I love to cook, but leftovers can be the bane of my existence. Anytime I can find a way to use leftovers in a way that is completely different from their original meal, I am excited.
It doesn’t always happen, but when it does mmmm, mmmm, mmm!
A couple of weeks ago, there was a BOGO deal on pork tenderloin and it is always a bonus when you pay for one and get two!
On Friday I pulled out a package of the tenderloin and lightly floured them and browned them in my new pot. When they were browned, I covered them and then put them in a preheated oven (at 350° F) with a diced up onion, some purple potatoes from our garden, a half a cup of red wine, and a splash of water. While they cooked, I peeled a couple of apples and sauteed them with some butter, lemon, and a bit of cinnamon.
About 45 minutes later, I had a lovely dinner of pork tenderloin, potatoes, and escalloped apples. It was good!
Now, enter the leftover portion of this post. I had one whole pork tenderloin left.
So…on Saturday night we planned on having ½ of the pork tenderloin in a Flat Bread sort of pizza.
Here is my ingredient list, and you will note, I only had to buy two items (the flat-bread and the jalapeno) to make the meal work:
Barbecued Pork Flat-bread
- 1 Trader Joe’s Flat-bread
- 2/3 c. Heinz Chili Sauce ®
- 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
- ½ tsp. dry mustard
- ½ pork tenderloin – cooked and shredded
- 1 red onion, sliced (I used the onions that were originally cooked with the pork)
- 1 c. shredded cheese (I used what I had open in my fridge, sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and a bit of co-jack)
- 1 jalapeno, sliced thinly
Pre-heat oven to 425° F (or whatever the package instructions recommend)
Prepare the flat-bread according to the package directions. I lightly brushed both sides with olive oil and placed on a baking sheet.
Combine the Chili sauce, brown sugar, and dried mustard. Spread mixture over the top of the flat-bread.
Cover with shredded pork and onions. Top with shredded cheese and put in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes (again, you will want to follow your flatbread package instructions).
Remove from the oven when the cheese is melted, the sauce is bubbling a bit, and the crust is browned. Let sit a few minutes before cutting. Top with thinly sliced jalapeno and enjoy!
Super easy and it was so good, and quite unlike our original meal from Friday. I still have ½ a pork tenderloin left and I think that just might become carnitas one night this week!
This is good practice, Gentle Reader, because we are about to begin the bonanza of leftover weeks! Here’s to creativity in all our leftover preparations!