Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A 4th of July favorite.

PULLED PORK for Sandwiches
(Serves 6)

3 lbs. pork butt or shoulder roast
½ c. finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 rib celery, thinly sliced, or ½ tsp celery seeds
2 T Nadia’s Spicy Paprika (see below)
3 T brown sugar
1 tsp oregano
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1 tsp. ground sage
3/4 cup water
Fresh cilantro or flat leaf parsley

Trim excess fat and brown the roast on all sides in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan. Transfer meat to a slow cooker. Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup water. To the pan, add onion, garlic, and celery and simmer until wilted. Add to the slow-cooker along with spicy paprika, brown sugar, oregano, dried onion and sage.

Cook in slow-cooker on high setting 5-7 hours or until the pork is tender and can be pulled apart with a fork.

We like to make the sandwiches with our favorite crusty buns. I top mine with fresh cilantro, Chuck uses flat leaf parsley. Serve with Coleslaw, potato salad or baked beans.

SPICY PAPRIKA
Poultry, Pork and Fish Seasoning

1 cup Korean red pepper powder (gochugaru)
(a mildly hot, sweet, smoky chili powder product available at specialty food stores, sometimes translated and labeled red pepper powder)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 Tablespoon Knorr Chicken Bouillon Powder

Combine all ingredients. Pulse in blender if there are any lumps. Place in a shaker container and store in a cool dry cupboard. Sprinkle generously on poultry, fish, pork, even pasta and vegetables. This seasoning is not spicy hot, it is mild. Some Korean chili powders are hotter than others. Find a brand you like if you want to be consistent with this recipe.

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Crockpot Tomato Soup

white bowl of red tomato soup
Crockpot Tomato Soup

Two adjustments (using vegetable broth instead of beef and omitting anchovy paste) make this a satisfying vegetarian soup, so whatever your lifestyle, this hits the mark.

2 tablespoon olive oil (for browning the onions)
½ cup diced yellow onion, browned
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
½ teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
Salt
black pepper, to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced (none if making this for kids)
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
2 cans (14.5 oz.) diced, stewed tomatoes
2 Tablespoons tomato puree
1 can (14.5 oz.) beef, chicken or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

First, brown onions in olive oil and then put in crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients, set crockpot to low and cook (3-4 hours). If you start this in early afternoon, it will be ready for supper. Before serving, blend lightly with a few pulses (don’t do this when soup is hot, it will blow out of the blender, trust me). In our house, we don’t want a fine puree, only medium, but do what your family likes. You can omit this step and simply serve the soup chunky.

Garnish with one or more of these: fresh croutons. Basil leaves, fresh grated Parmesan cheese, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.