Costco Business sells restaurant-sized quantities of food for close to wholesale prices. A case of 35 avocados costs $16. 8 oz. of basil costs $4. Whatever you buy becomes the Iron Chef secret ingredient to use it all up.
Freeze-dried strawberries are a substitute for tomatoes and take this dish to the next level. They add texture and a concentrated sweetness/tartness.
- 3 ripe avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
- 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Kosher salt to taste
- Blend everything together in a blender.
Pressure-Cooker Kalua Pig
- 3 slices bacon
- 5-pound boneless pork shoulder (cut into 3 pieces to fit in pressure cooker)
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled (optional)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt (Alaea or kosher salt)
- 1 cup water
Instructions are for a stove-top pressure cooker. Adjust accordingly for your own pressure cooker.
- Fry the bacon at the bottom of the pressure cooker. Note this is using the cooker as a pot with the lid off (i.e. not pressure cooking yet).
- If using garlic, cut two slits into each piece of meat and place a garlic clove into each slit.
- Rub the pork with salt.
- Place the pork on top of the cooked bacon in the pressure cooker.
- Add 1 cup of water to the pot and then seal the pressure cooker.
- Bring the pressure cooker up to pressure and cook for 75 min.
- Remove pot from heat and let it depressurize. The pork should be fork tender and shred easily. If not, pressure cook a little longer.
- Shred the pork.
- ~16 oz farfalle
- Frozen corn
- Boil salted water in a large pot and prepare pasta according to instructions.
- About halfway through the pasta cooking process, add some frozen corn to the pot. It will finish cooking at the same time as the pasta.
- Avocado pesto
- Shredded Kalua pork
- Farfalle pasta w/corn
- Freeze-dried strawberries
- Scoop pasta and corn into a bowl
- Add pesto and pork, mix well
- Top with crumbled freeze-dried strawberries.