1 lb pork cut in 1” x ½” chunks (we used really cheap cutlets)
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tablespoon chili powder (less for milder)
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper (or more!)
1 tsp kosher salt
Pepper of your choice – 2-3 jalapenos for real heat
½ yellow or white onion
1 clove garlic, minced
Cheese of your choosing (optional)
Vegetable oil (I’m not really sure how much I used…2 tablespoons?)
Homemade Ciabatta bread- Admittedly, we snagged a Ciabatta recipe from this blog: http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2013/01/23/easy-homemade-ciabatta/
The only adjustments are that my husband used 2 cups of water and 3.5 cups of flour and 1 tsp of sugar as opposed to what was recommended and it still turned out amazingly!
Combine cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper and salt in a bowl. Coat the pork chucks in the seasoning mixture until well coated on all sides and set aside. The spice ingredient recommendations are rough estimates and we recommend making adjustments based on your own personal preferences. We’ve found that the key to yumminess is the freshly ground black pepper.
Heat enough vegetable oil to thinly cover the bottom of a skillet with medium-high heat. I highly recommend using a cast iron skillet for optimal flavor. When oil is hot (but not so hot it smokes), add the pork chucks and sear on all sides.
While the pork is cooking, cut the peppers and onion into strips roughly the size of the pork. When the pork is seared and cooked through, remove from the skillet and set aside.
Preheat oven to 450.
Add peppers, onions and minced garlic to the same skillet. You may need to add a little more vegetable oil (or olive oil to be a little healthier, but that isn’t really the point of this one). Cook vegetable mixture until vegetables are soft but not mushy.
WARNING: If you opt for a jalapeno or a different hot pepper use your exhaust fan! We neglected to do so and subsequently were coughing up a storm as the spiciness from the peppers dissipated into the air and into our lungs!
Add pork, vegetables and cheese to sliced ciabatta and put in the oven on baking sheet for about 5 min or until cheese is melted and the top of the ciabatta is lightly brown and crusty. ENJOY!