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Only 30 minutes is all you need to take your backyard bbq appetizers to a whole new level! These Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostinis will be the biggest hit of every cookout this summer! It’s time to get your deliciousness on!
Oh, warmer sunny days how I love you. It’s funny how a simple thing like a sunny day can bring a smile to your face and put you in a better mood. The sound of neighborhood kids riding their bikes up and down the streets. The smell of cookouts filling the air. Ah yes, warmer days = toes in the grass, backyard get-togethers, and cookouts. One thing most people don’t think about when it comes to cookouts is appetizers. I mean we serve appetizers during indoor meals or when we go out to eat so why shouldn’t we have them for our backyard cookouts? Granted they don’t necessarily need to be as elaborate as say a Christmas dinner but they still should be there. And please, please, please – while potato chips rock they are NOT an appetizer. lol
This recipe today is for one of my favorite cookout appetizers. Again it looks uber hard and fancy schmancy but please, all you need is 30 minutes and you have a recipe that will be the hit of every cookout. Forget Uncle Tommy’s prized ribs or Jonny’s epic burgers. Pfft! These Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostinis steal the show. I’m teaming up with Smithfield® and showcasing their Smithfield Marinated Sweet & Smoky Pork Roast. What I absolutely LOVE about these items is that it’s 100% pork. Period. Pure piggy! And you all know how much I love pigs. But what’s honestly some of the best points about this is it’s practical. The Fresh pork is marinated! Smithfield® takes care of folks offering a variety of marinated fresh pork options to create easy meals for any night of the week. Simply put you can create “Real Flavor Real Fast.”
I mean look at this recipe, while it has a bunch of elements to it (which FYI are SUPER easy but you need to multi-task as in while the pork is in the pressure cooker, you can make the taters and crostini in the oven at the same time) you’re still creating a quick and easy meal that can be made in 30 Minutes! Let’s face it we lead busy lives between work, gym, family and life. Many folks don’t have an hour to make dinner. That’s the beauty of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. It provides delicious meals for any night of the week and can be easily prepared in a variety of ways including, grilled, roasted or sautéed. For more recipe ideas check out their website!
As you know I shop at Walmart weekly for most of my groceries and supplies. It’s quick, easy, efficient and HELLO! way cheaper than some of my local grocery stores. Plus they have quality ingredients like Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. One thing I hate about most grocery stores is that the aisles aren’t clearly marked let alone intuitive. I don’t have to worry about that at Walmart. The isles are marked and you can’t miss what you’re looking for. Definitely hit up Walmart for your next shopping trip and be sure to pick up a few packages of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork! I’m LOVING the Smithfield Sweet ‘N Smoky Pork Roast plus the Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Loin Filet and Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Peppercorn Tenderloin!
Making this dish, as I said above, isn’t hard but it’s one of those things where you have a few items cooking at the same time. Don’t panic…BREATH. You’re doing REAL cooking here! This is a recipe where everything was done pretty much at the same time and they are all even temperature.
One of the things I love most about this recipe is the fact that I can create super tender, super juicy, super melt-in-your-mouth pork bits literally in 30 minutes thanks to the pressure cooker. I’m telling you what folks if you’ve not purchased one for your house you are definitely missing out! I would say the hardest part of this is if you cutting up the pork into small bits. And that’s not hard at all (remember sharp knives are a must in the kitchen!). Since the pork is marinated you may get your hands dirty but hey, that’s half the fun of cooking. Once it’s all chopped up just put that and the sauce mixture into the pressure cooker. Turn that bad boy on and let it work its magic.
Now, this is where the whole multi-tasking aspect comes into play. While the pork is cooking you need to make the crispy herbed potato rounds and ‘toast’ up the bread for the crostini. While those items are in the oven (remember the pressure cooker is still cooking away) you need to make the peach bbq spread. That is nothing more than prepared bbq sauce and peach slices in a food processor til chunky and spreadable. So yes, at one point in this whole recipe you have 4 separate items cooking…ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Bravo, you! You’re mastering your kitchen.
But here’s my advice if you are a little scared of having so many things going on at the same time.
- First, don’t panic. You got this. Just read the directions and have everything out and ready to go BEFORE you start cooking.
- Get help in the kitchen. Have your loved one, friend, kid even help you out, even if it’s to watch the oven or mix something
- Worst case, make the peach bbq spread, potatoes and crostini bread earlier. Just heat up when you’re ready to assemble.
- But I’m going to still encourage you to believe in yourself and make this all at the same time. You can do it!
So back to this AMAZING Smithfield Sweet ‘N Smoky Pork Roast bbq bits. Can I tell you just how unfreakingbelievable (go with that word) they are??? I mean we’re talking so tender they just melt in your mouth! And the flavors! OMG, it’s incredible! I could not stop snacking on those little pork nuggets of awesomeness as I was making the rest of the recipe.
Side note: I’m now making just the pork bits weekly as part of my weekly meal prep. These bits are awesome in pork burrito bowls, toppings on nachos, lettuce wraps and flatbreads. It’s ridiculously over top of rice cauliflower and stuffed in a baked potato!
Before I go into the whole assembly thing (which is fun for kids to create or serve on a buffet for folks to assemble themselves), I need to discuss that peach bbq spread. Okay, seriously these 2 ingredients together are insane! It’s a hint of sweet, smokey, bbq-y, tangy all in one. If you really wanted to kick it up a notch, GRILL FRESH PEACHES, remove the skin and add that to the mixture. Wha! Yeah, I can’t wait to do that!
As you can see above assembly is pretty straight forward (and delicious). What I think I love most about this dish is it looks so elegant and complicated when it’s not in the least. It’s great served hot and even room temp. Okay, I’ll confess, I did try this with cold ingredients and that pork… dear lord it’s so good! It wasn’t half bad cold but go with warm or hot.
This is one of those dishes that honestly would steal the show at any cookout. It’s one of those unexpected WOW dishes! These are great as appetizers or, if you’re like me, as a meal. And FYI… if really didn’t want to go to the whole trouble of slicing the bread like this, just slice the bread in half length-ways and make 2 long crostinis (almost like French bread pizzas) and cut them that way. Or even so, if you wanted to go the sandwich route, just assemble and top with the other half of the bread, slice into slider-size sandwiches.
Man…all these suggestions are making me hungry now!
With BBQ season upon us, definitely, add this item to your must-make recipes. It’s super simple, easily can be doubled to feed a crowd and the leftovers (if you’re lucky to have any) are amazing! But why limit yourself to bbq season? These can be awesome at wedding showers, card parties, poker nights, baby showers, graduations and my birthday! LOL
Now here’s a tidbit that you’re going to love…
As you know how I have this borderline obsession with pizza. Well, these leftovers (aside from the bread) are INSANELY DELICIOUS on pizza! Yes, for real! Use the peach bbq spread as the ‘sauce’, add the potatoes, pork and bbq sauce on top. To kick it up, add some shredded sharp cheddar. Bake like your normal pizza. When it’s done, drizzle with a tad more bbq sauce, top with basil and green onions. Seriously if I could marry a pizza I would! For an even faster meal – use the leftovers in tacos, quesadillas or burritos!Print
- 2 1/2 – 3 lb Smithfield® Sweet & Smoky Pork Roast cut into 1/2” cubes
- 1 15 ounce can sliced peaches in heavy syrup with 1/4 cup syrup reserved
- 1 1/2 cups plus 4 tablespoon bbq sauce, warmed (recommended Sticky Honey BBQ Sauce )
- 1/2 cup chicken or pork stock
- 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
- Fresh basil leaves, julienned
- 1–2 French baguettes
- 1–2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3–4 small yellow or red potatoes cut into 1/4” slices (skin on) and patted dry (you should average 4–5 slices per potato)
- 2 1/2 tablespoon melted butter, unsalted
- 1/2–3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Make the BBQ Pork Bits
- In a bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup bbq sauce, stock, 1/4 cup peach syrup, and dried basil. To the bowl of a pressure cooker, add the pork bits and the sauce mixture. Set the pressure cooker to HIGH time for 20 minutes. When the time is up, do not let the pressure cooker go to warm. Shut it off and let it perform a natural release; ~10 minutes. When the pressure cooker has released it pressure, remove the pork bits with a slotted spoon into a bowl. Drizzle with the pork bits with a bit of bbq sauce. Discard the cooking liquids from the pressure cooker.
Crispy Herbed Potato rounds and Crostini Bread
- While the pork is cooking, preheat the oven to 400F, rack in the middle. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. In a bowl, add the potato slices, melted butter, salt, parsley and garlic powder. Gently mix to coat all sides. Place the potato rounds on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 13 minutes.
- While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the bread. Slice the bread on an angle to get elongated slices. Brush one side lightly with olive oil. When the timer is up for the potatoes, remove the pan from the oven flip the potatoes and bake another 10 minutes until the potato center is fork tender. At this same time put the bread pan in the oven. Cook the bread for 6 minutes or until lightly golden brown, (the bread should be done before to the potatoes being done). Remove the read from the oven and Turn the heat to broil. Broil the potatoes a minute on each side to crisp up. Remove from the oven, place the potatoes on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with a pinch of salt
Prepare the Peach BBQ Spread
- While everything is cooking (pork, bread and potatoes) add the sliced peaches (no syrup) and 4 tablespoon bbq sauce to a food processor. Process just until slightly smooth. You want some chunks. The mixture should be thick and spread like jam. Put the mixture in a bowl and place in the fridge to chill. *Note, this can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
Assemble the Crostini
- On each crostini place a tablespoon of Peach BBQ Spread, top with 1 crispy herbed potato round, add a few bits of bbq pork bits, and drizzle with bit of bbq sauce and garnish with a few strips of basil leaves.
- Serve immediately. Store any leftovers (meat, sauce or potatoes) in the fridge in an airtight container. The crostini bread store in a non-refrigerated container.