Pork has long been a staple protein throughout the world. In fact, it is one of the most common meats used in recipes throughout Asia. People in this part of the world appreciate it for its flavor, versatility, and high nutrient content.
While western countries were somewhat slow in incorporating pork into their cuisine, many of them now have favorite recipes that feature this savory choice of meat. You can make pork a staple of your diet by making some easy and flavorful pork recipes in your own kitchen today.
Pork has been one of the most common meats used in Chinese dishes for centuries. It is a popular protein to use in main dishes and complements a wide variety of other ingredients.
For example, Chinese pork ribs is a main entree that combines pork spareribs with ingredients like rice wine vinegar, hoisin and soy sauces, honey, sake, lemon juice and sake. The ribs are soaked overnight in a marinade made with the sauces, juice, wines, and spices before they are broiled at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours. You get a savory and filling dish that pairs well with side dishes like rice, noodles, or steamed vegetables.
Char Siu is a Chinese barbecue pork dish that is made with pork tenderloins, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, hoisin sauce and five-spice powder. As with the Chinese pork ribs, you combine the liquid ingredients and spices to make a marinade in which to soak the tenderloins overnight in the fridge. You then cook the pork over an open propane or charcoal grill, covering each piece with the marinade each time you turn them.
Pork is one of the most affordable and readily available choices of meat in the U.S. today. Statistics reveal that each American eats over 20 pounds of it each year.
To bring out pork’s full flavor, combine it with unexpected ingredients like peach preserves and chili paste. In fact, spicy peach-glazed pork chops can be quickly and easily made at home.
Make a sauce with peach preserves, Worcestershire sauce and chili paste, and then season the chops with salt, pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. Sear them in a hot pan for two minutes on each side before de-glazing the pan with white wine.
Pour the peach glaze in the pan and then add the pork chops. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook the pork chops for eight minutes on each side.
Another simple pork recipe that you can make in your crock pot is pulled barbecue pork. Simply place a boneless pork shoulder roast in your crock pot and then cover it with beef broth, onions and black pepper.
Cook the roast on low heat for up to eight hours before adding your favorite barbecue sauce. Cook for another 30 to 45 minutes at low heat and then finely shred the pork to serve on toasted brioche buns.
Pork is one of the most versatility and easiest to cook meats. It is popular throughout the world and lends flavor and important nutrients to any meal.