07 August 2012

Kicking some pork butt in the kitchen

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food

Normally, I don’t cook with pork very much, but after this weekend, I am jumping on the piggy train!

Last Monday, I took a hog butchery class at the Butcher & The Burger in Chicago. It was a 2.5 hour session where we got to observe half a pig being butchered and learn about the meat, how to prepare it at home and where the best cuts can be found. It.was.AWESOME. And fascinating. I highly recommend it.

We also got to buy some of the meat butchered in class, which allowed me to walk out with two 1-inch thick bone-in pork chops. So Friday night, I had a hot date in my kitchen with those boys and the results were ridiculously delicious.

I made both pork chops with the intention to use different recipes to serve them.

First up, was a salad Jessi shared with me through @ replies on Twitter. It was insanely amazing.

Recipe One: Pork, mushroom and peach salad


  • Crumbled, gorgonzola cheese
  • Grilled or sauteed peaches
  • Sauteed shiitake mushrooms
  • Pork tenderloin (or pork chop) cooked
  • Arugula
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • So.much.butter

You can prepare the pork, mushrooms and peaches however you like and then combine together in a large bowl. Be sure to stir it up to let all the magic happen. It was insanely good, refreshing and tasty. The pork blended really well with the other ingredients and wasn’t too heavy (well, minus all the butter you cooked with).

Recipe Two: Pork with Mustard Sauce and side salad


  • ┬áMustard sauce w/shallots from this Epicurious recipe
  • Side salad: reusing arugula, gorgonzola and non-sauteed peaches (still delicious)

Oh, and the second recipe had a delightful dessert too: chocolate donut.

I won’t lie, it felt good to be back in the kitchen, cooking and trying new things. My trusty NSYNC music was playing in the background and despite a few oil and hot pan burns, it felt good to have both recipes turn out delicious.

Now I’m in the mood to try another butchery class or get some freshly butchered meat.


  1. Marjolein says:

    That class sounds fantastic! And so does the food…

  2. katelin says:

    yum! i love pork recipes, so tasty looking. and that class sounds so fascinating.

  3. Could I just say that I LOVE that you went to a pork butchering class and then made all this awesome stuff? Your recipes look delightful… and I want that donut now.

  4. A Super Girl says:

    You did a mustard-ey pork! Awesome!

    My favorite pork to cook with is pork tenderloin. It’s super easy, usually just throwing on some spices or an easy sauce and baking works. It can literally be a 5 minute prep time meal. And I’ve never had it come out bad. Always tender and pretty flavorful.

  5. caryn says:

    YUCK. I have no desire to see a pig being butchered and how it is made. In second grade on a field trip, I saw a lamb carcass on the wall at jewel and that was enough for me. Same reason I refuse to watch Food, Inc. Don’t show me where it comes from. But I’m glad you had fun!