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Pulled Pork on Avocado and Toast

Creamy avocado and tangy pulled pork make for the perfect party pairing. A slow-cooked pork shoulder is a sure crowd pleaser. Try a two-bite version on sliced baguette. If you’re not feeding a group, leftovers freeze beautifully for a quick meal on another night.

Ingredients: 

Pulled Pork
1 3-4 lb. pork shoulder
1 tablespoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
canola or olive oil, for cooking (optional)
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
½-1 cup bottled barbecue sauce, plus extra if needed

Topping
4-5 ripe avocados (or one avocado per 3-4 people)
8-10 slices rustic bread, toasted

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Per serving: 457 calories, 18.6 g fat, (4.9 g saturated fat, 10.9 g monounsaturated fat, 2.8 g polyunsaturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 34.3 g carbohydrate, 35.4 g protein, 6.2 g fiber.

Instructions: 

To make the pulled pork, rub the roast all over with the chili powder, salt and pepper. Heat a drizzle of oil in a heavy skillet and brown the pork on all sides; alternatively, brown it over high heat on the barbecue.

Meanwhile, put the onions into the bottom of a slow cooker; place the pork on top, pour over the barbecue sauce, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (Alternatively, roast the pork in a covered pot in a 300˚F oven for 3 hours.)

Pull the pork apart with two forks; the meat should be very tender. Toss it in the bowl with the onions and cooking juices. If you prefer, add more barbecue sauce to taste. Halve the avocados and remove the pits. Add a pinch of salt to each, and holding each half in your hand, mash the flesh in the shell with a fork. Spread about ¼ avocado on each slice of toast, and top with the pulled pork.

Serves 8, or more as an appetizer.