Mississippi on the Menu

Pork

Pork can be used in a variety of ways from traditional southern fried pork chops or breakfast sausage to being used in nontraditional recipes.  Farm raised pork is an excellent addition to healthy family meals.  A three ounce serving of lean pork has only 67 mg. of cholesterol.

Hogs and piglets were raised on 306 family farms. In 2016, Mississippi’s pork producers contributed a production value of $92 million dollars to our state’s economy. 

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Tex Mex Pork Stuffed Peppers

12 ounces ground pork, 96% lean

1/2 cup water

6 Tablespoons couscous

4 Large bell peppers – red, orange, yellow or a combination

3/4 cup salsa, plus more for serving (optional)

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

2 teaspoons chili powder

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, or Mexican Blend cheese (shredded)

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring water to a boil.  Stir in couscous, cover, remove from heat and set aside for at least 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook pork, stirring occasionally and breaking it up, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.

Also while couscous is softening, remove tops from peppers and scrape out seeds. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine couscous, pork, salsa, corn, and chili powder. Season pork mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

Fill peppers with pork mixture. Arrange peppers in a shallow baking pan and bake for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle cheese on top and continue baking until peppers are tender and stuffing is heated through, about 5 more minutes.

Serve peppers with additional salsa on the side if you like.  Serves 4   

Source: PorkBeInspired.com

Information prepared by Nancy Freeman, Consultant, msunancyf@bellsouth.net

Information provided by Farm Families of Mississippi, farmfamilies-staging.pntmsip1-liquidwebsites.com