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Make it Simple Monday – Hoisin Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Very often for me Monday is the toughest day of the week when it comes to cooking dinner. I do a lot of cooking on the weekends and many times Monday is just a leftover day, using whatever we have from the weekend to put something together. Sometimes you want something a little different though and you want to put something together without having to go through a ton of effort to put dinner on the table. Luckily for me, the latest issue of Cook;s Country magazine came in the mail just recently and they always have some great ideas for quick and easy weeknight meals that are full of flavor. I had actually just picked up some pork tenderloins that were on sale recently when I came upon this recipe for a hoisin-glazed pork tenderloin that would give you great flavor without having to marinade the meat for hours.

Hoisin-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

2 (12-ounce) pork tenderloins, trimmed

Salt and pepper

3/4 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon ketchup

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 scallions, sliced thin on a bias

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

Pound the pork tenderloins between two sheets of plastic wrap so that they are an even 1-inch in thickness. Pat the tenderloins dry with paper towels and then season them well with salt and pepper. Whisk the chicken broth, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and soy sauce together in a medium bowl.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat until the oil is shimmering. Cook the pork tenderloins until they are well browned on both sides and the meat registers 140 degrees on an instant read thermometer inserted into the tenderloins, about 7 to 9 minutes per side. Add the hoisin mixture to the skillet over the tenderloins and simmer the mixture until it is slightly thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes, making sure to turn the tenderloins to coat them in the glaze.

Remove the skillet from the heat and let the pork rest in the sauce for 5 minutes, then slice the tenderloins into 1/2-inch thick slices. Serve the tenderloins, drizzled with the hoisin glaze from the skillet and sprinkled with the scallions and toasted sesame seeds.

You get a really great glaze from the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sugar and ketchup and the chicken broth helps from it getting too thick. I really liked the flavor of it and it gives the whole meal a great Asian-style flair to it, making this perfect to serve with some rice and maybe some quickly sautéed vegetables or just some steamed broccoli or cauliflower. You can put the whole meal together in about 20 minutes and have everything done very easily. If there are any leftovers you can always dice up the pork tenderloin, take some of the leftover rice and make yourself a simple and quick fried rice that is great for lunch or as a side dish for another meal later in the week.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Cooking, Dinner, Pork, Sauce

 

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Serving Up Some Shrimp Stir Fry

Today will be the last meal of the Sean choices for the week. I was a little surprised he opted to go for this one, but he knows that one meal has to be a seafood meal, and he likes shrimp, so he opted to go for this one. Today’s dinner will be Shrimp with Hoisin Sauce and we’ll be having Fried Rice again, but will just be using the leftovers from last night’s stir fry dinner (which was delicious by the way, not much left in the way of leftovers for Michelle’s lunch today. I try to use fresh shrimp as often as I can. You can usually find a sale on it somewhere during the week, so buy it the day of cooking or the day before at the most. If you want to buy frozen, which I do on occasion, buy shrimp that are already deveined and shell split, it will make your life a lot easier as far as cleaning.

Shrimp With Hoisin Sauce

1 pound medium-sized fresh shrimp, shelled and deveined

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 thin slices of fresh ginger root, peeled and minced

1 clove garlic, crushed 3 scallions,

cut into 1-inch pieces

Mix the water, cornstarch, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce in a bowl and set aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ginger root and garlic and stir continuously until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Turn the heat up to high, add the shrimp and stir-fry until they turn pink, about 5 minutes. Add the scallions and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the sauce mixture and coat the shrimp, stirring and mixing; cook for about 2 minutes and serve over rice.

The cooking time for this meal is only about 10 minutes. Remember, don’t cook the shrimp too long (or any fish for that matter) or they will get tough and rubbery. if you’ve never deveined a shrimp before, take the time to do it. Starting at the head of the shrimp, make a shallow cut with a knife all the way down the middle of the back. Hold the shrimp under cold running water to rinse out the dark vein, or just pull it out yourself and rinse the shrimp off when you are all done. if you don’t want to use shrimp, you could scallops or another fleshy fish, or I think chicken would work nicely in this dish as well.

We’ll be using the same fried rice as we had last night, so if you want to check yesterday’s blog recipe for it, please do so, or you can use plain white rice instead. I think either will work well here. While I won’t be making these tonight, Sean came across a recipe for Fortune Cookies that we are going to try one night when we have a group over for dinner. It will be more fun to do the fortunes with other people around, but here is the recipe if anyone wants to try it out.

Fortune Cookies

1 cup margarine, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine margarine, sugar, egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the flour and baking powder and stir everything together to form a ball of dough. Lightly flour a wooden cutting board or flat counter surface. With a rolling pin, roll half of the dough very thin. Use a circle-shaped cookie cutter or the top of a large glass (about 2 1/2 inches wide) to cut circles in the dough. Put a fortune in each circle, off to one side. Fold the circle in half, and then in half again. Pinch the edges to seal the dough. Re-roll leftover scraps of dough to make more cookies out of them. Then roll and make cookies from the other half of the dough. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes on a baking sheet in the oven until they are lightly browned. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Part of the fun of this, of course, is being creative in making up the fortunes for each cookie. They can be predictions, lottery numbers, old sayings, or just fun, goofy things. You can print out 25 or so fortunes on a piece of printer paper and cut them into strips to use for the cookies. i would suggest about 2 inches long, at the most, so they fit nicely in the cookie.

More easy recipes for the day and that wraps up Sean’s week of dinners. We had a lot fun choosing and cooking everything and they were all quick, easy and tasty meals with little clean up. We haven’t picked next week’s meal plan yet, but that will be tonight’s chore after dinner, so I will post it tomorrow. If you want to print your own meal planner, here’s the document:family_meal_planner We are off to Saranac Lake tomorrow for Winter Carnival, so I won’t be cooking for Friday and Saturday, and most likely Sunday as well since we’ll be getting home Sunday, but i do plan to post some things. I’ll be bringing Chicken Corn Chowder up to Saranac Lake with us, so I will post that recipe on Saturday. if you have any questions, comments or just want to say hello, feel free to leave a comment and I will reply as soon as I can. Enjoy your day today (it actually feels like winter here in New York for a change today) and enjoy your dinner!

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Cooking, Dinner, Rice, Seafood

 

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