I have spent some time out-of-town for work, which is extremely rare for me. I only work part time, so traveling happens maybe once a year, and it is always a lot of work to get everything squared away, so I can be gone for a little while. This particular trip put me away for longer than usual, so I have to give a huge thank you to my awesome husband and kids (they were troopers), my mother-in-law (she helped out a lot), and my babysitter (she had some long days). Anyways, while I was away, I was in the same town as one of my good friends from high school, and she was gracious enough to have me over for dinner (which was fabulous). Not only was dinner delicious, but it was so fun to catch up with her, see her cute kids, and new home. Her husband is super handy and has done a ton of work to their home (it makes me want to take my hubby over there in hopes he will get motivated :).
For dinner my friend served balsamic glazed pork, mashed potatoes, and green beans. It was so yummy, that I was then officially on a mission to re-create it for my blog…which I did, but I added a slight twist. I made Balsamic Glazed Pork Sandwiches. After I found whole wheat (plus organic) ciabatta rolls at the grocery store, I knew it was a match made in heaven….and trust me it is!
The pork with the sweet and tangy balsamic glaze pairs perfectly with melted swiss cheese and a hearty ciabatta roll. Both me and my husband goggled them up, we loved them! Plus the recipe makes a ton, so they are perfect to serve to a crowd, or to make for dinner and leftovers for the next few days (my very favorite type of meal to make). The pork can also be eaten without the cheese and roll, as my friend served it, and it is just as tasty – trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
- 2 pounds pork loin
- 1/2 cup water
- salt and pepper
- 12 whole wheat ciabatta rolls
- 12 slices swiss cheese
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar (brown sugar can be substituted)
- 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder (corn starch can be substituted)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp liquid aminos (soy sauce can be substituted)
- Season the pork loin with salt and pepper
- Place in a crockpot with 1/2 cup water and cook on low for 6-8 hours
- Once the pork is done shred with a fork
- Combine the sugar, arrowroot powder, 1/2 cup water, vinegar, and liquid aminos in a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat and stir until mixture thickens (set aside)
- Pile a ciabatta roll with pork, a slice of swiss cheese and 1-2 Tbsp glaze (if the pork is not warm enough to melt the cheese, you can place it in the oven or microwave to melt the cheese)
- Calories: 266 Fat: 6.9 grams Carbs: 33 grams Protein: 18 grams