Friday, May 18, 2007

Spicy slow-cooked pork with mae ploy

I still have a big old tub of mae ploy red curry paste. Before it completely rots, I am experimenting with it a bit.

Just kidding. I don't think it can rot. It is pretty spicy.

Anyway yesterday I made this and it was yum, yum, yummy. With a slow cooked pork roast you pretty much can't go wrong.

Spicy slow-cooked pork with red curry paste (mae ploy)

1 pork loin roast, about 2 pounds, brined (check Costco for these at a great price)
2 tbsp mae ploy red curry paste
1/2 c raisins
3 c steamed vegetables
6 c steamed jasmine rice

Rinse pork loin roast and pat dry. Rub curry paste into outside of roast. Marinate overnight in the fridge if you have time. If not, just plop it in the Crock Pot. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred with two forks and return to juices in pot along with raisins. Stir.

Layer in a nice big bowl: rice, veggies, and shredded pork and raisins. Garnish with cilantro if desired. Maybe some yogurt would also be good. It makes about 6 hearty servings.

If you want fewer carbs and calories, reverse the proportions of the veggies and rice. The pork loin roast is actually quite lean, so this is a pretty healthful dish. Not to mention tasty. The curry paste and raisins are really deep flavors, which is great for crock pot cooking -- it is often too bland for me. Not this stuff.

I am about to go eat some leftovers right now.

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