Pork Tenderloin Fajitas

Pork Tenderloin Fajitas

Total Time:  Prep/Total Time: 25 min.             Makes: 4 servings

 

These easy slow cooker pork fajitas offer loads of taste appeal. Sizzling tenderloin and veggies are tossed with a bold cilantro sauce and tucked into tortillas for a fun take on taco night. —Rachel Hozey, Pensacola, Florida

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound), thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 4 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, optional

 

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, combine cilantro, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin; set aside. In a large skillet, saute pork in oil until no longer pink. Add onion and green pepper; cook until crisp-tender.
  • Sprinkle with seasoning mixture; toss to coat. Spoon onto tortillas; serve with cheese and sour cream if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 fajita: 327 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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Tofu Masala

Tofu Masala

This supersimple vegetarian dish from F&W’s Kay Chun is hearty, spicy and delicious with a glass of Chenin Blanc.

 

This flavorful tofu masala dish can be thrown together easily and makes for the perfect weeknight I-don’t-want-to-cook-but-I-want-a-homemade-meal dinner.

 

 

Total:  30 mins                                   Yield:  4

 

Ingredients:

 

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 serrano chile, chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

4 teaspoons ground coriander

4 teaspoons garam masala

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

One 14-ounce package firm tofu, drained and cubed

Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Steamed basmati rice, for serving

 

Directions:

Step 1

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion, serrano, garlic, ginger, coriander, garam masala and tomatoes and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant and saucy, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tofu and 1 cup of water and bring to a simmer. Garnish with cilantro and serve with basmati rice.

 

Suggested Pairing:

Pair with a juicy, tropical fruit-inflected South African Chenin Blanc.

 

 

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Christmas Steak

Christmas Steak

This restaurant-style steak is served carved and dressed in two fresh holiday-hued sauces — salsa roja and chimichurri — inspired by the two-tone grilled snapper served at the restaurant Contramar in Mexico City. Don’t be afraid of generously salting the meat; it helps create a real steakhouse crust.

Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 5 min

(includes resting time)

Active: 30 min

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Salsa Roja:

2 small plum tomatoes, cored

2 cloves garlic 

1 small jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and halved 

 

1/2 small white onion, halved 

1/4 teaspoon red wine vinegar 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Chimichurri:

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

1/4 cup ice cubes

2 tablespoons packed fresh oregano leaves

1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and roughly chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

 

Steak:

One 2-pound bone-in porterhouse steak (about 2 inches thick)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1 tablespoon canola oil 

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes 

3 cloves garlic 

2 sprigs fresh thyme 

Directions:

1. For the salsa roja: Add the tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno and onion to a medium saucepan. Add 6 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer until the vegetables are softened, 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Drain the vegetables, add to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

3. For the chimichurri: Add the vinegar, garlic and a generous pinch of salt to a blender and blend on low until smooth. Add the parsley, cilantro, ice, oregano and jalapeno and blend on medium speed. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and blend, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary, until smooth, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the chimichurri to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

4. For the steak: Let the steak sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. 

5. Position an oven rack 5 to 6 inches from the broiler and preheat the broiler.  

6. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the steak dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper; the steak should be almost completely white from the salt. Add the oil to the hot skillet and when it begins to smoke, add the steak. Cook the steak until browned and crusty on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board. 

7. Cut the strip steak from the bone and carve the meat across the grain. Cut the tenderloin filet from the bone and carve the meat across the grain. Place the bone back in the center of the skillet and arrange the sliced steak around the bone in its original formation so that it looks like a full steak. Top with the butter, garlic and thyme. 

8. Broil until the butter is melted and a thermometer inserted sideways in the center of the steak registers 120 degrees F for medium rare, 3 to 4 minutes (see Cook’s Note). Tilt the skillet slightly to pool the butter, then spoon it over the steak several times to coat. 

9. Transfer the steak to a serving platter and pour the melted butter over top. Top one half of the steak with the chimichurri and spread evenly. Top the other half with the salsa roja and spread evenly. Serve with the remaining chimichurri and salsa roja on the side.

 

Cook’s Note

The side of the porterhouse with the tenderloin filet will cook faster than the side with the strip steak. Remove the filet and continue to broil the strip if you want even medium-rare doneness.


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Pumpkin Torte

Pumpkin Torte

This beautiful layered cake has a creamy filling with a mild pumpkin flavor and a little spice. It’s quick and always turns out so well. The nuts and caramel topping add a nice finishing touch.

This is a great recipe. Very light and not too sweet with a great pumpkin flavor.

I did use more pumpkin spice than what the instructions states, a little less confectioners sugar, and used no nuts. I had lots of coworkers asking where the recipe came from.

 

Ingredients:

1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)

1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin, divided

4 large eggs

1/2 cup 2% milk

1/3 cup canola oil

1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Pecan halves, toasted

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • Combine cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, eggs, milk, oil and 1 teaspoon pie spice; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Transfer to prepared pans.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  • Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and the remaining pumpkin and pie spice until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
  • Using a long serrated knife, cut each cake horizontally in half. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with a fourth of the filling. Repeat three times. Drizzle with caramel topping; sprinkle with pecans. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 476 calories, 24g fat (12g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 367mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

 

 

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Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and I’m love, love, loving it!  If you don’t know what an Instant Pot is, well it’s an electric pressure cooker; very similar to a crockpot only faster.  I like to say it’s a crockpot on steroids!  You can cook just about anything in an Instant Pot, so long as you can fit it in the pot that is.  I doubt  you can fit a 15 pound whole turkey, but you can definitely fit a 5 pound whole chicken.  That’s what I do when I make Instant Pot Roasted Chicken!

Instant pot roasted chickenInstant Pot Roasted Chicken is a tender (fall off the bone) juicy chicken that you cook in under an hour.  Yup Roasted rotisserie like chicken cooked in less than hour!  How much better can it get?

Seriously how easy is that?  Making Instant Pot Roasted Chicken doesn’t require a lot of planning, just be sure you have a defrosted chicken before you start and that you take out all the chicken parts from the cavity.  I use those parts to make stock for the gravy.

Ready to make this delicious Instant Pot Roasted Chicken?  Here’s how!

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken  up to 5 pounds

1 Tbs Kosher Salt

1 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Paprika

1 Tsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Dried Rosemary (optional)

1 Sprig of fresh Rosemary (optional)

1/4 Cup Canola Oil

1 small onion peeled

1 Cup chicken broth

Directions:

Remove all parts from the cavity – you can boil them with seasonings to use as stock for a gravy

Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towel

Place onion in cavity

Combine all seasonings in a small bowl and add oil to them, stir well

Turn on Instant Pot and set to sauté

Rub 1/2 of oil mixture to breast side of chicken

 

 

 

Place chicken breast side down into hot Instant Pot

Carefully rub remaining oil mixture to back of chicken

Cook for 4 minutes

Turn Chicken over onto its back and cook for another 4 minutes

Then remove chicken from pot and turn pot off

Place trivet on bottom of pot, then pour broth into pot

Return chicken to pot breast side up

Place sprig of rosemary on top of chicken (optional)

Secure lid making sure valve is in the sealing position

Set pot on Manual and adjust time to 25 minutes

Let pot depressurize naturally, do not move valve to venting position

Remove lid and transfer chicken to serving dish.

Let chicken rest in serving dish about 5 minutes before cutting.

 

 

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