Thursday, August 23, 2012

RECIPE: Spicy Pork Pocket Sandwiches

You all know how much I hate wasting food. This is one of my favourite ways to use up little odds and ends of leftovers (especially when it's not soup season). I almost hesitate to call this a recipe - it's more like a loose set of guidelines. You can tuck just about anything you want into these cute little sandwiches (leftover curries, stir fries and stews would all work wonderfully) and if your kids are anything like mine, they will excitedly gobble them up. There's just something about that crispy, crunchy, bready pocket that makes even the humblest leftovers seem special. I also make these when I want to stretch out a bit of leftover meat for a second meal, and I created this variation (shown above with Black Bean and Roasted Vegetable Salad) when I had some leftover pork begging to be used up.

1/2 - 3/4 lb uncooked cubed pork, or finely chopped leftover cooked pork
1-2 medium onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
about 2 oz cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/3 recipe (1 loaf's worth) Whole Wheat Refrigerator Bread Dough (p. 239 in my book)

In a medium saucepan, saute the onions and garlic in olive oil until they start to soften. Add pork and cook until onions are tender and pork is fully cooked. Add cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat until cream cheese melts. Add cheddar and stir until completely melted.

Divide the bread dough into 6 or 8 equal pieces (depending how big you want the sandwiches - smaller ones work well for younger kids). Roll a piece of dough out into a rectangle until it's about 1/4" thick. Spoon filling onto one half of the rectangle; fold over and crimp edges to seal. Repeat with remaining pieces of bread dough. Cut 2-3 slashes diagonally across the top of each pocket to allow steam to escape. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise 20-30 minutes (you can skip this step if you're in a real hurry, the crust will just be thinner and not as fluffy). Bake at 375F for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes 6-8 sandwiches.

What would YOU put in a pocket sandwich?

I shared this recipe at Tasty Tuesday.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! I hope you'll give them a try - I'm sure your family will be glad you did :)

  2. I've done this with the end bits of ham or roast beef with chopped veg, and once with some leftover taco filling. You're right about them disappearing - If I want them for packed lunches I have to make them when nobody is home, otherwise they never cool off.

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to hide food if I don't want it eaten (although I am also glad I have a family who happily eats just about anything and is appreciative of my cooking, lol). Leftover taco filling would be super tasty, sadly, we almost never have any although I suppose I could cook up a batch specifically for pocket sandwiches!

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    1. They should be fine if you freeze them in zip-top freezer bags. I think I'd plan to eat them within a couple of months to maintain the best quality.


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