Friday, December 30, 2011

Fridge Friday: Episode 22

It is the eve of New Year's Eve. The end of 2011. This has been a roller coaster of a year...actually the past couple of years..., and I am looking forward to ringing in the new year with a nice, quiet evening at home. 

That means, I will cook. It also means I need to look inside the fridge. Why not resurrect Fridge Friday and bring you along?

See that package of ground pork on the left of the bottom shelf? It will work perfectly to make Sweet and Sour Pork Sliders. I recently added Easy Chinese: San Francisco to my DVR rotation, and these sliders caught my attention. I think a sweet, but slightly spiced little sandwich is suited perfectly to any New Year's Eve celebration (quiet, or not).

It will be easy to slide into 2012 with Sweet and Sour Pork Sliders On My Plate. Happy New Year!

1 pound lean ground pork
1 pound Jimmy Dean sausage
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 heaping teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons sesame oil
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 green onions, chopped
pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 -1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
Peanut Oil
1 cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 teaspoon chili oil
32 Hawaiian-style sweet rolls
shredded romaine lettuce
cucumber slices
cherry tomatoes, halved

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except peanut oil.
Divide the mixture into 16 portions and form 16 (slightly larger than golf-ball-sized) meatballs.
Set aside in the refrigerator to chill and firm slightly.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Heat enough oil for frying (about 1/4-inch, or so) in a large wok, skillet, or braising pan over medium-high heat.
Fry the meatballs (in batches, if necessary) until golden brown in the hot oil. (Just sear to seal in juices; the meatballs will finish cooking in the oven.)
When browned, transfer meatballs with a slotted spoon to a rack placed over a baking sheet.
Place baking sheet of meatballs into the preheated oven to continue cooking through and heated to 165F.
Combine sauce ingredients in a large wok, skillet, or braising pan.
Bring to a simmer; add meatballs and toss to coat with sauce.
To assemble sliders, cut each meatball in half; split Hawaiian-style rolls; arrange shredded lettuce and cucumber slices on bottom of roll; add half of a meatball; top with remaining bun; spear half of a cherry tomato with wooden pick; and insert into slider to hold it together. (32 sliders)

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