Our Best Pork Dinner Recipes
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This moist pork roast preps quickly, then grills slowly as the herbs and garlic tucked inside work their way throughout the meat, leaving a blast of Italian flavor. Originally published in Midwest Living in 1992, it made our list of all-time best recipes in 2012.
Milk-Braised Pork with Cheesy Grits
There are a lot of ingredients in this spruced-up comfort-food dish, but trust us, it’s worth the effort for a weekend treat. The recipe from Michael Watz of Chicago was a finalist in our Best of the Midwest® recipe contest.
Grilled Pork with Cranberry Chutney
Shredded Pork Posole
Hominy is the signature ingredient in this traditional, chililike Mexican soup.
Sticky Asian Pork Wrap
A $1,000 winner in our annual recipe contest, this colorful sandwich from Lori McLain of Denton, Texas, is a flavor twist on a classic Midwestern tenderloin sandwich.
Balsamic Pork with Potato Pierogi
A simple balsamic reduction dresses up pork tenderloin and frozen pierogi (stuffed Polish noodle dumplings).
Lemon-Rosemary Pork Loin with Cherry Sauce
The classic fruit and pork combo gets a bold update: Slather the meat with a paste of garlic, mustard, lemon and rosemary, then serve with ruby red cherries. This recipe multiplies easily for entertaining.
Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms and Onions
You can have this comforting winter supper dish on the table in less than an hour, but it's nice enough to serve to company with steamed veggies and mashed potatoes. The recipes comes from Gunflint Lodge in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay
Although it sounds like it would be burn-your-mouth-hot, the five-spice powder in this fall comfort food is actually a mild blend that commonly consists of star anise, anise seed, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.
Boneless pork shoulder, navy beans, hominy and salsa blend into a zesty slow-cooker dish. Serve with lime wedges, if you like.
Skillet Pork and Apple Mini Meat Loaves
Patrice Hurd of Bemidji, Minnesota, says this moist, sweet and tangy comfort food reminds her of Sunday dinner at her grandmother's in northern Minnesota. Best of all, it's fast.
Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops
Savory sage in the stuffing mix meets cranberries in this easy pork chop recipe.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Root Beer
A surprise ingredient, root beer, adds sweetness to this roast and its dark sauce. Try leftover pork in quesadillas or stir it into ramen noodles.
Wine-Marinated Pork Roast
Lynn's Best Herb-and-Garlic Pork
Midwest Living Test Kitchen Director Lynn Blanchard prepares her pork roast with garlic and fresh-from-her-garden herbs. Lynn recommends that you not eek at the roast during grilling: Opening the lid slows cooking.
Pork and Veggie Oven Stew
Thyme, oregano and lemon-pepper seasoning flavor this oven-baked stew, which includes potatoes, pork, corn and green beans. Like even more corn? We love corn muffins with this dish.
Sweet Potato and Pork Skillet
Maple syrup sweetens this easy meal in a skillet. Fresh fruit or a tossed salad completes the meal.
Cuban Pork Wraps
Slow-cooked pork shoulder roast turns to a tender shredded meat filling for flour tortillas.
Pork with Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing
This stuffing, which includes sausage, dried Michigan fruit and wild rice, forms a spiral when rolled up into a top loin roast. The recipe comes from New York Restaurant in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
You'll need two hands and a hearty appetite to tackle this king-size sandwich of battered and fried pork tenderloin. It's our version of the deli tenderloin sandwiches popular in pork-producing states such as Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.
Pork Chops with Pear-Maple Sauce
Maple syrup and pears blend for a tasty accompaniment to skillet-cooked chops. This cut of meat cooks quickly.
Sweet on a Pig
Grilled pork bathed in cider-molasses marinade cooks to a gorgeous caramel color.
Roasted Pork with Jamaican Snapdragons
Rum, raisins and sweet pork tenderloin provide the centerpiece of this Caribbean-inspired dish from the Deadwood Social Club in Deadwood, South Dakota.
The Bavarian Inn in Hermann, Missouri, prepares this Old World pork cutlet classic with style. For schwein schnitzel, add the sour cream sauce (included with recipe).
Saute thin-sliced pork tenderloin, then serve it with tomato-rich Marsala sauce, generously flecked with garlic. The recipe comes from Ohio's Shawnee State Park Resort near the town of Friendship.
Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Marinated pork tenderloin makes a perfect company-special grilled meat. It's lean, cooks fast and tastes great.
Rolled Spinach Pork Loin
Roll a filling of bacon, chopped spinach and Parmesan cheese in pork loin roast to create this main dish, from Turkey Run Inn in Terre Haute, Indiana. When checking the temp of this roast, move the thermometer around so it's resting in meat, not filling.
Pork and Apricots with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This slow cooker meal features tender pork shoulder and sausage seasoned with tarragon and fennel, plus a generous helping of fluffy mashed sweet potatoes.
Thyme Pork Chops
For this easy entree, just brush thick pork chops with a flavorful marinade of herb and olive oil, and then roast until done. Serve with cheesy Glad Tidings Potatoes. Both recipes come from the Latchstring Restaurant overlooking South Dakota's Spearfish Canyon.
Bavarian Pork Roast
For more German flavor, heat a can of Bavarian-style sauerkraut to serve with the seasoned slow cooker pork and tangy sour cream gravy.
The recipe for this savory blueberry-and-onion sauce comes from the Blueberry Festival in Marshall, Indiana.
Season pork tenderloin with a rub of ground chili and mustard seed. The Brazilian-style roasted meat is served over seasoned beans and spinach.
Pineapple Pork Chili
This five-ingredient dinner, flavored by ground pork or beef and pineapple salsa, goes together in just 20 minutes.
Bigger and Better Saucy Pork Chops
This easy, six-ingredient recipe features pork chops slow-cooked in the oven and topped with a sweet-tangy red sauce.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Chutney
This hot sandwich recipe was created for a party but would do just as well at a family dinner. The curry-tomato chutney, cooked separately, adds spunk to the pork. It also would complement beef, lamb, sausage, chicken or turkey.
Pork Patties with Tangy-Sweet Barbecue Sauce
Brush sweet homemade barbecue sauce on meats while grilling, or serve it as a condiment.
Hearty Pork-and-Ale Stew
Root vegetables, apples and tomatoes simmer with melt-in-your-mouth pork sirloin for a robust stew.
Grilled Applewood Smoked Pork Chops
Chopped apples sweeten the mustard-bourbon sauce for these pork top loin chops that slow-cook over applewood in a smoker. Serve with bread or cornbread stuffing.
Lemony-Soy Herbed Pork Tenderloins with Rice Pilaf
Wayne Santi of LaGrange, Illinois, cooks gourmet food on the go for cyclists on RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. He's made these two recipes for the ride. "The lemon-oregano flavor with the meat's juices cannot be beat," Wayne says. Vegetables and seasonings give the rice side dish a boost of flavor.
Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Currant Sauce
Choose lean pork tenderloin for this recipe, perfect for an after-work dinner party. We like it with the Brussels sprouts recipe also pictured on the plate.