Colorado Pork Provides Delicious Options for Festive Holiday Meals

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December 1, 2020
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Broomfield, Colo. - Pork is a versatile protein, a good source of vitamins and minerals, and a holiday meal favorite. Colorado pork ranks 15th in the nation for number of market hogs and pigs and 12th in the nation for breeding hogs and pigs. Check your neighborhood grocery stores and supermarkets for local pork products, and find local agricultural products grown, raised or made in Colorado at

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Each month the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown and raised in the state. The following recipe is provided by Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., of 5280 Culinary, LLC.  “This is great for serving with holiday ham, amazing in pork chops and great with sliced pork tenderloin,” said Morse.

Pork Sausage Stuffing
Serves 10 – 12 people. Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: About 20 minutes.

2 packages, 12 oz. each Cornbread, prepared                
1 package, 16 oz.  Italian pork sausage 
½ cup Carrots, peeled and diced small                  
½ cup Celery, with leaves, diced small                                                     
½ cup Yellow onion, yellow, peeled and diced small
¼ cup Blueberries, dried
¾ cup Dried apples, chopped              
1 clove Garlic, crushed
1-2 cups Low sodium chicken stock, as needed to make the stuffing
Rub A Dub seasoning, to taste      

Cook the cornbread as instructed on the package, allow to cool and break into medium pieces. Heat a small stockpot and add the sausage. Cook until half done and fat has rendered, open the lid and rotate corn to the next side. Add the vegetables and fruit. Sauté until caramelized. Add the cornbread pieces and stir to combine. Stuffing should be wet enough to hold together well. Add enough stock until this is achieved. Season to taste with Rub A Dub and remove from the pan. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill well.  

The stuffing can be made one day ahead of time.  Reheat the next day covered, at 350 degrees until temp reaches 155 degrees. Shelf life is one week. After reheating, shelf life is one day.

Enjoy with a glass of Colorado wine such as Carlson Vineyards NSFW White Blend from Carlson Vineyards in Palisade, Colorado. This wine is part of the 2019 Colorado Governor’s Cup Collection, which includes wines that best represent Colorado’s wine industry as selected by a panel of national and Colorado wine professionals.

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Colorado Proud is a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture that promotes food and agricultural products grown, raised or made in Colorado. The program’s 2,900 members include growers, processors, schools, restaurants and retailers statewide.