Monday, May 17, 2010

Menu Monday--Roasted Pork Tenderloin Gives Two as BBQ Pork Sandwiches

are you popping over from TSP? Thank you I love that place! For the next six weeks (and possibly longer if my ego is properly carressed with comments and I stay organized) I will be sharing my best tips and tricks for menu planning, including several of my give two menus. You know the meal that you cook once, but gives you two great dinners. 

This recipe uses a v shaped roasting rack and pan.. but you can always roast the veggies and meat separately in a roasting pan and baking dish. 

Roasted Pork Tenderloin w/veggies
1 plain pork tenderloin (I shop at costco and get them in a 2 pack)
1 tablespoon rubbed sage, 
1/2 tablespoon rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, 
3 tablespoons olive oil
coarse kosher salt (a pinch at a time!!)

1 green apple, 1 pink lady apple, 4 peeled sweetpotatoes 1 yellow onion diced into 3/4 inch chunks,  1 head broccoli, rinsed and chopped additionally, two whole unpeeled sweet potatoes pierced several times with fork)

Rinse tenderloin salt and pepper lightly if desired (I usually pepper only) 
Combine spices together and mix, 
Rub tenderloin with 1 tbs olive oil on all surfaces, then pat spice mixure onto pork. 
toss chopped veggies and apples with olive oil additional pepper and a pinch of coarse kosher salt (less is more)
Put veggies in the roasting pan place meat on roasting rack and slide into a 350 degree oven until pork is done. Pork is done when a thermometer reads 165 degrees and juices run clear.. usually 25 minutes per pound.  Put the pierced but unpeeled sweet potatoes directly on the oven shelf next to the roasting pan and let them bake. 

Serve: Pork cut into medallions from one side of tenderloin, with a scoop of roasted veggies. 

Give Two additional ingredients --
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup favorite BBQ sauce (we use kc masterpiece)
Hamburger buns
1/4 cup apple juice (or orange), and possibly more to taste

After dinner directions: 
Shred remaining pork and put in tupperware with bbq sauce and vinegar
Slice roasted pierced sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop flesh with a spoon. combine with leftover roasted apples, onions, sweet potatoes, in blender, processor, or mixer with whisk attachment  with 1/4 apple juice mix/blend/process until smooth adding additional juice to get desired consistency. 

Put in reheatable container and fridgerate till tomorrow. 

Serve Give TWO meal. 
Reheat pork in sauce in microwave until heated through and steamy (or on stovetop you may need to add two tablespoons of water). 
Reheat Mashed Sweetpotatoes in microwave or in oven. 
Serve pork on hamburger buns with a side of sweet potatoes.  Collard Greens,  southern style fieldpeas or green beans rounds out the place nicely. 

Let me know what you think. The flavor of the two pork meals are very different and can definitely be used for back to back dinners, but we like to spread it out and go meatless a day between (usually with lentil soup which we then turn into liesagna). 

Let me know if you try it, and what you think!! 

1 comment:

Taylor K said...

Whoa! That is clever. When you said you could get two meals I just assumed you meant leftovers. Can you please fed ex some to me in Arizona? Thanks.