in the kitchen

in the kitchen

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pesto Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Aromatic, mouth watering sandwiches made with pork and pesto--what a way to end a mid winter's day. Hearty, hot sandwiches are great in the winter, especially if you need a knife and fork to eat them. And this one is so easy to make, you will love it!
Pesto Pulled Pork Sandwiches
1 large sweet onion
2 pounds boneless pork roast, (can be partially frozen)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup pesto, divided
8 slices sourdough bread
Peel and chop onion roughly. Place in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place pork on onions. Salt and pepper pork. Spoon 1/2 cup pesto onto meat. Place lid on cooker and turn onto low. Cook for 7 1/2 hours. With two forks, pull pork into pieces and mix with the onions and pan drippings. Lightly toast sour dough bread if desired. Spread 1/8 of remaining pesto on each slice of bread, top with pulled pork and serve hot.
Hints: Use home made pesto or store bought. Use another type of bread, like ciabatta rolls or roasted garlic artisan bread if you like. A leaner, tougher cut of meat is great here. And bone in would be fine, merely requiring a bit more time after cooking to prep. This recipe could easily be doubled if you have a larger slow cooker. I haven't tried cooking it on high for less time but I think that would work out fine.

I think this would be a great recipe with chicken as well! Few ingredients with mega taste--my favorite kind of dish. Slow cooking is such a nice option for busy days. And leftovers make a great lunch, (one that you won't resent but actually look forward to eating), another day. 


  1. HEY MEGAN, MY FRIEND, You inspire me!
    Mother's Day Dinner yesterday, included this fabulous pesto pulled pork. All of my children and their spouses raved about it. Honestly, over and over and over again they praised your cuisine. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I baked both home made sour dough and ciabatta bread so they had a choice for the sandwiches. The meal included roasted sweet potatoes, rice vinegar cucumbers and balsamic glazed tomatoes. MMMMMMMMM. I cheated for dessert and bought a Costco Tres Leche cake.
    Keep up the kitchen delights - the photos are awesome and I like the hints.
    Love ya,