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Terrific Tenderloin That’s Easy As Pie

19 Jan
Beef Tenderloin

Photo from MyRecipe.com

It’s no secret that since Teddy arrived on the scene, going out to eat doesn’t happen as often as it once did. But that’s okay. We love entertaining and cooking, so having people over for dinner parties has been a fun way to still see friends, enjoy delicious food, all while Teddy snoozes away in his bedroom.

Recently, inspired by a delicious Christmas dinner, I decided to reenact the star of the show, a beef tenderloin. Turns out beef tenderloin is a dinner party super star. It’s insanely easy to prepare and cook and everyone loves it. Here’s how I made mine and it was a huge crowd pleaser.

I bought a five pound trimmed tenderloin at Costco. Note: normally when I buy beef, I get Prime grade. It’s the top 2% of been produced and is graded on the marbling (fat). When you’re doing a tenderloin, since it’s a lean cut, you should stick with Choice grade. There’s just not enough fat in a tenderloin to justify paying the amount for Prime.

Take the meat out, pat it down and season with some salt and pepper. Then use some cooking twine to truss it so it cooks evenly. Once it’s trussed, stick cloves of garlic and sprigs of Rosemary between the meat and twine and drizzle with a few tablespoons of EVOO. Let it sit out at room temperature for a few hours before you cook it.

Once it’s time to cook this bad boy, heat the oven to 400 degrees. Then, in a roasting pan, sear the meat so it browns on all sides. It should take about 10 total minutes. This is really key as it locks in the juices and flavor.

After you’re done browning it, pop it into the oven and cook for about 30 minutes. You may have to cook for additional 5-10 minutes, depending on how well done you want it. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature (registers 120°F to 125°F for rare, 125°F to 130°F for medium rare).

Serve with potatoes, a green, some delicious bold red wine and you’ll be the toast of the dinner. Enjoy!

 

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Pork Belly and Coconut Risotto

12 Apr

 

Lemongrass chicken binh mis, Asian slaw and coconut and pork belly risotto

This weekend I cooked a Vietnamese inspired meal. On the menu was lemongrass and coconut chicken Binh Mis, coconut and pork belly risotto, Asian slaw and banana and mango spring rolls for dessert.

It was a delicious meal and despite how laborious it sounds, it was quite easy. Cook the chicken in the slow-cooker, dice up the slaw and stir up the risotto. I’ll share the ingredients for all items, but today we’ll start with the risotto. Like most things I make, this recipe isn’t a science, but rather a guestimation. I rarely ever follow recipes and this risotto is one I made up. Feel free to reach out with questions if you have any. Enjoy!

Pork Belly and Coconut Risotto

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups abrozo rice
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup shredded (unsweetened coconut)
  • 1 diced white onion
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lb sliced pork belly (cook like bacon and then dice up)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro to garnish

Risotto Directions:

  1. Place the diced onion in a deep stock pot and sautee with butter over medium-high heat
  2. Meanwhile- put the chicken stock in a pot and bring to a hot temperature
  3. Once the onion is well sautéed, add the rice and olive oil, stirring continuously until the rice is transparent
  4. Add white wine and continue stirring
  5. Add the coconut shreds and porkbelly
  6. When the liquid is dissolved, begin to add half a cup of chicken stock at a time, stirring constantly and adding more liquid as it is absorbed
  7. Halfway through the use of the chicken stock, add the coconut milk
  8. The texture of the risotto should not be crunchy (I know it sounds obvious, but just saying!). Keep adding broth until you get the right level of consistency. It should take about 40 minutes of stirring, adding liquid and rinse and repeat.
  9. When the risotto is done, garnish with some chopped cilantro and serve.
  10. Enjoy

The dinner party is back: Backyard style!

30 Jun

I read somewhere that the new *trend* in going out to dinner is staying in for dinner. That’s right, in these recessionary times, the dinner party is back. I for one am thrilled!

Growing up part of a large family, big dinner parties have been instilled in me from a young age. I remember my mom’s famous Lasagna Parties on my grandparents’ porch in eastern Long Island with about 45-50 of our nearest and dearest aunts, uncles and cousins. Kind of a go big or go home entertaining mantra. I love it!

A few weeks ago we hosted a lovely party with some friends, old and new. On the menu was: cheese, honey and water cracker spread, featuring Manchego and Drunken Goat cheese,  smoked salmon wedges, baked onions with Gruyere cheese, truffle French fries and USDA Prime steaks. For dessert we had an amazing raspberry creme tort (Patrick, one of our guest’s made and brought). Continue reading