Smoky Pork Marsala.

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board! This smoky pork marsala is a spin on our favorite chicken dish! Served over creamy mashed potatoes, it’s a cozy and comforting weeknight meal that everybody loves. I have the coziest dinner to share with you today!  This smoky pork chop marsala is tender and so flavorful, […]

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This post is sponsored by the National Pork BoardThis smoky pork marsala is a spin on our favorite chicken dish! Served over creamy mashed potatoes, it’s a cozy and comforting weeknight meal that everybody loves.

I have the coziest dinner to share with you today! 

This smoky pork chop marsala is tender and so flavorful, served over mashed potatoes with the most delish sauce. It’s such a perfect weeknight meal that the entire family loves – one that will warm you through and through. I mean, just look at this!

Dreamy, right? It’s like a hug on a plate.

Today I’m partnering with the National Pork Board for another delish recipe! I’m working with them this year on their United States of Pork campaign, and the recipe today required us to do a cooking challenge with a list of ingredients, a la Chopped-style.

The challenge ingredients consisted of some of America’s favorite ingredients: pork chops, bbq sauce, paprika, butter and onions. Um yes, I can surely do that! Some of my favorites, too. 

I decided to do a spin on a classic – one that my family loves. First, I used smoked paprika combined with the tangy BBQ sauce, which gives us the best smoky flavor. I like to use boneless center cut pork chops because they are so tender. They are also the easiest for me to make and a cut of pork that the whole family loves. 

You guys know that my mom’s chicken marsala was one of her best meals when I was growing up! She’d often make it once a week, or at least every other. It’s phenomenal. And her other specialty was the best pork chops on earth! She makes the most tender, juicy pork chops that everyone loves – that was my favorite when I was a kid.

So here we have the best of both worlds. I decided to take her chicken marsala recipe and use center cut pork chops instead. This basically marries her two incredible recipes together, and I could not be more excited. They are SO good.

This is pork marsala with a twist, of course. We’re using some smoked paprika along with a drop of BBQ sauce to give this some smoky charred flavor. It’s almost like adding Dijon into the dish – there is a perfect tang that complements the rest of the ingredients and also brings some brightness.

I added mushrooms too, which is something my mom has always left out of her classic marsala, even though they are traditionally there. And wow – they pair SO well with the pork. This dish is super hearty and comforting, perfect for the chilly winter days ahead. 

There are so many ways you can serve this. I love to serve it over mashed potatoes. Such a cozy dish that everyone loves! Of course, you can throw some roasted green beans or brussels sprouts on the side too. Or serve it with rice, which was always the side for us growing up. Really, make it your own. The pork is so tender and juicy that it will work with anything served on the side. (more…)

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Pork Chop Sandwich

PORK CHOP SANDWICHChicago is known for so many iconic dishes like deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwich and Chicago dogs to name a few; but one of my favorite classic Chicago dishes that’s a little less known outside of Chicago  is the Chicago St…

PORK CHOP SANDWICH
Chicago is known for so many iconic dishes like deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwich and Chicago dogs to name a few; but one of my favorite classic Chicago dishes that’s a little less known outside of Chicago  is the Chicago Style Pork Chop Sandwich! It’s an…

Carnitas Tortilla Soup

CARNITAS TORTILLA SOUPSince as long as I can remember, my family has been making and eating Tortilla Soup with shredded chicken. Growing up it’s something we ate in our family once a month during warm months and about once a week during chilly weather …

CARNITAS TORTILLA SOUP
Since as long as I can remember, my family has been making and eating Tortilla Soup with shredded chicken. Growing up it’s something we ate in our family once a month during warm months and about once a week during chilly weather months. My family recipe has…

Chipotle Cheddar Baked Pork Taquitos.

These chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos are sponsored by The National Pork Board. They’re crispy and crunchy, served loaded with toppings. So good for snacking or dinner. Even easier if you use leftover pulled pork! This flavorful dinner is going to be a showstopper on your menu! Because it’s time to put some pulled pork […]

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These chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos are sponsored by The National Pork Board. They’re crispy and crunchy, served loaded with toppings. So good for snacking or dinner. Even easier if you use leftover pulled pork!

This flavorful dinner is going to be a showstopper on your menu!

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos

Because it’s time to put some pulled pork in your taquito and eat it.

A crispy shell on the outside, filled with tender and flavorful smoky pulled pork. The crunch and crispness is incredible. I love to serve it with the traditional lettuce, tomato and pickled onions, but for this recipe, I took it up a notch!

slow cooker pulled pork

We have a corn and avocado salsa along with a delicious chipotle lime crema drizzle. You do NOT want to sit on this recipe!

You can make it for a game day snack, a weeknight meal or even a dinner party. The options are endless.

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos with crema

I’m excited to be partnering with the National Pork Board again for today’s post! I’m working with them this year on their United States of Pork campaign, and today I wanted to take one of our favorite recipes and remix it with pork.

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that we love any and all tex-mex recipes. I will put a taco spin on just about ANYTHING! It’s easily the cuisine we eat the most of and truly, you really can turn anything into a taco. Who would complain about that?

avocado corn salsa

So I took our favorite baked taquito recipe and instead of using chicken or beef or beans, threw in some pulled pork.

OH MY WORD.

This is absolutely delicious. So flavorful and crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. 

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos

I cook the pork shoulder in the slow cooker first. I often do this on the weekend or even overnight, just to get a batch of our favorite pulled pork. This means that I can freeze a portion and use it for dinners for the week too! 

Here’s the thing: I love how versatile pork is. I can usually swap out another protein that I use and replace it with pork in a recipe. Which is my favorite thing! It always adds a uniqueness to the dish and keeps me from getting bored with my favorite recipes. Our usual family favorites can be made with pork and it’s something we all love.

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos

Our crispy baked pork taquitos require this:

  • A batch of pulled pork, of course. I flavor mine with smoked paprika and garlic and cook it in a small splash of beer for extra flavor. You can definitely use leftover pulled pork here – it’s the easiest!
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I use the pepper and the adobo sauce to bring a smoky flavor to our taquitos and the crema that we drizzle on top! 
  • Grated cheddar cheese. I’m never going to say no to this! Cheddar gets stuffed into our tortillas with the pork resulting in the most flavorful cheesy filling.
  • We also need sour cream for the filling, which brings more creamy tenderness to our pork taquitos. You don’t want to skip this! We also use it in our crema drizzle.
  • Corn and avocado create our makeshift salsa for the top of the taquitos. It adds a creamy sweetness along with more satiety to the dish.
  • All the toppings! I love to add lettuce, tomatoes, pickled onions and the crema, but you can choose whatever you love! Maybe pickled jalapenos? Cotija cheese?

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos

The best part about this is that it’s a great recipe to make when you have leftover pulled pork! You know I love my pulled pork – I’ve made many versions of pulled pork sandwiches, put pulled pork on pizza, stuffed it inside of peppers and even served it alongside vegetables. 

You can make a batch of pulled pork for this recipe alone, or you can use leftovers from another recipe! The versatility is wonderful. And it’s the fun dinner! (more…)

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Pork Schnitzel with Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce & Brussels Slaw.

This is our favorite pork schnitzel, sponsored today by the National Pork Board! Served with a homemade carolina gold BBQ sauce and crunchy brussels slaw, it’s delicious and satisfying! Dinner is coming in hot tonight!  I’ve got a full plate for you with the juiciest, crispiest pork schnitzel, drizzled with a homemade Carolina gold BBQ […]

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This is our favorite pork schnitzel, sponsored today by the National Pork Board! Served with a homemade carolina gold BBQ sauce and crunchy brussels slaw, it’s delicious and satisfying!

Dinner is coming in hot tonight! 

pork schnitzel with carolina gold BBQ sauce & brussels sprouts slaw

I’ve got a full plate for you with the juiciest, crispiest pork schnitzel, drizzled with a homemade Carolina gold BBQ sauce and a crunchy brussels sprouts apple slaw. It’s a weeknight meal that everyone will love, full of flavor and texture! 

I mean, doesn’t that look absolutely incredible?!

pork chops seasoned with salt and pepper

Pork is uniquely a part of cultures all over the country and you can travel vicariously through each dish. I love that! 

crispy pork schnitzel

Eddie and I love a good pork schnitzel so I couldn’t wait to share this dish. It’s perfect as we head into October – if you want to have a little Octoberfest meal at home, start with this one!

The pork stays so tender and juicy. The breading is crispy but almost melts in your mouth at the same time. You can eat schnitzel over a salad, with a side of rice or even on a sandwich.

The dish is so incredibly versatile that everyone can find a way they love to enjoy it. 

brussels slaw ingredients

The pork schnitzel comes together quickly too! A little dredge in flour, dip in egg and breadcrumbs, then a sear in olive oil is all you need. The end result is a crunchy coating on a flavorful pork chop and I can’t even explain how much we love it. My mom made a version of it when I was growing up and this is a weeknight staple for us too.

pork schnitzel with carolina gold BBQ sauce & brussels sprouts slaw

And it gets better. 

Let’s talk about our sauce and side!

Okay, so it’s no surprise that I LOVE Carolina gold BBQ sauce, because I am a mustard freak. Anything tart and briney is right up my alley, so the fact that this sauce uses mustard and vinegar as the main base… I’m in.

Like, so in.

pork schnitzel with carolina gold BBQ sauce & brussels sprouts slaw

This version is extra special because I use whole grain mustard. I’ve seen recipes call for yellow mustard too. While I really enjoy that, Eddie isn’t crazy about yellow mustard. So I went the whole grain route which tends to be more dijon-y. 

To bring the sauce together, you combine the mustard, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, honey, some crushed red pepper – oh it’s GOOD. All things we love so much. 

pork schnitzel with carolina gold BBQ sauce & brussels sprouts slaw

The sauce is INCREDIBLE drizzled on the crispy sliced pork. Tangy with a hint of sweetness and spice. Really, you can’t get enough! It’s also great for pretzel dipping… just sayin’. 

Now for the side? We’ve got a super crunchy brussels slaw. I love a good brussels slaw! It’s refreshing and crisp and pairs so nicely with the pork. Plus, it’s perfect for this season! 

I love to use thinly sliced brussels sprouts, apples and shallots. A lemon-ish vinaigrette makes this pop and “marinates” the brussels, so they lose some of that bitterness. The slaw is crispy and complements the pork so well. It’s one of my favorite ways to serve the schnitzel.  (more…)

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Pork Pasty Recipe

PORK PASTY RECIPEThere’s a pasty shop a few miles from my house and they serve delicious Pork Pasties! Their pasties always hit the spot! The only downside is their hours are very limited and they sell out quickly. I wanted to make our own version so I…

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There’s a pasty shop a few miles from my house and they serve delicious Pork Pasties! Their pasties always hit the spot! The only downside is their hours are very limited and they sell out quickly. I wanted to make our own version so I could freeze…

Carnitas Burrito

CARNITAS BURRITOWe both LOVE a good burrito and Carnitas Burritos are probably one of our favorites ever! It’s also one of the most popular pork dishes in California according to National Pork Board’s website, and we’re not surprised! We could probably…

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We both LOVE a good burrito and Carnitas Burritos are probably one of our favorites ever! It’s also one of the most popular pork dishes in California according to National Pork Board’s website, and we’re not surprised! We could probably eat carnitas burritos every single week, we…

Grilled BBQ Pulled Pork & Sweet Corn Pizza.

This pulled pork pizza is loaded with fresh sweet corn, barbecue sauce, herbs, cheeses and pickled onions. So delicious and flavorful! Love me a good summer grilled pizza!  This is a big big favorite in our house. Pizza on the grill? Check. BBQ pulled pork, all saucy and tangy and wonderful? Check again. Super sweet […]

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This pulled pork pizza is loaded with fresh sweet corn, barbecue sauce, herbs, cheeses and pickled onions. So delicious and flavorful!

Love me a good summer grilled pizza! 

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

This is a big big favorite in our house. Pizza on the grill? Check. BBQ pulled pork, all saucy and tangy and wonderful? Check again. Super sweet and crisp corn, at its peak flavor? Major check. 

You won’t want to stop eating this pizza, I swear!

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza ready for the grill

The pizza has just about everything I love. The pulled pork is amazing. The sweet corn is so delicious right now. I slice it directly from the cob on to the pizza – it’s refreshing and crunchy. Then we have melty cheese, more BBQ sauce, a bunch of fresh herbs and some pickled onions. 

Seriously, it has all the flavors that you need. 

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

Pulled pork is quite possibly my favorite meat ever, so I’m always looking for new and fun ways to use it. It’s so versatile and everyone else in the house loves it, so I knew we couldn’t go wrong with pizza. Plus, I shared a pulled pork pizza nearly a decade ago that is also loaded with flavor. 

I knew a summer version would be incredible. 

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

This recipe is PERFECT for leftover pulled pork. You know, if you have a party or even just a larger sunday dinner and have some pulled pork leftovers? Oh yes, this is exactly what you should do with it.

In fact, I would never make pulled pork JUST for this recipe. I mean, maybe with this in mind for leftovers, yes, but never just for it.

I love pulled pork way too much  – so if I’m making it, we’re most likely serving it as a sandwich! With lots of slaw and BBQ sauce of course.

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

Or maybe – you even have pulled pork in the freezer? I often take the leftovers and toss them in the freezer. Or make a double batch at once so I can immediately freeze some for a future meal. It’s one of the only things I think is worth throwing in the freezer – and the flavor stays so well. 

It’s so good!

BBQ pulled pork & sweet corn pizza

Now I will say, if you’re just madly craving this pizza (don’t blame you, it’s fab!), there is another option! Both costco and the jack daniel’s brand makes prepared pulled pork and it’s in the cold/deli section. I’ve used it in a pinch for parties and it’s pretty good. All you do is heat it in the oven or even the slow cooker – or a saucepan! And you’ve got pulled pork for your pizza. Wins all around! 

When it comes to cheese, I like a mix of classic italian cheeses here with sharp white cheddar. The white cheddar gives a nod to the BBQ sauce and really brings out that sharp flavor. I highly suggest doing both!

Lots of BBQ sauce on top! Whatever sauce you love – any kind works, truly! I’d probably choose this cola BBQ sauce at the moment. If we’re talking jarred, I would pick bone suckin’ sauce!

You can also add on a few other clean-out-the-fridge ingredients if you’d like. Sliced red onion instead of pickled, jalapeno or bell peppers, even thinly sliced mushrooms.  (more…)

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Porchetta Sandwiches with Garlic Herb Mayo.

This porchetta sandwich is sponsored by the National Pork Board! Today we’re spicing things up with the perfect porchetta roast!  We’re turning this melt-in-your-mouth porchetta into an incredible sandwich with a savory mayo for dinner tonight. It’s unbelievably delicious and such a treat to make at home!  I’m excited to be partnering with the National […]

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This porchetta sandwich is sponsored by the National Pork Board!

Today we’re spicing things up with the perfect porchetta roast! 

porchetta sandwiches with garlic herb mayo

We’re turning this melt-in-your-mouth porchetta into an incredible sandwich with a savory mayo for dinner tonight. It’s unbelievably delicious and such a treat to make at home! 

garlic, lemon zest, herbs

I’m excited to be partnering with the National Pork Board again today, bringing you this incredible delicious porchetta sandwich! For the rest of the year, I’m participating in the National Pork Board’s United States of Pork campaign, which celebrates all the diverse flavors and different pork dishes that we make across the country – starting with some hometown favorites! 

(P.S. remember last year’s pork curry meatballs? I still can’t get enough!)

pork roast and pork belly

The National Pork Board surveyed consumers in every state to find out what their most-loved pork dishes are. The most popular dish here in Pennsylvania was the Italian hoagie! It’s definitely been a staple in my family for as long as I can remember – but it’s rarely something we make at home. It tends to be something we order when we’re out.

The traditional Italian hoagie has personally never been a serious favorite of mine, so I decided to take things into my own hands and make a twist on the way it’s prepared.

stuffed porchetta roast

So… I went completely out of my comfort zone with this one and made porchetta!! 

OH YES.

olive oil, garlic and herbs

We love porchetta – Eddie still talks about the porchetta sandwich he had in San Francisco a decade ago. For the longest time, I was super intimidated to make it at home. But I’m so excited to tell you that it’s not only possible to make it at home – it’s fairly easy with the method that I’m going to show you! 

Actually, it’s super easy. It’s a little time consuming, but it’s all mostly down time. As long as you plan ahead, you’re golden. And you will have the most incredible pork sandwich in your possession. 

porchetta roast

If you haven’t had porchetta, it’s a boneless pork roast stuffed with fresh herbs and garlic – and it most often uses pork belly! It’s so tender and juicy and rich and decadent. I love pork belly, but it’s not exactly easy to find in my area. I found a method for porchetta using pork butt, and I may enjoy it even more. This way, if pork belly is tricky to find in your area, you can make a version of this with pork butt too. 

porchetta

Of course, I also threw some pork belly in with the pork butt too – but either work! 

The key is to make a delicious herb paste with garlic and lemon zest and olive oil. Oh my gosh – this is heavenly. The smell alone gets you excited enough to eat! This gets stuffed inside the pork and creates layers and layers of flavor.

porchetta sandwiches with garlic herb mayo

Much like when I make roasted turkey or even beef tenderloin, it’s important to let the porchetta sit in the fridge overnight. This helps give you a super crispy skin.

Because while the herb filling is wonderful, the signature of porchetta is the super crispy outer layer. Think roasted chicken skin, but… better. If that’s even possible.

And it is! The crispy outside of porchetta is unreal. 

Once the pork butt roasts have been slathered in the herb paste and take a time-out in the fridge, they go in for a slow roast. After the slow roast, I crank up the oven temperature and throw them back in to really crisp up the outsides.

I’m telling you: it’s divine. (more…)

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