Good mornin’ sunshines!
I was coming down with a cold the past few days, but I’m feeling a lot better today–with the morning off, fig and walnut bars baking in the oven, and a trip to the gym after class, I think today should be a good day.
Here’s a recipe for a basic crockpot shredded pork–I toned down the flavor a bit so that it would be a versatile base for pretty much any meal. First we made tacos, the next day was quesadillas, then we added some BBQ sauce for pulled pork sandwiches. I ended up freezing half of it so that next week I can take a day off from cookin’, too.
I love when I get to do that.
Basic Shredded Pork
- 1 pork loin roast
- 1 T chili powder
- 1 T dried cilantro (use less if you have fresh!)
- sprinkle of Cajun seasoning (optional–I always like to add a little spice to my life)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- salt and pepper
- 1 C water
Season the roast with salt and pepper, than rub on the chili powder and dried cilantro, finishing with some hot spices (cayenne pepper, white pepper, etc.) if you want a kick to it. Turn your crock pot on low and spray with canola oil.
Lay down the garlic and onion on the bottom of the crock pot and place the roast on top. Pour the water over the top and cover.
When it’s cooked through, take two forks and pull apart the roast until it’s fully shredded. Depending on what you are using the pork for, you can add whatever flavors you want–but it will be tasty enough to stand on its own at this point!
We made tacos–with corn tortillas, plain greek yogurt in lieu of sour cream, a bit of cheddar cheese, lettuce, and some freshly made salsa.
They were good, but became even more delicious when we quickly fried up the tortillas in a bit of canola oil to make them into hard tacos. You can also bake the corn tortillas up as chips to make nachos or open-face hard tacos.
If you have waaay too much pork to imagine what to do with, stick some in a ziplock freezer bag and put it away for next week.
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a Henry update, don’t you?
I was watching Cold Mountain as I blogged this because Eber and Fritz were aghast that I hadn’t seen it yet. What a great cast! I’m not by any means a movie critic, but this was a fantastic movie–I laughed, I cried, I cried…again.
Fig and walnut bars will cheer me up!