We have come to this conclusion: don't serve meat at every meal. Or at least, don't serve a lot of it. A little meat can go a long way. So that's what this post is about: stretching one 5 pound roast into five meals.
Delicious Seasoned Roast
1 5-6 pound boneless pork shoulder roast, rinsed and patted dry
1 Tbsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. onion powder
Place the roast on a large pan or plate. Combine the five spices. Sprinkle - no, liberally coat - the roast with the spice mixture, pressing it in to all the crevices. Use all the spice mixture if you can. If you can't, make a few slits in the meat and get the spices in there.
Place the roast in a crock pot and cook on low for 8-9 hours or high 4-5 hours, or until the meat shreds apart easily. Shred the meat. Meat can also be frozen in a freezer bag for up to three months.
And now, my friends, five ways to use it ...
Burritos: Spoon a couple spoonfuls of cooked rice, cooked beans, and shredded meat onto a large 10- or 12-inch tortilla. Sprinkle on some shredded cheese, a spoonful of salsa, and some sour cream or guacamole if desired. Serve with a salad or chips.
Nachos: Spread tortilla chips out onto a large pan or dish. Lightly sprinkle shredded cheese over chips. Using what you have on hand, lightly layer any of the following in the dish on top of the chips: seasoned rice, seasoned beans, chopped spinach, chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, shredded and chopped meat, roasted vegetables or corn, salsa, avocado, and/or olives; sprinkle more shredded cheese on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.
|My favorite nachos have roasted sweet potatoes on them. Try it!|
Pizza: Make a simple pizza with tomato sauce, this meat and some shredded cheese, or experiment with funky pizza creations like a barbecue sauce base, meat, bleu cheese, and carmelized onions with mozzarella cheese. (My favorite homemade pizza dough recipe is here.)
Breakfast for dinner: Who says meat and potatoes are just for dinner? This meat goes well with hash browns or home fries, scrambled eggs, and toast. Or, try making a frittata by sauteing chopped shredded meat and diced vegetables in an oven-proof skillet, pouring 4-6 beaten eggs over the sauted meat/veggies (do not stir), and cooking over medium-low heat until mostly set. Sprinkle some cheese on top and pop under the broiler for 2-4 minutes (watch closely) so the top finishes cooking.
How would you s-t-r-e-t-c-h your meat? Leave a comment and let me know!