Passion for Pork

Recipe: Bountiful Pork Baskets

Sharman - Monday, April 20, 2020

Petite in stature and always wearing a heart-warming smile, Calgary’s chef Liana Robberecht has built a reputation as a creative culinary force breaking boundaries, like becoming the Petroleum Club’s first female executive chef, in a male-dominated industry. With her signature pink chef’s uniform and fondness for pigtails, I would argue she is the most fashionable chef in Alberta. While I admire her fashion sense, it is her ability to showcase her admiration and respect for each ingredient, which I witnessed at a farm dinner at Doef’s greenhouse a few years back, that I admire most.

Chef Liana has long been championing products and produce grown and raised by farmers and producers across the province, so of course, she has a serious passion for pork.

Chef Liana Robberecht

We checked in to see what Alberta pork culinary inspiration she has for home cooks spending more time in the kitchen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chef Liana happily shared a simple recipe for Bountiful Pork Baskets, which are tested and approved by her safe-physical distancing neighbours, and are the perfect addition for brunch (or dinner for breakfast). Muffin tins aren’t just for bakery items – they also make the perfect vessel for these Bountiful Pork Baskets.


Bountiful Pork Baskets
Yield : 4 portions

What you’ll need…

8 slices of thinly sliced, cooked pork loin
1 cup ground pork
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp parsley
2 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp oregano
¼ tsp smoked Chipolte Tabasco pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 roasted red pepper diced
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

Non-stick cooking spray or canola oil (to grease muffin tins)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or grease lightly with canola oil
  3. Line four individual tins with two thinly slices of pork loin. Mix remaining ingredients together and divide equally into the four cups.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from each cup and serve with your favourite brunch accompaniments such as your choice of eggs or a salad.