Main Meals

Smokey pork with charred corn

20 minutes
20 minutes

“You can’t go wrong with pork fillet. This affordable cut really stretches to feed a crowd. Grilling the corn accentuates its natural sweetness, and brings a refreshing crisp texture and charred flavour.” - Hannah Lewry

Wine/Spirit Pairing
DMZ Chenin Blanc

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  • 1 T tomato paste
  • 3 T Woolworths mild Mexican seasoning
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 400 g pork fillet
  • 4 sweetcorn cobs
  • nacho chips or wraps, for serving
  • sour cream or plain yoghurt, for serving
  • For the slaw:
  • 2 baby green cabbages, finely sliced
  • 1⁄2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 lime or lemon, juiced
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1–2 green chillies, sliced
  • 100 g feta, crumbled
  • For the dressing, blend:
  • 10 g coriander
  • 5 g mint
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 2 T water
  • 1⁄2 garlic clove, grated

1. Preheat a griddle pan. Mix the tomato paste, Mexican seasoning, salt and olive oil. Rub onto the pork and place in the pan. You can also marinate the pork overnight.

2. Grill over a high heat for 10 minutes, turning every minute or so, and brushing the fillet with any remaining marinade. Finish in the oven at 180°C for 5 minutes.

3. Char the corn over an open flame or in a griddle pan until slightly charred.

4. To make the slaw, toss the cabbage and onion in a bowl with the lime juice, salt and olive oil and massage for 30 seconds. Cut the corn off the cob and add to the slaw with the remaining ingredients.

5. Slice the pork and serve on a platter with the slaw. Drizzle over the pan juices and dressing. Serve with nacho chips or chargrilled wraps and yoghurt or sour cream.

Cook's note: Chargrilling the fillet creates a delicious crust of Mexican flavours on the outside while the inside stays wonderfully juicy and pink. You might need to finish it off in the oven, depending on the thickness of the meat.

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Photography: Myburgh Du Plessis
Production: Hannah Lewry
Food assistant: Claire-Ellen Van Rooyen 

Hannah Lewry

Recipe by: Hannah Lewry

Woolworths TASTE’s Food Editor is passionate about conjuring up fresh ideas for fast and easy dishes that taste as great as they look. Turn to her expertise for everything from time-saving mid-week food to lazy weekend meals. You’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen while you’re about it.

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