Monday, January 5, 2015

Pork Belly Sandwich With Pesto Aioli - Delicious!

The other night the BF and I were wandering around the kitchen aimlessly, trying to figure out what the heck to have for dinner. I opened the freezer and came across a pack of pork belly.  Hmmm.  We also had burger buns that needed to be used.  Double hmmm.  I got to think - I've seen pork belly sliders on many episodes of Eat St.  I knew it could be done.  Why not give it a try?

Low and behold....the most amazing sandwich known to mankind.  Make it.  Now.  Trust me.





Pork Belly Sandwich
2 T cornstarch
1 T each garlic salt, black pepper, seasoning salt
1 pack cut up pork belly (or more depending how many sandwiches you are making - 1 pack made us 4 sandwiches)
1 T veg oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic chopped
1/2 c balsamic vinegar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 c chicken or beef stock
1/4 c mayo
1/4 c pesto
1 T EVOO
1 c shredded mozzarella
1 apple thinly sliced
watercress, parsley, green onion - all chopped and combined, for garnishing sandwich
shaved cucumber & carrots (use a peeler to create shavings)
burger buns (or any bun)

Mix the cornstarch with the next set of seasonings - put in a bowl with pork belly and toss to coat.  Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat . Fry pork on all sides until golden brown, about 1 minute per side.  Remove to towel lined plate.  Add onion and garlic to same pan and saute until fragrant, a few minutes. Add next 3 ingredients, stir to combine, allow to come to a boil and stay there for a couple of minutes while the sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to a simmer.  Add pork back in, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile mix next 3 ingredients in a small bowl, set aside. To assemble, spread pesto mayo on both sides of buns.  Sprinkle (liberally) with cheese.  Put in oven under the broiler until golden and cheese is bubbly, 5-8 minutes.  Build your sandwich!  Start with the apple slices on the bottom.  Add pork, being sure to scoop up some onions.  Add watercress, parsley & green onion mixture next. Top with shaved cucumber & carrots, and the other side of your bun. Enjoy!!!