Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hula Joes


1 Tbs EVOO-extra virgin olive oil
1/4 pound smoked bacon, diced
1 1/2 pounds ground pork
1 sweet onion such as Maui or Vidalia, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped or grated (tip...I buy a jar of peeled garlic at Wal*Mart or Winco)
3 tbs brown sugar
3 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup fresh or canned pinapple, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
8 Kaiser rolls (or 6 if you like more Joe on your bun)

Preheat broiler.

Place a large skillit over medium-high heat with one turn of EVOO, about 1 tbs. Cook bacon in pan until crispy, 3-4 minutes, and remove it to a small bowl.

Return the pan with the bacon fat back over the heat, add the ground pork and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook until tender, about 5-6 minutes.

While the pork and onions are cooking, in a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce. Pour in the skillet with the pork and onion, cook about a minute, then stir in pinapple. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

While filling is cooking, split open the rolls and toast them under the broiler. Be careful not to burn them!

To serve, place bun bottom on a plate with a scoop of Hula Joe mixture and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, top with bun cap!

Thanks to Rachel Ray for this family favorite!!!

Serve with sweet potato fries! (cut sweet potatos into french fry slices, place on baking sheet and drizzle EVOO over and sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees)

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