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Creating a new dish with leftovers: Honey and orange glazed pork over rice

Honey and orange glazed pork over rice
Created from leftover pork roast


You're thinking about what to have for dinner, you open up the fridge and you see that leftover pork roast that you've already had two meals of...  BORING!  

One of the benefits of leftovers is the convenience factor, being able to quickly reheat something in the microwave, air fryer, or depending on what it is the stovetop or oven.  The downside is what was fantastic when you made it for dinner and was still excellent as a leftover for lunch, is now kind of, I'd rather have something else...

Create something new.

A classically prepared pork roast is something that can easily be transformed into a delicious 'new' dish with an Asian flare.  The notes of honey, orange, and ginger complement what already has a great base flavor.  The best thing, you can prepare this dish in less time than hopping in your vehicle to hit the fast food drive-thru.

Honey & Orange Glazed Pork over Garlic & Ginger Rice

Ingredients for the rice:

  • 1 tab of butter
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (garlic press comes in handy)
  • A thumb size portion of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup, long grain white rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 cups chicken stock

Directions:  In a rice cooker (or a medium pot over medium heat), melt the butter, add salt, and the onion, and saute until the onion starts to soften.  Add the garlic and ginger, and stir to incorporate, letting things get all happy for about one minute.  Add the rice and turmeric, give things a quick stir, then add the chicken stock.  Button-down the lid on the rice cooker and let it do its thing using the appropriate rice setting.  If using a stovetop saucepan or pot, put a lid on it, reduce heat to a low simmer, and cook for 20 minutes.  Do NOT lift the lid!

While the rice is cooking...

Ingredients for the glazed pork:

  • 6-8 ounces of leftover pork roast, cubed
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon of sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • The zest and juice from one orange
  • 1 generous Tablespoon of honey
  • One green onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:  In a large skillet over medium-high heat, toast the sesame seeds, then set aside.  Add the canola oil to the pan, let it come up to temperature, then add the cubed pork.  Stir until warmed through and it starts to caramelize.  Add the sesame oil and the zest from the orange, about a healthy teaspoon.  Stir, then hit the pan with the juice from the orange.  Add the honey, stir to incorporate and until to mixture starts to bubble.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook until sauce reduces and thickens up a bit, salt and pepper to taste.   Serve over a bed of the Garlic & Ginger Rice, topped with the toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onion.

Prep Option:  If you have leftover rice on hand, you can skip the rice in the pot thing and make pork fried rice.

A creative use of leftovers, this dish is also Bachelor on the Cheap Wallet Friendly!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related: Product Review: Cuisinart Rice and Grain Multicooker


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