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Lifestyles & Community

October 3, 2012

October is National Pork Month

The Food Dude

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RICHMOND —

Roast boneless pork loin

Ingredients:

1 3 lb. boneless pork loin

2 T soy sauce

2 T olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried rosemary

Preparation:

Place the roast on a rack and score in a diamond pattern with a sharp knife. Mix the rub together well and rub it into the roast. Place the roast into a pre-heated 450 degree oven and roast for 30 minutes. Drop the oven temperature to 350 and roast an additional 30 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the roast registers at least 145 degrees.

‘Happy’ pork steak*

Ingredients:

6 pork blade steaks, (1/2-3/4-inch thick), seasoned with salt and pepper

2 T corn oil, or olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 small white onion, chopped

2 cups uncooked rice

4 plum tomatoes, chopped

2 medium jalapeno chiles, minced

1 cup beer, or water

2 cups chicken broth, or water

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Preparation:

Heat oil in large skillet; add pork. Sear pork on both sides on medium-high heat just until brown, about 1 minute on each side. Remove from skillet and cover loosely with foil.

Add garlic and onions to skillet. Cook and stir until tender, about 2 minutes, scraping up brown bits from bottom of skillet. Add rice, stirring constantly until rice just begins to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, jalapeño chiles, beer and broth or water. Bring to boil; cover. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 10 minutes.

Place pork on top of rice; cover. Simmer 8 or 9 minutes until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees F. Let stand 3-5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, if desired.

Chicken broth or water may be substituted for the beer in this recipe. If using water only, additional salt and pepper may be needed.

Serve with corn tortillas.

Roast pork shoulder Caribbean style*

Ingredients:

4-5 pound bone-in pork shoulder

1 medium onion, thickly sliced

1 head garlic, peeled

2 T oregano

2 tsp.cumin seeds

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black peppercorns

2 bay leaves

1 T lard, or oil

Zest and juice of 1 orange, grated

Zest and juice of 1 lemon, grated

Juice of 1 bitter orange

Preparation:

Using a sharp knife make several shallow cuts (about 1/2-inch deep) in the pork, place in a glass or ceramic roasting pan. Spread the onion slices on the bottom of the pan.

Place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process to make a paste. Rub the pork with the mixture on all sides, making sure it goes into the cuts. Place pork on top of the onions.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 4 hours, turning once, leaving the fat side up for cooking.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the pork in the middle rack of the oven. After 30 minutes, turn down the temperature to 325 degrees and cook an additional 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes or so with its own juices. Cook 30 minutes per pound total, or until the internal temperature as measured with a meat thermometer, is 160 degrees F.

Remove the pork from the oven and allow to rest 15 minutes before carving, discard onions.

* Recipe courtesy The National Pork Board

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