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Our Best Pork Dinner Recipes

Easy seasonings, sauces and stuffings add flavor in our 39 recipes for pork tenderloin, pork chops and more.
Thyme Pork Chops

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.

Thyme Pork Chops

Glad Tidings Potatoes

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.

Milk-Braised Pork with Cheesy Grits

Grilled Pork with Cranberry Chutney

This sweet-and-savory recipe features a Circle B Ranch product called Marina's Cranberry Chutney. Buy it at circlebranch.com or just substitute another chutney.

Grilled Pork with Cranberry Chutney

Shredded Pork Posole

Hominy is the signature ingredient in this traditional, chililike Mexican soup.

Shredded Pork Posole

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.

Sticky Asian Pork Wrap

Balsamic Pork with Potato Pierogi

A simple balsamic reduction dresses up pork tenderloin and frozen pierogi (stuffed Polish noodle dumplings).

Balsamic Pork with Potato Pierogi

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.

Lemon-Rosemary Pork Loin with Cherry Sauce

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.

Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms and Onions

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.

Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay

Hominy-Pork Stew

Boneless pork shoulder, navy beans, hominy and salsa blend into a zesty slow-cooker dish. Serve with lime wedges, if you like.

Hominy-Pork Stew

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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.

Skillet Pork and Apple Mini Meat Loaves

 

Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops

Savory sage in the stuffing mix meets cranberries in this easy pork chop recipe.

Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops

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.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Root Beer

Wine-Marinated Pork Roast

Garlic, fennel, fresh herbs and white wine infuse this pork roast with flavor. If you like, set aside half the meat to make Thai-Style Pork Salad later in the week. Pimiento Corn Muffins, mashed potatoes and broccoli make perfect sides.

Wine-Marinated Pork Roast 

Pimiento Corn Muffins

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.

Lynn's Best Herb-and-Garlic Pork

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.

Pork and Veggie Oven Stew

Sweet Potato and Pork Skillet

Maple syrup sweetens this easy meal in a skillet. Fresh fruit or a tossed salad completes the meal.

Sweet Potato and Pork Skillet

Cuban Pork Wraps

Slow-cooked pork shoulder roast turns to a tender shredded meat filling for flour tortillas.

Cuban Pork Wraps

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.

Pork with Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing

Bun-Buster Tenderloin

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.

Bun-Buster Tenderloin

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.

Pork Chops with Pear-Maple Sauce

Sweet on a Pig

Grilled pork bathed in cider-molasses marinade cooks to a gorgeous caramel color.

Sweet on a Pig

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.

Roasted Pork with Jamaican Snapdragons

Classic Schnitzel

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).

Classic Schnitzel

Pork Marsala

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.

Pork Marsala

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Marinated pork tenderloin makes a perfect company-special grilled meat. It's lean, cooks fast and tastes great.

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

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.

Rolled Spinach Pork Loin

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.

Pork and Apricots with 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.

Thyme Pork Chops

Glad Tidings Potatoes

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.

Bavarian Pork Roast

Blueberry Pork

The recipe for this savory blueberry-and-onion sauce comes from the Blueberry Festival in Marshall, Indiana.

Blueberry Pork

Pork Lombo

Season pork tenderloin with a rub of ground chili and mustard seed. The Brazilian-style roasted meat is served over seasoned beans and spinach.

Pork Lombo

Pineapple Pork Chili

This five-ingredient dinner, flavored by ground pork or beef and pineapple salsa, goes together in just 20 minutes.

Pineapple Pork Chili

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.

Bigger and Better Saucy Pork Chops

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.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Tangy Chutney

Pork Patties with Tangy-Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Brush sweet homemade barbecue sauce on meats while grilling, or serve it as a condiment.

Pork Patties with Tangy-Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Hearty Pork-and-Ale Stew

Root vegetables, apples and tomatoes simmer with melt-in-your-mouth pork sirloin for a robust stew.

Hearty Pork-and-Ale 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.

Grilled Applewood Smoked Pork Chops

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.

Lemony-Soy Herbed Pork Tenderloins with Rice Pilaf

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.

Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Currant Sauce

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