I am delighted to announce that I am one of the 25 food bloggers chosen by Saucy Mama to compete in their 2015 recipe contest. This year Saucy Mama will be awarding the winner of this challenge a golden ticket and registration fee to The World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Florida along with a $1,000.00 travel stipend and $500.00 in cash. It would be an incredible honor to represent Saucy Mama at the WFC.
To top it off, Saucy Mama also gave bloggers the opportunity to choose 6 products from their delicious array of 29 mustards, sauces, dressing and marinades. AND the chance for you, my readers, to feel like a winner, too, with a generous give away (but more about that later). I could not fill out the application fast enough. It was a tough decision, but here are the products I chose: Apricot Ginger Mustard, Hatch Chili Mustard, Pacific Rim Ginger Dressing, Lime Chipotle Marinade, Sweet Heat Marinade and Miso Orange Sesame Dressing & Marinade.
Now the challenge. To pick at least one of my favorite products and create an inventive recipe that will fit into at least one of the following WFC categories: Sandwich, Burger, Bacon, Pasta, Seafood or Fresh. The Fresh and Sandwich categories appeal to me the most. Sandwiches are easy to make and fresh and seasonal is the way I like to cook. Right now I have the most gorgeous cilantro and scallions in my garden ready to harvest and I knew I wanted to incorporate them into my original recipe.
Do you love Asian food? Do you love grilled cheese sandwiches? Well, I sure do. Inspired by Saucy Mama’s Sweet Heat Marinade and the Miso Orange Sesame Dressing & Marinade I aimed for a very fresh tasting grilled sandwich reminiscent of my favorite Asian take-out. Tangy glazed stir-fried pork with a sweet heat, topped with a crunchy Asian miso, orange & sesame slaw, surrounded by melted pepper Jack cheese all toasted up in just minutes. It is extraordinary if I do say so myself.
This is a most family friendly recipe. I do hope you will give it and all the other Saucy Mama products a try. Check out their web site to see all the fabulous blogger entries and other creative recipes. And don’t forget to leave a comment here letting me know how saucy your are, so you can be entered into the Saucy Mama Give Away. Barhyte Specialty Foods is providing one (1) package featuring three Saucy Mama products (except olives) as an audience prize. I will randomly pick a winner and announce on Sunday, May 24th. Best of luck to all of us.
[recipe title= “Stir-Fried Pork Grill Cheese” servings= “4” difficulty=”easy”]
1-pound fresh ground pork
½ cup Saucy Mama Sweet Heat Marinade
¼ cup chopped scallions
2 cups sliced (1/2-inch thick) napa cabbage
¼ cup fresh shredded carrots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons Saucy Mama Miso Orange Sesame Dressing & Marinade
4 tablespoons soft butter
8 slices Italian bread with sesame seeds
16 deli slices pepper Jack cheese
In skillet, over medium-high heat, brown pork, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until fully cooked. Drain off all drippings in pan (I like to pour the meat into a fine mesh sieve over a heat-proof bowl.) Return pork to skillet. Add Sweet Heat Marinade, stirring until pork is fully glazed and sauce has reduced. Remove from heat. Stir in scallions; set aside and keep warm. In medium bowl, toss cabbage, carrots, cilantro and Miso Orange Sesame Dressing; set aside. Butter one side of each bread slice. Place bread, butter side down on griddle type skillet. Top each bread slice with 2 slices of cheese. Layer only 4 bread slices with an even amount of pork mixture on top of the cheese. Turn heat to medium-low. Cover skillet and cook until cheese begins to melt, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove cover. Top pork mixture with an even amount of cabbage mixture. Using a spatula, flip 1 bread slice, with just the cheese, over the top of each pork-slaw sandwich, placing it cheese side down. Gently press sandwich together and continue cooking until cheese is melted and sandwich is toasted.[/recipe]