Take a break from chicken dinners and instead serve palate-pleasing pork dishes. In addition to tasting terrific with a variety of spices, sauces, and ingredients, this go-to meat also packs plenty of health benefits. Livestrong notes that pork is a solid source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, adding that 100 grams of roasted pork top loin contains 26.45 grams of protein. Roasted pork top loin is much lower in fat compared to most poultry, containing 8.82 grams per 100 grams of pork.
You can consistently obtain perfect pork dishes by avoiding a few common mistakes, according to Bon Appétit. Not all pork is made the same, and foregoing your grocery store pork for well-raised, well-fed heritage pork makes all the difference in the world. In addition, boneless doesn’t always mean better — in fact, bone-in can give the meat a richer flavor. Using plenty of seasonings will ensure your pork is delicious, and allowing your meat to sit on the counter for about 30 minutes prior to cooking will help enhance its flavor.
From bourbon-glazed pork chops with hoppin’ John to Portuguese pork with red peppers, these seven recipes turn plain pork into delicious dinners. Read on to determine which dish you’ll prepare first!
1. Wasabi and Panko-Crusted Pork with Gingered Soy Sauce
Quick, easy, and healthy, Cooking Light’s pork is filled with Japanese flavors and ingredients. Coated in panko and fried to crispy perfection, your pork chops are made even more mouth-watering due to the recipe’s ginger and wasabi soy sauce. Hoping for chops that are extra tender? Pound the meat between 2 pieces of plastic wrap to ¼-inch thickness. For a complete meal, serve alongside Fine Cooking’s basic fluffy white rice.
- ⅔ cup panko
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about ½ inch thick)
- 1 teaspoon peanut oil
- Cooking spray
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon bottled ground fresh ginger
- ⅓ cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons sake or dry sherry
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon wasabi paste
- ⅓ cup thinly sliced green onions
Directions: Place panko in a shallow dish. Place egg white in another shallow dish. Dip pork in egg white; dredge in panko.
Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; add pork. Cook for 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove pork from pan; sprinkle with salt.
Reduce heat to medium. Add ginger to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Combine broth and the next 4 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add broth mixture to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in green onions. Spoon sauce over pork.