Hi friends! I’m back after a week of rest from blogging. Thanks for checking in today! Let’s start out by talking about Easter since I missed it last week!
Sometimes even good family traditions need to be tweaked. We typically always have either ham or turkey breast for Easter, but I felt the need to try something new (imagine that!). I looked through some cooking sites and found a delicious sounding recipe for Garlic Rosemary Pork Loin from Food and Wine site. While we’re not wine drinkers, they have some great recipes and this one did not disappoint!
The Pork Loin is marinated overnight, giving it flavor. Then in the morning it’s seared in a pan, giving it that nice crispy edge that any meat should have! It is then roasted in the oven for a relatively short amount of time. I did this all before heading to church. Then I sliced it and put it on the platter. All I had to do after church was warm it in the oven a bit. The pan juices made a really savory gravy to pour over top!
I love apples with pork, so I also made a side dish that would incorporate that flavor. I cooked apples with cinnamon and a little sugar until the apples were tender. Then I baked sweet potatoes and we topped the potatoes with a spoon of the apples. It was SO good!
Here’s the recipe for the pork loin. I hope you’ll make this in the near future! It’s a keeper!
Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 bunch of rosemary, leaves only, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 pounds center-cut pork loin
In a small bowl, stir 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the pork. Transfer the pork and marinade to a large, resealable plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 400°. Let the pork stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Brush off as much of the marinade as possible. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the pork to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Transfer the pork to the oven and roast for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden and a thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 135°. Transfer the roast to a work surface or carving board and let rest for 15 minutes before thinly slicing and serving.
Of course dinner was ended with a slice of my Coconut Cake with lemon filling!
How was your Easter and did you serve anything out of the ordinary?
I have been on a mission ~ I’m trying to cook through my own recipe files on my blog. Someone told me recently that I have more recipes than anyone they’ve ever seen! It’s true, but it’s because I love making new dishes! I love experimenting! I also have a willing husband who will try whatever I fix! That makes it even more fun! But because I have do have so many recipes, I don’t re-make many of them. So, I am doing just that. It’s been a delicious venture!
Today’s recipe of Pork Tenderloin with Herb Glaze was made at our house ten years ago! I couldn’t wait to try it again. I recently purchased a pork tenderloin on sale at the grocery store and I cut the large piece of meat into halves, making enough for several meals for us or providing for company.
I love to take the leftovers from a great entree and turn them into something completely different – you know hide the fact that we’re eating leftovers!
I found a great way to use pork tenderloin this week that was so delicious and so different from the way it was originally served, that there’s almost no way someone would have know that Sunday dinner was being revisited (isn’t that better than saying, “leftovers?!”).
Enter the Pork Tostada! I ask you – does this look like boring leftovers?
Grilled Pork Tostadas
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
2 Cups Chopped Pork Tenderloin, cooked
1 cup peppers, multi-colored, chopped
1/2 Cup Red onion, chopped
1 1/2 Cup Mexican cheese
Toppings – lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, cilantro, lime wedges, avocado
Combine oil, cumin and salt. Pour half of mixture over vegetables to coat. Pour the other half over the meat, stir to coat.
Cook vegetables in small amount of oil until tender. Add meat, cook until meat is warmed.
Brush tortillas with olive oil and place on baking sheet. Toast tortillas in 400 degree oven until crisp. Top with vegetables, meat, cheese and return to oven and allow cheese to melt.
Serve immediately. Serve with added toppings.
I served this with Spanish rice and fresh fruit and it was sooo good!!
Roast a tenderloin and grab the remains so you can make these!
Have you heard of Dream Dinners? You can check out this video if you’re unfamiliar. The basic idea is that you go to a Dream Dinner store, where they have prepared ingredients for you to assemble meals into freezer bags to make up complete dinners for your family for the month. I heard about it through a gal I watched on You Tube. While I’m sure it’s really convenient, it can’t be cheap! She also said there were some meals they had they didn’t like and wouldn’t have again.
Testimonials on the Dream Dinner’s site said their families were now able to eat together and have become closer as a result. Family mealtimes are important, and they do strengthen families, but if you’re on a budget, there are creative ways to make family meals happen in a much less expensive way. Here’s one suggestion…
Recently while putting away leftovers from a meal I’d made, I had the idea to bag it together just like I’d seen on the Dream Dinners. I had made Pork Tacos, Refried Beans and Spanish Rice -all from scratch and I had enough for another supper meal for my husband and me, but rather than eating it two nights in a row, I pulled out the freezer bags. I put the Rice in one, the Beans in another and the Pork in another, then I put all the small bags together in a large freezer bag and labeled it, “Pork Taco Dinner.” How great it will be on a busy day to pull this out in the morning and let it thaw, then simply warm it up that evening! It’s better than having leftovers two nights in a row, and it’s better than paying someone twice what it would cost me to fix it! I’ve always been a huge fan of freezing food, but having the whole meal together in one bag is a great plan!
I plan on doing this more often! You could simply double whatever you’re making and eat one for supper tonight and put the other into freezer bags for another day. There’s no need to have to do a month’s worth, or even a whole week’s worth at one time! Wouldn’t it be nice just to know you have a whole meal in a bag all ready to eat for ONE day? Start there, then perhaps you can build on that.
That’s my challenge to you – see what you can pull together to make and freeze ahead. Have the elements for that meal in one large bag. It will eliminate calling out for pizza, or running up to a local restaurant because you’re too tired to cook. Become your own Dream Dinner maker; it’s really doable, it’s cheaper, and you’ll be making things you know your family loves!