Pulled Pork Sliders
Who doesn’t love sliders? My Kitchen Rules 2011 winners Sammy and Bella share a recipe for juicy pulled pork sliders served with a tangy passionfruit relish.
Serves 4, makes 8
750 pork neck or shoulder (boneless, skinless)
Extra virgin olive oil, for frying
1 cup vegetable stock
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 long red chilli
Roots and stems from ¼ bunch coriander
¾ cup passionfruit pulp (9 or 10 passionfruits)
½ cup white wine vinegar
2/4 cup raw sugar
8 small dinner rolls (or 4 large burger buns)
Shredded red cabbage, to serve
Coriander leaves, to serve
1. Cut the pork into 3cm thick steaks, across the grain. Remove pulp from 4 passionfruit and place in a bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then pass through a sieve to extract the juice (discard the seeds). Marinate the pork in the passionfruit juice overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 160C. Heat a large heavy based oven proof saucepan to high with some olive oil. Remove pork from the marinade, then fry in batches until well caramelised on both sides. Set meat aside and deglaze the pan with vegetable stock and stir in tomato paste, oregano and any reserved passionfruit marinade. Return pork to the pot and cover with some baking paper (a cartouche). Cover with a tight fitting lid and bake in the oven for 4 or 5 hours, or until the meat is falling apart.
3. Once the pork has cooled slightly, it is ready to be pulled. You can do this by using 2 forks, but it’s quicker by hand. Put on a pair of dishwashing gloves to protect your hands from the heat, and gently use your fingers to shred the meat. Place back in the pot together with any cooking liquid, then place back on the stove and cook until the sauce has thickened (if needed). Season to taste.
4. In the meantime, make the relish. Finely chop the eschallots, garlic, chilli and coriander roots and stems. Place in a pot with olive oil and cook on low-medium until translucent and fragrant. Add passion fruit (seeds and pulp), sugar and vinegar and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and season to taste. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
5. To serve, toast the buns and place a generous amount of pulled pork inside. Top with shredded red cabbage and coriander leaves, then a dollop of relish. Serve immediately.
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