Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pork Fattoush

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 (7-inch) pitas
  • 3 cups chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 (7-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 chopped red onion

    Preheat oven to 400°.

    Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pork, tossing well to coat. Let stand 5 minutes.

    Arrange pitas in a single layer directly on oven rack. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until crisp; transfer to a wire rack.

    While pitas bake, add pork mixture to pan; cook 5 minutes or until done, stirring frequently. Place pork mixture in a large bowl. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, tomato, onions, mint, vinegar, juice, cucumber, red pepper and peppers. Break the toasted pita bread into bite-sized pieces. Add pita pieces to pork mixture; toss to combine.

    Notes & Tips:
    Fattoush is a traditional Lebbonese food served as a starter, without meat. Adding the meat makes it more of a main dish. We thought this dish was a tad bland, the oven toasted pita chips made this dish. I also added the red onion. I think next time I would make this and use less mint, and maybe some crushed red pepper. Also, I think feta cheese would be a great addition.

    Good, kind of bland, too much mint.

    Nutrition Facts:
    Calories: 314 (25% from fat)
    Fat: 8.6g (sat 2.1g,mono 4.6g,poly 1.3g)
    Protein: 28.9g
    Carbohydrate: 30g

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