4 February, 2010  |   6 Comments

Recipe: Sweet and Sour “Wild Boar”

My husband’s one of the world’s biggest Lost fans.

Theoretical message board? He’s participated.
Dharma jumpsuit? He’s coveted it.
ARG? He’s played it.

So with the return of the show, it was only natural that we’d have some friends over for a viewing party.

To prepare, we printed out labels, cut them out and used double sided tape to create Dharma beer, wine and water.

merlot_lager_1

We kept it low key, making the main course in the slow cooker and letting our guests bring dessert.
I made this awesome sweet and sour pork–er– wild boar — in the crock pot. We served our Sweet and Sour Wild Boar with a peanut Napa cabbage slaw and mango salad.

Thoughtful guests brought Coconut Pineapple ice cream and a pineapple for maximum desserty goodness.

Other ideas I’d wish we had time to incorporate include:
– Tablecloths made of tarp
– Coconut bowls
– Shrimp skewers with some appropriately tropical dipping sauce
– Tying napkins with twine to look like rope
– Tiny homemade raft place cards made with twigs and twine

Sweet and Sour Wild Boar

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Ingredients:
1 yellow onion
1 red bell pepper
6″ ginger
6 garlic cloves
vegetable oil for the pan
1 can diced tomatoes
6 oz pineapple juice
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
6 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 three pound bone-in shoulder roast made of wild boar or pork
Salt and pepper

Cut the onion into chunks,
cut the bell pepper into chunks,
cut the ginger into chunks and
smash the garlic and pull off the papery outsides.

Get out your food processor.
(I know, it’s a pain in the butt to lug and clean and all, but everything I make in that machine is top-of-head above all the other foods. Is it the (in)convenience factor? I don’t know.  All I do know is that food processor=awesome food.)

foodprocessor

Put the onion, bell pepper, ginger and garlic chunks in the bowl and press the pulse button 10 times.  The vegetables should be chopped but not obliterated.

Heat a large saute pan/frying pan over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil and the vegetable mixture.
Stir and sizzle until soft, about 8 minutes.
(In the meantime, you can wash/put away that food processor, open the can of tomatoes and get out your other ingredients.)

sauceAdd the can of tomatoes, brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, soy sauce and rice vinegar to the vegetable mixture. It will look like the picture to your left. Stir and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.

Your house will start to smell exotic.
No, not erotic.
Exotic.

Rinse and dry the pork. Salt and pepper the pork, if that’s your thing. Add the pork to the slow cooker. Pour the sauce over the pork.

slowcooker-meatsaucePut the vegetable sauce mixture over the pork and step away.

I cook this at 8 – 10 hours on low, because really, isn’t the grand utility of the slow cooker that it can cook while you’re at work? And when recipes say, “add to slow cooker for 4 hours” I’m always a little sad.  Four hours seems a perfectly awkward time to cook something in there.

No, I say, 8 – 10 hours on low is the way to go.

We served it on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls with the slaw and salad and felt tropical indeed.
Then we went outside to surround our house with ash.

Happy Lost viewing party!


6 thoughts on “Recipe: Sweet and Sour “Wild Boar”

  1. 1
    jiff says:

    omigod – this looks amazing. two questions: for lack of a slow cooker over here, would a dutch oven (creuset) work, do you think? and second, want to share you slaw recipe? btw, looking at this – i have an ammmaaaaazing pork shoulder in calvados with carmelized onions and apple compote recipe that is soooo good and easy. with a parsnip mash. stellar. xx

  2. 2

    mmmm….delicious pig…

  3. 3
    Alyce says:

    We had pulled pork/boar sammiches, too. But we bought the fixins instead of making. You win!

    I would comment on the Lost episode, but can’t do it without spoilers, so OMG!!!11!!!

  4. 4
    jiff says:

    i made it last night, in my german “r

  5. 5
    Kitty says:

    We always have a party! Par-tay! One year we made Jin’s Fish, Sweet and Sour Pork, and of course we put dry ice in Rootbeer for SMOKEY! That was at the start of the 3rd season… this year we are doing themed meals with each episode! It’s tooo awesome!

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    Helen Jane says:

    Jiff, that’s awesome. Thanks for playing!

    And Kitty, your lost parties look amazing! I love the Locke valentine.

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