The mighty pork loin is not only a protein powerhouse, it also makes a beautiful centerpiece dish when entertaining.
October 29, 2013
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Power to the Pork Loin
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.
High-flavor ingredients embellish a lean cut in this elegant slow cooker main. A sophisticated stuffing of creamy goat cheese, silky spinach, and lemony herbs give this lean and mighty pork loin 5-star flavor. Topped with apricot-infused sweet and sour sauce, we tip our hats to the slow cooker for coaxing out this degree of decadence.
Lombo di Maiale Coi Porri (Pan-Roasted Pork Loin with Leeks)
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.
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.
This is a special-occasion entrée that doesn’t take too much time to make. The original version of this recipe won the blue ribbon at the Great Dandelion Cook-Off in Dover, Ohio, and was developed by Sherry Schie.
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.