$5000 Grand Prize Winner!
Congratulations to the “Snappy Gourmet” herself, Lisa Huff!
Join me in a round of applause for Lisa’s winning recipe, General Tso’s Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos with Orange-Broccoli Slaw!
This award-winning home cook is not only the big winner in our Semi-Annual Contest, she is also a fantastic food blogger. (She can be found at SnappyGourmet.com as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.)
Lisa says, “What an honor and surprise to be the grand prize winner! Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun thinking about recipes for this contest and hope others take a few minutes this year to enter as well! I never thought I would win the grand prize, but I am so glad I took the few minutes to enter! I hope to use the grand prize money to work on my blog, and also plan to buy a new camera lens as well as put some money away for my children. Thanks again!!”
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 (8 Oz.) Bottle Hoisin Sauce
1/3 cup White Vinegar
1/4 cup Reduced-sodium Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
¼ cup Cornstarch
5 Garlic Cloves, minced
3 Tbsp Minced Fresh Ginger
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 1/2 lb Pork Tenderloin, or any amount that will fit into your slow cooker
2/3 cup Orange Juice
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
2 (10 Oz.) Packages Broccoli Slaw, or cabbage slaw
1. Whisk together broth, hoisin sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, and red pepper in a slow cooker until well combined.
2. Add pork to slow cooker and spoon some sauce over top. Cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours. Remove pork from slow cooker and shred with 2 forks. Place pork in serving dish and coat with desired amount of sauce from slow cooker.
3. Meanwhile, as pork is cooking, whisk together orange juice, olive oil, and cilantro in large bowl. Stir in broccoli slaw. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
4. To serve, top tortillas with pulled pork and slaw.
I would suggest sticking with the reduced-sodium soy sauce so that the dish doesn’t taste too salty. You can serve the pork and slaw in tortillas or you can also serve the pork with rice or noodles. You could use chicken legs/thighs instead of the pork. Instead of the broccoli slaw you can substitute shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix.
I think the sign of a great recipe is one where you just know you will make it over and over again. This crock pot recipe is so easy and flavorful, it will certainly be put in rotation on my menu planning. I love that it is a well-rounded, complete meal that is accessible enough to be enjoyed by the whole family, while still being very unique and creative.
I first prepared and photographed this dish while I was visiting my family in Chicago over the holidays. My sister went absolutely wild for the recipe! She immediately printed out her own copy and made it again when she returned to her apartment after Christmas. She pointed out that it re-heats like a dream and is the perfect meal to make over the weekend and pack for lunch at work all week long.
Another reason to love this recipe? It is a healthier twist on a classic take-out dish. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a typical restaurant serving of General Tso’s chicken provides approximately 1,300 calories, 11 g saturated fat and nearly 3,200 mg sodium. Holy cow! That’s enough to make your heart stop…literally!
Since this is Lisa’s original recipe, we don’t have the exact nutritional analysis on the dish, but I am sure it is way less than that! Using the slow cooker is a great alternative to deep frying. The meat comes out juicy and tender rather than greasy and heavy. Plus, you can fill the tacos with a bunch of the orange-broccoli slaw for a serving of veggies as well as a nice crunch! Finally, you can tailor this dish to your own dietary needs. Nowadays there is such a fantastic variety of tortillas available. From whole wheat to fat-free, and low-carb to gluten-free.
Thanks again to Lisa Huff and everyone for participating in the 2011 recipe contests. It was an outstanding year filled with unbelievable recipes. There is so much amazing talent out there! The good news is, we have just launched a new round of recipe contests and you can start entering right now! Check it out and good luck!
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