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7 Tasty Pork Dishes To End Your Dinner Rut

By Ellie Sher | Aug 16th, 2013

Tired of another boring chicken recipe? Pig out on the other white meat with these 7 winning picks.

1. Slow Cooker Pork Sandwiches

These melt-in-your-mouth stunners practically make themselves with the help of a handy slow cooker. Simply toss the pork shoulder and seasonings into the slow cooker, and prepare this quick coleslaw while the meat cooks. Watch how they're made, above!

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2. PLT Sandwiches

The no-fuss BLT gets reinvented with another sinful pork product: cracklings. Delicately fried and crisped to perfection, these addictive snacks add texture and crunch to an irresistible sandwich. While some may say PLT stands for “pork, lettuce, tomato,” another acceptable interpretation would be “perfect little thing."

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3. Arista alla Porchetta

This traditional Italian roast is filled with rich stuffing that’s studded with ground pork, fennel, and rosemary. Hosting a dinner party? Prepare this dish in advance and roll the stuffing in the pork loin on the day of your event. How easy is that?

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4. Gnocchi all’Amatriciana

Fluffy pillows of potato gnocchi are bathed in a classic Italian pasta sauce made with guanciale, tomato, and pecorino. Prepared from pork cheek, guanciale offers a smoky flavor similar to that of bacon. Substitute pancetta if you can’t get your hands on this pork delicacy.

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5. Pretzel Crusted Pork Cutlets

Looking for a foolproof dinner? This quick and easy dish sets itself apart with a unique breading made from crushed pretzels. Pair with a refreshing apple and radish salad for a satisfying finish.

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6. Carnitas con Salsa Verde

Carnitas, meaning “little meats,” are a type of braised pork that can be served alone or as a filling for tacos. Keep your pork company with a zippy salsa verde and pickled jalapenos. Got a picky eater? Have your little one assemble his own taco by dressing with the toppings of his choice.  

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7. Smoked Pork with Peaches

Thanks to the apple wood chips, this piece of pork achieves an intense smoky flavor unlike the usual grilling experience. Grilled peaches are tossed with a not-too-sweet vinaigrette and spooned over the pork to complement the unique smoky taste.

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