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Pork Pot Stickers

My kids aren’t picky eaters, but they do tend to favor certain foods over others. For instance, Daken LOVES mac and cheese. Matthew on the other hand goes more by the looks of food as to whether or not it’s good! I love when I find an easy recipe that both Tony and I like that boys like as well.

Pork Pot Stickers fit the bill! Remember last week when I cooked that pork shoulder to make Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches then used some left-overs to make Hawaiian Pizza? Well, tonight I used the rest of the pork and the rest of the Hawaiian sauce to make Pork Pot Stickers. YUM-O!

All I had to do was add some garlic, a scallion (instead I used a very tiny red onion that was the only surviving onion in our garden), some cilantro, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the pork, which I chopped up. I then put about a tablespoon of that mixture on the wonton wrapper, and folded it up (she has a video to show you, but I didn’t watch it!). Tony then lightly fried them in a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil.  The recipe calls to make 12, but I had more meat than that, so I ended up making as many as it took to use up all the meat mixture.

We served the pot stickers with brown rice that I added a little pineapple juice and chunks of pineapple to. And of course, little bowls of the Hawaiian Sauce to dip the pot stickers in. I didn’t do any fancy presentation or anything, but it would have been easy to do with this meal if you want to impress someone!

My boys ATE THEM UP!! As did Tony and I. They were soooooooooooooo good! It would be a great appetizer or hors d’oeuvres–just set them on a platter with a bowl of the sauce. I know that I would be going back and back and back to that tray! Again, a 5 out of 5 on my scale. Easy, good, and a family pleaser!

So if you make the Hawaiian Pulled Pork, definitely keep some pork so you can make these later in the week!


Birthday Dinner

No cooking for me tonight. Instead we went to my favorite family friendly restaurant–Famous Daves. For none other than…guess…you’re right…barbecued pulled pork! It wasn’t like the Hawaiian Pulled Pork I made the other night, but really good nonetheless. And the best part was–I didn’t have to clean up afterwards!

Tomorrow night my hubby and I, along with a friend and her husband are going out to my other favorite local restaurant, Destihl. There food is definitely classy and upscale, but it still is a brewery so it’s a little laid back. Hard to describe, but FANTASTIC. Everything on the menu that we have had has been terrific! I’ll let you know what I decide to have tomorrow. But what I can tell you is everything on their menu makes my mouth water! If you haven’t been there yet, and are in the area, you must GO! One word, okay two words I’ve learned from Rachael Ray, describe it–YUM-O and DELISH!!

Hawaiian Pizza (A Round 2 Recipe)

Two of my favorite types of pizza + my favorite sandwich all rolled into one = HEAVEN!

My two favorite types of pizza are barbecue chicken and Hawaiian (pineapple and ham).  This one adds my favorite sandwich, barbecue pork.

Tonight we used the left over pork from Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches along with the left over Hawaiian Sauce (I also made another batch) to make a Hawaiian Pizza. I only had to get pizza dough and mozzarella cheese. The recipe calls for onions too, but my boys aren’t big fans of onions on our pizza so instead I used two sweet peppers (grilled them first) from OUR garden! AWESOME!  Well, except for the fact that I didn’t realize I bought a different kind of pizza crust than I usually do so it got a little crisp, but it was still REALLY good.  The pineapple and peppers gave it just enough sweetness to complement the tangy Hawaiian Barbecue Sauce.

Of course, my youngest didn’t eat any–he’s only into eating “mac-nee-cheese.” Seriously, that’s all the kid wants: morning, noon, and night! “Mac-nee-cheese” was the only thing I could get him to eat for breakfast besides a fruit roll up and gushers. At least the “mac-nee-cheese” that he ate tonight was the homemade one that I made on Tuesday night. Silly kid!

The rest of us enjoyed our pizza. My oldest ate a small piece before downing the rest of the macaroni. I added broccoli to it: that kid LOVES broccoli.

Anyway, another 5 out of 5 meal. Delicious and easy. Just make sure you read the directions to the specific crust you buy: don’t go from memory! 🙂

Let me know if you try it and what you think.

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

If you know me at all, you know that pulled pork is my absolute favorite meal. Maybe in my former life I lived in the south–I absolutely LOVE barbecue pork. Hawaiian Pulled Pork, thank you Sandra’s Money Saving Meals, is a twist on the traditional barbecue pulled pork, but just as good!

I started with a large pork shoulder and rubbed it with dry teriyaki marinade (was in a hurry so I forgot to mix it with paprika and pepper, couldn’t tell though. It was still great). Along with a couple of chopped carrots and a diced onion, I added the meat to the crock pot.  What did I ever do without my alligator onion chopper? If you don’t have one, but hate chopping onions like I do; it is a must buy!

Then I made the sauce–pineapple juice, soy sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and chicken broth–and poured half of it over the meat. Eight hours in the crockpot later (don’t you LOVE the smell of food in the crockpot?!), the meat was ready to be pulled. I don’t like pulling the meat much, but it was so tender and easy to do. Not to mention, my wonderful hubby pulled half of it!

For the “barbecue sauce” (Sandra calls it Hawaiian Sauce), I added a little chopped garlic and ginger to too much canola oil. The recipe calls for 2 tbsp. of oil which I found was way too much. After the two g’s soften, I added the rest of the pineapple mixture from earlier. Once that boiled and simmered for awhile, it was ready to add to the pork.

We topped our King Hawaiian Sandwich Rolls with the pork and the sauce. The first sound I heard out of hubby’s mouth was, “mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, this is ggggoooooooooooodddddd!” And it was! So delicious!! You could really taste the pineapple and soy sauce, but the chili sauce gave it that barbecue flair. To quote Rachael Ray, “YUM-O!”

What I love about Sandra’s Money Saving Meals is that she always has Round 2 Recipes. She has two to follow this meal–a Hawaiian Pizza and a Pulled Pork Pot Sticker. Unfortunately though, I don’t have enough Hawaiian Sauce left for the pizza. I only have a little over 1/2 cup left but need 1 cup. My boys weren’t even home to eat dinner; it was just me and the hubby. So if any of you decide to make this recipe, definitely double the Hawaiian Sauce, at least if you like your sandwiches to be full of it like we do!

Eat up and enjoy! Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches: 5 out of 5! We’ll definitely be making this again, very easy and delicious!