A crumpled paper towel is on the counter. It is left out to dry and be re-used later. An old percolator coffee pot used to strain and store bacon grease is in the cabinet below. Beside the pot are grocery bags to be used as garbage bags. Various containers are in the refrigerator filled with leftovers. This was the kitchen in my parent’s house when I was a kid. My parents were frugal and thrifty. Food and so much more was never wasted. We had what was left of big meals throughout the following week and beyond. I may not re-use paper towels however I do my best to utilize leftovers. An Apple Cider Braised Pork Roast can be re-invented in lots of ways and frozen to be enjoyed months later.
The pork roast simmers for hours in a dutch oven. Apple cider and onions flavor the roast and give it a subtle sweetness. After the roast has cooked, fresh tart apples, apricots, cardamom, and cinnamon go in the pot. The apples and apricots soften as they cook and become side dish to compliment the pork. Reducing the cooking liquids makes a sweet/savory and lightly spiced sauce to tie all the flavors together.
The leftover pork slices can be used in many ways. You can use them in a sandwich, cut them into pieces and add to pasta or a salad. I can see warming them in a pan with barbecue sauce and serving on a bun or Texas Toast. The fruit can be a snack or re-heated and topped with vanilla ice cream for a dessert. Note that there will be a slight savory element with the fruit because of being cooked in sauce. A tip about re-inventing leftovers: Think about complimentary flavors to the ingredients of the original dish. Make a homemade dressing using apple cider vinegar for a salad with this pork. The elements of the salad would be things that go with pork and apples. It’s easy to do! Be creative and have fun.
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Do you re-invent leftovers? It’s fun to transform them into a whole new dish. Plus it gives a variety of meals for your family. Be sure to scroll down to the recipes by Sunday Supper bloggers. Visit each one for tips, ideas, and inspiration on what to do with leftovers.
- 3 to 3½ pound boneless pork roast (loin end)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2½ cups apple cider
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 medium cooking apples (Granny Smith recommended)
- 6 ounces dried apricot pieces
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Heat oil in a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven until almost smoking. Brown pork on all sides in the hot oil. Transfer browned pork to a plate and discard fat.
- Add apple cider, onion, salt, and pork to the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 2 to 2½ hours.
- Remove pork and place on a cutting board. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice and place on a serving platter. Cover with foil to keep warm.
- Core apples and cut into wedges. Cut dried apricots in half (if not already in pieces).
- Add apples, apricots, cardamom, and cinnamon to the dutch oven. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and simmer until fruit in tender, about 5 minutes.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer apples and apricots to the serving platter. Re-cover with foil to keep warm until serving.
- Bring the juices in the Dutch oven to a gentle boil and cook until reduced to 1 cup, about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Spoon cider sauce over meat and fruit or serve on the side.
Recipe adapted from one in a Publix Grape Magazine.
Recipes for big meals and ideas for re-inventing leftovers by Sunday Supper bloggers:
- Apple Cider Braised Pork Roast by Magnolia Days
- Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf by girlichef
- Baked Barbecue Chicken by Alida’s Kitchen
- Brined and Roasted Turkey by Growin Up Gabel
- Chicken Cacciatore by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cider Braised Pork Belly by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs with Homemade Tomato Sauce by Neighborfood
- Coffee Rubbed Ham by Curious Cuisiniere
- Glazed Ham with Bonus Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes & Ham by The Foodie Army Wife
- Herb Crusted Roast Beef by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Herbed Pork Loin on Spaetzle by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Picadillo-Stuffed Chiles Rellenos by Foxes Love Lemons
- Pork Tinga by Juanita’s Cocina
- Roast Psycho Chicken by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Vegetables by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Shrimp Scampi & Sushi by NinjaBaking.com
- Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken by In The Kitchen With KP
- Slow-Cooker BBQ-Rubbed Turkey Breast by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Spicy Turkey Meatloaf by Runner’s Tales
- Sunday Supper Spicy Portuguese Pulled Pork by Family Foodie
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