The mighty pork loin is not only a protein powerhouse, it also makes a beautiful centerpiece dish when entertaining.
The pork loin can look so appealing at the butcher shop, but it can become highly intimidating once it's in your kitchen.
These 18 tried-and-true recipes provide a fantastic starting point for tackling the "other white meat."
Our first company-worthy dish is Roasted Cider-Brined Pork Loin with Green Tomato Chutney.
For the deepest flavor in this pork main dish, use unfiltered cider.
View Recipe: Roasted Cider-Brined Pork Loin with Green Tomato Chutney
Looking for tenderloin? See our collection of Pork Tenderloin Recipes.
Use the gorgeous flavors of dried cherries, pungent herbs, and rich port wine to keep servings small but satisfying.
View Recipe: Roast Stuffed Pork Loin with Port Sauce
If your butcher is unable to cut an 8-ounce piece of pork loin, buy 1 pound and freeze the remainder for another use. Save
your mushroom stems for stocks or broths.
View Recipe: Mu Shu Pork Wraps
Peanut butter melds with classic Asian flavors to lend this one-dish meal a Thai flair. Lime makes a perfect accent.
View Recipe: Thai-Style Pork Stew
If you don't count salt, pepper, and water, this is an five-ingredient dish. But the simplicity of its preparation belies
its deliciousness. Long-braised leeks fall apart into a sweet and mild oniony sauce that's a great companion to the tender
pork, with white wine adding a hint of acidity to brighten the dish.
View Recipe: Lombo di Maiale Coi Porri (Pan-Roasted Pork Loin with Leeks)
Marinating for a day in brine infuses the loin with subtle sweetness and makes the meat juicy.
View Menu: Ginger and Thyme-Brined Pork Loin
A hominy-based stew, posole is ideal comfort food. With its mild flavor, the hominy makes a great foil for the hearty pork,
spicy chiles, radishes, green onions, and limes.
View Recipe: Posole
Cooking the sauerkraut in the pan with the pork offers a fantastic flavor contrast. Serve with green beans and a glass of
riesling or a bottle of beer.
View Recipe: Rubbed Pork Loin with Apricot Glaze and Sauerkraut
Showcasing the best of fall's flavors, this hearty dish combines tart apples with smoky bacon, pungent cabbage, and sweet
maple syrup. The apples and vegetables cook along with the pork so the flavors are harmonious. Full-flavored, tart apples,
such as Granny Smith, Jonagold, Albemarle (Newtown) Pippin, Roxbury Russet, or Winesap, provide the best flavor.
View Recipe: Roast Pork with Apples, Cabbage, and Turnips
Apples aren't the only fruit that taste great with pork. This orange-flavored brine gives a subtle citrus flavor and makes
the meat juicy and tender.
View Recipe: Orange-Brined Pork Loin
If you like your pork nice and spicy, look no further. These tastebud-sizzling tostadas can easily be prepared in advance
and topped however your family prefers.
View Recipe: Spicy Green and Red Pork Loin Tostadas
When we tested this recipe, we used baby carrots with tops attached, but bagged baby carrots would work just as well.
View Recipe: Roasted Pork and Autumn Veggies
This roasted pork makes a quick transition from warm Sunday dinner to cool Monday lunch without compromising flavor. Serve
with roasted red skin potatoes or mashed potatoes, broccoli spears or collard greens, and warm dinner rolls.
View Recipe: Simply Roasted Pork
Perciatelli is thick spaghetti with a hole in the center. It's heartier and stands up to the other ingredients in this dish,
but you can substitute spaghetti, if desired.
View Recipe: New England Pork Bowl
Serve this Vietnamese-inspired dish with rice or Asian noodles (such as udon).
View Recipe: Caramelized Pork Over Lettuce
Brined pork is about as good as it gets. Throw some bourbon on it, though, and it somehow gets better.
View Recipe: Brined Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze