Tom Douglas is a big name in the restaurant business here in Seattle. His chefs prepared Smoky Pork Pozole for Lish (a former online meal delivery service). I loved the flavors! I knew I had to try and recreate it. Most of the recipes I found online used tomatoes instead of tomatillos. So, I decided to try and recreate the one I ate and this one is very close.
I came up with this recipe after cleaning out my refrigerator and wondering what to do with the leftover heel of parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes starting to shrivel and kale that was limp. I had read somewhere that cheese was sometimes used to flavor broths, so I thought to give it a try. This recipe has become one of our favorites for lamb shanks.
OK, I’ll admit it. I’d had WAY too much coffee that day. And my energy level was through the roof. So rather than wake my honey from a deep slumber, I went into the kitchen, foraged through the fridge, freezer and the pantry, and came up with this dish. And FYI, when I took it to work for lunch the next day, I was definitely the talk of the break room! Good thing there were 5 more portions in the fridge at home! Inside the bento box (which was deep deep inside a cupboard in a long forgotten, dust covered section) is: A Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Bacon Bao Bun, Crispy Tamari Rice w/Avocado & Toasted Pepitas, Field Green Salad w/Cucumber, Cherry Tomato & Ginger Scallion Relish, and Oatmeal Raisin Skillet Cookies