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Saturday, October 17, 2009

What's A Truck Driver Special?



In this house, again we have tagged a simple "use the leftovers" meal with a name- The Truck Driver Special! That big pork roast generated a night of pork BB-Q sandwiches, and the following night, the plate as shown.. I sliced the pork into thin pieces- about 1/4" x 2" x 3", then simmered them in a simple brown gravy until tender.. You can pour this mix over potatoes, noodles, or toasted bread- the last choice was what we went with! Simple, hearty, and a good way to use leftovers up! I went a little heavy on the coarse ground black pepper, as I thought the sauce/gravy was bland! You know me as Buffalo Dick, my sister calls me "Dr. Pepper"!
Tonight, I will get one more meal out of it- pork tacos.. Four meals for two people, and that roast cost less than 8 bucks- not bad eating, and not bad prices!
I may have mentioned, my son in K.C. sent me some sauces and rubs for BB-Q- One bottle down, two to go...

35 comments:

Akelamalu said...

I cooked a whole sheet of bacon ribs yesterday and then made broth from the liquid by adding pulses and a heap of veggies. We had some of the ribs tonight for dinner and I cut the rest up and added them to the broth. I got 4 lots of broth for 2 people and the meal this evening out of that sheet of ribs all for under £6!

buffalodick said...

I'm unfamiliar with that cut of pork.. is it pork ribs, or pork chops that have been cured? We have some smoked of both here, but usually not left in an uncut piece..let me know!

Nat said...

When it comes to certain meats like pork or roast chicken its soooo easy to stretch it ! I made a big Rooster type roast chicken a few days ago..., I then went on to make chicken carbonara, & chicken salad consecutively.... What you did with the pork sounds EXCELLENT. I am pepper crazy tooooo ! It goes into everything, and coarsely at that.. !

blueviolet said...

Nobody does leftovers like you do! You are such a culinary whiz!

buffalodick said...

Nat- I never did much with leftovers until my kids left home, and I still cook for four, instead of two!
BlueV- If I ever do a cookbook, that would be my angle- leftovers!

Marjie said...

When I can feed us for $8, I consider it a modern washday miracle.

Shelly W said...

Looks fantastic! I'm a big fan of meat and gravy over toast, too. It's great you got that many meals out of one roast! You're a whiz, BD! How do you like the rubs and BBQ sauce?

buffalodick said...

Marjie- You got a mob, and I don't! Feeding kids is an ongoing battle of taste buds..
Shelly- only tried the one sauce so far, and it was great! I've heard of that team, as I get in the State of Michigan BB-Q Cook-off every year!

otin said...

Even your leftovers are better than what I eat normally!

highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com said...

Ilove left overs. You seem to be more creative about it than I am however. It all sounds great. Safeway had pork shoulder on sale last week for 99 cents per pound. I bought two and made up a big batch of pulled pork. Alot of it is in the freezer. I'm working on the blog post about it now.
Lea Ann

buffalodick said...

Otin- It's kind of like a game, where everybody wins..
Highlander- One of my wife's favorite roasts!

TavoLini said...

"Trucker Special" is a great term! I think I may have to incorporate that into rotation :)

Smart use of leftovers!

buffalodick said...

Tavolini- Any Diner, Drive-in, or Dive- will have this in some form on the menu! Leftovers are a game to me! I do my best work when cornered, or threatened! Not much of a planner, I'm afraid...

Just telling it like it is said...

Now that is what I call creative leftovers!

Mona said...

In India, Truck Driver's special is the name of tea, in which they add butter! :D

buffalodick said...

Darngirl- Same entree, different meals!
Mona- Here, it is served at roadside diners, hot, cheap, and filling..

Scarlet said...

How is it that you get four meals from $8?? You could write a cookbook on yummy food...and save people money! Why haven't you considered this...or have you?

Happy Eating!! I'd love a bottle of that sauce. Yum!! :)~

Chef E said...

Hubby love his pork, so it would not last long enough in this house for a dish like this...sounds great, and I love my gravy!

Chris said...

I like that, kind of an open faced pork sandwich!

Reworking leftovers is always a good thing.

buffalodick said...

Scarlet- I have thought about it, i just have to get motivated!
ChefE- It's not gourmet, but it eats pretty easy!
Chris- Exactly what is was! Beef, chicken, etc. all work, in appropriate gravy or sauce.

Tanya Kristine said...

deLIGHTful. i love anything delightful. i went over to debby's a few years back, staunch vegetarian, got drunk and when they went to bed, i pulled out the leftover BBQ'd ribs and ate about 27 of them. Mmmmm.....

buffalodick said...

Tanya- Cool part about sinning, we always seem to get forgiven!

Shelly Rayedeane said...

Great! Now when I break down in my truck again, I can come here and dream about eating truck driver specials whilst being stranded! My God that looks good. And scarlet is right! You should write a cookbook with some of these ideas.

buffalodick said...

Shels- Thanks! More and more, I'm thinking of a project...

Just telling it like it is said...

as long as your not trying to pass Liver off as chicken fried chicken as my Ma used to do...Oh Oh I was never fooled by the way...I think I would rather eat the food you cook anyways! ;)

A Year on the Grill said...

You got great booty. the cowtown rub is excellent, and the Four Men and A Pig sauce is among my favorites. You will love these!

buffalodick said...

Darngirl- If I ever cooked liver for you, I believe I could convert you to liking it! Calf's liver, lightly sauteed in sliced onions and rendered bacon, not done past medium- rare, is a meal I love!
Griller- You saw which sauce got gone first! Used it twice, once jacked it up with molasses and white vinegar for the pork BB-Q sandwiches.. Good stuff...I've heard of those guys before..

Jeanne said...

Gotta enjoy an economical cut of meat!

buffalodick said...

Jeanne- It's where I do my best work! Remember the story of "Stone Soup"? I loved it as a kid!

MarmiteToasty said...

my god, how come that big pork joint was so cheap? was it a stolen pig? lol

x

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I love your creativity with leftovers! Brilliant! :)

You and my hubby would get along famously - he adds coarse ground pepper to everything, and various types of hot sauces, too. The hotter, the better as far as he's concerned! :)

buffalodick said...

Marmy- It's been cheap here all year, and good quality too.. Milk is stupid cheap right now, and the price of cheese is up! Go figure..
Stacy- Have 4 or more hot sauces open at all times..Buffalo Dick Makes Good Chili!

Hit 40 said...

Do you heat it up on your car's engine while you drive??

buffalodick said...

Hit40- I can cook on any heat source, and have! Challenge me not, lest you be smitten with a great smite!

JihadGene said...

Loved the seasonings looong time!!!