No, not today’s Patriots game but Anthony’s basketball game from Friday. I’ve been meaning to post about how we handled yet another late night dinner but it wasn’t until Sunday evening (after watching the Pat’s win) that I sat down to write…
Earlier in the week I met my friend Tony for lunch at a Chipotle Grill. The tacos I had were incredibly tasty, with a nice bite to them. It gave me the inspiration to make spicy pulled pork tacos for Friday after the game. The challenge we always face during the basketball season is coming up with a meal that is ready when we get home sometime after 9:00 p.m. and isn’t too heavy. Soft tacos made in the crock pot served with a nice light cole slaw seemed like it would fit the bill.
As I was looking for something with a kick, the recipe for Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos from the Food Network looked perfect. This recipe calls for three types of chilies, which are mixed with onion, garlic, honey, vinegar and olive oil to form the base of the seasoning for the pork. These are combined and heated in a large frying pan to bring out the fragrance. This is then combined with chicken broth and reduced before adding to the crock pot and cooking for 5 hours. The result was nice tangy pulled pork that was ready for us after the game, but I admit that given the amount of preparation I was expecting even more. Not sure I would use this same recipe again or troll the web for other variations.
The side dish was another matter however. I found a very simple recipe for Berry Poppy Seed Slaw which I made and left to rest before we headed to school for the game. This really hit the mark – it was light and flavorful, making it the perfect complement to our late night dinner. This one was a definite keeper.