Ground Pork Wants to Be Appreciated! 5 Dinners to Make That Happen
Put time into dinner now, and you can make it last forever — or at least the whole week. Welcome to Halfway to Dinner, where we show you how to stretch your staples every which way.
Today: Mandy from Lady and Pups shows us why it’s wise to always have ground pork on hand.
In my opinion, if there’s an ingredient persistently neglected and under-utilized in the American home kitchen, it’s ground pork. It also happens to be one of my absolute favorite things to cook with, so much so that sometimes I call it the “wonder mince.” Why aren’t you using the mighty ground pork shoulder more?
I usually opt for ground pork shoulder over regular ground pork, as it has a perfect ratio of 70% lean pork to 30% pork fat. It’s ever-so-versatile and economically friendly, freezes perfectly in big or small portions, and its possibility extends far beyond the limits of meatloaf or meatballs. I urge you to go stock up now — it awaits patiently to impress as your next weekday-dinner miracle.
Spicy Miso Ramen Express
Ground pork shoulder is an excellent, speedy replacement for any noodle soups that call for time-consuming meat toppings, such as Japanese ramen or traditional Sichuan dan-dan noodles. Sometimes I even prefer it over a whole slice or chunk of meat, since it distributes evenly into the dish. The key is to flavor and season the ground pork well before browning. Whip up a batch using this recipe, or go off the cuff — either will be delicious.
Chorizo and Garlic Shrimp Burger
Why should ground beef get all the attention in burgers? This is a playful adaptation of the traditional pairing of chorizo and shrimp, using a burger made with fresh Mexican-style chorizo and garlic- and thyme-marinated shrimp. The patty is seasoned with Mexican chili powder, paprika, cumin, grated garlic, oregano, plus tequila (yes!) and vinegar — and it all gets happier the longer it stays in the fridge. Sitting in between toasted homemade sweet potato burger buns and paprika and mustard mayonnaise, it’s the best mixture of messiness and happiness.