Recipe Details

Cajun Pork Paella

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

1 pound boneless pork loin roast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon Cajun-style seasoning
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 7.4 oz package quick cooking spicy Cajun-style beans and rice
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup dry white wine, OR chicken broth
1 8-oz bottle clam juice, OR chicken broth
1 6 1/2-oz jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 2-oz jar diced pimentos, undrained

Cooking Directions

Toss cubes with seasoning; heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork cubes; cook and stir until pork is nicely browned. Remove pork from skillet and keep warm. Add rice and beans mix and seasoning packets to skillet, along with water, wine and clam juice, stirring to mix. Bring to boil and cover tightly; reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 6 minutes, stirring several times. Top rice mixture with pork, artichoke hearts, peas and pimientos and cover, cooking for about 4 minutes longer or until most liquid has been absorbed. Serve hot from skillet.

Serves 4.

Serving Suggestions

"Laissez les bon temps rouler" with this Cajun flavored paella. Paella is a Spanish dish with a base of rice, meat, tomatoes and artichoke hearts. Usually prepared and served in a special two-handled pan. This convenient Cajun version uses a skillet and quick-cooking boxed rice. Serve with crusty bread and fresh seasonal fruit salad.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 450 calories
Protein: 36 grams
Fat: 11 grams
Sodium: 1250 milligrams
Cholesterol: 63 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 48 grams

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About the Cooking Method: Braising

COOKING BASICS:
1. Coat meat lightly with seasoned flour, if desired.
2. In a large, heavy pan with lid, brown meat on all sides in a small amount of oil; remove excess drippings from pan.
3. Cover meat with desired liquid(s).
4. Cover pan and simmer over low heat on stove or in a low to moderate (275 to 300 degrees F.) oven for 1 to 3 hours, until tender.
5. If adding vegetables, add toward end of cooking time, during the last 20 to 45 minutes.

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Modern-day production has reduced pork’s fat content.In fact, pork is a major contender in the lean meat category and many cuts of pork are as lean or leaner than chicken. For example, pork tenderloin is just as lean as a skinless chicken breast with 2.98 grams of fat per 3 ounce serving and meets the government guidelines for “extra lean.” For the leanest cuts of pork, look for the words “loin” on the label.


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