12/12: Strange But Good

by Meg on December 12, 2012

Even though Laura is the queen of Strange But Good combinations, I thought I'd take a whack at it and join in on her Strange But Good link up! :)

Her link up party will take place on Friday, but I'll be sharing my recipe today since it's High Five Friday on A Dash of Meg on Fridays! ;) 

Now, I have to be honest… I do come up with some pretty strange but delicious tasting combinations. I was flipping through some old pictures the other day and came across quite a few strange combinations that I will have to share with you in the future, but today I'm going to share a strange but good recipe that I created earlier this week to satisfy a sweet and spicy craving I suddenly developed. 

It may not seem too strange to a few of you as there are some very strange combinations out there, but it's unusual. So, here's my first strange but good recipe! I hope you enjoy!

It's not like I'm sushi deprived or anything because I usually go out with my boyfriend for sushi at least once a week, but I have been craving nori lately. So, I've been making a lot of nori rolls with a variety of different fillings. This time, sweet potato! 

The sweet potato provided the sweetness I was craving, but I needed more! I needed spicy!

So, I added pulled pork tenderloin…

and then Sambal Oelek! 

Now that provided me with the spiciness I needed! ;)

Nori paper, sweet potato, pork tenderloin, and Sambal Oelek… strange but good? You tell me! 

I can guarantee you it was absolutely delicious, though ;) 

In fact, they were so delicious that I made these tasty little bites two days in a row! 

And I wouldn't be ashamed if I made it three days in a row today ;) 

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Sushi

Makes 1 serving

2 sheets nori paper

5 oz. baked sweet potato

Cooked pork tenderloin 

Sambal Oelek

Place nori paper on cutting board. Mash sweet potato on one side of nori paper approx. 1 inch away from edge (shown in pictures above). Place pork on top of sweet potato. Spread desired amount of Sambal Oelek over top of pork. Roll starting from the side with ingredients. 

I cooked my pork in a slow cooker and it turned out great! If you want to give this a try all I did was place a pork tenderloin in 1/2 cup fluid and placed the slow cooker on low for 8 hours. I've been loving my slow cooker lately! :) 

I hope you all have a great Wednesday and enjoyed my very first edition of the new Strange But Good series! :) More recipes to come! 

Love always,

Meg xo

P.s. if you haven't emailed me your high five for this week's High Five Friday post yet please do so now! I am looking forward to hearing from you! :)
For more information about High Five Friday please read the High Five Friday page!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

TorontoRunner December 12, 2012 at 6:07 AM

The combination is definitely strange for me..but it looks sooo good! And, i'm a fan of anything rolled up like sushi :D


Linz @ Itz Linz December 12, 2012 at 6:25 AM

oooh that combo doesn't sound strange – it sounds good! i've never actually made my own sushi or any other combo with nori paper… i should try!!


Meg December 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I even have a how to vlog on rolling sushi :) ;)


Kierston December 12, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Anything that looks like sushi is good to me! Love the recipe! :)


Meredith @ DYT December 12, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Oooh fancy!  Impressive meal there.  I've had sweet potato sushi only once but liked it!  


sprint2thetable December 12, 2012 at 7:40 AM

This is definitely on the good side of strange!  And I just know this will be made in my kitchen before the link up is even posted Friday.

Thank you so much for participating even though you have a Friday thing. :)


GOtheXtraMile December 12, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Interesting!! I got nori wraps and have yet to know what to do with them!


Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness December 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

I think this meals looks really good. Raw sushi freaks me out so this would actually be perfect for me! Definitely strange but good combo :)


Tiff December 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Sounds good to me!  Pork and sweet potatoes go so well.


Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

that is such a great idea to subsitute sweet potatoes for the rice to make your own sushi! I am going to have to try this!


Becki December 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I've never used nori, but I've thought of trying it a lot. Is it hard to work with? I always assumed I would fail miserably with it, haha. 


Meg December 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

It's really easy, hun. I actually have a "how to" video on how to roll your own sushi :) You can find it on my food page or search for it in the search box if you are really interested in rolling your own :) xoxo


Becki December 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Awesome, thanks! I can't wait to try it. :-)


Alex @ therunwithin December 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

that actually sounds kind of good… strange but good 


EverdayLivingPNW December 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I have seen riceless sushi before but never like that…I do have a feeling it is very tasty though!


Yellow Haired Girl December 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Oooh! I like this combo! I'm intrigued :)


Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM

You are so creative!!  Can you come cook for me??


Heather @ Better With Veggies December 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Laura really is the queen of strange but good! The funny thing is this doesn't sound all that strange to me, if I ate meat it's something I would do too. I guess that does make me wierd too, right? ;) 


Melissa @ Treats With a Twist December 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

OMG! So I used to manage a bakery that had a BBQ truck every Friday (weird, I know) and they would always send me home with tons of pulled pork! I would roast up sweet potatoes and stuff them with the pork and top it with spicy BBQ sauce (and sometimes mixed with a little sweet BBQ sauce too)! This reminds me of that addiction I had :)


Meg December 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

THAT'S HILARIOUS! Seriously, though … SUCH a good combo!


Joanna @ Running Places December 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

These actually look crazy good! But I really like pork a lot… so maybe I am just willing to eat it under any circumstances :)


Ashley Whelan (@freckleandspice) December 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I will definitely be eating this in the near future. Genius you are :) And I so want to hear about your sushi date


Meg December 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM

tweet me when you try it! :) xoxo


purelymichelle December 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Lori and I have been enjoying our sweet potato guacamole wrapped up with whatever else we have hand all rolled up in a nori! love the combo you got there!


cottercrunch December 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM

you are absolutely freaking GENIUS! I love you, come cook for me!


Meg December 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM



Allie December 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

What?? Sweet potato sushi?? You, dear Meg, are BRILLIANT. I love homemade sushi, but the hassle of rice (and the fact that I don't like it all that much) keeps me from ever getting around to making it. But sweet potato? I have that cooked and on-hand all the time! Now to stock up on Nori…


Lo January 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Sweet potato is my all time favorite! I eat one every day! Definitely trying this tonight after a whole foods run!


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