn meal crust and bake.

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    1. Tacos!! You can use the corn, tomatoes, peppers and rice! I would blacken the kernels if possible, halve the tomatoes and use uncooked, sautee the peppers (with onion if you have it) and maybe use some black beans. Pickled red onions would be great, as would feta or some kind of strong, crumbly cheese. Since strawberries and peaches are so fabulous right now, I would add vanilla and sugar to the heavy cream, and make a whipped cream to serve with fruit for dessert! No help on the milk though. Maybe buy some Capt Crunch with Crunchberries and have it with milk for breakfast? :)

      1. You can make it into a batch of chili, with or without beans, include the peppers and tomatoes, and serve over the rice. Make some cornbread or corn pudding to have on the side.

        I wonder if rice pudding can be made with brown rice? That would take care of the milk...

        1. Hawaiian style fried rice

          1. Thanks all! Ended up making a tamale pie with a pork, corn and green pepper filling. Most of the remaining milk went into the cornmeal crust. Tasty. I'm thinking some sort of stir fry tomorrow with the remaining peppers on top of the rice.

            Scrutefarms, I've been trying so hard to think of savory applications that whipping the cream hadn't even occurred to me! I've got some lovely peaches right now, too. Love the username, btw.

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            1. re: hotpie0523

              oops, i replied before i saw you had found a great solution already. sounds great.

              1. re: hotpie0523

                Stir fry was my thought too. For the last bit, I'd stir fry the green pepper and maybe some halved cherry tomatoes along with the remaining pork (rinsed of the sweet stuff). Fresh garlic at the end and sauce of your choice (chili black bean is my go-to).

              2. combine the pork with your chopped green peppers to make chili -- add more heat with cayenne. chile de arbol, whatever you like, plus cumin.... we use beans in our chili most of the time, but make it both ways.

                i'd also consider draining the pork and using it to fill tacos or burritos

                as for the liquid, make soup! add some acid element (vinegar? white wine? lemon or lime juice?), canned tomatoes, diced carrots and celery...when cooked through till veggies to your liking, add the brown rice.