Leftover Pork Chops Can Be Great The Next Day
We had some leftover pan roasted pork chops that needed to be used up and because of the heat I wanted to keep it simple. So, I thought a simple sauce served with rice pilaf and some grilled eggplant would work.
Since the meat was already cooked, all I had to do was reheat it. I had several choices but opted for the easiest by using my microwave. I can just hear the purists out there saying, "You used a microwave? What's wrong with you? Don't you know a good cook doesn't use a microwave?"
Well my answer to those of you who think that way is NO. I have no problem using a microwave for reheating cooked food, defrosting stuff, making popcorn and a whole bunch of other helpful, time saving chores.
I'm not one for cooking whole meals in a "nuker," and usually cook everything on the stove, in the oven or on a grill, but if the microwave fits the use it was intended for, so be it. In fact, with two young kids, I don't know how I would get by without one.
By the way, I would be happy to hear your arguments for and against the use of microwaves in the reply section below. Please just keep it civil.
More Ways To Serve Leftover Pork Chops
There are so many ways to use up leftover pork chops but here are just a few suggestions. Please leave some of your own suggestions in the comments section below.
Dice and Serve
My mother used to dice up the previous nights pork chops to make a Danish dish called Biksemad which was basically a hash made with pork, potatoes and onions. We knew if we were having pork one night, we most likely were having Biksemad the following night.
You could also use diced pork in and use it in a fried rice dish or stir fry. I'm thinking pork fried rice here.
How about doctoring up a can of baked beans or any beans for that matter with some diced pork? Or how about using in a jambalaya?
Now if you have some leftover rice, beans and pork, you can throw together an incredible rice and beans dish.
Cut it into a small dice and you can serve it in scrambled eggs or add it to home fries to serve with your scrambled eggs.
I'm liking the sound of adding it to my homemade chili recipes.
Slice and Serve
A great way to add some extra protein to a salad of greens is to add some thinly sliced leftover pork to it. Or you can slice it and add it to chicken broth or any of your favorite soups for that matter.
We've added sliced leftover pork to tacos and quesadillas. I'm thinking sliced pork sandwich like a Cuban or Banh Mi. Or how about a Cuban grilled cheese sandwich.
Shredded and Serve
If the pork is not to rare, it will be easy to shred especially if you have a food processor with a shedding blade but if not, a box shredder should do the trick. Now you can find all sorts of ways to use the shredded pork in some of your favorite dishes.
Pork tamale pie, taco filling, topping for pizza just to name few. Or how about adding some shredded pork to stuff an avocado? Yum!
It would make an incredible filling for Shepherds Pie or stuffed sweet potatoes or stuffed portobello mushrooms. I'm guessing there's not much you could stuff that would taste great with shredded pork.
Burrito bowls are popular now. My kids are ordering them all the time now but now I can try to make one at home with leftovers.