What to Do with Leftover Pork Roast

Pork roast is one of those dishes you really do have to get just right. Pork can be the most flavorful meat; it barely needs extra seasoning or anything more than salt really. As many have said in the past, it’s like meat candy.

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But you can absolutely overcook it and make it dry, lifeless, and joyless. So, if you’ve got your pork roast cooked to perfection, you likely want to enjoy it again.

The trick to pork roast, however, is to avoid reheating it as an actual roast. It is much more likely to be overcooked if you make this attempt, so you’re much better off reusing your pork in a way that will trap that moisture and flavor inside and give you something entirely new.

Fortunately, there are many delicious dishes to make with leftover pork roast.

Should You Reheat Pork Roast?

Should You Reheat Pork Roast?

Before we get into your options, you may be wondering if you should even consider reheating pork roast in the first place. After all, of all the meats that have food contamination issues, pork is up there among the worst. And you don’t want to deal with toxins and safety hazards if you can avoid it.

The good news is that as long as you reheat your pork to a piping 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the general food safety guidelines say you should be in the clear.

Of course, you should always do your own research. To get you started, you can check out this article on reheating leftovers by the USDA.

For the purposes of reheating the leftover pork roast in these dishes, you can monitor the temperature either before adding the meat to tacos or salads, or you can simply heat the entire dish up to 165 degrees Fahrenheit when it comes to soups and stews.

Pork Tacos

Pork Tacos

Pork tacos are probably the easiest and most obvious dish to make with leftover pork roast.

The key to making delicious tacos is to chop the roast up into small bits of meat. If your roast will shred, then you want to pull it apart to become pulled pork.

Once you’ve done that, you can heat a skillet over medium heat on the stove and add some olive oil to the pan. Once the oil is slightly smoking, add your chopped or shredded pork to the pan.

Toss with tongs for a few minutes until the outside of the meat gets nice and crispy. Heat tortillas and serve them with your heated pork, salsa of your choice, onions, cilantro, and lime.


Pork Salad

Pork salad is one of the best lunches to enjoy the day after you’ve made a pork roast.

Simply heat the pork as described above in a skillet on the stove. While the pork is heating, prepare your favorite salad.

Greens, corn, black beans, salsa, and avocado are some quick and easy ingredients to throw in a bowl.

Once the pork is done, add it directly to the salad and dress it as you like. Now you have a healthy, delicious, protein packed meal to sustain you until dinner!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Of course, if your roast is shreddable, you have to make pulled pork sandwiches.

Shred the pork from your roast and add it to a skillet over medium heat as instructed above. Once the pork is heated through, add your favorite barbecue sauce to the pan. You can add as much, or as little, as you like.

Toast a hamburger bun under the broiler in your oven. Add the pork to your bun and top it with some cole slaw, pickles, and maybe a bit of white, creamy cheese like jack.

Eat your sandwich with some fresh potato chips and enjoy!

Cuban Pork Stew

This spin on a traditional Cuban pork stew will make you forget you ever had a pork roast. It feels like an original meal on its own.

Heat a large stock pot on the stove over medium heat. Add 6 cups of chicken broth.

Chop your pork into small chunks and add them to the broth. Chop 2 large sweet potatoes, one onion, and 4 cloves of garlic, and add them as well.

Add one can of yellow corn and one can of black beans. For the kicker, add one cup of orange juice to the pot and salt to taste.

Cook your soup until it is bubbling and the sweet potatoes are tender then serve in bowls topped with cabbage and avocado chunks.

A perfect soup for any season!

Rice and Beans Bowl

Here’s another really easy meal to prepare with leftover pork.

Make a batch of white rice according to your recipe or the package instructions. Chop half of an onion and two cloves of garlic and sauté them in a pan over medium heat with olive oil. Add one can of red beans.

Heat the pork as instructed above and add everything to a bowl to enjoy a meal rich in protein, fiber, and so much more!

For a bonus, you can top with some salsa and avocado.

Pork Stroganoff

Finally, if you’re feeling saucy and you love pasta, try a spin on beef stroganoff.

Place a large stock pot of water on the stove to boil your pasta. Prepare any pasta you like according to the package instructions.

Chop half an onion and two cloves of garlic and saute them in a skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Once the onion and garlic get tender, add 1 cup of sliced mushrooms to the pan with a pat of butter and a dash of salt. Cook until the mushrooms are wilted and tender.

Add your pork and cook until the pork gets crispy then add two tablespoons of flour to the juices in your pan and stir until it makes a paste. If you don’t have any juices, you can add more butter.

Once the paste has formed, slowly add 1/2 cup of white wine to create a thinner paste. Once your paste is nice and smooth, add 2 cups of chicken broth and stir continuously to make gravy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add ¼ cup of cream for texture.

Serve your sauce over your pasta with a nice green veggie on the side and enjoy!

What are your favorite dishes to make with leftover pork roast? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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