Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pulled Pork Lunch Special

Yield: 4-6 servings

2-3 cups cooked pulled pork
¾ cup favorite barbeque sauce
2 cups shredded cheese

Baked potatoes or sourdough rolls
Coleslaw as a side or topping for the roll

at home preparation:
prep time 10 minutes · total time: 10 minutes
Assemble any ingredients (the grasshaven team cooks pork butt one evening for a delicious outdoor dinner and reserves some pulled pork for the next day’s lunch special sandwiches or baked potato toppings)

campsite preparation and presentation:
total time: 3-4 hours
Warm the pulled pork and barbeque sauce in a saucepan.  Toast the bread (or if you have left over baked potatoes – warm the potatoes).  Once the pork/barbeque sauce is hot and the bread or potatoes are warm, plate the sandwiches (or baked potatoes) with the pulled pork mixture. Enjoy!

recommended campsite gadgets and gear:
aluminum foil
disposable aluminum pan
meat thermometer

cook’s notes:
Add a side of coleslaw (we recommend our Lovage Infused Slaw) and homemade chips.  Even a simple lunch can become an epicurean delight.

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Pulled Pork Lunch Special · Enjoy

Lovage Infused Coleslaw

Yield: 6-8 servings
A very good friend of the grasshaven team from Romania introduced us to an amazing herb called lovage.  Lovage is a very old herb with a crisp, aromatic and unique flavor combining anise and celery.  It can infuse amazing flavor to vegetarian soups and stews. It also pairs nicely with starchy dishes like potatoes.  Lovage can be used similar to celery or parsley but it imparts a stronger flavor so a little goes a long way.  When added to coleslaw it elevates traditional coleslaw to gourmet status.  And when brought on a camping trip, it adds a level of sophistication and intrigue to an otherwise typical side dish.   This is not the traditional sweet coleslaw recipe, it is savory and scrumptious and delicious with pulled pork!

1 head purple cabbage, finely shredded
2 large carrots, finely shredded
2 tablespoons onion, grated
2-3 sprigs fresh lovage
2/3 cup olive oil
¼ cup vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (we start with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper and then increase from there)

at home preparation:
prep time 20 minutes · total time: 20 minutes
Combine cabbage, carrot, onion and lovage.  Emulsify (mix vigorously) oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Add the dressing to the slaw and blend thoroughly.  Place in a resealable bag and store in the refrigerator until time for departure.  Flavors will intensify over time.

campsite preparation and presentation:
total time: <5 minutes
Add as a side to a favorite entrée and enjoy!

recommended campsite gadgets and gear:
No special gadgets needed

cook’s notes:
Lovage can be found in specialty stores or is easily grown in a small garden pot.  When found, it freezes well after a very quick blanching.

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Lovage Infused Coleslaw · Enjoy