I’m one waste-hater who can’t bear to throw away those annoying little packets of duck sauce, soy sauce, sugar, ketchup and the like that come with take-out food. But just tossing them into a bag in the pantry thinking I’ll use them one day never really does the trick.
This past weekend, I organized all the packets I’ve been collecting since time and memorial. So I’d reach for them first, I put the sugar packets next to the sugar bowl, and the salt and pepper packets together next to my S&P shakers. Then I put all the duck sauce and soy sauce packets together in a canister on my counter, since I typically combine them in recipes.
I was so energized by my newly organized packets, I decided to start to work the collection down on the pork chop I had in the fridge. The results were so spectacular, I’m passing along this recipe I created on the fly.
Recipe for Pork Chop “A La Packette”
I first smothered my little pork chop with salt and pepper — good for two packets each. Then, I snipped open one packet each of duck sauce, soy sauce, and even one stray packet of apple jelly that I had in the pile from Popeye’s (not sure where that came from), carefully squeezing out every last drop by sliding them tightly through my index and middle fingers.
I then put the now smothered pork chop under the broiler of my toaster oven for 4 minutes on each side. (Be careful ‘trying this at home’ since it’s suggested that one not use a toaster oven for broiling meats.)
I served it with some new potatoes, complemented by a salad made with the leftover drizzle from a grilled eggplant recipe from last week.
C’est magnifique if I c’est so myself! (Jocelyn would be proud.) Here’s the picture, taken on one of my prettiest porcelain plates, of course.
What do you do with your little packets? Any great recipes to share?