|Colorful and easy!|
Today's recipe, Orange-Glazed Pork Tacos with Purple Slaw hits this idea right over the head with sweetly-marinated pork shoulder nestled alongside a crisp, tangy vinegar slaw.
I made this for a dinner party that unexpectedly became a crowd (fine with me!). I turned to my kitchen BFF, my main squeeze, my knight in shining... chrome?... my good ol', trusty Crock-Pot. When you have a large group over and want to be budget-conscious, your choices are typically casseroles. Or sometimes casseroles. Or maybe casseroles. I have nothing against a casserole myself (I'll probably post some casserole recipes at some point), but this time I just wasn't in the mood, and a Crock-Pot is a great way to make a large, dollar-stretching meal. So what's a girl to do but buy a 10-lb cut of pork shoulder, tenderize the heck out of it and turn it into something delicious!
Sidenote: Sometimes the idea of using slaw can be confusing. Is it a side dish? A salad? A vegetable? A garnish? While there are a variety of slaws out there, today's recipe will be used as a topping inside the pork tacos. By itself this slaw is a little tart, but paired with the sweet pork, it's a match made in hog heaven :-)
Orange-Glazed Pork Tacos with Purple Slaw
|Cast of Characters: Pork shoulder, orange marmalade, soy sauce, cabbage, carrot, onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar.|
|Rough chop onion and garlic.|
|Place garlic in bowl and add orange marmalade.|
|*Girl From Scratch Modification: Splash of molasses. I like it sweet!|
|Place onions on the bottom of Crock-Pot, then put pork skin side up, then pour marmalade mixture over top.|
|Cook on high for 6 hours. Take pork out of juices and shred the meat. Ladle juices over top of shredded meat.|
|Shred the carrots (I cheated and bought pre-shredded!) and chop the cabbage.|
|Toss with apple cider vinegar.|
|Salt and pepper.|
|*Girl From Scratch Modification: Add a pinch of sugar. The original recipe is super vinegar-y so the sugar helps take the edge off. I also added a splash of Canola oil. Cover slaw and chill while the pork cooks.|
|Place on a warm tortilla and enjoy!|
Actual recipe/Inspiration: FoodNetwork-Orange-Pork-Roast-Tacos.
Nail Color: Essie - Sand Tropez
My husband was skeptical about bananas with peanut-butter until I made him try it, and now he's a believer. I like Wendy's french fries dipped in a Frosty. What are some of your favorite contrasting flavor combinations? The weirder, the better.