Pork producers have enhanced feeding and breeding practices to deliver leaner options for today’s health conscious consumers. Did you know why pork now has a reputation as a white meat? It’s due to the fact that many lean pork cuts are similar in fat to a skinless chicken breast. Visit PorkBeInspired.com to learn how pork compares nutritionally to other meats.
Recipe of the Month
Pulled Pork Tostadas with Slaw and Chipotle CreamPrintable Version
Prep Time: 30 minutes
1 pound cooked pulled pork , * warm or room temperature
3 or 4 limes
2 tablespoons canola oil, or other neutral-flavored oil
8 cups shredded cabbage, or 1 10-ounce bag coleslaw mix
3/4 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup sour cream
1/2 chipotle chile from a can of chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded and finely minced
6 8-inch Tostadas, (flat, crisped corn tortillas)
2 tomatoes, diced
3 radishes, cut into wedges
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and chipotle pepper. Season with salt and set aside.
Arrange the tortillas on plates. Top with the pork, slaw, sour cream mixture, and tomatoes. Arrange the lime and radish wedges alongside and serve.
Makes 6 servings*Use Chili Rub Slow Cooker Pulled Pork leftovers for this recipe.
If you like, you can use regular tortillas, warmed up, instead of the crisped ones, to make soft tacos instead of tostadas. And you can experiment with the slaw to make it your own – try adding shredded zucchini, thinly sliced bell pepper, or diced cucumber.
Calories: 350 calories
Protein: 22 grams
Fat: 12 grams
Sodium: 380 milligrams
Cholesterol: 50 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 39 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Random Safety Tip
It is safe to cook frozen or partially-frozen pork in the oven, on the stove or grill without defrosting it first; the cooking time may be about 50% longer. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. It is best if frozen pork roasts are cooked at an oven temperature of 325 degrees F. Do not cook frozen pork in a slow cooker.
There are so many ways to prepare your favorite pork cut. Visit the links below to view the most popular methods of preparation from Grilling to Whole Hog Roasting. Learn more about proper cooking methods to ensure that your pork dish turns out perfectly tender and juicy every time.
Remember according to the new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, pork chops, roast and tenderloins can safely be cooked to medium rare at a final internal cooked temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit as measured by a food thermometer, followed by a three-minute rest time.
|Whole Hog Roasting||Baking|
Cuts of Pork
There are so many options when it comes to selecting a cut to prepare for your next meal. We have gathered information about pork’s most popular cuts in the meat case so you can learn more and feel confident in preparing your pork. Select a cut below for tips and more information regarding cooking methods and recipe ideas.
|Fresh Pork Leg||Ham|
|Canadian-Style Bacon||Loin Roast|
|Pork Rib Roast/Rack of Pork||Back Ribs|
|Tenderloin||Cubed & Sliced|
|Ground Pork||Smoked Hocks|
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