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Cooks Illustrated Pork Tostadas 
May 24, 2010 5:31 am 
Updated: May 26, 2010 10:44 am

Cooks Illustrated Pork Tostadas

I finally go around to reading my March/April issue of Cooks Illustrated on a business trip last week. (I know, I'm way behind in my reading.) One of the recipes, Crisp Pork Tostadas, really caught my imagination. Knowing that I had two pounds of pork loin in the freezer had me drooling over Cooks' monochrome design.

One of he things that attracted me to the recipe is that it appeared generally low in fat. But, of course, I couldn't just let the recipe be. Instead of the pork shoulder the recipe called for, I used loin. Shoulder is one of the perfect meats for grilling, in part, because it is laced with fat. The loin is much leaner. This meant I had to be more careful not to overcook the meat or it would dry out.

When it came time to saute the meat, I also used a little less oil, but still got nice crisp edges on the pork.

Finally, I added some extra vegetables, a bed of shredded lettuce and toppings that included diced fresh tomato.

It came out as good as I had hoped. Both Nancy and Quinn were ready for seconds. The pork was tender, but with the promised crisp edges. The flavor had the heat and smoke of the chipotle, and a wonderful sweet undertone. The lettuce and sour cream added a wonderful cooling to it all. One tostada, before toppings, worked out to 255 calories with 9 grams of fat and 2 of fiber.

Let's eat!

Get the recipe at Fight the Fat Foodie.

Deal of the Day: Ever wanted to make your own tortillas? I've thought about getting this electric tortilla maker.
May 24, 2010 2:11 pm
These look really great Scott!
May 24, 2010 6:02 pm
I haven't read your previous blogs before but I love the idea of lower fat. (as a former vegetarian who shunned all things "white" I'm now struggling with my weight as I love to eat, drink and cook and now that I'm catering to the palette of 2 really finicky boys (8 and 13)and my vegetarian dayz are long gone, I must now somehow find a happy medium. (and I mean medium instead of the xlarge zone that I am inhabiting now!) Keep up the good fight on the fat. It is a constant battle!
May 25, 2010 5:10 am
Thanks. Good luck freezermama. You can do it.
May 26, 2010 10:44 am
Cooks Illustrated is a wonderful magazine...I love all thier recipies! Good luck with your tostadas.
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