Posts Tagged With: Marination

Pork Tenderloins

Cooking on the grill!

Cooking on the grill!

The finished product.  It looks burnt, but the topping is only caramelized.

The finished product. It looks burnt, but the topping is only caramelized.

Hi there!  Hope your day is going well!  It is 60 degrees and rainy here in Michigan on December 4th!  I’m not complaining about it!  I am quite fine with the day!  My day has been completely filled again!  Today is co-op day for the oldest and I am the registrar for it, and today is registration for next semester.  I then got a call for my 12 year old to attend a ballet class today for a couple of hours about 1/2 hour away, piano classes at 1:15-2:15 at my house (have I mentioned that having piano at the house is the BEST thing?) and then pick up my oldest from co-op and drive my 12 year old to her normal ballet class the opposite direction from the other class!  Sometime in there dinner will be made….actually I’m getting ready to pre-make the potatoes and the tenderloin was already pre-made and froze until ready for use!  How convenient!  This recipe for the pork tenderloin is very, very good!  I made it a couple of months ago and ran out, went out and bought another huge tenderloin, and divided it in three and mixed the marinade in the bag and froze them for a later date.  All I do then is take it out of the freezer to thaw the night before and then plop it on the grill to cook!  It is one of my husband and my favorites!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup Olive Oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
4 1/2 tsp Brown Sugar
3/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup rosemary, fresh, finely chopped
5 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Pork Tenderloins, 2 1/2 lbs
1/8 tsp salt, to taste
Notes / Directions

Directions:
To make the balsamic-rosemary marinade, in a food processor, combine the vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar and pepper and pulse until blended. With the motor running, drop the rosemary and garlic through the feed tube and continue to process until fairly smooth. Place the tenderloins in a nonreactive dish and pour the marinade over them. Cover and let stand at room temperature, turning occasionally, for up to 2 hours.

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Remove the tenderloins from the marinade, reserving the marinade.

Well, my dinner is all made!  I made some glazed baby carrots and everything is ready to be warmed up for my husband when he gets home from work!

Have a great day!

 

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Chicken Shawarma

I absolutely love chicken shawarmas!  I love the taste of the chicken that has been slow cooked all day with a marinade and I love the white garlic sauce that you dip the  pita bread in.  We don’t get to go to my favorite Lebanese restaurant very often so I thought, “I can make it myself!”.  So, on to Pinterest I went to look at recipes!  I found a couple and combined them and this is what I came up with:

This is the recipe for the marinated chicken:

2 lg.  chicken breasts
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Combine all together in a zip-lock bag and marinade anywhere from 4-24 hours in the fridge.  After it’s done marinating, you can grill it until cooked through. I used the leftovers from a baked chicken so I didn’t have to cook the chicken.

Mixing the ingredients

All mixed up

For Tahini sauce (to spread on the pita bread)

Sesame seeds-1cup( or use tahini) (Look below for Tahini recipe)
Olive oil-1/4 cup
Garlic(paste) – 2 cloves (Look below for recipe)
Cumin powder- 1/4 tsp
Yogurt– 2tbsp
lemon juice-2 to 3 tsp
Water
Salt to taste

Sesame seeds cooked and cooled and ready to be mixed with the olive oil

Pouring the olive in

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This is what it looks like after I run it through the food processor

The finished product after I added the other ingredients

Sesame seeds are ready to be baked

Tahini recipe:
Ingredients
2 cups sesame seeds
1/3 cup olive oil, plus more as necessary
Procedures
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sesame seeds in a rimmed sheet pan and cook until lightly toasted toast, but not browned, about 5 minutes, tossing seeds ever couple of minutes with a spatula. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

Sesame seeds cooked and cooling

2)  Place sesame seeds in work bowl of a food processor with olive oil. Process until smooth and paste as consistence slightly thinner than peanut butter, adding more oil if necessary. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Garlic paste:

Mix it all in a food processor.

This is the finished product:

Ingredients

– 2 heads of garlic
– 1 tbs sea salt

– 1 cup olive oil
– 1/2 cup lemon juice

Directions:
1.  separate all the garlic cloves & peel them.
2.  blend the garlic & salt together until it’s a smooth, creamy paste. I used my smaller food processor for this.
3. alternate adding oil & lemon 1 tbs at a time. Add a tbs of olive oil first & then blend until it is completely combined. Then add a tbs of lemon juice & once again blend until completely combined. Once you’re about half way through the lemon   & oil, you can start adding them 3tbs at a time. Once it’s all been added, you want to continue to blend until the mixture starts to thicken & take on a yogurt or mayo like consistency.
4. refrigerate until ready for use

For the shawarma:

The vegetables I cut up

1 English cucumber

1 tomato

Romaine lettuce (cut into strips)

Pita bread

Instructions:

Spread Tahini sauce on pita.  Layer marinated chicken next and then top with vegetables.  Wrap pita up and enjoy!

Adding the Tahini and meat

YUM!

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