In the end, it just had to be pork.
A recipe for Italian Pork Burgers with Pecan Basil Pesto, submitted by Dianna Wara of Washington, IL, took first place in the “savory” category in Coast Packing Company’s first-ever #LardLovers Recipe Contest, while Maple-Glazed Blueberry Pecan Cookie Bars, from Tiffany Aaron of Quitman, AR, claimed the top prize in the “sweet” category, the company announced today. Coast Packing is the West’s largest supplier of healthy animal fat shortenings lard and beef tallow.
The announcement roughly coincides with the first (unofficial) National Lard Day, December 8. The first official observance is set for December 8, 2018, according to Chase’s Calendar of Events.
The #LardLovers Contest is a new annual showcase of “the one ingredient that never fails to speak ‘flavor,’ even as it brings out the best in everything it touches,” according to Ernest Miller, Coast’s Corporate Chef. “Lard is traditional, authentic and true to its roots and culture. There’s a reason certain ingredients are traditional — they provide better taste and quality than the non-traditional alternatives.” Coast Packing knows (as do so many home cooks) that lard is what makes dishes from pie crusts to breads and cookies, from fried chicken to tamales, fantastically flavorful.