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Balsamic Brown Sugar & Rosemary Pork Chops

I recently found a recipe for Balsamic Brown Sugar & Rosemary Pork Chops on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. The recipe was incredibly easy, and the pork chops had a nice flavor, due to it’s completely “simple to prepare” marinade.Balsamic Brown Sugar & Rosemary Pork Chops / The Grateful Girl Cooks!I think you will love this easy pork chop recipe… all cooked in one pan on the stove top!  Meat is marinated, then cooked until done. BOOM. That’s it! Super simple, and we loved it.  Here’s how to make this dish.

The marinade is very simple to prepare, and includes balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, fresh rosemary leaves, garlic, salt and pepper. (Simple enough, right?) You mix the marinade ingredients together in a freezer bag or covered container. Drop the pork chops into the container, then pour the marinade over it. Seal the bag and marinate the chops for at least an hour in the refrigerator (I made mine up in the morning, and let the chops swim in the marinade all day).

Ingredients for marinade plus fresh rosemary sprig

Marinade for pork chops in small metal bowl

Marinade being poured into plastic bag over pork

When ready to cook the pork chops, heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet or a non-stick skillet on medium-high. When skillet and oil are very hot, add the pork chops, then pour the remaining marinade over the chops in skillet.  Cook pork chops on both sides, occasionally spooning the sauce over the top of the chops.

Cook until sauce has slightly thickened, darkened, and caramelized on the pork chops. Cooking time will vary slightly due to different thicknesses of pork chops (these were about an inch thick). I cooked mine for about 4-5 minutes per side (until they reached the current recommended internal temperature of 145 degrees).

Four boneless pork chops cooking in a black cast iron skillet

I let them sit in the skillet for a couple minutes once done, then transferred them to plates. I spooned a little bit of the thickened sauce over the tops of the pork chops, and served them with a baked potato and home grown green beans. YUM!  And the added benefit is that you only have ONE pan to clean up after you are done cooking! I like that part!

Cooked pork with rosemary sprig in skillet

Hope you will consider trying this recipe. It’s so simple, and the pork chops really do have a nice flavor… slightly sweet, with lots of flavor!

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Recipe Source:  http://www.tablerpartyoftwo.com/balsamic-brown-sugar-rosemary-pork-chops/

Balsamic Brown Sugar & Rosemary Pork Chops
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Enjoy this one pan dish, featuring pork chops, coated in a balsamic, brown sugar, garlic, and rosemary marinade
Category: Entree
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 321 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 pork chops (bone in or boneless- about 1 inch thick))
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 sprigs rosemary leaves (removed from stem)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 dash of salt and black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, rosemary leaves, garlic and salt and pepper. Mix ingredients until well combined. Pour into a plastic freezer bag or a covered container.
  2. Add pork chops. Seal bag Let chops marinade in the refrigerator for AT LEAST one hour (I made this up early in the day and let it marinade all day).
  3. When ready to cook, heat a cast iron skillet or a non-stick skillet on medium-high. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil to skillet and let it get hot. Add pork chops to hot skillet, then pour remaining marinade over the top.
  4. Cook pork chops on both sides until sauce has become dark brown and has slightly caramelized on the pork chops. Cooking times will vary depending on thickness of the pork chops used. It averages about 4 minutes per side, but might take longer to reach internal temperature of 145 degrees. (New cooking guidelines from the nation's food-safety agency confirm Pork Checkoff research that shows pork can be consumed safely when cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a three-minute rest time.)
  5. Place pork chops onto serving plate and spoon some of the sauce over the chops before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Brown Sugar & Rosemary Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving (1 pork chop)
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 83mg 3%
Potassium 545mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Sugars 27g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Marinated Grilled Pork Chops

I recently tried a new recipe for Marinated Grilled Pork Chops that I found online. Talk about EASY and tasty!!! Boneless pork chops are marinaded in a simple sauce of lemon juice, olive oil and a few basic herbs, then are grilled and served to the “hungering mob”.  Easy!Marinated Grilled Pork Chops / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The process couldn’t have been simpler! Here’s the ingredients for the simple marinade: Lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. (I was happy to be able to use dried basil and oregano from our garden as part of this marinade – note my “classy” labels on the jars! Ha Ha).

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In a small bowl, add the ingredients for the marinade. (*Note: This recipe makes 4-6 servings. I only made 3 pork chops, since I was cooking only for my husband and myself, but still used the original amount of marinade as called for in the recipe).

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Use a fork or whisk to completely blend these ingredients together. It will look like this.

Marinated Grilled Pork Chops / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place the pork chops in a container (with a lid) or a large sealable freezer bag. I used a bag, then placed it in a bowl (to stabilize bag and to catch any leakage). Pour the marinade over the pork chops, squishing the bag around to coat all pieces with marinade.

Marinated Grilled Pork Chops / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Let the chops marinade for several hours in the refrigerator. (I made mine up early in the morning and let them soak in the marinade all day). The olive oil will congeal after several hours refrigeration, but take the chops out of fridge about 30 minutes before grilling, and it will return to a liquid stage, as it warms up.

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When ready to cook, preheat your BBQ grill (or indoor grill) on medium-high heat.  Discard the extra marinade from the bag. Grill the pork chops for 5-7 minutes per side. Don’t overcook the chops (or they will be DRY). When done, they should have reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees (you can check with a meat thermometer if you have one). My husband grilled these outside on our Weber BBQ, and they were full of smoky flavor!

When done, let them sit for about 5 minutes to let the juices redistribute, then serve them to the ones you love, and enjoy this simple to prepare main dish. It’s a perfect recipe for summertime, when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen!

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Recipe Source: http://www.spendwithpennies.com/lemon-herb-grilled-pork-chops/

Marinated Grilled Pork Chops
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Boneless pork chops marinated in a lemon and herb sauce, then grilled... what could be easier?!
Category: Entree
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 lemon , juiced
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
  • 4-6 boneless pork chops (about 1 " thick)
Instructions
  1. Mix marinade ingredients in a small bowl until fully blended.
  2. Place pork chops in a large sealable freezer bag (or a large container with lid). Pour marinade over the chops. Squish bag around to fully cover the chops, then marinade in refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours.
  3. Remove bag with pork chops from fridge about 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  4. Preheat grill on medium-high heat.
  5. Remove chops from bag (discard marinade) and place on pre-heated grill. Grill pork chops for 5-7 minutes per side, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Do not overcook the chops or they will be DRY.
  6. When chops are done, remove them from heat, and let them sit for 5-6 minutes, to allow the juices time to redistribute inside the meat.
  7. Serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Please note that prep time does not include the minimum of 2-3 hours marinating time.

 

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Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake

Ever have one of those days when you can’t think of anything you want to fix for dinner? Well, that was my predicament recently… so I put my “thinking cap” on, grabbed some things from my refrigerator, and came up with this recipe for Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake!Cheesy Ham. Spinach & Macaroni Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

With a few ingredients and a little imagination, this meal actually turned out very well! Ham and veggies are cooked, a basic cheese sauce is made, elbow macaroni noodles are cooked, then it is all mixed together and baked, and BOOM… dinner is served (without too much work!). And guess what? It tasted great! Here’s what I did to make this dish:

In a large skillet, I sauteéd ham, fresh spinach, red pepper, green onions, and mushrooms in a bit of butter for 3-4 minutes. The spinach will reduce down quite nicely as it cooks. Set aside when done.

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In separate pan, cook 2 cups of macaroni noodles according to package instructions, then drain. It saves some time if you cook the pasta while cooking the ham and veggies. (yippee for multi-tasking!)

Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Make the cheese sauce by cooking butter and flour on medium low in large pan for a couple minutes until butter is melted, and flour is cooked (to reduce “pasty” taste).

Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add milk to flour/butter mixture, and whisk to combine. Continue cooking (and whisking) until mixture has thickened (approximately 3-4 minutes)

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Add cheddar cheese to sauce. Cook (and stir) until cheese is melted and fully incorporated into sauce.

Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the sauteéd ham and veggie mixture to the sauce. Stir to combine.

Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the macaroni noodles. Stir to combine.

Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pour the pasta, ham and veggie mixture into a buttered (or sprayed) casserole dish.

Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sprinkle the top of casserole with Panko crumbs (or bread crumbs); top with grated cheese.

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Cover pan with foil, then bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil from casserole, then bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.

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Remove from oven, let cool for just a second, then dish it up onto individual dinner plates. Enjoy this simple, yet filling and tasty dish!

Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you enjoy this meal. It has a little bit of everything in it: Meat, Cheese, Pasta, and Veggies! We enjoyed the leftovers the next day for lunch, too (Yum!) Hope you will consider making this “comfort food” kind of dinner, and really hope you enjoy it like we did.

Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: My brain (once I put my “thinking cap” on).’

Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
A comforting casserole, filled with pasta, ham, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, and red bell peppers, in a light cheese sauce.
Category: Entree
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 530 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup ham (cubed in bite sized pieces)
  • 1/4 red bell pepper , chopped
  • 2 green onions , sliced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach , chopped
  • 8-10 mushrooms , chopped
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni noodles , cooked and drained
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cups Panko crumbs (or bread crumbs) for garnish
  • Additional grated cheddar cheese (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in large skillet. Add diced ham, red bell pepper, green onions, spinach and mushrooms. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until mixture (spinach) is dramatically reduced. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute (but do not burn garlic). Set skillet aside.
  2. While cooking ham and veggies, also cook elbow macaroni according to package instructions; drain, rinse, and set aside.
  3. In a separate large skillet, melt 2 Tablespoons butter. Add flour; stir to combine. Cook this mixture on low for 1-2 minutes (this helps the pasty taste of the flour to cook out). Add milk. Whisk to combine, and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium low, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, and is heated through. Add 1 cup grated cheddar cheese; stir until cheese has melted into sauce.
  4. Add the ham and veggie mixture to the sauce, then add the macaroni noodles. Stir well, to fully combine ingredients.
  5. Place mixture into a greased or buttered casserole dish. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue cooking for 10-15 additional minutes or until heated through and slightly bubbly.
  7. Remove from oven; let sit for a minute or two to solidify a bit, then cut and serve. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Ham, Spinach & Macaroni Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 564mg 24%
Potassium 344mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 34.2%
Vitamin C 14.8%
Calcium 22.8%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce

Anyone out there in this big, old world want to try a DELICIOUS, QUICK, and EASY recipe for Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce? If you’re interested, then have I got a recipe for YOU!  These pork chops are a perfect choice when you don’t have a long time to fix dinner, but want something really tasty, and packed with flavor!Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I found the recipe on Pinterest, and made it for my husband and myself a couple of nights ago…Wow! we both LOVED it, and it was so incredibly simple to make! We even loved the leftovers the following night (score one for me for not having to cook again! Yippee!)  Seriously – these pork chops are so good, and the sauce is what sends them over the top! How can you go wrong with lemon, white wine, garlic, rosemary, etc in the sauce? YUM.

Here’s how you make this dish:

Season boneless pork chops with salt and pepper.

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Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high until very hot. Add the pork chops, seasoning side down,  to hot skillet and let them cook without disturbing them for 4-5 minutes (pork will be browned).

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After 4-5 minutes, when bottom of chop has a good brown “sear” on it, carefully flip the pork chops over and continue cooking 4-5 minutes, until second side is cooked.

Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chops should be cooked through. Remove the pork chops from the skillet onto a large plate. Cover and keep the pork chops warm. (I covered with foil, and placed the plate in a 200 degree oven to keep warm, while I finished the sauce).

Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Do not wipe or clean out the skillet. Add additional olive oil, and cook on medium heat. Add minced garlic to the hot oil and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add white wine and chicken broth. Turn the heat up to high, and cook, making sure you get all the brown bits stuck onto the skillet bottom scraped up (there’s a lot of flavor in them). Continue cooking until the liquid has reduced in volume by about 50 percent (this will take 5-6 minutes).

Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once liquid has been reduced, remove the pan from the heat and stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, additional salt and pepper, and the fresh chopped rosemary and parsley. Stir to combine.

Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place the pork chops onto serving platter, and spoon sauce all over the top. Serve immediately.

Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I served our pork chops with a side of rice and some green beans from our garden. Absolutely delicious!

Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you enjoy this easy, quick and delicious meal! I know WE SURE DID! Have a great day!

Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: http://www.themountainkitchen.com/2013/06/14/sexy-pork-chops/

Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Pan-Seared Pork Chops, covered in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce. Easy, quick and delicious!
Category: Entree
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 253 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley , chopped (must use fresh, for flavor!)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary , chopped (must use fresh, for flavor!)
Instructions
  1. Lightly season the pork chops with salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat 1 Tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high. When skillet is very hot, add the pork chops, seasoned side down. Do not disturb or move the chops for 4-5 minutes. After 4-5 minutes and bottom of chops are browned, flip the chops over and cook the other side for 4-5 minutes (until brown and cooked through). Remove pork chops to a platter. Cover them with aluminum foil to keep warm. (I place the covered plate in a preheated 200 degree oven to keep warm while I finished the sauce.
  3. Do NOT wipe or clean out the skillet. Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to skillet and turn pan to medium. When hot, add the minced garlic, and stir constantly (to prevent burning) for 30 seconds. Add the white wine and the chicken broth to the skillet. Turn the heat to HIGH, and continue to cook for 5-6 minutes, scraping up all the brown bits that were stick to the bottom of the pan as you go, until the amount of liquid in the skillet has reduced by at least 50 percent. Remove pan from heat.
  4. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, chopped rosemary and parsley, along with a bit more salt and pepper to sauce. Stir well, to combine.
  5. Place pork chops onto serving platter. Spoon sauce all over the top of each pork chop.
  6. Serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Seared Pork Chops in a Lemon, Wine & Herb Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 pork chop)
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 175mg 7%
Potassium 556mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 6.4%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce

Today I thought I’d post the recipe for some delicious Shredded Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce I made recently. I made these enchiladas as a way to use up some leftovers in our refrigerator (pork chops and rice), but LOVE the “yumminess” that came out of that brainstorming session!Pork Enchiladas with Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I used a green enchilada sauce that I made and canned this summer, and totally recommend making it (Cilantro-Lime Enchilada Sauce). It’s a very quick & easy fresh-tasting sauce to flavor the enchiladas (you don’t have to can it!), but if you are pressed for time, just use a good quality grocery store bought green enchilada sauce instead. I made this recipe up just using my feeble old brain and some food items I had in our refrigerator, so I used leftover shredded pork, and some leftover wild rice… but you can make it work with whatever you have lurking in your fridge. Chicken, pork, wild rice or white rice… you really can’t hurt these enchiladas. Here’s what you do to make 4 large enchiladas (large enough we only needed one each to be full!):

Start with pre-cooked shredded pork or chicken. (I threw some leftover pork chops into the crock pot early in the day with some broth and re-cooked them until they shredded easily).

Pork Enchiladas with Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I also used some leftover cooked wild rice I found in the fridge (but you can substitute any cooked rice!)

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!I placed the pork and rice into a large skillet, stirred to combine, then added 1/2 cup of my homemade cilantro-lime enchilada sauce, mixed it together, then heated it through.

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In another skillet, I quickly sauteed onions, red, green, and orange bell peppers, along with some garlic. Once they were cooked, I added them to the pork/rice mixture.

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I added a small amount of sour cream, water, salt, cumin, chili powder, and fresh cilantro to the pork/rice mixture and stirred it all to combine (off the heat).

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I poured a bit of the enchilada sauce onto the bottom of my baking dish, to slightly cover.

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I spooned some of the pork/rice/veggie mixture down the middle of 4 medium sized (8 inch) flour tortillas. I added grated pepper jack cheese, then folded one end of the tortilla over the filling, rolled it and tucked in the other end of the tortilla. I laid the filled & rolled enchiladas seam-side down on top of the sauce.

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I poured the rest of the enchilada sauce over the surface of the tortillas (cover as much as you can with the sauce), then added additional pepper jack cheese to cover.

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I covered the pan with aluminum foil, then baked the enchiladas at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I removed the foil about 5 minutes before they were done baking, and continued cooking. Once done and the cheese and sauce was bubbly, I removed pan from the oven, let it sit for a minute to firm up the cheese slightly, then served the enchiladas onto individual dinner plates with a garnish of sour cream and chopped cilantro. Each enchilada was pretty large, so my husband and I only ate ONE, and then enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day (and FYI- they were just as wonderful as the night before!).

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I really enjoyed coming up with this recipe from leftovers from our fridge. It’s a great way to use up what you have, without wasting it!  I normally use corn tortillas and red enchilada sauce when I make our enchiladas, but these were so amazingly delicious, I will be making them again and again. Sure hope you will give them a try… and hope you enjoy them like we did!

Have a fantastic day!

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: My brain, with a refrigerator full of leftovers!

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Shredded pork enchiladas, covered in a delicious cilantro lime enchilada sauce.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce (may substitute store bought green sauce):
  • 6 cups tomatillos , husks removed and quartered
  • 1/2 cup brown onion , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic (sliced thinly, or use equivalent amount of minced garlic)
  • 2 medium jalapenos , finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons cilantro , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
For Enchilada Filling:
  • 2 cups pre-cooked , shredded pork (may substitute chicken)
  • 1 cup cooked rice (I used wild rice, but any kind is okay)
  • 1/2 cup brown onion , chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers (I used mix of red, orange, and green)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium sized (8 inches) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (for garnish)
  • chopped cilantro (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. To make the lime-cilantro enchilada sauce:
  2. Remove husks from tomatillos; rinse, then cut into quarters. Place into large stockpot, along with garlic /jalapenos; drizzle with olive oil. Cook veggies on medium high heat for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add water, cilantro, cumin, and salt to pan. Cover pan; simmer on low for 10 minutes, until tomatillos have softened. Once softened, use a blender, food processor, or immersion blender to process sauce until smooth. Stir in 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice;stir to combine. Set sauce aside.
To make enchiladas:
  1. Combine shredded pork, and cooked rice in a large skillet. Add 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce. Stir to combine.
  2. In separate skillet, saute onions and bell peppers for 3-4 minutes, until soft. Add minced garlic and cook an additional minute. Add the cooked vegetables to the pork/rice mixture, and heat through (1-2 minutes). Remove skillet from heat.
  3. Add 2 Tablespoons sour cream, water, cumin, chili powder, and salt to the pork/rice mixture. Stir well to combine.
  4. Spoon some of the remaining enchilada sauce over the bottom of a baking dish.
  5. Spoon equal amounts of filling onto the flour tortillas. Add a generous sprinkling of pepper jack cheese to the top of the pork/rice mixture, making sure to save some to top the enchiladas with. Roll the enchiladas up, burrito style, then place, seam-side down on top of the sauce in baking dish.
  6. Cover the enchiladas with additional sauce to ensure tortillas are fully covered.
  7. Sprinkle remaining pepper jack cheese all over the top of the enchiladas.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees (dish covered with aluminum foil) for 20 minutes. Remove foil, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes, or until sauce and cheese is bubbly.
  9. Remove dish from oven. Let sit for a minute to let the cheese firm up. Serve enchiladas onto individual serving plates. If desired, garnish with a dollop of sour cream, and additional chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If using my recipe for lime cilantro sauce, you will have extra sauce left over. It is easily freezable (freezer bags), if you wish to do so.

 

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Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage

When I make spaghetti sauce, I cook the sauce for several hours… BUT sometimes I don’t have time to spare, so I make this EASY and quick spaghetti sauce which is flavored with Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and lots of spices. It’s delicious and filling, especially on a “cool weather” kind of day, like today in the Pacific Northwest.Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage / The Grateful Girl Cooks!The sauce only takes about 10 minutes of prep work, then the rest of the time (30 minutes) is inactive “simmering” time. Not too much time to invest, and the results are wonderful! I like to make extra sauce to freeze for another day (the recipe serves 4-6 depending on serving size, but it’s always nice to have extra made up).

Start the party off by sautéing Italian sausage (which has been removed from the casing) with some chopped onion.

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Add chopped green pepper and continue cooking until sausage is fully cooked.

Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Drain the grease from the skillet, then add tomato paste, a large can of diced tomatoes, and water. Sometimes I add in 1/2 cup red wine, if I have an open bottle (optional, though).

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Next add the spices (oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper).

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Add mushrooms. I used some of my dehydrated mushrooms (they ARE kind of handy to have around and re-hydrate wonderfully in the sauce), but of course, you can use the same amount of fresh, sliced mushrooms. If you don’t like mushrooms, just leave ’em out!

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Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for about 30 minutes or so. The sauce will reduce a bit, and all those yummy flavors will permeate the sauce. While the sauce is cooking, I cook the spaghetti noodles (or any other pasta I am using), drain, then place the drained pasta on individual serving plates, and top with a ladle of sauce, then some grated Parmesan cheese. That’s it! So easy… yet such a very quick… inexpensive, and delicious hearty meal.

Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I grew up eating my Mom’s spaghetti sauce with ground beef in the sauce. My husband and I prefer the great taste of Italian sausage in our sauce. If you’ve never tried it, hope you will consider giving it a try.  Have a great day, and Buon Appetito (Italian, for “enjoy your meal!)!

Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe source: My brain, in Italian mode.

Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Quick, inexpensive, and easy to prepare, this delicious spaghetti sauce is flavored with Italian sausage, onions, green peppers, and spices!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Italian sausage links (mild or hot), casings removed.
  • 3/4 cup chopped brown onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 large can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water (or substitute 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup red wine, if desired)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil (dried)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (dried)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • Grated Parmesan cheese , for garnish (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Remove casing from sausage links by cutting with a knife down the length of the link, and removing the sausage. Discard the casing. Crumble the sausage into a large skillet.
  2. Sauté the sausage and chopped onion on medium heat. Add the green pepper; cook until sausage is fully cooked. Drain the grease out of the pan (discard), and return skillet to stovetop.
  3. Add tomato paste, can of diced tomatoes (including juice), and water to skillet.
  4. Add oregano, Italian seasoning, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
  5. Add sliced mushrooms. Stir all ingredients well, to combine.
  6. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to low and continue to cook for about 30 minutes. The sauce will reduce down a bit, and the flavors will permeate the sauce. Taste test the sauce and add additional salt or spices as desired.
  7. While sauce is cooking, prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, then serve with sauce ladled over the top.
  8. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve HOT!

 

 

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Pork Paprikash

I recently tried a recipe for Pork Paprikash that I found on Pinterest. I had never made the dish before, but was looking for a traditional dish that uses Hungarian sweet paprika (which I received as a gift from a friend), and stumbled onto this one. Pork Paprikash / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
My husband and i LOVED this meal, the amazing flavors, and just gotta say, I was practically GIDDY with excitement over how quick and easy it was to prepare!

The dish gets its name from the generous use of paprika (in Hungarian it is “paprikás”). It can be prepared with either chicken or pork. I prepared it using boneless pork, cut into bite-sized cubes. It is typically served with egg noodles, but I used bow-tie pasta this time, because it is what I had in the pantry. This honestly is such a quick meal to prepare… it only took about 25 minutes, from start to finish! The Hungarian paprika can be found in most spice sections at the grocery store (FYI).

Tip: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, so that you can cook the pasta noodles while you are preparing the pork paprikash. Once the pork is done, serve it on top of the cooked noodles.

Here’s how you make this delicious entree:

Cut boneless pork into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Boneless pork seasoned with salt and pepper on yellow mat
Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add pork and cook for about 4 minutes, turning to brown all sides.

Meat cubes cooking in oil in silver skilletPork cubes browning in silver skillet with wooden spoon
Once pork is browned on all sides, remove pork from skillet. Set aside. Add more olive oil to skillet, and reduce heat to medium. Sauté onions, garlic, salt and pepper until onions are softened (about 3-4 minutes).

Onions and garlic cooking in silver skillet
Add flour, tomato paste, thyme, and paprika. Stir together and cook for one minute.

Spices and tomato paste added to cooked onions in skillet
Add the chicken stock to the skillet. Whisk to combine fully. Add vinegar. Bring sauce to a boil.

Chicken stock added to paprikash sauce in skillet
Add the cooked pork back into the skillet, stir to combine, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Pork cubes simmering in paprikash sauce in skillet
By now it’s looking and smelling really good. After cooking pork and sauce for 5 minutes, remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the sour cream. Mix well, to combine.

Sour cream added to pork and sauce in skillet
By now your pasta noodles should be done cooking; drain them and place onto serving platter or individual plates. Spoon the pork and sauce over the pasta. Serve while hot… and enjoy!

Pork paprikash and noodles on a plate with peas
Sure hope you will give this delicious dinner a try! I served it with a side of peas, fresh from our garden (the first picking of the Spring!). Yum! This was a delicious meal, and I WILL be making it again!

Pork Paprikash / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/pork-tenderloin-paprikash/

Pork Paprikash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Classic Hungarian pork dish, served over bow-tie pasta or egg noodles, and on the table in under half an hour!
Category: Entree
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 357 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin (or boneless pork chops), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (for cooking meat)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (for cooking onions, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped brown onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika (found in most spice sections at grocery store)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons sour cream
  • Egg noodles (or bow tie pasta) -prepare per pkg. instructions while pork is cooking!
Instructions
  1. Cut the pork into cubes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in large skillet. When skillet and oil are hot, add the pork pieces; cook the pork for about 4 minutes, turning to brown the meat on all sides. When browned, remove the pork from skillet. Set aside.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil back into the skillet. Add the chopped onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, or until onions have softened up, then add minced garlic and cook for one more minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Add flour, tomato paste, dried thyme, and paprika to onion mixture. Stir together; cook for one minute.
  5. Pour in the chicken stock; use a whisk to mix the ingredients into a sauce. Add the apple cider vinegar; bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Once sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to low, and add the pork cubes back into the sauce. Stir to coat the pork with sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in sour cream. Mix sauce well to fully incorporate sour cream.
  8. Place cooked and drained egg noodles (or bow tie pasta) onto serving platter or individual plates. Spoon the pork and sauce over the pasta. Serve while hot... and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Pork Paprikash
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 556mg 23%
Potassium 779mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Vitamin C 8.1%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 13.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pork Chops With Mushroom And Onion Gravy

A few weeks ago, I made these delicious Pork Chops With Mushroom And Onion Gravy for our dinner. I had some pork chops (bone in) that I wanted to use, and decided on the spur of the moment to create a gravy that is from my Salisbury Steak recipe to cook with the chops. Pork Chops With Mushroom And Onion Gravy / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Good decision. These pork chops were easy to prepare AND incredibly delicious with the flavorful gravy! We loved them!

Pork chops are seared in olive oil over medium/high heat, until lightly browned on both sides. Grease is drained from pan. Onions are sauteéd in same pan, then the rest of the gravy ingredients are added and cooked until gravy thickens. Pork chops are added back into the gravy in the skillet, and cooked through, until done. The pork chops are served with the mushrooms, onions, and gravy spooned over the top.

Pork Chops With Mushroom And Onion Gravy / The Grateful Girl Cooks!That’s it… I told you it was easy! And trust me when I tell you that these pork chops are wonderfully delicious. They are even better when accompanied by a serving of mashed potatoes, topped with a bit of the gravy. Yum, yum, yum. You’re gonna love these! Sure hope you’ll give them a try!Pork Chops With Mushroom And Onion Gravy / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Original gravy recipe is from:  http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/salisbury-steak-4/

Pork Chops With Mushroom And Onion Gravy
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Pan-cooked pork chops, enhanced with a delicious mushroom and onion gravy is a quick and easy meal for on-the-go families.
Category: Entree
Servings: 4 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
For gravy:
  • 1 whole brown onion , halved then thinly sliced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 small can sliced mushrooms
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch , (mixed with a little bit of the beef broth to blend into a thin paste)
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter on medium high until very hot.
  2. Add the pork chops to skillet. They should sizzle. Cook chops for 3-4 minutes, then turn and cook other side for 3-4 minutes. Pork chops should be golden brown in color. Remove pork chops to a wire rack. Drain off any grease, but do NOT wipe the pan clean.
  3. Prepare the gravy: Reduce the heat to medium and add the sliced onions to the skillet. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, for several minutes until they begin to turn golden brown and have softened slightly.
  4. Add the beef stock, mushrooms, corn starch/beef broth paste, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup to onions in skillet. Stir well to combine. Cook until sauce comes to a slight boil and thickens (1-2 minutes). Gently add the pork chops back into the skillet. Spoon the gravy, onions and mushrooms over the top of the meat and let them continue to cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes, until pork chops are fully cooked and heated through. Continue to spoon the gravy, onions, and mushrooms over the pork chops while they finish cooking.
  5. When done, remove pork chop to serving plate. Spoon some of the mushrooms, onions, and gravy over top of meat. Serve with a great side dish, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The bone-in chops I used were about an inch thick. If you are using thicker pork chops, remember to add more cooking time at the beginning, to ensure they are fully cooked.

 

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Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole

I recently created this Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Cheese Casserole “on the fly” for a quick and easy dinner. Boy, was it good!Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Do you ever have those days when you get so busy with projects or other activities that when it gets to be dinner time, you realize you didn’t remember to plan anything or lay anything out from the freezer? Where you wish the dinner “fairies” would magically appear and fix dinner (and clean up) for you? Yep. I did that about a week ago. I racked my brain for a few minutes, then ended up making this delicious dish!

I went on the prowl to see what leftovers we had hanging around our house, and came up with this idea for a quick pasta based casserole, and guess what? It actually tasted great! Hooray for last minute throw-together dinners!!!! Egg noodles and smokey flavored Gruyere cheese sauce is a great combo. Add to that some ham, a few peas, and a few more ingredients, and BAM! You’ve got yourself a quick casserole (like Mac n’ Cheese on steroids) that tastes so good! So I thought I would share this easy recipe on the ol’ blog today. Here’s what I did:

First things first. I cooked the egg noodles in boiling water per pkg. instructions until done, then drained them. Easy, right?

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While the noodles were cooking I made the cheese sauce. In a large saucepan, I melted butter, then added flour, garlic powder and onion powder. Whisked them together, then cooked for about a minute, then added cheese and milk. I cooked these on low until cheese had melted, and mixture had thickened. I then added some whipping cream, then seasoned with salt and pepper, to taste.

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Then I added pieces of ham. “Leftover” Ham.

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I followed it up with frozen peas. Yep. Threw them in frozen.

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I added the cooked and drained egg noodles to the ham/cheese sauce and mixed gently to combine and fully coat the noodles with sauce.

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I sprayed an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray and poured the pasta and sauce in. I added some more grated Gruyere cheese to the top of casserole, then sprinkled the top with bread crumbs, covered the dish with aluminum foil, and into the 350 degree oven it went.

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When it came out of the oven 30 minutes later, it looked like this:

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I let it cool just a minute or two, to make it easier to dish up, then onto our plates it went! The pasta tasted fantastic (I credit the smokey taste of that Gruyere Cheese!). I served it with some of the green beans I canned last summer from our garden. (See, even the side dish was thrown together at the last minute… thank goodness for my canned goods pantry!) The leftover casserole for lunch the next day was wonderful, as well. This recipe makes 4 servings, but could easily be doubled.

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Hope you will give this one a try. It’s so EASY and DELICIOUS!

Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: My brain, while hungry!

Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Easy to prepare pasta casserole, enhanced by the smokey flavors of a Gruyere cheese sauce, ham, and peas.
Category: Entree
Servings: 4 servings
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups egg noodles (or any pasta you prefer)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1/3 cup peas (frozen are fine)
  • Additional 1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese (for garnish)
  • 2 Tablespoons bread crumbs (for garnish)
  • Non-stick spray (for baking dish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to pkg. instructions. Drain. Set aside.
  4. While pasta is cooking, prepare the cheese sauce. Melt butter in large pan (or skillet). Whisk in the flour, garlic powder and onion powder. Cook for about a minute.
  5. Add the milk. Stir until fully combined and sauce has thickened.
  6. Add a cup of grated cheese. Stir to combine. Cook on low until cheese has fully melted.
  7. Add whipping cream. Stir to fully combine. Continue cooking on LOW, but do not let mixture come to a boil.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Add ham pieces. Add peas. Stir gently to combine.
  10. Add cooked and drained pasta. Stir gently until pasta is coated with sauce. Pour pasta and sauce into prepared 8x8 baking dish.
  11. Cover the top of casserole with additional grated cheese, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  12. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Cut a tiny hole in top of foil to vent, then bake casserole in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. When done, and cheese is bubbly, remove to a wire rack for a minute or two to slightly cool, then serve. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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BBQ Shredded Pork Hoagies with Spicy Slaw

Do you like leftovers? We like most of ours, but sometimes it can get “old” eating leftovers (even if original recipe was fantastic!). Such was the case a few weeks ago, so I “morphed” the leftovers from a pork roast into a BBQ Shredded Pork Hoagie with Spicy Slaw… YUM.BBQ Shredded Pork Hoagie with Spicy Slaw / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
We were enjoying our leftovers from a recipe I made for Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Raspberry Sauce, but since there was quite a bit of pork still waiting to be eaten (there’s only 2 of us), I decided to morph the leftover pork into a completely new meal, for variety’s sake. Enter these delicious BBQ Shredded Pork Hoagies with Spicy Slaw. The spicy slaw recipe is from a previous recipe I posted for a Fried Chicken, Spicy Mayo and Slaw Sandwich.

I took the leftover pork slices (and the original cranberry-raspberry sauce from my previous pork tenderloin recipe) PLUS lots of BBQ sauce, and threw it all back into my slow cooker and let it cook all day (at least 5-6 hours). Note: ANY leftover boneless pork chops or pork roast will work fine!  You can always BUY precooked BBQ pork if you want to skip this part, but this is how I did it.

Pieces of pork in crock pot cooking

After the meat and sauce had cooked for 5-6 hours I shredded the pork (with two forks) and added even more BBQ sauce…

Shredding meat and bbq sauce with two forks

I happened to have sauce left over from the pork roast I had previously cooked, but if you have leftovers from “any old” pork roast or chops (without sauce)… you can always put leftover pieces or slices into your slow cooker with some water or broth, cook it for several hours, shred the pork, THEN add BBQ sauce (picture is from a separate recipe for example):

Shredded pieces of pork roast

Once pork is shredded, coated with BBQ sauce and reheating, all you need to do is prepare the spicy slaw mixture and refrigerate it until ready to serve up the hoagies (easy!…

Spicy coleslaw in small metal bowl

Spread some hoagie rolls with butter, then lightly grill them until golden brown (this will help the bread to not get soggy once you add the BBQ shredded pork)…

Grilling hoagie rolls in skillet

Top the toasted hoagie rolls with hot shredded BBQ pork, then add the cold, spicy slaw…

Sandwich rolls topped with bbq pork and slaw

Serve… and enjoy!!!

Shredded barbecue pork sandwich cut in half on a plate

Hope you enjoy them… it’s a great way to use up leftover pork, without having to toss it or have it dry out in the refrigerator!

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BBQ Shredded Pork Hoagies with Spicy Slaw
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Classic BBQ Shredded Pork Sandwich, topped with a slightly spicy and crunchy slaw. Perfect for a lunch or dinner meal!
Category: Sandwich
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 615 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Shredded pork (quantity-as much or as little as you wish)
  • BBQ sauce (enough to fully saturate the amount of shredded pork you will use)
  • 4 Hoagie rolls (one per sandwich)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter (to spread on rolls before grilling)
For spicy slaw:
  • 1 garlic clove , finely chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion , thinly sliced, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno , finely chopped
  • 4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup Bread and Butter pickle slices , plus 1/4 cup pickle juice from jar
Instructions
  1. Cook pork or leftover pork in slow cooker for several hours until completely tender. Using two forks, shred the pork. Put back into slow cooker and add sufficient BBQ sauce to completely coat meat. Heat thoroughly (can also heat the shredded BBQ pork in microwave, if desired).
  2. Make spicy slaw while pork is heating: Mix all slaw ingredients in a small bowl; toss to combine, then cover and refrigerate until ready to build the sandwiches.
  3. Spread each half of the hoagie rolls with butter. Grill until they are golden brown.
  4. Place grilled roll on serving dish. Spread hot BBQ shredded pork on top of one half of the roll. Spoon some cold spicy slaw evenly over the pork. Place top bun on the hoagie, and serve!
  5. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Cook time varies. Cooking time shown is based on having pre-cooked pork available when you start this recipe. Once you have the precooked, shredded pork coated with BBQ sauce and hot, you can have the sandwiches finished in about 10 minutes.
My other advice is to try and make the spicy slaw several hours before serving. The flavors really develop well, the longer it is refrigerated!

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Shredded Pork Hoagies with Spicy Slaw
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 615
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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