Pork is a classic choice of meat that brings that warm, cozy feeling of home with every whiff and bite.
Pork is a classic choice of meat that brings that warm, cozy feeling of home with every whiff and bite. And of course, the best way to enjoy this protein is to opt for free range. Because pasture pigs have 300 percent more vitamin E and 74 percent more selenium in their milk, their young are much healthier as a whole -- and that translates to higher-quality meat. Although you might frequently use free range pork in your autumnal dishes, the truth is that it can be thoroughly enjoyed at any time of year. Whether you go the traditional route or want to put your own twist on this protein, here are a few places to start with your flavor pairings.
Herbs and Spices
When deciding on a dish, you'll probably want to start with seasonings. There are countless herbs and spices that work amazingly well with pork. "The Other White Meat" can be brined, marinated, or liberally sprinkled with seasonings because it's a protein that takes on all kinds of fantastic flavors. Feel free to get creative with your herb and spice selection. Some that go particularly well with pork include:
*Chinese Five Spice
*And of course, salt and pepper!
Remember that certain spices and herbs can be overwhelming, so use a deft hand with some of these. Others can be used as much to your heart's content!
Fruit and Other Sweet Elements
Sweet additions can make the perfect side dish or flavor element with your free range pork. There's a reason why so many classic pork combinations involve fruit and other foods with high sugar content. Pork products tend to be the most satisfying when they have a balance of sweet, salt, and smokiness. Here are a few flavorings to consider that'll take care of that first "S."
*Peaches and other stone fruit
*Citrus (oranges, blood oranges, limes, and even peels)
*Grapes or raisins
*Cranberry or lingonberry
These sweet elements will pair perfectly with your pork, particularly when you've chosen a complementary sampling of spices and herbs to encrust or infuse into your protein. Best of all, this list of sugary ingredients isn't limited to only one season. That means you can readily enjoy your pork dishes with stone fruit or salsa in the summertime and apples, cranberries, or sweet potatoes in the fall when you're really seeking something to warm your bones.