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The Versatility of Boneless Pork Collar: Four Must-Try Recipes

The Versatility of Boneless Pork Collar: Four Must-Try Recipes

I want to talk about one of my favourite cuts of pork, one of the most economical and flavorful cuts of pork available: the boneless pork collar. Not only does this cut offer exceptional tenderness and juiciness, but it also provides incredible value for your money. Its versatility in the kitchen is second to none, perfect for a variety of dishes from comforting casseroles to exotic oriental flavors. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or preparing a simple family meal, pork collar is an excellent choice that won’t break the bank. Here are four simple recipes to demonstrate just how flexible and cost-effective this fantastic cut can be.

1. Hearty Pork Collar Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg boneless pork collar, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 400g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 500 ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Method:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the pork chunks and brown on all sides.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, cooking until softened.
  3. Stir in the carrots and celery and cook for a few minutes more.
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and stock, then add the bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 1.5 hours or until the pork is tender.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

2. Simple Grilled Pork Collar Steaks

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless pork collar steaks, about 200g each
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Rub each steak with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Grill the steaks for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until they reach your desired doneness.
  4. Let rest for a few minutes before serving to keep the juices in.

3. Oriental Pork Collar Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

  • 500g boneless pork collar, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 bell peppers, julienned
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Spring onions and sesame seeds for garnish

Method:

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat.
  2. Add the pork slices and stir-fry until they start to brown.
  3. Add the bell peppers and onion, continuing to stir-fry until the vegetables are just tender.
  4. Stir in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger, and garlic, cooking for another minute.
  5. Garnish with chopped spring onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

4. Classic Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kg boneless pork collar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 300 ml barbecue sauce
  • 100 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 100 ml water

Method:

  1. Mix together the paprika, brown sugar, mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Rub this mixture all over the pork collar.
  2. Place the rubbed pork in a slow cooker.
  3. Combine the barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, and water. Pour over the pork.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours until the pork is very tender and can be easily shredded with a fork.
  5. Shred the pork and stir well to mix with the cooking juices.

Each of these recipes highlights the unique qualities of pork collar, making it a standout choice for any meal. Whether you’re in the mood for something traditional or looking to experiment with flavors, pork collar won’t disappoint. Give these recipes a try and discover just how delicious this cut can be!