Pork and Preserves: Using Jams and Jellies to Create Fabulous Dishes
I have been canning for about five months and have created different jams, jellies, and preserves to enjoy throughout the year. I honestly can say that I have never had so many condiments in my house as I do now. Even after giving a few away as gifts, I knew, we could not eat the rest strictly with toast and biscuits.
What to do with all these beautiful creations? A great way to use homemade preserves is to add them to savory dishes, especially pork. Pork pairs well with most fruits such as apple, orange, figs, cherries, and rhubarb. When canning summer’s bounty, think about what would make a tasty glaze for pork chops or a warm chutney for a fine piece of loin.
Barbecue is another dish that can be improved upon with a tangy jam such as an orange marmalade or rhubarb. Adding a tablespoonful of jam to your favorite sauce will put a new twist on old recipes.
Vidalia Onion & Orange-Rhubarb Pork Chops
A favorite pork dish in our home is stuffed glazed chops. Take think-cut chops and cut a “pocket” in the middle to stuff. For the dish pictured, I used a Vidalia onion chutney that I canned earlier in the summer for the stuffing. Pepper and salt chops to taste and pour orange-rhubarb preserves over the top.
Bake the chops until the glaze produces a sugary crust and the meat thermometer registers the proper temperature indicated for pork. A meat thermometer is a terrific, inexpensive tool to invest in. The glaze makes a delicious topping to mash potatoes or even broccoli.
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