Ravenous and cold after a long drive, my husband and I headed for the very petite hot food case in the grocery deli of a small town. We discoverd two pulled pork sandwiches that appeared loaded with meat for just $.99 each. We really didn’t want those white, fluffy, flavorless buns, but with that price, the choice was obvious. I took off the top bun and had it open-faced (while my husband just ate the pork out of the middle), but it got me thinking, “how else can we enjoy pulled pork?” We both really enjoy this slow-cooked, barbecue-sauced meat, but since cutting bread from our daily diet, we have actually acquired a distaste for the buns it is always served on.
With several hours left in the car to ponder this thought, it occurred to me that potatoes could possibly be the perfect vessel. It had been years since I had enjoyed potato skins, but couldn’t the bold flavors of pulled pork hold their own (sans cheese) when served in a potato dish? The answer was a resounding yes!
My batch of pulled pork made so much that we ended up enjoying the potato-pork combo for two full dinners. The first was with with Potato Boats, and for the second I made Potato Planks. My husband actually preferred the planks, but I was quite impartial. The planks were roasted and awesome, but those skins are my favorite part of the whole potato. Either way, these are delicious! See One Frugal Foodie for my gluten-free / casein-free Pulled Pork Potato Planks (or Boats) Recipe.