Wednesday, April 15, 2009
My Amateur Iron Chef Meals-Pork, 3 Ways
Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite cuts of meat. Like the name implies, I love how tender the meat is. I feel like pork tenderloin is a blank canvas, where I can create so many variations of meals. I've made Korean Style pork, Asian pork, Teriyaki, Balsamic and on and on...
My favorite way to make pork tenderloin is to bring it to room temperature, sear it in an oven-proof skillet and then roast it for about 20 minutes. It's perfect every time.
I have been faithful my mission to "declutter" my freezer, pantry and refrigerator-- in an effort to save money and to make room. I had a package of pork tenderloin (they comes in two's) for less than $13.00. I got three meals out of it, for three hungry people.
The first meal was simple-- Grilled pork tenderloin. I had leftover BBQ sauce from Tyler Florence's Ultimate Ribs. It was a late work night, so I didn't photograph anything more than the plated dinner. My husband started the charcoal as I drove home. Dinner #1 was juicy and delicious. I peeled and cut some yams and roasted them with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Dinner #2 was Pork Fried Rice, from the leftover pork tenderloin. Now, that recipe I will share with you. I need to give a shout to "Dishing up Delights" for posting a recipe for shrimp and pork fried rice. I adapted it, slightly. I really liked the results!
I cut up the leftover pork, spring garlic, scallions, frozen peas, pepper, tamari (soy) sauce, oyster sauce, and some fish sauce (my improvisation).
With a little oil, heat the pork (shrimp would have been lovely, but my hubby doesn't care of it).
Remove the pork, and add the scallions and garlic (I used spring garlic) till just tender and fragrant...
Add the scrambled egg and cook quickly...
Add the soy, oyster sauce (and I added a dash of fish sauce), then return the pork and veggies back and combine. Ready!
It was delicious and made more than one meal for us.
Dinner #3, made with the second pork tenderloin is one of my favorites of all time (and one of my first blog postings)-- Sauteed Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Sage Cream Pork Sauce , from Cook's Illustrated. The flavor of the pan sauce (and I do double it) makes my taste buds hum-- apples, sage, Golden Sherry and shallots (instead on onion). Yum! I appreciate my sage plant that generously gives me beautiful leaves. The sage gives the sauce such a wonderful flavor. You could use tarragon, or even parsley. Still, sage is my first choice.
I shot new photos of this recipe, but I can't find them on my hard drive! You can see how I made it by clicking here:
I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can stretch the dollars, by cooking from looking at what ingredients I have, and using them up. So far, I'm keeping my grocery and "eating out" (by eating "in" and brown bagging lunches) to less than $100.00 a week-- for three people! The best part is, we all feel blessed to eat so well.
Now, if only I could have a private chef cook for me, once a week. While I love cooking (and my family helps with cleanup), there are days when I wish I could come home and be "served". I wonder, do any of you foodies feel that way, at times? End of pity party.
I don't have that luxury, since I don't live with aspiring cooks. Still, I feel very blessed. I know that my family appreciates my culinary adventures. It's the nods of satisfaction, and their second helpings (that I avoid) that makes all the effort worthwhile.