*AD* This post was commissioned by Interporc for the Pork Lovers tourbus campaign.
Last week I was invited to join the Pork Lovers roadshow organised by Interporc as it stopped in Cardiff for a brief visit.
Who are Interporc?
The Interprofessional Organization Agrifood of the Porcino of White Coat (INTERPORC), is a non-profit organization which all sectors of the value chain of White coat porcine are represented: Production, transformation and commercialization. It is the most important Interprofessional oranization in the meat sector due to the volume of pork production in our country.
The Pork Lovers Tour bus is a celebration of pork and on board you can learn lots about the various cuts of meat as well as enjoy plenty of delicious samples. The knowledgeable staff are on hand to educate you about the benefits of pork and what cuts are healthiest. There is an onboard nutritionist and chef. The chef cooks various dishes during several demos throughout the day and there are often cookery classes involved too.
I have long been a fan of pork and the Spanish style of eating with Serrano ham and chorizo being particular faves.
A lot of people don’t typically think of pork as a healthy meat but it has a low saturated fat content and is high protein. For example a 100g serving of pork tenderloin has approximately 290 calories but over 25g of Protein. When dry, the protein content of lean pork can be as high as 89% — making it one of the richest dietary sources of protein. It contains all nine essential amino acids necessary for your body’s growth and maintenance. For those worried about fat content don’t forget you can always trim the fat from various cuts such as pork chops – although for me I’d rather eat a little less and enjoy one of the tastiest parts which to me the fat is.
The chef taught me a simple tasty dish that is easy for home cooks of all levels.
You will need:
A mix of peppers sliced into strips
Red onion cut into long slices
Extra Virgin olive Oil
We started by frying strips of peppers and red onions in extra virgin olive oil until softened. We then set these aside before cooking 4 rashers of Spanish bacon. Once cooked we layered the strips of bacon so that they overlapped, we then added a pile of cooked peppers and onions and topped with strips of mozzarella. We then wrapped the bacon into a parcel and secured with sticks. We served with the remaining veg and a drizzle of balsamic syrup for a nice flavour contrast…oh and a beautiful glass of Spanish red of course.
The various cuts of meat you can buy especially Serrano and chorizo are just perfect for these last days of Summer. Especially if like me you love some easy Al fresco dining. One of my favourite ways to enjoy is by wrapping Serrano ham or even bacon around asparagus and baking or griddling on the hob. Drizzled with a little good quality oil it’s delicious and easy!
What pork dishes do you enjoy? Would you like to see more pork recipes on the blog because I’m inspired right now!
If you can’t wait check out a pork recipe I already have only my site for Candied bacon with Nutella sauce. It’s a favourite for any Pork Lovers!
Thanks to Interporc for inviting to be part of their campaign.
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