I love to cook a variety of foods, and tapas style, or small plates, are probably one of my favorite ways. I love that you don't have to settle for one meal idea with this concept. You can have a few varieties not to mention they are fun to prepare. Usually when I do this style for dinner, I try to do something with chicken, beef, and pork. For this evening, I settled on beefy nachos and buffalo chicken dip but didn't know what to do with pork. At that moment it was like divine intervention stepped in, I saw ground pork, ginger, garlic, soy, spices... Oh, my!!! My mind went into overdrive and as such, this recipe was born. It is absolutely delicious, and so easy. Just a heads up, when you are doing this style of cooking, make sure your flavors are on point. Small bites need to pack a big punch, and luckily this delivers. Here's how I did it:
Spicy Asian Pork Sliders:
1 pound organic ground pork
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sriacha
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 organic garlic cloves, grated
1- 12 pack Hawaiian Rolls
2 cups shredded organic cabbage
1/4 diced organic mango
3 organic green onions, chopped
2 tbsp organic lemon juice
1 tbsp organic agave nectar
1 tbsp canola oil
Directions: In a large bowl add the pork and all the ingredients. Mix the meat just until everything is incorporated and divide into 12 slider size patties. Put the sliders in the fridge while you make the slaw. Add the cabbage, mango, and green onions to a bow. In a small bowl add the lemon juice, agave, and oil and whisk until the consistency of dressing. Pour onto the cabbage mixture and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat a grill pan or skillet on medium and cook the pork sliders until no longer pink, about 4-5 minutes per side. Serve on a roll and top with the Mango Slaw.
Tip: If you are a fan of ginger but don't use it as much as you would like then you will love this tip. Buy a piece of ginger, rinse it off when you get home, wrap it in plastic wrap, and throw it in a baggie and put in the freezer. Peel and all. When you want to use it, just grate what you need. I promise you, it grates very easily when frozen, and tastes amazing.
Tip 2: Don't know about agave nectar yet? Well, let me clue you in. This little sweet concoction has started to become popular over the last couple of years, but it is actually good for you. I now use this in place of simple syrup when making cocktails, like mojitos, and they have never tasted better. It adds the perfect amount of sweetness.