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BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Dreamland BBQ Sauce

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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Texas clearly values BBQ Brisket over any other protein. That said, I will try and enjoy it all and truth be told I probably go 50/50 on beef and pork. I also enjoy the vinegar that you find in the Southeast. So when I asked Jill what she would like this week, she said let’s do BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.

For tonight I didn’t go all out with a coleslaw topping or anything but it’s always welcomed on a pig sammie. I did make a potato salad with two russets some mayo, sour cream, pickled jalapenos and green onions. I won’t include the recipe because I truly winged it. That said you can search my blogs for sides like potato salad or beans etc.

After eight hours in the bath the pork can’t help but get fall apart tender. In fact, fishing it out of the crockpot was a challenge. I also like to add sauce only on the top of the mound of pork to let the pork shine. Always butter and griddle your buns until you get a nice brown “crunch” texture. This will help it hold up to the moisture of the overall sandwich.

Ingredients:
Pork Shoulder
1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup of water
1 onion sliced
4 cloves minced garlic
2 tbs of yellow mustard
2 tbs of ketchup
Buns

Rub
Equal parts depending upon size
1 tbs of Chili Powder
1 tbs of Onion Powder
1 tbs of Garlic Powder
1 tbs of White or Brown sugar
Pinch of cumin and cayenne optional.

Directions:
1. Take your shoulder and apply your dry rub and let it sit. You can let it sit overnight if you so choose.

2. In your crock pot on high heat set for 8 hours add your sliced onions, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, water, mustard and ketchup. Lay your rubbed shoulder in your crockpot. It should almost cover the shoulder with about 1/4 of it sticking out. Cover and walk away. Around the 7 to 8 hour time you can turn it but it will be done. Shred the pork

3. Toast your bun, apply your pork and your favorite sauce on top. I picked up a bottle of Dreamland BBQ sauce out of Alabama. It’s a nice blend of Carolina and TX sauces. Serve with Beans, potato salad or whatever you like. See my side recipes for ideas.
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Fried Shrimp Po-Boy Sandwich

Fried Shrimp Po-Boy Sandwich

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Fried Shrimp Po-Boy Sandwich
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We hit up this fish joint occasionally for Po Boys and Fish Ceviche. It’s a total joint with picnic tables and waxed checkered table cloths on the indoor tables. You make your own Red Sauce at bar with all the usual suspects, fresh horseradish, ketchup, lemons, Worcestershire, Tabasco and Tampico.

Jill always gets the shrimp Po Boy and has me make her sauces nice and spicy. Topped with ribbons of thin cut Iceberg lettuce and pillow soft rolls. We sit and linger sipping beer and finishing our fries and saltines slathered with our spicy red sauce.

Jill was having a long and tiring week so I surprised her with my own version of a Shrimp Po Boy. I made a sauce that consisted of Dukes Mayo, Sriracha, Horseradish and Ketchup. I replicated the ribbons of Iceberg lettuce and made a southern style batter for the shrimp that was spiced up with some Slap Ya Mama seasoning. As a side I baked some fries and used my Fry Salt.

Ingredients:
Fresh uncooked, shelled and de-veined Shrimp
Fresh Rolls
Thin cut ribbons of cold Iceberg lettuce
Frozen Fries
My fry Salt

Shrimp Marinade
1/2 cup of milk
2 beaten eggs
2 tbs of Yellow mustard
Slap Ya Mama seasoning

Sauce
1/4 cup of Dukes Mayo
1 tbs of Ketchup
1-2 tbs of Sriracha
Horseradish to taste

Shrimp Breading
1 cup of Corn Meal
1/2 cup of AP Flour
2 tbs of Slap Ya Mama Seasoning
1 tbs of Old Bay Seasoning
1 tbs of black pepper
Pinch of salt.

Directions:
1. The thing that will take the longest is your fries so put them on a sheet tray and season them with my Fry Salt and bake according to the package.

2. In a cast iron skillet or deeper cast iron pot, heat oil on Medium to Med-High until it hits 375 degrees. Shrimp cooks super fast so basically you are cooking the coating more than the shrimp. If you want a darker and crunchier crust on your shrimp, bump up the heat a bit and cook in smaller batches where the shrimp doesn’t touch each other while cooking.

3. Take your shrimp and let them soak in your shrimp marinade to flavor and tenderize them. Before ready to fry, take the shrimp from the wet mixture and bump off extra wetness (oil and wet are not friends). Coat your shrimp in the breading mixture. I added them all slowly until they were all coated to the point they were dry to the touch.

4. Working in small batches, carefully load your shrimp into the hot oil. Be careful and consider using a tool to put the shrimp in the oil. These babies cook in about 3-4 minutes. I move them around during the frying process. Remove them and place them on a paper towel and then transfer to a wire wrack until you are finished cooking everything. IMG_0625

5. Mix up your sauce and cut your lettuce. Slather both sides with the sauce, add the shrimp and lettuce. Add your fries and you are ready to go.
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Sloppy Bao Sandwich “Baoquette”

Sloppy Bao Sandwich

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sloppy Bao Sandwich
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I spotted this Martha Stewart recipe for a simply but unique Sloppy Bao Sandwich that looked pretty interesting when trying to scratch that sandwich itch. I have mentioned it various times that I have some sort of gene for Asian/Eastern food. I just love their balance of spice, sweet and tangy.

Think of a sloppy joe with a “hmmm” factor to it. The punch of basil through that meaty savory slop with the chew of the bread is a perfect bite. I think I would adjust the ketchup and dijon mustard down a notch. I totally get using mustard and ketchup in BBQ sauces or on burgers and dogs but I thought they elbowed their way to the front versus harmonizing with the rest. It’s used to speed it up but I think I would have pulled them down and added tomato paste to replace some of the sweet with savory. All that said, it’s’ a good and fun sandwich.

Adapted from Martha Stewart
Ingredients:
1 lbs of lean ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken
1 baguette
2 tbs of minced shallot
1 clove of minced garlic
8-10 leaves of fresh basil
1 jalapeno sliced (optional)
3/4 cup of Ketchup
3 tbs of dijon mustard
1 tbs of tomato paste
1 tbs of fish sauce
2 tbs of red Thai-curry paste
1 tsp of brown sugar
Kosher salt to taste

Directions:
1. Super easy. In a skillet on medium heat add your protein and onion and cook until browned. Then add the garlic and let it cook for one minute before adding the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined. Turn to low and let this simmer stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. IMG_0559

2. Split and toast the baguette for about two or three minutes. Fill your baguette with your meat mixture and top with jalapeno, cilantro, basil or even some cabbage. Enjoy.
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Chickcado Sandwich

Chickcado Sandwich

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chickcado Sandwich
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Last week I posted a sandwich recipe that we really liked. My BLT and that Chicken Goat cheese sandwiches really pretty special. So we felt like another sandwich but wanted to play around with it. When we go to West Texas to visit family it seems like we don’t get out of there without eating a Turkcado sandwich from Murray’s and a been burrito from Taco Villa. Both are more nostalgic than really great food.

So I decided to cook up some bacon and chicken and make a club-BLT-Turcado like sandwich. Mash up.
I can’t get enough of these heirloom tomatoes marinated with Balsamic Vinegar. Sweet and tangy mixed with salty crispy bacon on soft sourdough bread. Avocado and swiss also added a nice creamy note.

Ingredients:
1-2 chicken breasts
Sourdough bread
1 avocado
Swiss Cheese
Dukes Mayo
Heirloom Tomato (sliced)
3-4 slices of thick cut bacon

Directions:
1. Cook your bacon in a cast iron skillet on low heat to properly render out all that fat to create a perfectly crispy slice of bacon. Remove and set aside on a paper towel.

2. Add your chicken to the same skillet. I lightly salted my breasts an I also used a mallet to get them to an even thickness. Cook until done and remove to rest. After resting slice thinly against the grain.

3. While your chicken is cooking, slice your tomatoes, pat them dry and lightly salt them. Before you put them on your sandwich pat them again with a paper towel and then drizzle balsamic vinegar over them and let the tomatoes suck up the vinegar.

4. Build your sandwich with Duke’s Mayo on both sides, swiss cheese, chicken, avocado and bacon. We made some fries and served them with a Utah fry sauce.
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Chicken Club Sandwich with Herb Goat Cheese

Chicken Club Sandwich with Herb Goat Cheese

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chicken Club Sandwich with Herb Goat Cheese
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This was a terrific sandwich. The soft sourdough bread with crispy bacon, tender chicken breast, balsamic marinated heirloom tomatoes complimented with tangy and herbaceous goat cheese. Very simple but one of those meals where you think “wow why don’t I have this once a week”. You could serve it hot, room temperature or even cold.

Ingredients
Fresh Sourdough Bread
3 strips of bacon
2 chicken breasts (pounded to even thickness)
1-2 heirloom tomatoes
3 tbs of goat cheese
Fresh thyme
Fresh Basil
Dukes Mayo
Kosher Salt

Directions:
1. In a medium-low heated cast iron skillet add your bacon. The trick is to go low and slow to properly render out the fat and to crisp it perfectly. It shouldn’t curl up on you. If it does turn your heat down. When cooked remove and place it on paper towel.

2. Lightly salt and pepper your chicken after you pounded it so that it is a consistent thickness. This will ensure it cooks evenly and stays juicy. Place the chicken right into the pan you were using for cooking the bacon. When done let it rest and slice thinly against the grain. IMG_0394

3. While your chicken is cooking. Take some goat cheese and add chopped basil and thyme. I heat it in the microwave for 5 seconds to blend it easier. Let it come to room temp and you can skip that step. Also slice your tomatoes, salt them and place on a paper towel. The salt will draw out the moisture and aide the balsamic vinegar in soaking into the tomato. After about 5 minutes dab with paper towel and drizzle balsamic vinegar on your tomatoes. IMG_0393

4. Slice your bread. Put Dukes Mayo on one slice and goat cheese on the second slice. Add chicken, then bacon and top with your tomato. Enjoy. IMG_0397</aIMG_0400>

Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich

Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich
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In Cabo there is a restaurant called Edith’s that makes a table side Caesar Salad that it the best I have ever had. Huge wooden bowls that have been seasoned for years of one task only…the Caesar salad. You see the anchovies, the egg yolk, garlic, Worcestershire, lemon, dijon etc…

While my dressing doesn’t have the same “pizzazz” as the masters in white mexican shirts, it holds up okay. Let’s face it, the ingredients are pretty much the same. So I wanted to make a sandwich the other day and for some reason making a caesar salad sandwich sounded tasty. Salty, lemony, tangy, creamy with a crunch of bacon.

Ingredients
2 chicken breasts
2 ciabatta rolls
romaine lettuce
2 slices of bacon (crispy)

Dressing
1 cup of Duke’s Mayo
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 tsp of anchovy paste
2 tbs of lemon juice
1 tsp of worchestershire sauce
1 tsp of dijon mustard
1/2 cup of fine ground parmesan cheese
1 tsp of black pepper
pinch of Kosher salt

Directions
1. Grill a simple chicken breast with salt and pepper that is mallet-ed to 1/4 inch thickness for even cooking.
Set aside to rest.

2. Make your dressing by combining the ingredients in a food processor and let her rip. Notice I took a short cut by using Duke’s Mayo vs the egg and oil route. Duke’s does it better than I could. IMG_0090

3. Take a bowl of the lettuce and add dressing and toss forty times until it is fully coated. I then toasted my rolls to get a crust on the inside and added my chicken, dressed salad with crispy bacon on the the top.
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Pesto Presto Chicken Sandwich

Pesto Presto Chicken Sandwich

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pesto Presto Chicken Sandwich
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Despite being armed with the information about bread being the body’s kryptonite, I love it. Perfectly thick sliced chewy, toothy sourdough and some cheese and I am fine. Jill loves for me to make special sandwiches. I saw some recipes around chicken and pesto and thought I would make a sandwich around it.

I also had finished off a jar of dill pickles and had some left over pickle juice so decided to use that as my chicken marinade. The pickle brine really makes a great marinade. It doesn’t come across as too “pickely”. I also wanted to use goat cheese for tang. To play on that tang I added some jarred sun-dried tomato pesto sauce to my goat cheese.

Also I broiled the sourdough to get a nice crust on the inside while keeping the other side pillow soft. So many things going on with this sandwich. Two pestos in play give an herbaceous main note. The pickle juice brine, goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes bring acid and tang. Really delicious sandwich. A slice of crispy bacon would also be a nice addition.

Ingredients
2 chicken breasts (free range, air chilled)
Sourdough loaf of bread
I small package of goat cheese
1 Jar of sun dried tomato pesto
1 jar of basil pesto
Olive oil
Arugula lettuce
Pickle juice
Mont Jack cheese (not necessary but we had some shredded leftovers)

Directions
1. Marinate your chicken breasts in pickle juice for as long as you can. Pound it to be the same thickness so that it cooks evenly. IMG_0049

2. Grill your chicken until cooked through. Get some nice grill marks on both sides. Set aside to rest.

3. With oven on broil. Slice your bread and add a little olive oil and a pinch of salt. Broil until brown and crusty on one side. IMG_0050

4. Take your goat cheese at room temperature and add the tomato pesto until you enjoy the taste. I probably used 2 tablespoons. IMG_0052

5. When bread is toasted add to one side (top) the goat cheese spread. To the other side, add your chicken after you sliced it on the bias. Spread it on the bread and top with the basil pesto. About a tablespoon. Top with arugula and then your tomato pesto bread topper. Slice and enjoy.
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Patty Melt on Dark Rye

Patty Melt on Dark Rye

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Patty Melt on Dark Rye
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This is my second patty melt post. The first I used Gina and Pat Neely’s recipe from their most recent cookbook. Love me some Gina. I remember liking it quite a bit so I thought I would try it again and maybe try a new sauce. Not sure where patty melts came from and why they are not called a hamburger but “real” diner patty melts must have four things; beef patty, rye bread, swiss cheese and caramelized onions.

For my burgers, I can really go any direction on sauces…mayo, mustard or ketchup. Probably Mayo and mustard edge out ketchup. So I wanted to make the typical secret sauces that are basically thousand island dressing. I backed off ketchup and added a few non-traditional ingredients for some tang and zip. It turned out okay probably not as good as the Neely version. I went with dark rye and in the future switch back to the lighter rye.

Ingredients (2):
3/4 lbs Grass Fed Ground beef (85-90%)
Rye Bread
4 tsp of Dukes Mayo
Swiss Cheese
Cheddar cheese
1 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce
Season Salt and Pepper
1 Red onion

Sauce
2 tbs of Dukes Mayo
1 tbs Stone Ground Mustard
1 tbs Ketchup
splash of soy
splash of Tabasco
splash of Sriracha
3 spoons of Wickles Pickles relish (2 for you and 1 for the sauce)

Directions:
1. The onions will take 20 minutes to caramelize so start by cutting the onion in strips. In a medium non stick pan on medium heat with a splash of oil, cook these for 20 minutes until dark and sweet like below. One tip is to continue to add a little water to keep them from burning. Just splash it every 3 minutes. IMG_9545

2. Mix up your sauce. You can use whatever floats your boat. I was just screwing around and whipped this one up. Basically Thousand Island or everyone’s secret sauce. The Soy, Tabasco and Sriracha are the outliers. Mix and put into fridge.

3. Form your patties into the shape of your bread and make it a little bigger to allow for shrinkage. To the beef I seasoned with “season salt”, black pepper and about 2 tsp of Ketchup and a splash of Worcestershire.

4. Let’s make some patty melts. Your onions are cooked and cooling. You get a large cast iron skillet on medium heat with a splash of oil. Cook your patties to medium rare and pull them out of the pan and let them rest with the onions.

5. Wipe that pan and put it back on the fire. Lower the temp to medium low. Now I learned this tip from Bon Appetit. Instead of buttering your bread you spread about a 1 tsp of Dukes Mayo on the outside (grill side down). Build your melt in the pan by adding the bread, swiss, patty, onions, cheddar and then spread your sauce on the bread and top it. IMG_9549

Put a heavy object on the patty melts to get them hot and crusty on the outside.
Upon the flip, remove the heavy object and stripe the top of the bread with mayo and then flip.
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Cut and serve.
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Ham Gruyere Leek & Spinach Empanadas

Ham Gruyere Leek & Spinach Empanadas
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Ham Gruyere Leek & Spinach Empanadas

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Jill bought me Ina Garten new cookbook “Make it Ahead”. I’m not a make it ahead kinda guy but I see the point when you are entertaining etc… She has a Ham & Leek Empanada recipe that looked good so I decided to give it a go. Wow they were amazing. Ina has always had great recipes but I think her last two books are her best. She is doing such a great job with simplicity but special recipes. Can’t wait to try some more.

People..these are for real! Pretty easy to make and the payoff is off the charts. I changed it a little bit but these babies are automatically on my “best of list”. After one try. You have a flaky delicate puff pastry filled with shaved ham and creamy Gruyere with the soft onion notes that leeks provide along with some spinach. I think the spinach was added to satisfy “healthy” guilt. She added basil that I excluded. I also doubled up on the mixture amount for each. Typical dude move.

I can see the ladies serving them at parties, showers, bible studies, book clubs, Downton Abbey watch parties, Easter etc.. Guys will like them too because they are really tasty. Gotta give em a try. Ina nailed this one.
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Ingredients:
Frozen Puff Pastry(I used 1 package, Ina used 2)
4 oz of deli shaved ham
4 oz of shredded Gruyere cheese (I used a Cheddar/Gruyere)
1 1/2 cups of Leeks (small diced the white and light green parts)
2 oz chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tbs of unsalted butter
1/3 cup of creme fraiche
AP flour for dusting pastry to avoid sticking
1 egg beaten with 2 tbs of milk for egg wash
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Defrost your puff pastry

2. Thinly cut your leeks (in half and then diced into fingernail looking pieces). Wash them well and drain the water. In a medium heated pan, melt your butter and add your leeks. Stir until soft and then remove from the burner and add the creme fraiche and stir for a minute.

3. In a large bowl add your ham and Gruyere and top with the leek mixture. stir until combined and then add the spinach and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
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4. Dust a board or your counter with flour. Whisk your egg wash but adding an egg and milk and beat until well combined. Unroll your puff pastry sheet and cut into four squares. Roll each out. Add your filling. Apply egg wash to the outer edges. Given I used all the mixture and half the puff pastry as Ina, I packed mine pretty full. I balled up the mixture so it was tight and then lifted the pastry square in one hand and folded the edges and gave them a pinch. Once sealed, I put them back on the board and used a fork to seal the edges and make them look better.
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5. Place your empanadas on the parchment lined baking sheet. Don’t crowd them or have them touch each other. Brush on the egg wash to the tops of each one and then lightly salt and pepper them.
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6. Bake them for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove and let them rest for 5 minutes.
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Khao Khat Pork Tenderloin Bahn Mi

Khao Khat Pork Tenderloin Bahn Mi

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Khao Khat Pork Tenderloin Bahn Mi
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Khao Khat means “crave” in Vietnamese. I have another Bahn Mi sandwich in my blog that is similar to this one. I crave this sandwich. I remember when Jill and tried this for the first time we both looked at each other after the first bite with that look of “holy cow that was good”.

Doing this blog pushes me to find new recipes and to try new things that I don’t get to make some of my favorite “tried and true” recipes as much. It’s always fun to go back and tinker with some of my faves.

I use pork tenderloin which often gets overlooked or crowded out by chicken and/or beef. Pork tenderloin is such a great cut of meat that is as lean as a chicken breast but remains super tender. The soy, sesame, fish sauce gives it that saltiness. Paired with the pickled slaw that awakens it up with vinegar. Then the heat from the jalapenos makes your eyes water (in a good way) but Duke’s Mayo saves the day to tone it all down. Such a great sandwich.

You could lose the bread and mayo and switch to lettuce if you were trying to cut calories or gluten. That said, I just love how Dukes Mayo plays in this one… West meets East.

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Ingredients
Pork Tenderloin
French Baguette
Cilantro
Dukes Mayo
Chili oil

Marinade
4 Tbs Soy Sauce
1 Tbs Fish Sauce
2 glugs of Sesame Oil
2 tbs of Maple Syrup or Honey
1 tbs brown sugar
2 cloves of garlic (minced or pressed)
1 tbs of minced ginger
4 green onions (diced)
Kosher Salt

Pickled Veggies
1/2 cup of shredded carrots
2 tbs of Shredded purple cabbage
3-4 radishes (thinly sliced)
1 jalapeno (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
Pinch of Kosher Salt
2 tbs of sugar

Directions:
1. Prepare your tenderloin by removing in any fat or silver skin. Cut the loin into 1/2 inch “medallions” (like you would cut cookies from a package of cookie dough). Place these medallions between plastic wrap and tenderize them with a smooth sided meat cleaver/mallet. Lightly pound them to a 1/4 inch thickness.
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2. Now add these into a Ziplock bag with the marinade for at least 1 hour and hopefully overnight.
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3. Slice your carrots, purple cabbage, jalapenos and radishes. Whisk the water,vinegar and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Pickle the veggies overnight along side the meat.
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4. In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, add a little chili oil. When the pan is nice and hot add your marinated pork medallions and sear them on both sides. These are thin so you only need to cook them 2 minutes on each side.
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5. Prepare your roll by slicing it and coating both sides with Duke’s Mayo. Overlay your medallions and top with the pickled veggies and cilantro, sriracha. We added a side of Sriracha Kettle chips.

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