Long time, no blog! I’ve missed you! I was out of town for a long weekend, and I’m happy to be back today to share some good eats with you all.
I know you’re probably going to stop by the Store at some point today, September 15, to take advantage of the great prices at the one-day meat and seafood sale. If you haven’t already made a plan for dinner tonight, here is a delicious meat suggestion: pork tenderloin is on special for $2.99/pound (I’ve been told it’s in a value pack of four).
Unfortunately for me, I bought it yesterday when it wasn’t on sale, broke my rule, and paid full price. But I was willing to do that for you, because I wanted to tell you about it today. No need to thank me. I’m here to help.
Anyway, even at full price ($4.99/pound), pork tenderloin is still a relative bargain in the meat department, but it can be boring and dry if it’s not handled properly. A flavorful marinade can help it tremendously, and this recipe is my favorite preparation; it’s sweet, salty, and garlicky, and even if you have to skimp on the marinating time, it still imparts a delicious Asian flavor to the meat. I only had three hours yesterday, but it came out great.
As you can tell from the photo, I paired the pork with some creamy Wasabi Mashed Potatoes (Yukon Golds are on sale) and crunchy Sesame Sugar Snap Peas (also on sale). It was a terrific week night dinner, but could easily be served to company as well.
The leftovers make a great lunch – I’m eating the photo shoot right now! Enjoy!
HONEY-GINGERED PORK TENDERLOINS
Source: made with little adaptation from epicurious.com
- 2 – ¾ lb. pork tenderloins
- ¼ c. honey
- ¼ c. soy
- ¼ c. oyster sauce
- 2 T. brown sugar
- 1 T. minced fresh ginger
- 3 large cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 T. ketchup
- ¼ t. onion powder
- ¼ t. cayenne pepper
Pat pork dry and place in a large ziplock bag. In a large Pyrex measuring cup, whisk all of the ingredients together and pour the marinade into the bag. Turn the pork well to coat. Chill pork, covered, for at least 8 hours and up to 1 day, turning several times.
Preheat the oven to 425. Allow the pork to come to room temperature while you’re preheating the oven. Line a 9×13 pan with foil for easier cleanup. Remove the pork from the marinade and allow excess marinade to drip off. Place in the pan (I set mine atop a small rack inside the baking dish). Roast pork for 25-30 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer registers 155 degrees. Remove from pan, transfer to cutting board, and tent with foil. Allow to rest for ten minutes (don’t skip this step) before slicing thinly and serving.
NOTE: Since you probably will be buying a value pack, consider doubling the marinade and dividing the four tenderloins into two large ziplocks. I like to press out all of the air in the second bag, and stick it in the freezer for a rainy day. Remove it from the freezer to the fridge 24 hours ahead of when you’d like to serve it. I’ve done this several times and it’s turned out great!
SIMPLE WASABI MASHED POTATOES
Don’t let the wasabi scare you, these aren’t at all spicy.
- 6 small to medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes (from a 5 lb. bag, on sale), peeled and cut into quarters
- 1/3 c. whole milk (more if you like your potatoes a little looser)
- 3 T. butter (more if you’ve taken your Zocor today)
- 1 t. wasabi powder combined with 1 t. water to form a paste
- Sea salt to taste
Place the potatoes in a stock pot and fill with enough water to cover by about an inch. Add a generous tablespoon of salt to the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes well and return to the pan.
Place milk and butter in a microwaveable bowl (I use a glass Pyrex measuring cup) and heat until butter melts. Whisk in the wasabi paste bit by bit, until the milk mixture achieves a subtle wasabi flavor (I used all of it). Add this mixture to the potatoes. Using an electric hand mixer, mix/mash the potatoes until you reach your favorite consistency. Season with salt to taste.
SESAME SUGAR SNAP PEAS
- 1 lb. sugar snap peas, stringed (on sale!)
- 1 t. toasted sesame seeds
- 1 t. sesame oil
Bring ½” of water to a boil in a shallow pan set over medium-high heat. Place a steamer basket and the snap peas in the pan, cover tightly, and steam for 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish. Drizzle with the sesame seeds and oil, and season with salt to taste. Toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Posted by Leah DamronLeah Damron is an avid home cook who believes in using the freshest ingredients available, and she challenges herself weekly to create meals out of (mostly!) sale items. If Sendik's ever gave a title for "Biggest Fan", she believes she would win, hands down. Leah lives in greater Milwaukee with her husband, three children, and her big black lab, Daisy."
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