When the Chickens Cluck, I Say “Oink!”

pork fattoush

Recently, chickens everywhere starter squawking at me to get my hand out of their hen house and cook another animal for a change. Slightly nervous but still sympathetic, I walked around the butchery section at the store and eventually settled on pork instead.  

 

I invited my old roommate over as motivation to make a meaty dish because, well, it’s more fun to cook for friends! She and I ended up side by side in my cramped one-butt kitchen after she sweetly offered to help. She chopped veggies while supervising me slicing the pork and browning it in the skillet. After tossing all of the ingredients together in a homemade vinaigrette (and snapping some photos, of course!), we sat down to enjoy our dinner and catch up.

 

Really, is there anything better than good food and great friends?

 

pork fattoush

 

Pork Fattoush

based on CL’s Pork Fattoush

serves 4

Fattoush is a Mediterranean bread salad that traditionally uses pita. Tortillas or naan would work well too, as well as chicken for the pork.

2 (7-inch) pitas (or 2 tortillas)

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

juice from half of one lemon

½ tsp dried mint

1 bell pepper, roasted

1 large tomato

1 cucumber

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 (1 lb) pork tenderloin, fat trimmed

  1. Toast the pitas (or tortillas) in a convection toaster oven, or in a regular oven set to 400°. Bread into bite-sized pieces.
  2. While the bread toasts, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and mint in a large bowl. Chop the pepper, tomato, and cucumber into bite-sized pieces, and add the vegetables to the dressing. Toss to coat.
  3. Slice the pork into ½” cubes. Toss in a clean bowl with the garlic. Coat a large pan with nonstick cooking spray, and cook the pork mixture for 5-7 min or until lightly browned and cooked all the way through. Add the pork and toasted bread pieces to the vegetables, and toss everything together to coat with the dressing.

 

pork fattoush

 

August 10, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals.

4 Comments

  1. Schmidty replied:

    It was so good! And there is definitely nothing better than good food and great friends. Thanks again for dinner!

  2. Andrea replied:

    I’m the same way… I buy boneless skinless chicken breast and ground turkey… and that’s it! Good for you for venturing out of your meat comfort zone. Looks healthy and yummy!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks! Chicken and ground turkey taste good, and they’re so easy to make! Other meats intimidate me, but I’m trying my best. I may make some sort of steak soon–stay tuned!

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