Tonight for a quick dinner I mixed together the spices in the morning and pulled a pork tenderloin from the freezer. I buy them on sale, so it is a very inexpensive dinner. Trying to keep the carbs down a little, I served it over cauliflower rice which I made from a head of cauliflower I had in the refrigerator. I cooked it in a little ghee to give it a slight butter flavor.
The combination of spice and sauce made the entire meal delicious. It was fast and very easy to make. I grow my own herbs, so always have a fresh supply.
1½ TEASPOONS GROUND CORIANDER
1½ TEASPOONS GROUND CUMIN
1½ TEASPOONS SMOKED PAPRIKA
¾ TEASPOON EACH KOSHER SALT AND COARSELY GROUND BLACK PEPPER
1 POUND PORK TENDERLOIN, TRIMMED AND CUT INTO 1- TO 1½-INCH PIECES
1 TABLESPOON LEMON JUICE, PLUS LEMON WEDGES FOR SERVING
1 TABLESPOON HONEY
1 LARGE GARLIC CLOVE, FINELY GRATED
2 TABLESPOONS EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
1 TABLESPOON CHOPPED FRESH OREGANO
In a large skillet over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until just smoking. Add the meat in a single layer and cook without moving until deeply browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Using tongs, flip the pork and cook, turning occasionally, until cooked through and browned all over, another 2 to 3 minutes.
Off the heat, pour the lemon juice-garlic mixture over the meat and toss to evenly coat, then transfer to a serving platter.
Sprinkle the oregano over the pork and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Serve with lemon wedges.
Made this last night for dinner. I only had thinly sliced Brussel Sprouts, so used them in place of the diced broccolini. It was a wonderful dinner.
Instead of roasting a whole pork tenderloin or slicing and searing, try giving it a coarse chop in the food processor for incredibly rich and tender meatballs. Because the pork is so lean, the meatballs cook in just 8 minutes. Broccolini, a cousin of broccoli, have long stalks and small buds; they’ll add plenty of texture to the rice mixture once sautéed and chopped. Sriracha can be found in any grocery store and is worth keeping in your pantry. The chile kick and vinegar tang can perk up tacos, noodle soups, and stir-fries.
How to Make It
Place mushrooms and pork in a food processor; pulse 15 to 20 times or until finely chopped. Place pork mixture in a bowl with panko, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and egg; stir to combine. Divide and shape pork mixture into 24 meatballs (about 1 tablespoon each).
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add Broccolini; cook 2 minutes. Place sautéed Broccolini in a bowl; set aside.
Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to pan. Add meatballs; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.
Combine 3/4 cup chicken stock, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, and Sriracha in a bowl; add to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until meatballs are done. Combine remaining 1/4 cup stock and cornstarch in a bowl; stir into meatball mixture. Cook 1 minute or until sauce is thickened.
Heat rice according to package directions. Stir rice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar into sautéed Broccolini. Serve with meatball mixture. I put 1.5 cups of brown rice in 2.5 cups of water in an 8 x 8 inch glass dish and cooked in the oven for an hour. Think I need a new rice cooker.
The other day at the grocery store there was a package of pork at a very reduced price, so I grabbed it, never knowing exactly what I might make. It was getting past its prime so looked for a recipe online.
America’s Test Kitchen has yet to let me down for a good result, so this one looked interesting and it was very tasty. My husband prefers flour tortillas, so I bought the fresh ones from our local Central Market, where they make them while you watch. I have yet to find a good source for homemade corn tortillas. If anyone has a local source please share it with me.
I threw the ingredients in the slow cooker about noon, and it was ready for dinner. I have an All-Clad slow cooker that cooks much more evenly than any other I have used. It is worth the extra money to have no burn spots.