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Pick up Pork: The All-American Value

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Heartland Honey-Mustard Pork Medallions

(Family Features) - With bargains in the meat case due to large supplies, there's never been a better time for families across the country to celebrate comforting regional flavors with meal ideas from America's hard-working pork producers. Many may not know that pork is the most consumed meat in the world (according to the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service) and the country's pork producers take pride in producing delicious and nutritious pork to feed their own family, as well as families worldwide.

In fact, shoppers looking for ways to stretch their dollars, will find that pound for pound, pork continues to be one of the most economical buys in the meat case, with average retail prices down slightly from a year ago, according to the USDA. From pork shoulder to chops to ribs, there are numerous, affordable options to choose from. And with the versatility in cuts available, the meal options are endless.

In celebration of the producers who help put delicious and affordable pork on America's plates, The National Pork Board asked three producers to share their own favorite, budget-friendly meals. Greg Kaffenbarger (Clark County, OH), Henry Moore (Clinton, NC) and Loren Keppy (Durant, IA) are all proud to be pork producers and come from families that have been involved in pork production and farming for generations. 

"Like most families today, we look for ways to save whenever possible, said Kaffenbarger. "As a producer, I feel good knowing the variety of pork cuts we provide allows folks on a tight budget to feed their families a quality meal without breaking the bank."

Kaffenbarger's family recipe for Heartland Honey-Mustard Pork Medallions offers a true taste of the heartland, with a honey-mustard marinade and corn flakes for a deliciously tasty crunch adults and kids love. You can find the Moores' Comfort Country-Style Ribs and Keppys' American Pride Pork Chop at TheOtherWhiteMeat.com.

Visit TheOtherWhiteMeat.com for more recipes, videos and a free downloadable "Pick Up Pork" brochure.
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Heartland Honey-Mustard Pork Medallions

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons country-style Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup cornflake or dried bread crumbs
  • Lemon slices
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    1. Slice tenderloin crosswise into 8 pieces. Flatten slightly.
    2. Combine honey, mustard, a tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper in a resealable food storage bag. Add pork medallions and turn to coat. Let stand 30 minutes.
    3. Remove pork from marinade and dip both sides into cornflake crumbs to coat.
    4. Heat remaining oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook for about 3 minutes on each side until internal temperature reaches 160°F on a meat thermometer.
    5. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
    6. Serve with ranch potatoes, green beans and biscuits.
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Makes 4 servings
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SOURCE: National Pork Board

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