Pulled Pork Open Face Sandwhiches with Sweet Potato Fries

(serves 4)

Ingredients:

Pork Loin
1 Onion
4 Cloves Garlic, chopped
Spinach (Optional)
Eggs (Optional)
3 Sweet Potatoes
Barbecue Sauce (Optional)
Olive Oil
Onion Rolls
Salt
Green Salsa (optional)

Directions:

The non-optional part is the pork. Set a large pot of water to boil. Add 3 cloves garlic (save 1 clove for later if you want spinach on your sandwich), a teaspoon of salt, and half of the onion, very roughly chopped to the water. You’re going to boil this sucker for an hour to an hour and a half. Yes, your house will smell heavenly and you will want to eat immediately, but wait until that sucker is cooked. You’ll probably have to add water a couple times. Keep the pork submerged.

Once you have about 30 minute left, peel and slice your sweet potatoes. Heat the oven to 450º. Toss the “fries” in some olive oil.

Put them in the oven for 10 minutes. Bring them out to toss and turn them. Stick them back in for another 10.

Shred the pork loin once it’s cool enough to manipulate. You can use 2 forks to do it if it’s too hot, but it’s easier with your hands, I think.

Slice the buns in half and set them on a hot grill until they get a tiny bit of crunch and heat throughout.

Optional Parts!
There a bunch of ways to make this sandwich.

  • If you want spinach on your sandwich,  over medium heat, heat olive oil and the last garlic clove for 2 minutes. Add about a cup of spinach and stir as it wilts.
  • If you want eggs on your sandwich, bring 2-3 inches of water to boil. Crack your eggs directly into the water and boil for 3 minutes.
  • If you want barbecue, just combine the shredded pork with barbecue sauce. You might add a touch of Wasabi powder to give it a fun kick.
  • If you want grilled onions on top, slice the other half of the onion thin and stick them on the grill real quick after you remove the buns!

Jason liked his halves with Barbecue sauce, Stanton liked his with Barbecue and grilled onions, and I liked mine with spinach and eggs on top. All were amazing. Stanton said “This dinner was really interesting….but in a good way!” Haha interesting often means too weird to eat again, but everyone loved their different takes on this sandwich. I loved the juices of the soft boiled egg dripping in the shredded pork.

With grilled onions and spinach.

With spinach and soft boiled eggs.

I eat them with a fork and knife, but the boys ate them like pizza. It’s up to you! Have fun experimenting with the many ways to make this amazing!!

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