Rotisserie Porchetta Recipe

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How can you go wrong with pork wrapped in fatty pork? You can’t, which makes this porchetta such a great holiday treat.

This porchetta gets a double dose of pork: a brined pork loin on top of pork belly that’s been scored and rubbed with an aromatic mixture of spices, herbs, garlic, and lemon zest. The whole affair was rolled, tied tightly, and slowly cooked on the rotisserie until the skin blistered and crackled.

You probably don’t need me to tell you how delicious this was. How can you go wrong with pork wrapped in fatty pork with crunchy skin? The impressiveness of this monster roast makes it perfect for the holiday table, but it’s so good that’ll you’ll want to eat it all year.


Lake Charles Dirty Rice

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This recipe appears at just about every occasion in Cajun Country. Whether it’s a holiday, funeral, family reunion, or potluck dinner, you can bet there will be at least one form of dirty rice or rice dressing. At the Link family reunion in Robert’s Cove, I counted six versions, all different. The essential ingredients are few, but flavor and texture vary greatly. The main difference between dirty rice and rice dressing is that rice dressing is generally made with ground beef or pork, whereas dirty rice is made with pork and chicken livers. Many people think they don’t like liver, but when it’s balanced with other flavors, the liver taste is not overpowering. I’ve served this deeply flavored rice to many people who claim they hate liver, only to have them love it.›


St. Louis Ribs with Vanilla-Brown Sugar Glaze

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The St. Louis rib offers the best of two ribs: the lush marbling of baby backs and the meaty richness of spareribs. Picture a center-cut section of a rack of spareribs trimmed down to the approximate shape and size of a rack of baby backs. It’s easy to cook, tender to the tooth, with flavor that just doesn’t quit. That’s why the St. Louis cut is our go-to rib at Barbecue University. And few prepare it better than Chris Conger of the Smoke Shack in San Antonio, Texas.


Saveur Greek Lamb Burgers

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Parsley, dill, cumin, and garlic give these burgers a lively flavor reminiscent of a lamb gyro. The burger is enhanced by a tangy topping of feta, arugula, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. The recipe is based on one from Michael Psilakis, the chef at Anthos, a New York City restaurant.


Pork Fajitas with Pan Roasted Corn and Pineapple Salsa

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2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. packed brown sugar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1-1/4 lb. pork tenderloin, cut in 2-1/2×1/4×1/4-inch strips

3 Tbs. olive oil

2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels

1 cup small-diced fresh pineapple

1/4 cup minced shallot (1 medium)

3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro leaves

3 Tbs. fresh lime juice

12 6-inch corn or flour tortillas