Pork Vegetable Hero Recipe

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Tender pork, red and green peppers and melted mozzarella cheese come together in this yummy sandwich sent in by Jane Ulness of Edmonds, Washington. TIP: “To make it more substantial, sometimes I process the hallowed-out bread pieces and add the crumbs and some Italian seasoning to the meat and vegetables,” Jane says.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 loaf French bread (1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin, cubed
  • 1 cup julienned green pepper
  • 1 cup julienned sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups sliced plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 396 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 512mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 31g protein.


  1. Cut the top fourth off loaf of bread; carefully hollow out top and bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell (save removed bread for another use). Set bread shell aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add pork, peppers, celery, onion, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper; cook and stir until pork is browned and vegetables are tender. Add broth; simmer until reduced. Spoon into bread shell; top with tomatoes and cheese. Replace bread top.
  3. Wrap in a large piece of heavy-duty foil; seal tightly. Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Pork Vegetable Hero in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p58

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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