Mississippi on the Menu

Mississippi Pork

Mississippi’s 439 pork producers sold over 180 million pounds of pork in 2011 for a production value of $104 million dollars to our state’s economy. Pork is ideal for the calorie conscious. Pork’s high ratio of nutrients to calories is termed “high nutrient density”. A three ounce serving of lean pork has only 165 calories. Besides being comparatively low in calories, three ounces of cooked lean pork contains only a moderate amount of cholesterol; just 67 mg.

Enjoy these recipes for a delicious dinner and tasty breakfast.

Awesome Pork Tenderloin 

2 lbs. pork tenderloin
½ t. salt
¼ t. pepper
1 to 1-1/2 sticks butter
1 – 8 oz. package fresh mushrooms, sliced or 1- 8oz. can, drained
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 T. balsamic vinegar

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over pork. Place tenderloin in a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.

Melt butter with garlic in a medium saucepan. Add mushrooms, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 5-6 minutes or until mushrooms are just tender. Stir frequently.

Add vinegar to mushroom mixture. Spoon over pork, placing some of the mushrooms on top of the pork. Roast 20-27 minutes, uncovered or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F as measured with a food thermometer, followed by a 3-minute rest time. May baste occasionally.