Pulled Pork Bento
I gotta give full credit to the kernel (no pun intended see corn side dish) of this box to Julie over at SporaticCook. She posted a great looking pulled pork from the "Pioneer Woman". Very good looking recipe, even better tasting! So thank you Julie for the inspiration.
I've always wanted to try my hand at pulled pork. I tried to cheap out on the time in the oven by following a short cut recipe (with the original ingrediants) that had a higher temp oven but a shorter time. It turns out that the other recipes cooking method was not long enough. I had to put the pork shoulder back in the oven another 2 hours. I bet this would have been ever more tender had I followed the original cooking instruction. From Pioneer Woman (who is she?)
So originally it was going to be a pulled pork sandwich, I decided for dietary reasons to move it to be a pulled pork taco. So I rushed to fill the vegetable slot with something kinda tex-mex/southwestern in theme. I liked the idea of a corn salad and really didn't want to redo my old corn with black bean salad. Fresh cucumber comes in to sub out for the onions and heavy cilantro comes in to make it more of a flavor component rather than a background flavor component. The little tub was for the sour cream. I figured that my eaters can choose to configure their tacos with adding a bit of the corn or just going with sour cream.
The slaw recipe was part of the original idea of a sandwich, it just so happens to still work here, besides apples are good on the dietary fiber. Very tasty sweet and sour flavor, good for some, so so for other.
I made dessert easy by lumping in a bit of fruit. All told a fairly easy labor non-intensive box. And exclaimed by my wife "the best one yet". That will be tough to top :)
- Pulled Pork
- Cilantro Corn Salad
- Granny Smith Apple Slaw