Friday, 25 October 2013

Our Favourite Pork Dishes

Despite the fact that it is forbidden for consumption in many cultures, pork remains one of the most widely enjoyed meat product in the world. Accounting for almost 40% of meat production globally, pork is a great source of protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins. It also comes in a variety of form, being used for ham, bacon, smoked pork and sausage - truly one of the most versatile meats on the market.

This might be part of the reason why it has been such an important part of human history, with evidence of pigs being farmed and domesticated as far back as 5000 BC! In Europe, before the 20th century when pork was mass-produced, the meat was typically enjoyed in the Autumn months when apples are in season. This has meant the two foods are traditionally served together, and the pairing remains relevant to this day.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular, lip-smacking pork dishes that are sure to treat your tastebuds.

Pork Belly

If you’ve tried a slow roasted or braised pork belly dish, chances are you’re not going to forget it in a hurry. Certainly the most tender part of the animal, the pork belly is popular in Asian countries and is usually used to process bacon too. Ideally, you want to contrast the succulent meat with golden crackling of the skin - this is certainly one of the defining features of pork that makes it special when compared to other meats. Also, pork belly is extremely tasty when served with apples, garlic, cherries or ginger to name a few of our favourite ingredients.

Pork Chops

Pork is becoming more and more popular as the go-to meat of choice when people are throwing a meal together at home. Pork chops are quick, easy and delicious, taking as quick as 20 minutes to cook and quite versatile in terms of what they can be served with. Much like chicken, they’re great with pesto sauce or even crumbed! We highly recommend making a night for pork chops every week or so.

Fried Pork Nuggets

Nuggets might seem the domain of chicken, but pork is one of those adaptable meats that rises to any challenge (so to speak). These can be prepared quick similarly to chicken nuggets; deep fried and beautiful when served with an accompanying sauce (we recommend mixing garlic, chives, white wine and mustard!). There are some great recipes for pork nuggets online, so if you like the sounds of them, give them a go! We’re sure you’ll be impressed.