Monday, 30 April 2012

Left. Over. Roger: bbq pork breakfast burrito



Carla at Can be bribed with food, has launched a new blogging challenge - Left. Over. Roger. With the support of Love Food, Hate Waste, it is going to showcase the best ways bloggers can come up with to use leftovers and minimise food waste, which is something I can totally get behind. I've often posted dishes using leftovers, because I think it is really important for a cook to learn how to be economical and make the most of everything that passes through the kitchen. And sometimes just packing leftovers into a lunchbox for the following day isn't quite enough.

BBQ pork shank
With apologies to my readers who visit for Meat-Free Mondays, generally speaking, we end up with leftover meat most often. We get better results cooking a larger piece of meat and frankly we like having leftover meat! We'd slowly roasted a shank of Tamworth pork in the barbecue (lid on, indirect heat, quite a lot of cherrywood smoking dust) until it was tender and succulent. Even after eating our fill there was quite a lot of meat and rind leftover.

The rinds went into a hot oven for a few minutes to crackle up and render down, and we had them as scratchings with a little afternoon drinkie.

The rest of the pork became a magnificent brunch of well-stuffed burritos. I cut the meat into chunks and sauteed it (in a little of the rendered lard from the rinds - mmmmm lard!) until browned and crisp around the edges then poured on some beaten eggs to make an omelette. I stuffed the omelette into soft flour tortillas (my new favourite way to reheat tortillas is to run them under the cold tap, then microwave them for a minute - they go unbelievably fluffy and pliable). I topped them with grated cheese, avocado, tomato and coriander salsa and a good slosh of smoked chilli sauce. They were almost too full to roll, but where there is a will there's a way.

pork breakfast burrito

9 comments:

cara waters said...

Great idea - I love using leftovers as well - it makes me feel very thrifty and I hate to throw food out. My husband does complain about all the little bowls in the fridge sometimes...

mscrankypants said...

Good idea to make the most of every item brought into the house. I can't remember the exact number, but a story in the The Age a while ago mentioned thousands of tonnes of bought food thrown out every year. Madness.

Breakfast burrito, hey? Yum.

Joanne said...

I usually just eat my leftovers as is but it's such a great idea to make tacos or burritos out of them! Definitely a fun way to spruce them up.

Foodycat said...

Cara - my real problem is planning something with the leftovers and Paul snacking on them before I can get to them!

Cranky - I love a breakfast burrito. Infinite variety!

Joanne - somehow wrapping something in a tortilla makes it go so much further!

Emma said...

WHERE did you find a Tamworth pork shank? Pleeease tell me it's somewhere I can get to! I can only find pork shanks in butchers that are erm....a bit rough and of dubious quality/ethics, and I'm never organised enough to pre-order days in advance from my (good) butcher.

Shu Han said...

I hate wasting food. I'm probably more anal than most people, I don't even throw carrot tops away, I freeze them in a bag and save them for stock. And I'm one of those rare people who really like leftovers, just because I know there's something waiting in the fridge for me! I love what you did to that leftover pork, I'm just surprised you even have any ;) And thanks for bringing to attention Left. over. Roger. It sounds like a brilliant challenge, one that more people need to know about!

Foodycat said...

Emma - you can order the night before from ELSCo!

Shu Han - isn't it a great challenge? Definitely the way we should be eating!

Deb in Hawaii said...

The tacos look amazing. Such a fun challenge too. I am all about repurposing my leftovers. ;-)

Simona said...

I learned about the Love food Hate waste site a while ago: I am in total support of anything and anybody who makes people more aware of the food that is unnecessarily wasted. Leftovers are an invitation to be creative, as your burritos show very nicely.

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