A guest post by Tesco.
If you’re a fan of pork, your mouth may well be watering already from the title of this post. In fact, pork is one of the most versatile meats you’ll find on the butcher’s shelf, what with its many smoked, sausage and joint varieties.
Thanks to online resources, there are thousands of pork recipes accessible to all, each one more scrumptious than the next. Here are just a few fantastic ideas for pork dishes that will have you licking your plate and looking for second helpings…
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Lunch doesn’t get much better than a fresh roll filled with juicy shredded pork that has been marinating in sweet barbeque-style sauce for hours, making it tender enough to pull from the bone and giving the dish its name. The pulled pork sandwich is a favourite in the southern United States, but the dish has started popping up in eateries across the UK and Europe.
Whilst fast food delivery chains are doing their best to besmirch the delicious name of pizza, recent years have seen a resurgence of authentic, thin-crust, wood-fired versions of the classic Italian dish. For an extra tasty treat, add some prosciutto – thinly-sliced dry-cured Parma ham – to tpahe top. Yum!
Pork Chops & Apple sauce
A classic American dish, made famous when it was served on 1970s TV show ‘The Brady Bunch’, pork chops served with a side of apple sauce is far more delicious than it sounds. The apple sauce complements the pork’s sweet juices perfectly. To enhance the experience, why not try making cider gravy to go with it?
Crispy Pork Belly
So much of what we enjoy about eating comes down to texture. The exquisite, salty crunch that comes from sinking your teeth into a bit of crispy pork belly is a delight to the senses. The trick to cooking crispy pork belly is to put it in a very hot oven (the highest it goes!) for 10-15 minutes first, before turning the oven down (170°C/325°F) to roast for a little over an hour.
Split Pea & Ham Soup
Winter’s on its way, and with it comes soup season. You can’t go wrong with a hot bowl of split pea soup with ham. The sweetness of the peas, the saltiness of the ham, together with the savoury additions of bay leaf and celery, creates a delicious flavour profile. To make this dish extra special, go with thickly diced, smoked gammon.