Korean Pork Sliders with Chinese Cabbage & Asian Pear

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Korean Pork Sliders

Get the facts on selection, storage, prep and nutrition for the Korean Pork Sliders recipe:

Selection, Storage and Prep

  • If prepackaged ground pork isn’t available, just ask the butcher to grind any pork loin or sirloin cuts into ground pork.
  • Make Korean Pork Sliders with ground beef, chicken or turkey, if you prefer. Any meat/poultry works.
  • Look for mirin, also known as Japanese sweet rice wine, and dark sesame oil in the Asian foods or ethnic area of larger supermarkets.
  • Peeling fresh ginger is easy – just use a normal spoon turned backwards and scrape up and down.
  • Asian pears are in season late summer through early fall. Select those with the most fragrance, no bruises and few to no brown spots. Ripe Asian pears are quite hard and do not soften after picking.
  • Store Asian pears up to 1 week at room temperature or up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Asian pears look like a cross between an apple and pear. They’re very juicy, crunchy, sweet and tart all rolled into one.
  • No Asian pears in your market? Just substitute a firm, crisp Bartlett or Anjou pear. It’s the crunch you’re after for these sliders.
  • Chinese cabbage is a generic term for numerous leafy cabbage varieties, including Napa cabbage, celery cabbage and bok choy.
  • Substitute any favorite crisp lettuce or shredded red or green cabbage instead of Chinese cabbage, if you’d like.
  • Serve Korean Pork Sliders on 100% whole wheat or multigrain slider buns for a dose of whole-grain goodness.

Nutrition

  • Pork is an excellent source of numerous B vitamins, phosphorus and protein, and a good source of potassium and zinc.
  • Look for 96% lean (4% fat) prepackaged ground pork for the most healthful choice.
  • Can’t find lean ground pork? No worries, as all foods, including higher fat ground pork, are perfectly fine occasionally and in moderation. Besides, that extra fat helps make a flavorful slider!
  • The Slim 7 pork cuts include tenderloin, boneless top loin chop, 96% lean ground pork, boneless top loin roast, bone-in sirloin roast, bone-in center loin chop and bone-in rib chop.
  • Eating adequate lean protein has been found to provide satiety, that feeling of satisfaction and fullness that may help with weight loss and weight maintenance efforts.
  • Asian pears offer fiber and vitamin C.
  • Chinese cabbage varieties are an excellent source of vitamins C and A, both antioxidants.

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