7/10/09

Ultimate Pork Tenderloin, Oh So Good Baked Potato Casserole and Easy Cheesy Garlic Rolls

Ultimate Pork Tenderloin, Oh So Good Baked Potato Casserole
and Easy Cheesy Garlic Rolls


Ultimate Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin is a great meat choice. It’s low in fat and very easy to grill. You just have to be careful not to dry it out. One way to avoid this is by using a brine. This is completely optional, but is well worth the time and effort. This is where meal planning really pays off! If you don’t have time to use the brine, just skip it.

Begin by trimming all the “silver” skin from the meat’s surface.

Make your brine by add 2 -3 tablespoons of salt to about a quart of water. Place the tenderloin in the brine and refrigerate for about 12 hours.

Removed the tenderloin from the brine, dry it off and coat with the following rub. A rub adds flavor and forms a nice crust on the meat’s surface.

Use a commercial pork rub or try this one:

Pork Rub

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl:

3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Once pork is evenly coated with the rub, you can refrigerate it for 30 minutes, or up to 3 hours, for extra flavor.

Grill tenderloin over medium heat. View the meat as having four sides, cooking meat for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove the tenderloin from the grill when its internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. It won’t be completely done at this point, though. Keeping the tenderloin in a warm place, wrap it with foil, and let it stand for about 5 more minutes to finish cooking. Let the tenderloin reach around 150 degrees before you serve it.

Once it’s done, slice the meat into about 1/2 inch thick slices and serve.


Oh So Good Baked Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

6-8 medium baking potatoes
1- 8ounce package cream cheese, at room temp.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 pint sour cream
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions, for garnish
bacon bits or 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp,
drained and crumbled for garnish

Directions:

1. Peel and dice the potatoes. Boil until soft.

2. Mash the potatoes in a large bowl. Add the cream cheese, butter, 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese and the sour cream. Stir well. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and stir.

3. Spray a 13 by 9 inch baking pan with vegetable oil. Place the potatoes in the dish. You can cover it with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake.

4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the foil and bake for 30-35 minutes, until hot. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese over the top of the casserole and return it to the oven for about 5 minutes, until cheese melts. Garnish with chopped onions and crumbled bacon or bacon bits before serving.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Rolls

1 can refrigerated pizza dough
6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3 - 4 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup or so, shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat cups of muffin tin with cooking spray.

Mix softened butter, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.

Roll dough into a rectangle.
Spread garlic-butter mixture evenly over dough. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Roll up jellyroll-style.

Slice in 1½-inch slices.

Place each slice into a sprayed muffin cup.

Spoon melted butter over rolls.

Bake until golden brown, probably about 10 minutes.

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