A Bold Take on Seasonal Classics

Nov 05, 2015, 15:58 ET from Family Features Editorial Syndicate

MISSION, Kan., Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) Push your taste buds' boundaries as the holiday season approaches with bold flavors and new spins on classic seasonal favorites, including savory pork recipes.

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Thai Pork and Herb Salad with Crispy Shallots

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12-15 minutes

Serves: 1


cup grape seed or other neutral oil


large shallot, sliced into thin rounds


tablespoons fish sauce


tablespoons fresh lime juice


tablespoons light brown sugar


tablespoon oil (from frying shallots), divided


small red onion, peeled and sliced into thin 1/2 moons

1 1/2  

pounds pork loin, sliced into 1/2 inch slices, each slice quartered


cup Thai basil leaves


cup mint leaves


cup cilantro leaves


tablespoons sliced scallion greens

In skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add shallots when it starts to shimmer and stir with slotted spoon until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.

Remove from heat, drain on paper towels and set aside to garnish top of salad.

In salad bowl, add fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar and 1 tablespoon oil from shallots and whisk to combine before adding red onion.

Place wok or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of shallot oil.

Heat until almost smoking and add half the pork strips and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, turning once so strips brown, and add bowl of dressing. Repeat with the rest of the remaining pork and mix to combine.

Add basil, mint, cilantro and scallions and toss to combine. Garnish with fried shallots.

Ribs with Homemade Raspberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Serves: 4

4 1/2

pounds pork ribs

Salt and pepper


package (6 ounces) fresh raspberries


chipotle peppers from a can of chipotles in adobo more if you like things extra spicy


tablespoons of the adobo sauce from the peppers


tablespoon tomato paste from a tube


tablespoons cider vinegar


tablespoons light brown sugar


tablespoon soy sauce


cloves garlic, peeled


tablespoons water or more if your sauce is extra thick

Heat oven to 400 F.

Place ribs on roasting pan and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook for 20 minutes.

Flip ribs and cook for 20 more minutes.

While ribs are cooking, combine remaining ingredients in blender and pulse on high. Once thick, scrape into bowl.

Reduce oven to 325 F and baste ribs with sauce. Cook for another hour.

Repeat twice, basting once an hour.

Serve with extra sauce on the side and plenty of paper towels, as these are finger licking good and messy fun.

Michael French

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