Posts Tagged: Pork

Spice Rubbed Pork Loin Sliders with Dijon Remoulade {#PorkParty}

In my last post I shared with you a video recipe from the National Pork Board for a Spice Rubbed Pork Loin BLT Sliders with Dijon Remoulade.   I also offered a giveaway of $50.00 in Costco cash, but we’ll get to that momentarily.
I got a big huge pork loin from Costco and when I came home I cut off the ends into roasts and the middle was cut into loin chops.  I used one of my favorite kitchen tools—the Foodsaver my mom gave me years ago—and froze the other loin and the chops for later use.   That’s four meals from one loin, and I only paid $14.37 for it.   Broken down that is about $3.60 per cut of meat for FOUR MEALS for a family of six.   Amazing!
Last night I made *my* version of the Spice Rubbed Pork Loin BLT Sliders with Dijon Remoulade!   Of course, I didn’t have any Dijon Mustard so I used regular yellow mustard and it was perfectly fine.  I also didn’t have Thyme, but I had a mix of herbs (to be added to oil for bread-dipping) that included Thyme, so I used that in the spice rub for the pork loin.


While I roasted the loin at 400 degrees for about an hour, I prepped everything else.   I sliced up the tomatoes,  washed the lettuce, fried up the bacon, and made the remoulade.



The important thing to know about pork is that it is so easy to overcook it.  So, at 60 minutes I took it out and checked it with a handy-dandy meat thermometer.  Once it read 145 degrees, after being inserted in the middle of the roast, I knew it was done (I actually checked the temperature at 50 minutes first.)   It’s crucial to let it rest, and after it thoroughly did I sliced it into thin little cuts for the slider assembly.  While it rested, I also got the Hawaiian rolls ready.  They just needed a few minutes in the oven, at 300 degrees, to get all perfect and nom-nom-nommy.

Then it was time for the assembly line of yumminess…



The whole roast disappeared as I kept making the sliders and they kept being eater.
Everyone asked, “Mama, when are you going to make these next?!”
For sure….soon!!

Spice Rubbed Pork Loin BLT Sliders with Dijon Remoulade

Recipe from Pork Be Inspired!


Dijon Remoulade: 1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons dill pickle relish, OR finely chopped dill pickle
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin:

2 pound boneless pork loin roast
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
24 dinner rolls, such as Hawaiian or potato
2 cups baby arugula
3 to 4 plum tomatoes, cut into 24 rounds
12 slices bacon, cooked each cut into quarters to make 48 pieces

Cooking Directions

Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin:
Preheat the oven to 400 degree F. Combine the cumin, smoked paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Rub all over the loin. Place on a rack in a small roasting pan. Roast for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350  degree F. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast registers 145 degree F, 50 to 60 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.


Carve roast crosswise into thin slices. Divide slices into 24 portions. Spread each roll with remoulade. Fill with equal amounts of the pork and arugula. Top with a tomato round and 2 pieces of bacon. Serve warm.
Makes: 24 sliders, 12 serving

Now, for the winner of the $50.00 Costco Giveaway:
As generated by, the lucky winner is:  Kim T. of “Live from the 205”!  Congrats, Kim!!!


This post is the second post that is part of a campaign with The National Pork Board and The Motherhood.  All opinions are always my own!

Pork Makes the Party {and a Costco Cash Giveaway!}

To celebrate October as National Pork Month, Costco is offering discounts on top pork cuts from chops and roasts to pork tenderloin and boneless loins. Costco members can take advantage of weekly savings ranging from $2.00-$2.50.  And, I am offering $50.00 in Costco Cash, so keep on reading….
Between October 22 and 28, Whole Boneless Loin is $2.50 off at Costco. Boneless pork loins are super delicious and have often been used as a main dish in many of our family celebrations. Pork loins are also very versatile, not to mention they are low in fat without detracting from the flavor at all. They can be roasted, stuffed or cut into chops. I ALWAYS have a boneless pork loin in my fridge or freezer waiting to be cooked.
I hope that you use some of pork’s versatility to your advantage this holiday season.   It pairs perfectly with a wide variety of flavors and is classic when bringing people together for any celebration.
Pork Makes the Party, Costco Helps You Save, and I Want You To Be Entered To Win $50.00 in Costco Cash!
To enter to win the $50.00 Costco Cash have a look at this video from the National Pork Board.     After you watch the video just tell me what your favorite part of this video recipe was, and then you’ll be entered to win the $50.00 in Costco Cash so that you can go to Costco and take advantage of their awesome deals on pork.  Not a Costco member?   You can use your winnings to become a member to join in all the savings.

As for the recipe in the video:  I am definitely going to make this later this week!  Stay tuned and I’ll share how my version came out & I will pick a winner from the comments on this post (for the $50.00 Costco cash!)

This post is part of a campaign with The National Pork Board and The Motherhood.

All About Pork | Greek Salad with Pork Cutlets

When I told everyone that I was making Greek Salad with Pork (which we call Souvlaki) for dinner, they were all super-ecstatic.

“With Tzatziki, Mama?”  I was asked.

“How could we have it without?” I questioned rhetorically.

It’s definitely one of our family’s favorite comfort foods.   And, it holds a special place in my heart (Michael’s, too), because it was the first meal we had together, way back when, in  1994, at a little Greek Dive one town over from where I was raised.


This past month has been so fun with all the different recipes I’ve tried.  There’s been Baked Pork Egg Rolls, Braised Pork with Peppers and Onions, Pork Pita Pockets, and today’s Greek Salad with Pork Cutlets!  The common thread that has gone through all of them is that they were healthful and flavorful.  Not to mention they were a hit, through-and-through.   I encourage you to try these recipes or look for other great recipes on Pork Be Inspired.

When I asked everyone which Pork Be Inspired meal was there favorite, they all said that this one was, hands down.   So, if you want to impress your family head over to your local Publix, tomorrow, and pick up a pack of their Pork Sirloin Cutlets (that are on sale right now!)

Earlier today, when I was cashing out, there was a man behind me, in the check-out line, checking out my cutlets.  He asked what I was going to make and when I told him “Pork Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce” he responded that he didn’t know what that was but that it sounded fantastic.   And, boy-oh-boy, was he right!


1 1/4 pounds pork loin cutlets, 1/8″ thick
Greek-Style Dressing (buy it or make it, it’s up to you!)
Tzatziki Sauce (make it, you’ll be glad you did!)
8 cups romaine lettuce
Cherry tomatoes, halved
2 1/2 teaspoons Greek seasoning (Look in the spice section of the supermarket for a pre-blended Greek seasoning blend; I used McCormick brand. If unavailable, substitute 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves, 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/8 teaspoon onion powder and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt for the 2 1/2 teaspoons Greek seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.   )
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Nonstick cooking spray
black pepper, freshly ground


Make Tzatziki Sauce, cover and refrigerate until serving.
Place lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber slices (if you like) in very large salad bowl.  Gently toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate while preparing pork.
Combine Greek seasoning and salt; sprinkle and rub evenly over pork. Cook the cutlets over medium-high heat in large skillet coated with nonstick cooking for 2-3 minutes or until tender.



Transfer cutlets to cutting board.
To serve, divide lettuce mixture among plates. Arrange 1/4 of pork on each salad. Drizzle 2 tablespoons dressing over each salad. Sprinkle with black pepper, if desired. Serve with Tzatziki and warm, toasty pita.




A Giveaway For YOU!
Since this is the last week of the  “Good and Good for You Challenge” I’m giving one of my readers some of the same items I’ve been using during the challenge:
  • 8 $5 pork coupons for Publix ($40 worth of free pork!)
  • Water bottle
  • Reusable grocery bag
  • Meat thermometer
  • Pedometer
  • Recipe book
All you have to do is:
Leave a comment on this post, and tell me what you love about pork and what your favorite pork dish is!
For an extra entry:
Share this post on Facebook, and make sure you tag me in your post!

[This post is the last of a series of posts that I have shared over the last four weeks. Please enter the giveaway as a thank you for letting me share my pork recipes with you, and head to your local Publix for some great deals on pork. To keep up with the “Good and Good for You Challenge”, follow @allaboutpork on Twitter, and look out for the #Publix4Pork hashtag. You can also connect with Pork Be Inspired on Facebook. I have partnered with The Motherhood to bring you these awesome recipes, information, and all things pork. As a part of this campaign, I am compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions remain my own, as always.]

All About Pork | Pork Pita Pockets

I have been loving the whole process of putting together these weekly Pork Be Inspired posts.   Today—after BodyFlow—Olivia, Davey, and I headed out for a shopping excursion.   Before hitting Publix to buy this week’s pork that was on sale, we went to a new restaurant that recently opened, one town over, called Cheddars.  The whole day, from my morning coffee with Michael, on the love-seat, with Pepper in between us, sunshine flooding in through our windows, to this very minute (writing this post up to share), has been thoroughly delightful.   There’s something about those days that are just filled with love, and today was one of them for me.


This week I decided to make “Heart-y and Healthy” Pork Pita Pockets that were inspired by this recipe.   I wanted to use this week’s special from Publix, Bone-in Pork Loin Roast, for my adaptation of Amelia’s Italian Pork Pockets, but the local Publix that I went to was out of them (obviously because of the awesome sale: $3.39 per pound!)

So, I got another cut that was on special…the bone-in pork loin chops!  I figured it would work super in the recipe that I picked to make for my family.   And, it did!



4 bone-in pork loin chops
2 bell peppers, each cut into strips, lengthwise
6 mushrooms, cut into slices
1/2 red onion, cut into wedges, separated
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, crushed
8 pita pocket bread halves
Colby-jack cheese slices

Cooking Directions

Heat oven to broil. Coat a large baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange pork chops and vegetables in a single layer on baking pan. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, Italian seasoning, & red pepper flakes. Brush mixture on both sides of pork. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat for about 5-6  minutes, or until pork has internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time and vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from oven; divide pork and vegetables among pita pocket breads. Add slices of cheese to each pocket.


TIP: Today’s leaner pork can be enjoyed medium rare for optimal enjoyment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that pork can be safely cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a three-minute rest time, resulting in juicy and tender pork that’s more delicious than ever. 


There are so many aspects to getting healthy, and eating healthy is half the battle. If you need more motivation please visit, and pledge to eat healthy with pork. By doing that you’ll be entered for a chance to win free pork tenderloin.

[This post is part of a series of posts that I will be sharing over the next four weeks. Please come back to see next week’s delicious and healthy recipe, and head to your local Publix for some great deals on Pork. To keep up with the “Good and Good for You Challenge”, follow @allaboutpork on Twitter, and look out for the #PublixforPork hashtag. You can also connect with Pork Be Inspired on Facebook. I have partnered with The Motherhood to bring you recipes, information, and all things pork. As a part of this campaign, I am compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions remain my own, as always.]

All About Pork | Braised Pork with Peppers and Onions

The boys are all excited for Game Day tomorrow, but, all this week, I’ve been excited about something else:  This week’s pork dish recipe that I found on Pork Be Inspired, for the “Good and Good For You Challenge”.   There are a so many recipes that I wanted to make for this week’s theme, but I settled on this one because (really?) peppers and onions and garlic, oh my!   I served it up with Cous Cous and Green Bean Casserole (Michael’s request) and the dinner took me less than 40 minutes from start to finish.

Publix is running some awesome deals on boneless pork loin chops this week, through February 8th.  You can find some fabulous recipes to spice up your game day, tomorrow, over at Pork Be Inspired.  Or you can make what I made for dinner tonight.  There’s one piece of pork left-over in the kitchen, and I think there’s gonna be some coin-tossing to figure out who’ll get to eat it for lunch tomorrow!



4-6 boneless pork loin chops, about 1-inch thick, trimmed
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 small red bell peppers, or yellow bell peppers, quartered and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 small red or yellow onion, quartered and cut into 1/4-inch slices
4 cloves garlic , thinly sliced  (I used minced garlic in this recipe)
1/2 cup chicken broth (you can use red wine if you want)

Cooking Directions

New USDA Guidelines
1)  In a large nonstick skillet (I used my large electric skillet) over medium heat, warm oil.
2)  Sprinkle chops with salt and pepper and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
3)  Remove chops to a plate and set aside.


4)  Add tomato paste to skillet and cook, stirring, for 15 seconds.
5)  Add bell peppers and onion to skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are starting to brown, about 3 minutes.
6)  Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.


7)  Add chicken broth (or wine) and bring to a boil, scraping up and stirring in any browned bits in the skillet.
8)  Return chops to skillet, nestling them in the liquid, and reduce to a simmer.


9)  Cover and cook 4 minutes. Turn chops, cover, and cook until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.



10)  Serve pork with pepper and onion mixture spooned over top   (Warning: you may need some bread to sop up the lovely juices in the skillet!)


[This post is part of a series of posts that I will be sharing over the next four weeks. Please come back to see all the delicious and healthy recipes and head to your local Publix for some great deals on Pork. To keep up with the “Good and Good for You Challenge”, follow @allaboutpork on Twitter, and look out for the #PublixforPork hashtag. You can also connect with Pork Be Inspired on Facebook. I have partnered with The Motherhood to bring you recipes, information, and all things pork. As a part of this campaign, I am compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions remain my own, as always.]

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