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Published May 24th 2022
Pork mince is a versatile ingredient, which is mild in flavour and healthy for you. As it is so mild, sometimes it needs a hit of spice to lift it up and turn it into a flavoursome dish. I like to cook with pork mince, as I am trying to reduce my red meat intake and my family still can enjoy mince recipes at home. When I began experimenting with pork mince meals, I soon realised that it is treated differently to beef mince, which is strong in flavour on its own. Below are my family's favourite and tastiest pork mince recipes, which use spices, flavoured breadcrumbs and pepper, to lift the flavour of pork mince and make it shine!
Do you have a favourite pork mince recipe? If so, I would love to hear it! Please leave a comment at the top of this article, and it will shown underneath, for others to read. This first one uses pepper to lift the flavour - or keep it mild, for a balanced flavour that the whole family will enjoy. You can't beat that first crunch of puff pastry...
Air Fryer Pork & Spinach Roll
Air Fryer Pork & Spinach Rolls
1 leek, 2 garlic cloves, 250g frozen spinach (thawed and water squeezed out), 3/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup pine nuts, 250g pork mince, 1 sheet puff pastry (thawed), salt and cracked pepper to taste (go heavy on the pepper!)
In a small fry pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook leek and garlic until soft. Add the spinach (which has had the water squeezed out) and stir for 5 minutes until more water is evaporated. Pour into a large bowl. While hot, stir in the grated cheese and pine nuts. Place in the fridge to cool. Remove from fridge and add the pork to the mixture. Add pepper to taste (we use quite a lot!). Combine thoroughly. Cut the pastry sheet in half and using your fingers, add water to one long side on each piece. Divide the mixture in half and form logs down the centre of each pastry sheet. Roll the sausage roll up from one long edge, enclosing the mixture, and seal the pastry along the edge with water. Roll the sausage roll over, so the seal is underneath. Cut each roll into two, or to the desired size. Add two slits to the top of each one, to help with cooking. Place in the air fryer (15 minutes on 190 degrees) or in the oven for 200 degrees, fan forced for 25 - 30 minutes, until browned. See here for details.
500g pork mince, 1.5 medium carrots (grated), 2 spring onions (sliced), 1/2 cup Masterfoods Schnitzel Mix breadcrumbs - Garlic & Herb (plus 3/4 cup for rolling). Get this at your local supermarket.
Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and form into patties. Roll in extra breadcrumbs. Cook on the frypan or BBQ until browned - see below.
Healthy Pork & Rice Chilli Recipe
1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 onion (chopped), 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped), 500g pork mince, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 cup basmati rice, 1 capsicum (finely chopped), 1/3 cup red kidney beans (drained and rinsed), 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, 1.5 cups vegetable stock
In a large pot, heat the oil and then add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring until the onion is cooked. Add the pork mince and cook until browned. Use a wooden spoon to chop up any lumps in the meat. Combine the spices (oregano, cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper) in a small cup and then add them to the pot and stir. Add the rice and stir. Add the capsicum, kidney beans, tinned tomatoes and stock, stir and then bring to the boil. Simmer for 17 - 20 minutes, until all the liquid has been used up. (If you boil too much and you lose the liquid before that time, just top up with extra stock or water to ensure the rice will be cooked). Taste test a grain of rice, to check that it is cooked through. Serve in a bowl on its own - it is a meal in itself. See here for a full article.
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