John and I believe in using every possible piece of the pig when processing. From the trim we produce Circle B Ranch’s ground pork, Marina’s Italian Style Meatballs, Big John’s Nitrite Free Hot Dogs and Circle B Ranch’s line of sausages.
These products make some of the best recipes even tastier, and they are so versatile they can be used in almost any dish. For example, I used our Circle B Ranch ground pork and Marina’s Homemade Ketchup in an Ina Garten meatloaf recipe, and it turned out to be absolutely delicious! What’s even better is the prep time for this recipe is only 20 minutes!
I also like to use our ground pork in a superb Bolognese Sauce recipe from Lidia Bastianich. I love Bolognese Sauce; it is one of the best comfort foods. Filled with veggies, meat, and tomato sauce and red wine, this dish will soothe your hunger as well as your soul. When I prepared this recipe, I incorporated our Circle B Ranch ground pork and Marina’s Italian Style Tomato Sauce—and it turned out absolutely scrumptious!
My Marina’s Italian Style Meatballs are some of my favorite products. Why? First of all, I make them in two sizes—regular and mini. Also, they are fully cooked and ready to go. Just heat them up and serve. Because of this, it’s simple to include them in any recipe. For example, what can be easier than Saucy Asian Meatballs made with Marina’s Mini Meatballs? Simply defrost and heat up the meatballs, prepare the sauce, and throw them together. Here’s the recipe:
Saucy Asian Meatballs
• 1 pound of Marina’s Mini Meatballs
• 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
• ¼ cup rice vinegar
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
• 1 tsp. sesame oil
• 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
- Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients until blended. Warm meatballs in a 350° oven. You can dip each meatball individually (using a toothpick) in the sauce mixture. Or pour sauce over the meatballs and stir gently until covered.
- Serve warm, and add additional garnish if desired.
Easily keep your meatballs and sauce warm in a crockpot until served. Just set it on low and you are good to go!
Or, if you would like, you can use the mini-meatballs and Marina’s Italian Style Tomato Sauce to make some super easy and tasty Meatball Sliders.
I also love cooking with our Circle B Ranch Sweet Italian Sausage. It is so versatile—cook it, bake it, grill it. Eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Throw the sausage in a casserole, on a pizza, or in your favorite pasta. One of the tastiest dishes I have made lately is Gemelli with Sweet Sausage, Arugula, and Beet Greens. The arugula and beet greens give the dish a very rich and diverse flavor.
I also have a delicious recipe for Sweet Italian Sausage with Zucchini and Tomatoes that I adapted from Whole Foods Market. The recipe is even better during the summertime when you can find the tomatoes and zucchini fresh at the farmers’ market.
For all of you who have stuck with me throughout the series, this blog concludes Circle B Ranch’s Pork Cuts sequence. But don’t worry, I’ll keep providing you with new and interesting subjects to consider as well as more dishes to prepare and enjoy!