Pasture-raised Pork=DELICIOUS Pork

11 Apr

We’re convinced happy pigs (pasture-raised) = DELICIOUS pork.  We recently came across local, pasture-raised boneless pork loin at Whole Foods, and boy, was it delicious!

I bought a big chunk of this gorgeous pork loin, and cut it up in about 1 inch pieces.  For dinner, I left 2 pieces out to bring them back to room temperature (about 30 minutes), and then seasoned both sides with salt and pepper.  In a non-stick pan, I drizzled some olive oil and cooked the chop on medium-high heat, 6 minutes on each side.  Rest for at least 5 minutes.  I served the chop with garlic spinach.  AH-MAZING!

David didn’t eat pork for a long time, in large part because he never found it particularly tasty.  Nowadays, he is a big believer in good, high-quality pork, cooked well.  Local, pasture-raised pork has been a good meat option for us, as, at about $8.99 a pound, it’s a good deal for high quality meat.  Chops are our favorite, since the flavor is fabulous — and when the pork is this excellent quality, you really taste the difference in the fat.  Pasture-raised pork fat just melts in your mouth in the most elegant way.  Frankly, we prefer these amazing pork chops to, say, veal chops.

I cook bone-in chops in the similar way, too — cooking time depends on how thick the chops are, of course.  It’s important to make sure the pork is cooked through, but not overcooked — a blushing pink is just lovely.

We like our gorgeous pork cooked simply, accompanied by the simplest greens — whether it be some sauteed spinach or some salad — as pasture-raised pork is delicious pork, and need no fussing about.

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2 Responses to “Pasture-raised Pork=DELICIOUS Pork”

  1. Nancy April 15, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    If you can find pasture-raised heritage pork it’s even better! We get Red Wattle pork that is great. In the fall/winter we can get Red Wattle pork that was fattened on hazelnuts, and it’s out of this world delicious!

    • tomoko April 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      I’ve had Red Wattle pork chop at Vinegar Hill in Brooklyn, and I agree, it is truly delicious! I’ve never seen it at a super market, though… Amazing the difference in flavor quality makes!

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