By Marilyn Markel for The Island Connection
This hearty and vegetable-laden sandwich is great for a get together with family and friends. Serves 6.
• 5-6 lbs. bone-in pork shoulder
• 1 Tbsp five-spice powder
• 2 Tbsp grapeseed or non-flavored oil
• 4 shallots, minced
• 6 cloves garlic
• 1 cup dry red wine
• 2 cups chicken stock
• ½ cup hoisin sauce
• 1 Tbsp sambal
• ¼ cup plum sauce
• kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
• Use any of the following: finely shredded cabbage, sliced green onion, carrot, thinly sliced red bell pepper, thinly sliced cucumber, mint leaves, basil leaves, cilantro leaves
Heat a heavy, large casserole over medium-high heat and add the oil. Season the pork with five-spice powder, salt and pepper. Sear the pork well on all sides, turning frequently and adjusting the heat as necessary.
Remove the pork to a slow cooker. Add the shallots. Sauté until they are golden brown and slightly softened. Add the shallots to a slow cooker. Add stock, the wine, hoisin, sambal and plum sauce. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 8 hours until very tender, turning over about half way through.
Remove the meat to a cutting board and serve the sauce with the sliced pork.
Strain the sauce if you want to serve it like a French dip.
Slice the baguette in half. Add pork and vegetables. Serve with sauce.