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Appetizer using Pork Loin
December 17, 2009
8:23 pm
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CindyP
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For John's side of the family, we have finger foods or appetizers for our Christmas get together.  I have a couple 1# pork loins, and I'm trying to find something to do with these?  Any great ideas out there?  Nothing fancy at all needed!!  We're not a fancy bunch!

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December 18, 2009
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Afew years ago, I helped a friend make a recipe with chicken, that I think will really work with pork too, and since I think I'd like to make it with pork also for New Year's, I'm trying to get the details from her.  I don't mean to torment you, just letting you know that I'm working on this for both of us.

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December 18, 2009
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OK, here goes, these were always a VERY big hit though I’d forgotten about them.  I’m pretty sure pork would work just as well, but I wanted to check with my friend since it’s been a few years since I’ve thought of them.  I’m putting the directions down for chicken though I plan on trying this myself too before the holidays with the pork.  They are for sure no hardship to have around to munch on.  Once it’s sautéed and mixed up, you can put together and bake close to the serving time, they take very little time to bake up.  We gathered all our cookie sheets and made them in a couple hours ahead and had them ready to pop in the oven.

Maybe others will try it too and have some suggestions cause these are really really yummy.  The recipe calls for Pillsbury Crescent rolls, but home-made dough would definitely work well.  I suspect bottled teriyaki sauce could be used to make it even easier, but we used a lower salt option to make them and they were still a big hit and it wasn’t much trouble.

I know we sautéed the chicken just enough to cook it, NOT overcook it and that it’s hard to resist OVER-filling the little triangles so they don’t explode open on the cookie sheets.  I think I’d also put parchment paper on the sheets to bake them, save some clean up.

Here goes, (no name for these either, we need one! I think we just called them “Ellen's little triangles”)

Cut some chicken breast into a small dice, (easiest to do when chicken is partially frozen) sauté it in a little olive oil with some low salt soy sauce, minced fresh ginger, a bit of garlic, a tiny bit of sesame oil (mostly for flavor), & a bit of pepper to taste, then mixed in some diced water chestnuts at the end for a bit of crunch and some minced scallions.  Then let it cool to room temp, you don’t want it hot but you can do this the day before too.

Unroll the crescent rolls and press together the perforated seams of the dough to seal them and cut the dough into squares, (about 4” x 4” I think.  A pizza cutter works well for this) put about a teaspoon or so of the meat mixture, then fold them into triangles, crimping the edges with a fork. 

Use an egg wash & sprinkled some sesame seeds on top before they go into the oven, not sure what temp, but I think whatever the directions on the package say would work well and I'll experiment and post updates here.  

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December 18, 2009
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Oh, this sounds yummy and exactly like I was looking for!!  The guys will love them!   I never thought to look at chicken appetizers and just use pork instead…….very bright there, BG!!

I have a recipe somewhere for homemade crescent rolls…..will have to find that…………

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December 18, 2009
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I hope I didnt' make it sound more complicated than it is.  It sautées up REALLY fast and all the prep work can be done WAY in advance.  You want the meat in a pretty small dice, so it takes no time to cook, even with pork, (and who wants undercooked chicken either!?) so the hardest thing is to not overcook really and they are small enough that they bake up fast too.  We had to skip the sesame seeds on top a couple times, but they're really best if you can do it, somehow adds a LOT to the whole thing.

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December 18, 2009
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Nope, it sounds pretty easy……….I posted the homemade crescent rolls, so I'll use that and cut as needed.

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December 18, 2009
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Maybe divide that dough in quarters instead of halves would produce a smaller crescent intead of the full sized ones the recipe you posted probably would make?

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December 18, 2009
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Well, these need to be cut into squares, so I'll just roll 1/2 of the recipe into a rectangle and cut it into 4×4's…………and I'm making what you had for breakfast this morning for Christmas morning, so I think making 1 recipe would be enough to do both with…………

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December 18, 2009
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Well, duh!  She DID say to cut it into squares, didn't she…    Hole

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