Sunday, June 5, 2011

Barbecue Pork Quesadillas with Spanish Rice

Featured Ingredients: Fire Roasted Tomatoes and Black Beans

Here is a delicious double duty meal.  One night make this simple pork roast.  You can even make the marinade in the morning.  Marinate your pork all day then throw it in the oven for about an hour after you come home. The barbecue pork roast recipe is primarily inspired by Paula Deen. The flavor and smell that this marinates imparts is a literal translation of an old fashioned package barbecue sauce in a container, without the artificial flavor you would get from, well, a pre-packaged sauce. 

Barbecue Pork Roast
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup tamari
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 large cloves garlic minced
One 2 1/2 lb pork loin roast

In a bowl combine all ingredients.  Whisk together.  Pour into a resealable plastic bag and add pork roast.  Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or more.  No more than overnight.

Remove roast from bag.  Place on a rack in a roasting pan and discard marinade. Pour about 1 cup water into the roasting pan (only if pork is on a rack).  This helps form a dark rich barbecue au jus or gravy whatever you want to call it. It will be thin.  Save this for the next recipe.  Roast pork at 340 degrees for about 1 hour or until pork reaches 160. (Or at 325F if you have more time). Let rest 10 minutes.  Serve.  Strain out the leftover sauce, au jus or whatever you want to call it for the next day.

Barbecue Pork Roast

Barbecue Pork Quesadillas - Makes 10 or more 6 inch quesadillas

2 cups remaining pork roast sliced and diced
1 cup black beans rinsed
3.5 oz. salsa (my husband gets these single serve packages which are great for recipes like this when you don't think you will use a whole jar).
1 tablespoon leftover au jus.
2 big blocks of monterey jack and cheddar cheese grated.
20 (2 packs) 6 inch soft flour tortillas

Slice and dice remaining pork roast. 

Mix with beans, salsa and au jus.  Grate cheese.
Heat a griddle to medium heat.  Spray with cooking spray.

Heat oven to 275 degrees.

Place cheese and pork mixture in the middle, leaving about a 1/2 inch border by first layering a large pinch of cheese on the bottom of the tortilla.  Add a couple of tablespoons of pork mixture and then another pinch of cheese on top.  You can alternate with monterey jack and cheddar or use one kind.

Place gently on a griddle and press down. Cook uncovered for a few minutes until bottom tortilla starts to crisp up.  Flip carefully with a spatula and repeat on other side. 

Not Pancakes
Place on a broiler pan or rack in the oven (with preferably something under it to keep warm and finish heating through and catch any oozing cheese).  I find if you put it on a pan with tin foil, the bottom gets a little soft and soggy.

Before you start cooking the quesadillas and are about finished with your prep is a good time to put on your rice.

Spanish Rice

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup onion finely chopped
1 large clove garlic minced
1 1/2 cups Carolina Long Grain Rice
1 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
3 cups chicken broth
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt

Heat olive oil in a 10 inch skillet.  Add onion and a little salt to release moisture and saute for a couple of minutes. Add rice and toast until some kernels are translucent.  Add garlic and saute 1 more minute. 
Add tomatoes, broth and spices.  Bring to a boil and reduce to a low/simmer.  Simmer covered for about 10 minutes.  Stir rice and continuing simmering about another 10 minutes until rice is cooked through.

Serve your quesadillas and rice with a simple guacamole.  Mix one soft avocado with juice from half a lime.
Barbecue Pork Quesadillas with Spanish Rice and Simple Guacamole

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