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Recipes Tagged with “pork”

Mean Green Pig (Tomatillo Chili)

main course chile greenchile mexican newmexican pork stew tomatillo


  • 3 1/2 lb. tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and halved
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 lb. boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1" pieces
  • fresh black pepper
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeños, diced
  • 2 poblanos, roasted and diced small [CP: sub. green chiles for these two chiles]
  • 2 c. chicken stock
  • fresh cilantro
  • queso fresco


Heat oven to 400. Toss half the tomatillos with 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1/4 tsp. salt, roast for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, puree the remaining tomatillos in a food processor. Reserve 1 1/2 c. in a bowl. Add the roasted tomatillos to the processor, pulse until slightly chunky. Season the pork with salt and pepper to taste. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet. Brown the pork in batches, transfer to slow cooker. Add onions and jalapeños to skillet, cook until softened. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Put everything except the reserved tomatillo into the slow cooker. Cook on low until the pork is falling apart tender, about 6 hours. Add reserved tomatillo puree to the pot, stir to incorporate. (Alternately, cook in a dutch oven on low heat until the meat is tender, about 2 hours.)

Garnish with cilantro and queso fresco.

Adapted from Everyday Food Magazine, via Austin-American Statesman

Lemon- and Prosciutto-Stuffed Pork Loin Roast with Broccolini

main course broccolini lemon pork


  • 1 4-pound boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
  • 12 thin prosciutto slices (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 large lemon, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccolini, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 cup Pinot Grigio or other dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Place pork, fat side down, on work surface with 1 short end facing you. Using long thin sharp knife and starting 1/2 inch above underside of roast, cut 1/2 inch in along right side. Continue cutting 1/2 inch above underside, unrolling roast like carpet. Arrange prosciutto evenly over pork, overlapping if necessary. Arrange lemon slices over prosciutto. Sprinkle with panko, then chives. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Turn pork so 1 short end faces you. Beginning at 1 short end, roll up pork; arrange seam side down on work surface (fat side will be facing up). Using kitchen string, tie at 1- to 1 1/2-inch intervals. Transfer pork, fat side up, to roasting pan. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Cook broccolini in pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover pork; chill. Wrap broccolini in paper towels, then plastic; chill.

Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Place pork on lower rack; roast 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F; roast pork until instant-read thermometer registers 145°F when inserted into center of pork, 45 to 60 minutes longer, depending on thickness of roast. Transfer to cutting board. Increase oven temperature to 375°F.

Divide broccolini between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle olive oil over, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Place in oven and roast until tender and lightly browned, about 10 minutes, reversing sheets halfway through roasting.

Meanwhile, place roasting pan over 2 burners on medium-high heat. Add broth and wine; bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Boil until reduced to 1 cup, about 8 minutes. Stir in butter. Add cornstarch mixture and stir until sauce thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Strain sauce into small pitcher. Season with salt and pepper.

Using kitchen scissors, cut string along top of roast; discard. Cut pork into 1/2-inch-thick slices; arrange on platter. Drizzle lemon juice over broccolini; season with salt and pepper. Serve pork with broccolini, passing sauce alongside.

Bon Appetit, December 2010

Pork Tenderloin Churrasco

main course pork spanish


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons hot smoked Spanish paprika (Pimentón de la Vera)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon (packed) minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1-pound pork tenderloins, trimmed of fat and silver skin membrane


Combine oil and paprika in heavy small saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes to infuse oil, whisking occasionally. Cool to room temperature.

Pour oil mixture into blender. Add garlic, thyme leaves, rosemary, salt, and pepper; blend marinade until herbs are finely chopped.

Cut each pork tenderloin lengthwise into 4 strips. Place each strip between sheets of waxed paper and pound to 1/3-inch thickness. Arrange pork strips in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Pour marinade over and turn to coat pork evenly. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Scrape off most of marinade from pork strips. Grill pork until just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

Arrange 2 pork strips on each of 4 plates. Spoon pineapple salsa atop pork.

Bon Appetit, September 2003

Dan Dan Noodles

main course chinese pasta pork untested


  • 8 oz. Shanghai-style noodles (cu mian) or udon
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 12 oz. ground pork
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped peeled ginger
  • 3/4 c. chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp. (or less) chili oil [this is where to control the heat]
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. tahini
  • 1 tsp. Szechuan peppercorns
  • Pinch sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced scallions


Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water until just tender but still firm to the bite. Drain; transfer to a large bowl of ice water and let stand until cold. Drain well and divide between 2 bowls.

Heat vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add pork, season with salt and pepper, and stir, breaking up pork with a spoon, until halfway cooked, about 2 minutes. Add ginger; cook until pork is cooked through and lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Stir in chicken stock and next 6 ingredients; simmer until sauce thickens, about 7 minutes. Pour pork mixture over noodles; garnish with peanuts and scallions.

Serves 2.

Peter Chang’s Tasty 2, via Bon Appetit

Pork Carnitas with Grilled Peach and Corn Salsa

main course mexican pork


  • 3 lb. pork butt, cut into 1- to 2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 8 ounces cola, plus more for cooking
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce or teriyaki
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Juice and zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 dried habanero or ancho chile
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 recipe Grilled Peach and Corn Salsa


Combine paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder and rub into pork cubes.

Mix cola, soy sauce, pineapple juice, lime juice and zest, orange juice and zest, garlic and cumin and cover pork. Marinate pork in the refrigerator 2 to 6 hours.

Remove pork from marinade (reserve liquid), and sear meat in olive oil on all sides in a heavy-bottom pot. Add reserved marinating liquid and dried chili and simmer for approximately 2 hours. Liquid should reduce to a glaze by the 1 1/2 to 2-hour mark. To keep meat moist during earlier cooking time, add additional cola as needed. Meat should be falling apart tender. Can keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Saute to reheat.

Serve in flour tortillas with slices of avocado and grilled peach and corn salsa. Serves 4.

Rachel Mabb

Hungarian Székely Gulyás

main course hungarian pence pork stew


  • 2 lb pork, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 lg. onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 can (1 lb., 11 fl. oz.) sauerkraut
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 carton (8 oz.) sour cream
  • parsley


1. Brown pork, part at a time (removing pieces to a bowl as a brown), in butter in a heavy kettle or Dutch oven. Sauté oven until golden, about 5 minutes, in same pan, adding more butter if needed. Stir in paprika; cook 1 minute longer. Return all meat.

2. Stir in chicken broth, the 1 cup of water, caraway seeds, salt and pepper. Bring to boiling; lower the heat and cover. Simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

3. Drain and rinse sauerkraut; stir into the stew. Simmer 30 minutes longer, or until meat is tender.

4. Blend flour and the 1/4 cup water in a small cup; stir into simmering stew. Cook and stir until the gravy thickens and bubbles 3 minutes.

5. Lower heat; stir 1 cup hot sauce into sour cream in a small bowl until well blended; stir back into the kettle. Heat just until heated through. Do not boil. Sprinkle with parsley. Makes 6 servings.

Family Circle Cookbook

Vietnamese Caramelized Pork

main course pork vietnamese


  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2½ pounds pork belly or butt, sliced into thin, inch-long strips
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 heaping teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 dash sesame oil
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, sliced
  • 4 scallions, sliced, green part only
  • Rice for serving


1. Cover bottom of a large, heavy skillet with one cup sugar and place over medium low heat. As soon as it melts and turns golden, add pork, raise heat to medium, and stir until coated. (Sugar will become sticky and may harden, but it will re-melt as it cooks, forming a sauce.)

2. Stir in remaining sugar, salt, pepper and fish sauce. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Uncover, stir in garlic and oil and lower to simmer to reduce sauce for about 20 minutes [CP: Or much longer! Reduce until the sauce has roughly the consistency of your usual Asian-food sticky brown sauce.].

3. Stir in Vidalia onions and cook until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Pork should be caramelized; if not, raise heat and sauté while sauce further reduces. Transfer to serving bowl, and sprinkle with scallion greens.

Yield: 4 servings.

Michael and Thao Huynh, New York Times

Italian Sausage

main course italian pork sausage


  • 5 lbs well-marbled pork butt
  • 1 cup cold wine (red or white)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 tsp salt
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 5 tbsp fennel seed
  • 2 tsp crushed chili peppers
  • 5 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp anise, optional (ground)


Cut the pork butt into long, relatively thin strips. Mix with all the remaining ingredients and marinate overnight. Process twice through a meat grinder.

Taken from Emeril Lagasse and Lesley’s Recipes

New Mexican Red Chile

main course chile newmexican pence pork stew


  • 1 medium-sized pork shoulder roast
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 4 c. (or more) chicken broth
  • 1 lg. onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/4 c. (or more) chile powder (pref. New Mexico; see below for alternate with Bueno red chile)
  • cumin (to taste)
  • mexican oregano (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)
  • corn tortillas (for serving)
  • fried eggs (for serving) cheddar cheese (for serving)


Brown the 2 tbsp. of flour in a large dutch oven. Add a bit of chicken broth to turn into a roux, making sure to avoid lumps. Cut the pork shoulder into small cubes, and add it to the pot. Add enough broth to cover. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for a few hours, until the meat is nearly tender.

Add a few tbsp. of the cooking stock to the chile powder in a small bowl, and stir to form a paste. Add the paste to the pot, along with the cumin, mexican oregano, and salt to taste. You may need to thicken by adding either more chile powder or a thickener like flour. Cook the meat with the chile a little longer, until it’s fork-tender.

Limp your corn tortillas in the stock, and serve flat-stack style with cheddar cheese and a fried egg on top.

Another Option: You can replace the 1/4 c. of red chile powder with quite a lot more (maybe as much as half of the standard container, 1-2 cups) liquid Bueno mild red chile. Add some mixture of masa and water (or just flour and water) to the chile at the end to thicken things back up since you’re missing the chile powder.

Spicy Szechuan Eggplant

main course chinese eggplant pork


  • 1/4 pound ground pork


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • a Pinch (less than 1/2 teaspoon) cornstarch


  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • 4 Asian eggplants
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon bean sauce (hot bean sauce if possible)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile paste with garlic, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


Combine the ground pork with the salt, pepper, and cornstarch. Marinate the pork for 15 minutes.

While the pork is marinating, prepare the remaining ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, dark and light soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Whisk in the cornstarch.

Cut the eggplant into 1-inch squares. Mince the garlic.

Heat the wok over medium-high to high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot, add the eggplant. Stir-fry the eggplant until it is softened (about 5 minutes). Remove and drain on paper towels.

Add 2 tablespoons oil to the wok. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and bean sauce. Stir-fry until aromatic. Add the ground pork. Stir-fry until it changes color, using cooking chopsticks or a wooden spoon to separate the individual pieces.

Push the pork up to the sides of the wok. Add the sauce in the middle and bring to a boil, stirring quickly to thicken. Add the eggplant slices and the chile paste. Cook for a few more minutes and stir in the sesame oil. Serve hot.

Rhonda Parkinson, About.com