From harissa-crusted pork crown roast to boudin blanc with leeks and mustard sauce, NFL heavyhitters round up their favorite pork recipes.
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Dr Pepper—Glazed Ham with Prunes
Team: St. Louis Rams
Why? Dr Pepper soda was first introduced to the world at the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis. And after years of calling their offense “The Greatest Show on Turf,” it doesn’t seem a stretch to call the Rams “hams.”
Why? The Cowboys’ tradition of beefy linebackers makes us think of these thick (and delicious) pork shanks. After a lengthy braise, the tender pork is a perfect filler for quesadillas, making this recipe as much of a Dallas double threat as quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Terrell Owens.
Slow-Roasted Pork Belly with Eggplant and Pickled Fennel
Team: Detroit Lions
Why? Much as we love the Lions, we have to admit they're slow to win, and their President and CEO Matt Millen is in a bit of a pickle. But hopefully this season will be just as memorable as this slow-roasted pork belly with pickled fennel.
Why? Last year's NFL Rookie of the Year, running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, proved to be one of the fastest men on turf. So for him we picked one of our fastest pork recipes: quick fried pork tenderloin with apples.
Why? Named for the Gold Rush of 1849 that helped turn San Francisco into a major metropolis, one of the great franchises of the NFC West deserves nothing less than medallions—of pork tenderloin, that is—pan-seared, with pancetta and topped with a sweet onion marmalade.