Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pulled-Pork Sandwiches with Cabbage, Capers, and Herb Slaw

Naturally, after having a pork roast you would have pulled pork sandwiches. I really liked the cole slaw topping and the overall flavor of the sandwich. I pretty much covered mine in slaw as I don't really like pork! David thought it needed some BBQ sauce and added it at the end. 

Pulled-Pork Sandwiches with Cabbage, Capers, and Herb Slaw
from Fine Cooking
1-1/2 Tbs. capers, preferably salt-packed
2 cups very thinly sliced green cabbage
1/4 small red onion, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 Tbs. thinly sliced fresh chives
1-1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh oregano
1–2 tsp. finely chopped preserved red chiles, such as cherry peppers or Calabrian peppers, or substitute Asian chile sauce (optional)
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
Kosher salt
3-1/2 cups leftover shredded Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder
1 baguette
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more to taste
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.

Rinse the capers well. If using salt-packed capers, soak them in warm water for at least 5 minutes. (They should taste capery rather than salty; if not, continue soaking for a little longer.) Drain the capers and, unless they’re very small, coarsely chop them. Combine the capers, cabbage, red onion, parsley, chives, oregano, and chiles (if using). Add the vinegar and 1/4 tsp. salt, toss well, and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Toss again and season to taste with more salt or chile.
Meanwhile, put the pork in a small baking dish. (If you have any juices left, scrape them into the dish, skimming and discarding as much of the congealed fat as possible.) Cover with foil and bake the pork until warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pork from the oven, position a rack 6 inches from the broiler, and heat the broiler to high.

Cut the baguette crosswise into 4 equal portions (each 5 to 6 inches long) and then slice each piece horizontally so that it opens like a book. Just before serving, put the baguette pieces on a baking sheet, opening each as much as possible, and toast very lightly under the broiler, 2 to 3 minutes. Divide the pork into 4 equal portions and mound on the bottom half of each piece of baguette. Drizzle any pan juices over the pork and then pile on the cabbage slaw. Drizzle the olive oil over the slaw. If any vinegar has collected on the bottom of the slaw bowl, distribute it among the sandwiches, and serve.

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