M. Andrew Gordon

Absurd Leftovers: Lemongrass Pork on Pretzel Roll

In Main Dish, Pork on June 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm

My last post was about a pork tenderloin that was marinated in a lemongrass-ginger mixture and then served with a rhubarb sauce, which turned out to be rather delicious.  As I was cleaning up the leftovers I was already having visions of a sandwich piled high with sliced tenderloin and that rhubarb sauce.  There are many sandwiches with pork that are astonishingly delicious, from the Cuban to a pulled pork sandwich.  Because of a favorable work schedule that had me out mid-day on a Friday, I took advantage of that time to indulge both my vision of the pork sandwich and another vision I had been having for the past few months: a home-made roll made out of the same dough used for soft pretzels.

The revolutionary vision...

The rolls are made using an Alton Brown recipe for soft pretzels that I have had success using in the past.  The freshly made pretzel is one of those indelible childhood memories for me, of being at Fenway Park as a young tyke and enjoying the large salt crystals and the doughy, chewy bread.  Of course, that pretzel was surely not freshly made but only freshly warmed, regardless, it has stuck with me and it’s a powerful food/flavor memory.  This spring I trotted out that recipe for a dinner party during the NCAA tournament where we tried, valiantly, to have all food items have some sort of spherical shape.  Instead of the iconic braided pretzels, I made pretzel balls.  Keep your puns to yourself, please.  What resulted was almost akin to a dinner roll, except with the blistered, salty crust of a pretzel.  From there, I longed to make the same thing but into more of a bulky roll style piece of bread.

The resulting roll is a little bit dense, but the bread is soft and so flavorful it doesn’t matter.  It’s equally good warmed and moist or toasted.  Expect to see a burger in the future on one of these rolls within JustAddBacon.

Alton Brown recipe here.

Variations on A Theme: Pretzels

JustAddBacon Alteration: Instead of forming dough into ropes to be made into pretzels, split dough into 6 pieces.  Tuck edges under itself into a four-by-three-inch rectangle.  Cook per the directions in the recipe.

Cut cooled roll in half, brush inside with Chipotle Mayonnaise, stuff with thinly sliced Lemongrass-Ginger Pork, rhubarb sauce, and lettuce.

Chipotle Mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle puree (or finely diced chipotle pepper with adobo sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  1. Mix all three ingredients thoroughly.
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