The other white meat, but pork has dark meat too! As Homer Simpson said, Pork is a wonderful magical meat, porkchops, ham and bacon all come form the same animal! As a main dish or even as part of a veggie dish, pork is always good. Some of the greatest foods in America come from pork, think of barbecued short ribs! Around the world, pork also represents some very iconic dishes, think of prosciutto di Parma from Italy, or the highly prized jamón serrano dry cured ham from Spain! The best jamón comes from wild boars that have gorged on acorns and really represent the terroir of the land.
Pigs have been kept for generations as ‘garbage disposals. Those of us who grew up on a farm, or in a rural are didn’t have the garbage disposal in the stink! No no, every bit of food scrap, or leftover, even food that is on the edge of going bad would go into a bucket, and at the end of the day, you would ‘slop the hog.’ And boy did those pigs love it!
No matter how you cook it, pork is a family favorite, and a very affordable meat. We’ve assembled a few of our favorite dishes to share with you. Enjoy!