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Best recipes for leftovers: roast pork

pork with apricots and couscousDanny and I tend to buy decent sized joints these days. A bigger joint is tastier and easier to roast, and the leftovers take care of another meal or two. The problem is that I never fancy leftovers. I want to cook from scratch.

D “What are you cooking for supper tonight?”
F “Sausages with Anna’s onion gravy.” I know that Danny loves this gravy so will be deflected from the joint that’s lurking in the fridge. The distraction is only momentary.
“What are we going to do with the pork?”
“Why don’t we freeze it?”
The freezer is full of half eaten joints of pork and lamb. Beef is chomped in sandwiches and with salads within two days.

So this morning we discussed the joint of pork as we breakfasted on large brown boiled eggs from Carol, our Maran hen. It was Danny’s turn to cook supper. Tinned apricots in juice (rather than syrup) are a great base for a sauce. Danny added his own secret twist – sweet chilli sauce. He made couscous with some Marigold and the couscous spices that we bought from the Spice Shop off the Portobello Road on our foodie day out in London. Half a red pepper, softened in olive oil over a gentle heat for 20 minutes, added extra zing and texture.

The flavour of Fred’s excellent spare rib of pork was not masked by the sauce. It was a perfect balance. And the couscous was very tasty with the addition of the fresh red sweet pepper.

It was an elegant supper with very mild piquant flavours. A hefty step from our old meat in curry sauce days.

Suddenly the gauntlet has been thrown down. Next week I have to respond so I might give myself some thinking time and buy beef this weekend.

Leftover spare rib of pork with apricots and sweet chilli sauce recipe on a bed of couscous and sweet red peppers recipe


  • 250g of cooked spare rib of pork, diced
  • 250g tin of apricots in juice (not syrup). Danny held back 100ml of the juice
  • 2-3 tsp of sweet chilli sauce (depending on taste. D used 2 tsp)

For the couscous:

  • 200ml of boiling water
  • 125 g of couscous
  • 1 tsp of Marigold powder
  • 1.5 tsp of couscous seasoning (Spice Shop)
  • 0.5 red sweet pepper chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil


  1. Chop the red pepper (medium chop into 0.5 cm chunks) and fry gently in a tablespoonful of olive oil for 20 mins.
  2. Meanwhile reserve 100 ml of the apricot juice for another brilliant recipe.Squish the apricots in your hand(s) and add these and the remaining juice to a small saucepan. Add the sweet chilli sauce. Bring to the boil gently.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the diced pork and cover. The sauce will heat the pork through without destroying its flavour as you prepare the couscous.
  4. Add the Marigold to the 200ml of water and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and immediately add half a tablespoonful of olive oil, the couscous, the sweetened red pepper and the spices. Sir well, briefly. Leave covered for at least five minutes.
  5. Adjust the seasoning and serve.

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  1. It is in syrup rather than juice, so I’ll drain that off and use a mix of apple juice & chicken stock instead. I like the added soy sauce idea or even a splash of balsamic vinegar. I’m a great believer in using what’s available in my cupboard!

    Good website, some nice recipes there!

  2. Would tinned mango work too, do you think? I have lots of lovely diced pork leftover from a hand joint of pork we slow-roasted on Sunday. I don’t have tinned apricots but will give the mango a try!

    I love cous-cous but the children prefer fine noodles, so I thought I’d let it bubble a bit, then serve on noodles with green beans & brocolli.

    • Fiona Nevile

      Hi Angie

      Yes it probably would if the mango is in juice rather than syrup. You could add a dash of soy sauce or oyster sauce if it’s too sweet.

  3. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Adrian

    Thanks for dropping by and giving your twist on this recipe. French beans sound like the perfect accompaniment.

    I think the AH cous cous is excellent too.

  4. Hi,
    What a simple and most enjoyable recipe – which I varied slightly! We love Ainsley Harriot’s couscous, so used his Citrus Couscous, which was a perfect partner to the sweet pork and apricots – which I let simmer gently for around 20 minutes, which really softened up the pork joint leftovers sliced up a treat. I used all the fruit juice, which reduced down nicely while simmering. Meanwhile cooked french dwarf beans to accompany.None of which I would have done without your original suggestion – well done you!!

  5. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Freya and Ash, thanks for dropping by. We had leftovers again last night. Pork in a Joubere pepper sauce that D found in Waitrose. Pretty good.

    We haven’t used the raclette yet. Danny couldn’t locate it in the barn. I’ll have a foray this weekend.

  6. Lovely! We don’t eat enough couscous. I need to remedy that.

  7. Brilliant use of leftovers! We’re lucky (or is that unlucky?) that we are both gluttons so never have leftovers. Did you use the raclette yet?

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