I love this sandwich. I make it every time we eat pork and have leftovers. My mom invented it to use up some leftovers a long, long time ago, and it has gone through many different phases since then, but it’s still delicious.
Originally we used Panera Bread’s onion and rosemary foccaccia as the bread, but then they stopped making it. As a former catering coordinator for the company, I tried to get it back, to no avail (although one of the bakers made one just for me, one morning).
Since that awesome bread is no longer available, I just use kaiser rolls (or something similar). They are a good size, and hold up well.
I said before that this sandwich is usually made with leftover pork. It doesn’t matter what kind if pork, as long as you have enough for the sandwiches you need. Unfortunately, I did not have any leftover pork when I got a hankering for this sandwich the other day, so I threw three pork chops into the crock pot for 8 hours on LOW. It worked perfectly, and made enough for four sandwiches.
Spicy Pork Sandwiches
- leftover pork
- hot sauce (any kind, or a combo will work, but I like jalapeno hot sauce best for this)
- provelone or farmer’s cheese
- rolls (enough to feed the right number of people)
This is a very loose recipe, since the amount of leftovers and available cheese is often different when I make these. The above ingredients make the best combination, in my opinion. Feel free to experiment and let me know if you hit on another winning combo.
Step 1: Shred the leftover pork in a bowl.
Step 2: Throw a few dashes of your chosen hot sauce on the pork and stir to combine. Taste testing is important here, as the level of heat varies from hot sauce to hot sauce. If you need more, just add a few dashes more. I used a combo of sauces, since we’re out of jalapeno (I may have dropped the bottle on the floor a few weeks ago).
step 3: Set the pork aside while you prepare the rest of the sandwich. Cut pieces of foil large enough to wrap around the sandwiches. Cut the rolls in half, lay two slices of cheese on the bottom half, then pile some pork on top of the cheese. Lay on the top half of roll, then wrap it all up in foil.
Place the foil packets in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. I served these sandwiches with roasted leeks (which went in the same oven for the same amount of time), but chips and dip work well too, or sweet potato fries.
This is a perfect mid-week or busy Friday meal. The pork is already cooked, all you have to do is assemble the sandwiches.