Monday, 25 March 2013

Leftover Roast Pork

Dad cooked yet another cracking pork roast last night.  The crackling was sublime; light, airy and melt in the mouth.  We reassured each other that the fat had rendered out of the crackling...and now coated the roast potatoes.  So we countered this with another glass of red wine.  Now what to do with the leftovers.

1.  Cold Meat - Dad also cooked a fabulous Potato Dauphinoise on Friday. I had to stop him taking what was left of it to work this morning to have for his lunch.  I have my eye on it to have with cold pork tomorrow night.

2. Pork Stir Fry - Stir fry some onion, garlic, ginger with some or all of the following - broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli, chard, pak choi, spring greens, cabbage, bell peppers, carrots.  As soon as the vegetables start to soften, add the pork and reheat.  When hot, turn off the heat and add 1-2 tbsp oyster sauce and a splash of water to loosen.  If you want a stir fry with more sauce, at the end of the cooking time add the oyster sauce, 1/4 a mug of shaoxing wine, sherry, or white wine plus 1/4 mug water.  If you don't have any alcohol to add, just use 1/2 mug water and bring to the boil.  Add soy sauce, sesame oil, and chilli flakes to taste.

3. Hungarian Pork Goulash - Cook the sauce for this dish on the hob.  Add the cooked roast pork at the end.  Simmer for 30 minutes and serve with mash, baked potato, rice, pasta...

4. Thai Sweet & Sour Pork - An easy ketchup based sweet & sour sauce from Thailand, a feature of which is quite a lot of sugar!  Stir fry any bottom of the fridge veggies including cucumber, pineapple chunks, leftover pork and pour over sauce.  Add chilli flakes if liked.

5. Thai Red or Green Curry -With Thai curry pastes so readily available, Thai curry is a quick dinner option, particularly with leftovers.

7.  Chilli con Pork - Chilli con carne in South West USA is often made with pork, so an ideal home for leftover pork.  Just add the cooked pork after all the other ingredients and simmer for 1/2-1 hour to build up flavour.

6. Pork Noodle or Rice Soup - A little bit of meat can go a long way in a soup, boosted by a few Asian flavours.

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