Pork On The Holiday Table


Each year the National Pork Board conducts a “Holiday Table Trends” survey to find out what American’s are planning for their holiday tables.   The report is the result of surveying 1,000 Americans to find out what food trends are getting them excited this year.  The report, by Wakefield Research, shows that in 2011 Americans are feeling more empowered to try new flavors, recipes and techniques.

jill-silverman-hough-headshot-1The National Pork Board, inspired by the results of the survey, asked Jill Silverman Hough to come up with a collection of food pairings designed specifically for the 2011 holiday table.  Jill, a noted food and wine expert who has written two popular cookbooks, came up with a collection of festive dishes that incorporate simple wine and pork pairings.

“Pork is extremely versatile with wine pairings.  Complimented with bright flavors -like lemon juice and spring vegetables – pork couples perfectly with light white wines, like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.” says Jill Silverman Hough.

“Cooking pork with earthy ingredients – like rosemary and root vegetables – balances nicely with bolder whites, like Chardonnay, and with red wines like Pinot Noir and Zinfandel,” she continues.  “I’ve provided tips like these throughout the guide to help you discover perfect wine pairings for all your holiday recipes.”

The Holiday Table Trends 2011 report is divided into six sections designed to help you discover the food trends are exciting Americans as they gather together this Holiday Season:

Smitten with Small Plates – Scaled-down servings mean freedom to experiment with a variety of flavors, from kid-friendly finger foods to sophisticated foods on a stick like Buffalo Pork Skewers with Blue Cheese Sauce

DIY 2.0 – From jam to sausage, Americans are digging homemade edibles. Give from-scratch quick bread a savory twist with Bacon and Sweet Potato Biscuits with Smoky Honey Butter.

Flavor Flashbacks – The retro revival is upon us. Satisfy your craving for a simpler time by infusing throwback classics with a modern twist with Sausage and Deviled Egg Salad Sliders.

Eating Global – Reinvigorate your holiday table with global flare by swapping your traditional centerpiece for the Mediterranean flavors of Italian-Herbed Crown Roast of Pork

Stepped-Up Sides – There’s more to holiday entertaining than the main dish. For a side with center-of-the-table flare, try Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Frizzled Ham

Benefits of Brunch – Hearty dishes like Brunch Strata with Roast Pork, Green Chiles and Goat Cheese are a great way to repurpose last night’s leftovers.

Each section and recipe is designed to provide a different, yet easy to prepare recipe, for your family’s holiday dinner table.

The National Pork Board wants your holiday meal to be special and is giving away a prize package that will do just that.

The winner will receive a prize package that contains:

  • A $50 AMEX gift card for groceries to recreate holiday trend recipes.
  • A nice print out of the “Pork’s Perfect Pairing Trend Report”
  • Jill Silverman Hough’s Cookbooks:
    • 1oo Perfect Pairings: Main Dishes to Enjoy with Wines You Love
    • 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with Wines You Love

To receive an entry into the drawing for the prize all you have to do is visit the National Pork Boards Holiday website and check out the recipes from the “Pork’s Perfect Pairing Trend Report.”  Pick out a favorite and come back to this blog post and leave a comment letting us know what recipe you picked.  You can enter once per day until 11:59pm (Central Time) on December 20th.  A winner will be selected randomly from all entries.  The prize package will be mailed overnight to the winner.

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