Monday, February 9, 2009

Hula Joes

Recipe From: Rachel Ray
Not great, not bad...probably won't do again.Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 pound bacon (diced)
1 1/2 pounds ground pork (I used ground turkey)
1 sweet onion (finely chopped)
2 to 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
3 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup pineapple* (chopped)
salt and ground black pepper
4 Kaiser rolls (I used small dollar rolls)
cheddar cheese

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with one turn of the pan of olive oil, about 1 tablespoon. Cook bacon in the pan until crispy, about 3-4 minutes, and remove it to a small bowl.

Return the pan with the bacon fat back over the heat, add the ground pork and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook until soft, about 5-6 minutes.

While the pork and onions are cooking, in a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire and tomato sauce. Pour into the skillet with the pork and onion, cook about a minute, then stir in pineapple and bacon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

While the filling is cooking, split open the rolls and toast them under the broiler.

To serve, place a bun bottom on a plate with a scoop of Hula Joe mixture and a sprinkling of cheese. Top with the bun cap.

*The recipe calls for fresh pineapple, but I used canned and it worked.

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