HOWEVER. Sooner or later I run out of steam. And even my stomach growls a bit for something comforting and quick. Yep, a girl's gotta eat. So here's another of my quick and yummy dinners to keep us both going long into the night.
You know the grill is your best friend. But so is a TASTY sauce. This one takes simple pineapple, pineapple juice, raisins and other assorted Asian inspired ingredients and turns it into a velvety, spicy glaze. Your pork will actually sing for it. And it's the perfect accompaniment to this popular white meat. Full of heat, balanced with sweetness and a sour, and finished with a sprinkling of fresh mint to offset the acidic and earthy depths of the sesame oil, it's work putting your mouse down for a few bites!
Those other colorful elements are just as satisfying. A quick blanched green bean salad makes it pretty, but my roasted sweet potatoes with a tequila honey glaze make it unforgettable. The glaze pairs perfectly with the sweet potato's gentle, yielding texture and almost dessert-like character. Try it when you don't have much time, but want to impress those who may question just how much magic you can do in the kitchen!
The point is, never stop feeding your passion. -- Or your appetite!
RECIPE: Grilled Pork Loin with a Pineapple Sesame Reduction and Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Tequila Honey Glaze.
Serves 4 / Click here for printable version of Pork / Click here for printable version of Sweet Potatoes.
PREP FOR PORK:
4, 4 ounce boneless pork loins
2 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 t salt, ¼ t black pepper
12 ounces of pineapple juice
1 ½ C fresh pineapple chunks
1/3 C golden raisins
2 T chopped candied ginger
3 T soy sauce
½ t sesame oil
1 T rice wine vinegar
½ t hot chili flakes
1/4 t coriander powder
¼ t allspice
1 T corn starch
2 T chopped fresh mint to garnish
Rub loins with the oil, balsamic and salt and pepper. Let rise to room temperature before grilling. Grill to medium rare. Let rest for 5 minutes covered with foil.
In a saucepan mix the reduction ingredients and bring to a boil. Take off the heat, whisk in the corn starch and stir to thicken. Serve over the grilled pork loin chops. Garnish with the mint.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
With a Tequila Honey Glaze
Camine Pappas / June 2016 / Serves 4
4 medium sweet potatoes peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces
2 T olive oil
2 T fig vinegar
1 t salt and 1/8 t pepper
Pinch of allspice
¼ C honey
2 T tequila
Fresh mint to garnish
Toss pieces of sweet potato in the oil, balsamic, salt and allspice. Roast in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 35 minutes, or until tender. Mix the tequila and honey together and pour that mixture over cooked potatoes that have been put in a large metal bowl. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh mint.
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My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style is one of combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.