Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Step 5 Of 5. Rosie Makes Her Pork Tenderloin With Accoutrements.

I'm on Step 5. I'm bringin' it home now and here's the money shot: Step 1: I made a regular red tomato salsa. Step 2: I made a green tomatilla salsa. Step 3: I made a creamy, rich avocado dressing. Step 4: I made a happy goody bag of black beans. On to Step 5, my viande: pork tenderloin, which I found in the freezer hiding behind the mounds of bacon packages and the aging hens and the individually-packed strawberry packages for Smoothies, and the deer tenderloin, and the ribs, and the shrimp, and the vacuum packed fillet mignons, and the flat iron steaks, and the chuck roasts, and the rabbits, and the chicken quarters, and the chicken bosoms, ($1.99/pound skinned boneless fillets), and the ... All bought on sale, except for the strawberries which we picked.
I found a new (to me) spice the other day - achiote molido (or ground annato). Thought I'd try it in this recipe.
I lightly sprinkled the achiote over my pork tenderloin,
added freshly ground salt and pepper,
and zested some lime.
Then I decided a bit of lime juice wouldn't hurt matters. Just massage it all in.
I forget what this dried pepper is called but it's very smoky. I poured boiling water over top and let it sit for a while to soften.
My ingredients:
seasoned pork tenderloin onions garlic minced smoky pepper
I heated my pan, added in butter and olive oil and heated to medium high then added the pork tenderloin.
I browned the tenderloin all over ...
... then took it out of the pan
and let it set for a few minutes. I knew it wasn't done yet, but the restless were getting natives and I had to shortcut dinner.
So I sliced the pork in 1/2 inch pieces. Now, if this were tuna, I'd be very happy, but it's pork.
I added the onion, garlic, and smoked pepper to the pan.
Then I added my raw pork just to barely cook through. I like my pork slightly pink. Any more, and it's tough and dry.
By slicing the pork, it will cook evenly throughout and I have control over the cooking. Each slice is still a pale pink on the inside. Now I'm ready to plate.
From 12 o' clock going clockwise: pork with avocado cream sauce Salsa Roja Salsa Verde Black bean melange
I loved all these flavors. I must say, I don't know what the achiote added, if anything. Right out of the jar, it has a slightly peppery, earthy flavor and I can see using it in a rice dish for a slight hint of flavor, but mainly for the color. I wouldn't recommend going out and buying a package of this stuff until you know more about how to use it. I could have just sprinkled a bit of cumin and oregano on the pork loin and that would have been fine too.
The cool creaminess of the avocado against the smokiness (from the dried pepper) of the pork was a pleasant contrast.
This black bean mixture is one of my favorite flavor combinations and it pairs very nicely with the pork.
The two salsas complemented the pork and the black beans.
Quite an enjoyable meal and, again, no leftovers. I would love to hear your comments on this meal if you actually try making it yourself. By the way, does anybody out there ever do any recipes I present here? I'd love to know if I've ever inspired someone to do, well ... anything.


Anonymous said...

Ahh Rosie, you are an inspiration to us all! I frequently check your blog for ideas and instructions (canned some japs the other day). Just wish I lived closer so I could drop in and sample your creations more often.

Donna-FFW said...

Just wondering if u thought of me at all while playing with the tenderloin.

kadywood said...

I now make my own pizza using your dough recipe and have tried several of your creative toppings. I stir fry more too. Now I think about the timing/cooking of the meats and vegs instead of throwing everything in at once. I think my cooking overall has improved since visiting your site and learning some new techniques and food combinations. Thanks. PS. I do wish for printable versions of your recipes. Running back and forth to the computer can get tiresome!

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Donna, of course I was thinking of you!

kadywood, Thanks for your kind words. I'm so glad I've helped.
And thanks for the idea about printable versions. Maybe someone can e-me and splain how to do that.
I'm looking at you, Donna.

Garlicpbo said...

You have been an inspiration to me from the first day I found your blog. I think about cooking in a "freeer" way, if that makes sense.