Thursday, March 4, 2010

What To Do With a 5-pound Pork Loin

Sometimes pork loin roast will go on sale in my area anywhere from $1.48 per pound to $1.79 per pound. I've seen them for both of those prices this week. I picked up a big 5-pounder but it is way too much to feed the 4 of us so I divided it up into three pieces.

I put one of the thirds into a freezer bag to make pork roast and threw it in the freezer for later in the month. I cut the second piece into cubes and put it into a freezer bag and it also went into the freezer. I have special plans for that one (Pork and Poblano Skillet with Creamy Slow-Cooker Beans-yum!). I will share my recipes for both of these dishes as I make them.

The last piece I cut up into cubes, too, but we ate it right away. I sauteed some onions in olive oil until they were sweet and tender and then added the cubed pork. It only took a very few minutes to cook on a fairly high heat. With pork you either cook it on high heat very quickly or at a very low heat for a long time. I cooked the cubes until they were cooked through about 5 or 6 minutes. I added barbecue sauce to the pork and onions, spooned them onto french rolls and topped it with a little shredded cheese. I popped them into a 375-degree oven for a few minutes until the cheese was melted and the bread was toasted. They were very good!

So, don't be intimated by those big pieces of meat at the grocery store. I'll share later about my 10-pound bag of chicken legs and thighs!

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Image of pork roast courtesy of Savenors Market


momstheword said...

Nummy! Haven't tried it like that yet. I usually add some brown sugar and liquid smoke and stuff and pop it in the crockpot (or the oven).

We have been known to buy a pork loin roll at Costco. Then we cut out the middle and save it for a roast, and cut up the rest of it for chops. Lot cheaper when you cut it yourself.

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Thanks for sharing! Sounds yummy! My guys love BBQ. So I will definitely have to try.

Take care my friend!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Rhonda in OK said...

your pork looks really good!
My husband likes to smoke those big loins. Then he slices them and freezes them in meal size portions - heating those up and serving on buns is the best fast food in my opionion.

and I am looking forward to seeing what you do with that 10 pound bag of chicken