Marinated Pork Tenderloin

I find making meat of any kind very daunting! However, today I stepped up to the plate and made my first pork tenderloin (that didn’t end up as pulled pork!). It came out good! Here we go… Thanks for stopping by!

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Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack pork tenderloin (my package contained 2 pot tenderloins)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • canola oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (except oil) and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When marinating, we use our Food Saver marinating bowl and suck the air out if it. It works great!

Heat oil in a heavy pan when you are ready to cook. Place the tenderloins in the hot pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side. I started with high heat and had to put it in medium while turning. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Cook the pork for 15 more minutes in the oven (I used a glass Pyrex dish) until juices run clear.

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Bang Bang Shrimp @ HappyWifey.netI’d been waiting to make this recipe for a LONG time!  Finally – I had all the ingredients and it was meant to be!  I made this recipe exactly AS IS in the recipe so please click here to check it out.

This is SPOT ON to Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp.  You could also make a similar appetizer if you use chicken instead of shrimp.  I think that the spicy mayo sauce is amazing.  I got my Thai Chili Sauce at Trader Joe’s but I have since seen it at ALDI and Wegman’s.

Caution: If your husband is not a sauce lover (mine isn’t…) you could fry up your chicken or shrimp and serve the sauce on the side!

There are also many lower calorie versions of this which bake the chicken/shrimp because the sauce is bad enough for you as it is!  I am sure they might be good.. but this is so so good!  Enjoy!

 

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Buttery Garlic Knots

I am LOVING the bread maker I got for Christmas.  I am amazed at how more efficiently I can make breads and more importantly – dough!  I already made pizza, and was happy to whip up these garlic knots for a little pizza party at a friend’s home recently.  Click here to see a basic pizza dough recipe for the bread maker.  I try to use honey instead of sugar.  I also add garlic powder and basil to my dough.

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After your machine is done making your dough, put the dough on a lightly floured surface.  Shape it like a large rectangle, and use a pizza wheel or dough cutter to “slice” the dough into about 20 pieces.  I did that by making a horizontal cut separating the dough into 2 and then dividing each section into 10.

Break off a piece of dough (my batch made about 20 garlic knots), and roll it into a thin log. You can then twist each piece into a knot (shape displayed in photo above) and place on a cookie sheet lined with a slipat or parchment paper.  Preheat the oven to about 400 degrees, and then let the knots rise about 20 minutes on top of the oven, covered with a clean kitchen towel.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.  When they come out, baste them in melted butter combined with minced garlic, oregano, and basil.  They came out great!  We love them dipped in marinara!

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Hello interwebs!  I have had a few recipes sitting on the back burner for a while now… here is one that I am ready to post :)  It is SO easy to whip up an asian inspired dish with just a few seasonings and some leftover rice or noodles.  We had leftover angel hair pasta one night, so the following evening I made lomein! We also had made what my husband loving calls a “pork butt” in the same week, so I used the leftovers for this dish, too.  Win win!

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Sesame Pork Lomein

Measurements are not exact because this is a recipe for leftovers – adapt and have fun!

Ingredients

  • Pork or ham, diced
  • Canola oil, 2 tsp
  • Sesame oil, to taste
  • Pasta, cooked
  • Onions, chopped
  • Bell pepper, diced
  • Carrots, sliced or diced
  • Garlic, I used chopped garlic in oil – about 1 tbsp
  • Duck sauce, to taste
  • Soy sauce, to taste
  • Sesame seeds
  • Scallion (Green Onions), for garnish

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Directions

  • If your meat or veggies aren’t diced.. dice them before you start! Things move quickly with this dish.
  • Heat a wok or a deep skillet until hot.
  • Add canola oil until hot, but not burnt.
  • Add garlic, and cook all vegetables.
  • Once your veggies get a little tender, add in the meat and stir to combine.
  • Add to the mixture some sesame oil, soy sauce, and duck sauce and keep tasting your dish!  If it is salty, DO NOT add more soy.
  • When your sauce tastes good, add in your noodles and keep mixing.
  • Serve when the noodles are warm (I always throw them in there cold) – I like to toss in my sesame seeds and green onions (chop them first!) and serve like that.
  • I also love duck sauce, so I serve some on the side :)

If you successfully used leftover meat and noodles – feel good about not wasting those leftover foods and saving some serious cash :)

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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Good bread (I used my favorite homemade french bread)
  • 4 uncooked chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • Buffalo wing sauce (We used Sweet Baby Ray’s Wing Sauce! SO. GOOD.)
  • Blue cheese dressing (or actual blue cheese – mine was bad!)
  • Lettuce, tomato, etc

Directions:

  • Marinate the chicken breasts in about 1/2 bottle of wing sauce for 3+ hours.  Massage the bag so the chicken gets nice and saucy!
  • On a grill or a cast iron stovetop grill or pan, grill the chicken until the cooked through and the juices run clear.  You’ll want to baste/brush on the remaining sauce because it is delicious and gets even better when cooking ON the chicken.
  • You can toast your favorite bread or rolls and serve the chicken with blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, or whatever you like!

Easy and delicious!  I’m eating this left over tonight, with Pioneer Woman’s baked macaroni and cheese.  So good!

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I have not been cooking ANYTHING lately which explains my lack of blogging.  After all.. do you really want to know that I heated up a chicken breast and put it on toast with bottled BBQ sauce? No?  Here is a recipe that is more complex, soo decadent, and oh so good!

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Deluxe Italian Sausage Panini

Makes 4 servings (or however many you can cut the loaf into!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package hot Italian Sausage Links (or mild)
  • 1 bell pepper, julienned (I used orange)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • butter, for greasing the pans (or cooking spray)
  • mozzarella cheese (I had shredded)
  • 1 loaf of french, italian, or semolina bread
  • 3-4 cups of fresh spinach

Directions:

  • Cut bread lengthwise and in half once.  I made two larger paninis and then split them later.
  • Cook the sausage links in about 1 inch of water in a skillet (I used cast iron).  When the water evaporates, you can add a little more and continue cooking if you feel the inside of the sausage isn’t cooked through.
  • In a second pan, melt a little butter and saute the peppers and onions.  You can let them sweat!  I like to let them get a little soft.

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  • Once the sausage is no longer pink, remove from the pan and slice them long ways (butterfly it).  I then add it back to the pan on high heat, to get a little crunch to it.  Slicing it helps it stay on your sandwich!

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  • Once the sausage is done, you can start making your sandwich… layer the sausage all along your bread bottoms until the bread is covered.  In the pan you cooked the sausage in, cook some fresh spinach until it begins to wilt and get soft.
  • Cover the sausage on the sandwich with peppers and onions.  Top with mozzarella cheese and cooked spinach. Top with the top of the bread that you reserved and your sandwich is assembled! Here is a look at mine before it got pressed…

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  • To make a panini the old school way, melt some butter on a flat cast iron griddle and place the sandwich on the pan.  Take another HEAVY pan or skillet and press down on the sandwich as it cooks.
  • To get the top hot and crispy, carefully flip the sandwich and repeat the pressing of the skillet.  It takes a little talent but works!  When in doubt… buy a panini press?

Hope you enjoy it :)

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