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Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie Slaw

Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie Slaw

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.

mini pumpkin cornbread carnitas with an apple veggie slaw


Bursting with fall flavor and protein, vitamins, and minerals to boot are these mini pumpkin cornbread carnitas sandwiches with an apple veggie slaw made with Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas! Would you believe me if I told you this was my first time using a slow cooker ever? Yes, it’s true! I don’t know why it took me so long to get this kitchen staple (maybe it has something to do with our lack of counter space!) but I finally picked one up and got to slow cooking my very first recipe! Verdict? It could not have been easier to have the carnitas going in the slow cooker while I made the rest of the components of this meal.

On high for just under 5 hours my Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas came out perfectly tender and juicy and required no other seasonings–all I did was put it right into the crock pot. The slaw was inspired by the fall flavors of apple, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and carrots. Spoiler alert, I used a bag broccoli slaw that I added apples, pumpkin seeds and cranberries to. The pumpkin cornbread is a twist on a comfort food classic that I know, if you’re a pumpkin lover, you will want to make again and again!

Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie SlawMini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie SlawMini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie Slaw

 

Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie Slaw

You know I had to put a fall spin on this recipe, which is why the cornbread incorporates pumpkin and the slaw on top incorporates hearty veggies and in-season apples. You get that touch of sweetness from the cranberries and maple syrup veggies that ties everything together. These mini sandwiches are really fun for get-togethers or a weekend or weeknight meal if you set the Smithfield Seasoned Carnitas to cook during the day. In this past year, I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with the different ways there are to cook fresh pork, from grilled to sous vide and many more options in between!

 

Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie Slaw

Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie Slaw

Smithfield Fresh Pork is a good source of vitamins and minerals including potassium, riboflavin, and zinc, and an excellent source of vitamin B6, thiamin, phosphorus, niacin, and protein. The Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas is made from 100% all-natural boneless pork shoulder with 23 oz. of protein and 140 calories per serving. You can find the Seasoned Carnitas and Smithfield’s collection of Marinated Fresh Pork products at Walmart and select local grocery stores all across the country.

I like switching up my sources of protein whether that be, chicken, pork, fish or plant-based, and including recipes like this every once in a while, helps me to do so. If you’re looking for more healthy and delicious pork recipes, be sure to check out my recipe for grilled asian pork tenderloin medallions, and simple pork roast with crispy kale and turmeric roasted chickpeas, also in partnership with Smithfield.

For more delicious recipe inspiration and product information, check out www.Smithfield.com.

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Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie Slaw

Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Carnitas Sandwiches with an Apple Veggie Slaw

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk,RDN

Description

Enjoy the flavors of the season in a fun way with these mini carnitas sandwiches! The pumpkin cornbread is the perfect complement to the seasoned carnitas and along with the slaw, it all comes together perfectly!


Ingredients

For the carnitas:

1 2lb package  Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas

1 ½ cups chicken broth

For the pumpkin cornbread:

1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour

3/4 cup non-dairy milk

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup pumpkin puree

2 tbsp. flaxseed meal + 6 tbsp water

2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup medium-grind cornmeal

1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

For the apple veggie slaw:

1 bag broccoli slaw mix containing purple cabbage and carrots

1 tbsp Greek yogurt

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

¼ cup pepitas

¼ cup dried cranberries

1 medium-sized apple

 


Instructions

  1. Place pork in the bowl of a slow cooker.
  2. Pour chicken broth over the top and cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  3. Remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred using two forks.
  4. The pork can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 square baking pan; set aside.
  6. In a small bowl combine flaxseed with water and let sit for 5 minutes.
  7. In a glass measuring cup add milk, and apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 3-5 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine cornmeal, flour, pumpkin, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  9. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar, applesauce and oil until smooth. Stir in flaxseed mixture then pour in milk-vinegar mixture; whisk until smooth.
  10. Pour wet ingredients into large bowl of dry ingredients, using large spatula to gently combine.
  11. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 25 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden and inserted toothpick comes out with little to no batter.
  12. Allow cornbread to rest for 15 minutes before cutting into. Cornbread should be slightly moist, with a little bit of crumble.
  13. Remove cornbread from pan and cut into squares (9 squares total).
  14. Then, cut cornbread widthwise so that you have two equal parts of one square like a sandwich bun.
  15. On the bottom piece of cornbread add a heaping tablespoon of apple slaw, followed by a heaping tablespoon of pork. Top with other cornbread half and enjoy!

XOXO 

MAGGIE 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.

 

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