Delicious recipes and tips starring the pig
From the humble but versatile pig come roasts, chops, sausages, ribs, ham, and bacon. And with the growing popularity of eating head to tail and the offal in between, we get tasty treats such as pig's feet, belly, ears, and cheek. Or perhaps you like your hog served whole. Regardless of your preferences for the "other white meat"-ever tried the breakfast pâté called creton?-we've got thousands of recipes to try. Here are some of our favorites.
Go Thick, Not Thin
When buying pork chops, choose ones that are at least an inch thick-they won't dry out as easily as thinner cuts.
Porcine Anatomy 101
Recipes that call for pork butt are actually referring to pork shoulder. The meat on the upper part of a pig's rear legs-near its true butt-is known as pork leg or ham.
In the U.S. , bacon traditionally comes from the sides of the belly. Canadian bacon-also known as back bacon or Irish Bacon-is typically a leaner, meatier cut and comes from the pig's back.
Uncooked pork cuts such as chops, ribs, and roasts can be stored for up to five days in the refrigerator and for six months in the freezer. Ground pork, however, should be stored for just three days in the refrigerator and up to three months in the freezer.
Safety in Numbers
When preparing any pork product, the USDA recommends that the internal temperature reach 160°F.
Chops, Loins, and Ribs
- Ribs with Black Vinegar Sauce
- Chili-Baked Ribs
- Tortillas with Grilled Adobo Pork and Pineapple
- Sausage-Stuffed Rack Of Pork with Sage
- Tacos Al Pastor
- Pork with Figs and Charcuterie
- Roasted Pork Loin with Poached Plums
- Pan-Roasted Pork Chops with Cranberries and Red Swiss Chard
Bacon, Ham, and Sausage
- Sweet-and-Spicy Bacon
- Fettucine Carbonara with Fried Eggs
- Warm Frisée Salad with Fingerlings and Bacon
- Corn-Bread and Chorizo Stuffing
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Pancetta
- Ham with Garlic and Rosemary
- Serrano Ham and Poblano Corn Pudding
- Dates with Goat Cheese Wrapped in Prosciutto
- Spicy Shrimp with Andouille Sausage on Grits
Other Pork Dishes
- Hominy and Pork Soup with Arbol Chile Sauce
- Dan Barber's Pork Belly
- Cantabrian Meat Stew with Chickpeas (cocido Lebaniego)
- Peas with Onions and Guanciale
- Cuban-Style Roast Suckling Pig
- Potted Pork
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