What to Make With Ground Pork and a bag of Cole Slaw? Deconstructed Egg Rolls or Egg Roll Stir Fry
This is one of those dishes you should keep in your pile of recipes, because it's incredibly fast, easy, and good! Lately ground pork has been less expensive than either ground beef or turkey, so the meal also is economical. The taste of the dish is what the name suggests. It has the flavor of an egg roll, minus the wrapper. The recipe includes cooked rice (leftover!), which means that you have a complete meal--protein, vegetables, and starch--in a pan. Just add a salad or fruit, if you'd like. Any leftovers also make great lunches when zapped in the microwave. Enjoy!
Deconstructed Pork Egg Rolls or Egg Roll Stir Fry -- Serves 4+
1 teaspoon of canola oil
16 ounces of lean ground pork
1/2 cup of chopped onion
14-ounce bag of coleslaw mix (preferably with carrots, but see below)
1/4 - 1/2 cup of shredded carrot (optional, but it adds extra veggies and color)
1/4 cup of chopped celery (a rib or so)
1 - 2 tablespoons of ground fresh ginger (I use the stuff in the squeeze bottle)
1/2 cup of hoisin sauce
1 cup of cooked rice
1/4 - 1/2 cup of water (optional)
2-3 chopped green onions
Heat a large non-stick skillet or chef's pan over medium heat and add the oil, swirling it around. Crumble in the ground pork and add the chopped onion to the pan and saute them together for 5-8 minutes or until the onion softens and the pork is mostly cooked through. If the pork is especially fatty (it probably will be!), drain/spoon off most or the grease. Add the coleslaw mixture, shredded carrot, and celery mixture to the pan and saute them with the pork and onion until the coleslaw melts down--about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger, hoisin, sauce, and rice until they are completely incorporated into the pork mixture. Turn down the heat to low and cook the mixture for another couple of minutes or until the rice is hot. Add the water to the mixture if you want the mixture a little looser. Sprinkle on the green onions. Serve the deconstructed egg roll mixture from the pan to avoid washing more dishes!