Sunday, June 19, 2011
day 9 = tenderloin two ways
so after the pork tenderloin debacle on day 6, i stopped at costco to pick up a replacement. unfortunately, at costco you have to buy 4 times as much meat as you need for 2 people. hence, i had leftover tenderloin in the fridge. it's fine though because we had a lazy day and neither one of us wanted to go to the store. the tenderloin came with 2 in a package so i thought i'd experiment making each a little different. before i started, i pulled the tenderloins out of the fridge about 2 hrs before cooking, washed them, and salted them. then i stuck it back in the fridge for later.
tenderloin #1 (spice):
i pulled out Bobby Flay's Grill It! cookbook (which was also used on day 2 -- bbq at home) and made just the rub for the meat. i mixed together 2 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, and 1/2 tbsp salt in a small dish to make a paste. then, i sprinkled pepper on the tenderloins and brushed the paste all over. i let them sit out to come to room temp. charley grilled from there.
tenderloin #2 (herb):
i pulled out Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals Get Togethers. i didn't have garlic so i first sprinkled with pepper, then rubbed balsamic vinegar with my hands all over the tenderloin, then rubbed with olive oil (i use plastic gloves from costco because i don't like touching raw meat). i chopped up one sprig of rosemary with about 4 sprigs of thyme (leftover from the other pork recipe) and mixed with montreal steak seasoning. i spread it all over the pork and let it sit out to come to room temp. charley grilled from there.
i liked them both. super easy to make (really) and one had more of an herb flavor while the other had a little more spice. really great if you have varying taste buds to serve to. also good for a little variety :) i still am not a fan of pork, but this was pretty good.
they both were tender and the taste was not very overpowering. the herb pork was more mild then the spanish paprika, but i am sure you are picking up that i like spice! as for the overall dish, i would admit i wasn't very impressed. i like bold flavors and this was just too mild for me.