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Pulled Pork Sandwich

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About 2 weeks ago I was at the AC Food and Wine festival and I had the chance to stop by The Blues, Brews and BBQ. This past weekend I was craving that delicious pulled pork I had there. I figured I would give it a shot and try to make my own pulled pork.  The turn out was a success.  This is a must try recipe.  The pulled pork is so full of flavor and when you mix it in with the homemade bbq sauce, it’s divine. Once you place it on a bun and top it with some homemade coleslaw, it’s heaven in your mouth. The hardest part about the whole thing was pulling the pork apart and not being able to stop picking at it (haha).  Anyway I hope you enjoy this delicious sandwich. 

Cole Slaw Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of powdered mustard

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon of sugar, optional

1/2 head of cabbage finely sliced

1/2 head purple cabbage, finely sliced

3 green onions, chopped

2 carrots, sliced on Julienne style

Salt and Pepper, to taste

6 Whole Wheat hamburger buns

1/4 bunch flat-leaf parsley

Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, and set aside in refrigerator until ready for use. 

Ingredients BBQ Sauce:

2 cups ketchup

1 cup water

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

8 tablespoons Dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon of fresh ground black peppercorn

1/2 of an onion, diced

2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne, optional if you want some heat

1 tablespoon ground mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1-2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Preparation:

Place olive oil in medium saucepan and add onions and garlic cook until garlic is slightly brown (remember don’t over cook garlic it will get bitter) Then place the rest of the ingredients in and reduce heat to low simmer. Stirring frequently, for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.

Pulled Pork Ingredients:

1 boneless pork shoulder (about 4 to 5 lbs)

3-4 tablespoons Kosher salt

1-2 tablespoon freshly ground black peppercorn

1/4 cup paprika

3-4 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon cayenne

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 extra tablespoons for the searing of the shoulder

1 Carrot, cut in half

2 Celery Stalks, cut in half

1 Medium onion, cut in half

1 Tablespoon Crushed Rosemary

6-7 cups of Water

Preparation:

In a small bowl mix all the seasonings together.  Rub them all over the pork shoulder.  Now you can either cook it right away or let it sit with the rub for a couple of hours.  Remember to let the meat sit at room temperature before cooking about 20 minutes.

Take a large pot and add 2 tablespoons of Olive oil and begin to braise the shoulder (you’re looking for a nice golden brown crust).  Once it’s all braised, add onions, celery, carrot, and water. (You should only have a peak of the shoulder sticking out).

Cook for about 4 to 5 hours on low to medium heat. (Occasionally you want to turn the shoulder, maybe only 3 times per the whole process)

Taking the meat out of the liquid. Let the meat rest on a cutting board for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting through.  I used 2 forks to pull the pork apart.

Place the meat in the BBQ sauce or you can use it to drizzle instead.

To serve,  Cut buns in half and pile up some BBQ pulled pork.  Top with a large spoonful of coleslaw and place the top half of the bun on top.

Enjoy with a nice cold beer.

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Food!!

BLPT Sandwich with Gorgonzala Cheese

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If you love BLT’s you will love this little twist.  I present to you a BLPT, Bacon (turkey bacon in this case), Lettuce, Pear and Tomato.  I also decided to add some gorgonzola cheese.  I love cheese with fruit and even honey.  Okay so all you to do is pile it on and Toast it, grill it or even place it on a skillet. 

Ingredients:

1 Pear, sliced

1 Tomato, sliced

Lettuce, leaf broken in half

Rye Bread, 2 Slices

Butter, spread on bread (optional)

1/4 cup of gorgonzola cheese per sandwich (you can add less or more)

Turkey Bacon ( or vegan and real bacon)

Preparation:

Spread some butter on rye bread and pile all your ingredients on. Place on Grill, Skillet or Toast to get a nice golden crispy color.  Cut and enjoy with some Sweet Potato Chips.

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Sauteed Veggie Sandwich

Want a healthy option for a sandwich?  I love trying out new healthy alternatives for my family, So I decided to make a sautéed Veggie sandwich which included, spinach, asparagus, red bell pepper, baby portobello, basil pesto spread, fresh mozzarella and fresh tomato.  The bread i used was a flat onion bread, which is light.  I have used it before in one of my dishes.  It’s a favorite of my family’s because it’s light and has a great taste.  All I can say is you want to go back for seconds.  You don’t always need meat in a sandwich.  You can enjoy this with no guilt.

Nutiritonal Facts:

Spinach are low in calories and high in vitamins, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense  foods in existence. One cup of the leafy green vegetable contains far more than  your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and  folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement. It  is a good, very good or excellent source of more than 20 different measurable  nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein. And yet, 1 cup has only  40 calories! Spinach is an excellent choice for nutrition without high calories.

Baby Portobella The “baby bellas,” or crimini, mushrooms are a low calorie and low fat source of dietary fiber, potassium and the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Dietary fiber lowers cholesterol, helps maintain steady blood sugar levels and assists the digestive process. Potassium is an important mineral that is essential for muscle contraction and transmission of signals between nerves. The B vitamins support metabolism and the immune system, promote cell grow and are needed for red blood cells.

Asparagus  is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. This herbaceous plant-along with avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts-is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. This is why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.

Red Bell Pepper are healthy to add to a daily diet because they contain Phytonutrients which content powerful antioxidants in them that help fight off free radical cells that cause cancers in the body. Some of the different types of cancers red bell peppers can help prevent are stomach, colon, breast and prostate.  Those who are feeling overwhelmed by stress and becoming fatigued can help treat these feeling and feel more energized by simply snacking on a red bell pepper.

Tomatoes, which are actually a fruit and not a vegetable, are loaded with all kinds of health benefits for the body. They are in fact, a highly versatile health product and due to their equally versatile preparation options, there’s really no reason to neglect the tomato as part of a healthy diet.  One of the most well known tomato eating benefit is its’ Lycopene content. Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases.

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Chicken Club Wrap

Every now and then we get cravings for fast food.  Maybe we find ourselves hiding in parking lots or locked in our rooms; as we chow down on the juicy fast food chicken sandwich.  But did you ever stop and think of how easy it is to make a fast food Sandwich at home, and have it be healthier?  Yesterday I made a Chicken Club Wrap.  Instead of burger rolls I used a Flax wrap, with chicken breast coated in light whole wheat flour.  It was lightly fried, topped with Gouda cheese, guacomole, bacon, lettuce, tomato and purple onions.  Save the calories for the dessert, and make it a healthy, yet mouthwatering meal.

Whats your favorite kind of burger or sandwich?