Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Spicy pulled pork nachos

Spicy Korean pulled pork nachos

There's this thing going on at the moment, the FIFA World Cup. Have you heard of it? I tend to go the other way whenever I get even a whiff of it. Yup, I am not a great football fan despite growing up in a football-mad family in Greece. Or perhaps because of it.

Nevertheless I enjoy the party atmosphere and yelps of triumph (or despair) emanating from pubs, bars and the neighbourhood in general. As long as I don't have to be directly involved in it that is. And I have the perfect dish to serve to those engrossed in the game. Seriously, this is party food of the Gods.

These Korean pulled pork nachos were inspired by the fabulous street food I enjoyed at Food Blogger Connect and the Korean chili paste we got in our (massive!) goodie bags which I put it to good use here. The spicy pulled pork would be fantastic served in a bun, but it is out-of-this-world amazing served on tortilla chips with fresh salsa and avocado dressing. I may never eat anything else ever again!

Spicy Korean pulled pork
Pico de gallo

For the pico de gallo
4-5 small tomatoes, de-seeded and finely choped
(I used a mix of green, yellow and red tomatoes)
1 small green chili, finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
Pinch ancho chili powder

Method
Mix everything together in a bowl and season with salt and the chili powder. Best served freshly made.

For the avocado dressing
1 small ripe avocado
3 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt
Juice of 1 small lime
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro)
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Pinch ancho chili powder

Method
Either pulse everything together in a mini chopper or mash with a fork until completely smooth.

For the pulled pork
700g | 1.5lbs pork shoulder joint
3 tbsp Kochujang (Korean chili pepper paste)
Juice of 1 small lime
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or rice vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp coarse sea salt
2 green bell peppers, roughly chopped
1 red onion, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp freshly minced ginger
60ml | 1/4 cup water
Freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 | 320F. 
  2. Put the chopped vegetables in an ovenproof lidded dish.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and brown the pork on all sides for a couple of minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
  4. Rub the meat with the chili paste, ginger, salt and brown sugar and place on top of the vegetables. 
  5. Add the water, lime juice, soy, Worcestershire sauce, rice wine and season with pepper. 
  6. Cover and roast for 3 hours or until meat is fork tender.
  7. Place the pork on a plate and cover with foil to rest while you prepare the sauce.
  8. Pour all the vegetables and meat juices in a small pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a rolling simmer and cook for 10 minutes until sauce reduces. 
  9. Sieve the sauce into a bowl, pressing on the vegetables with the back of a spoon.
  10. Remove any large pieces of fat from the meat then shred using two forks (or your fingers). Add the sauce and toss to combine.
To serve
Serves 4 as a shared plate
Freshly grated cheddar cheese (as much as you like!)
Limes, quartered
Hot sauce (such as Sriracha) optional
Lightly salted tortilla chips, 1-2 large bags

Method
  1. Place the tortilla chips in a large plate and top with the pulled pork. 
  2. Sprinkle with the cheese and microwave for 1-2 minutes until cheese starts to melt.
  3. Spoon some of the pico de gallo on top of the nachos and add some avocado dressing. 
  4. Drizzle with hot sauce and dive in!
Pulled pork nachos
Pulled pork nachos
Pulled pork nachos

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6 comments:

  1. This is a perfect world cup recipe, it looks amazing! I don't really watch all the games, but I like the merry atmosphere and good food completes it :).

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  3. These look well worth giving a try, I like the way the red peppers brighten it up also.

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  4. I adore pulled pork and this looks like a lovely twist x

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  5. Oh yum this sounds really delicious :) xx

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