Wednesday, May 14, 2008

More grilling! I know!

Tonight's Menu

  • grilled garlicky pork tenderloin
  • grilled zucchini
  • leftover coleslaw
  • leftover fruit salad
I know. I KNOW. We had pork two nights in a row, and it wasn't even leftovers. I don't usually do that, but ... well, there is a long, involved story behind why this happened. It basically boiled down to the fact that it rained/stormed off and on all day, so I had to plan something that could be cooked in the oven if need be, and ALL of the beef in our freezer was the "grill or slow-cook ONLY" variety. And it was a busy day, so slow-cooking in the oven was out. I don't know what to tell you, dudes. WE HAD PORK TWICE, OKAY?


What I did was take my huge mortar and pestle, smash up some garlic cloves (about four) with some kosher salt, add some olive oil, freshly ground pepper, and the juice of one lemon, then smear that all over the tenderloin and stick it in a plastic zipper bag in the fridge for about 4 hours. I grilled it over medium-high heat for a total of about 25 minutes, turning it maybe four times (to get all the sides). Then I let it rest for about five minutes before slicing diagonally into medallions. It was delicious and perfectly cooked.

The zucchini was from this week's CSA share. I'm the only one who likes it, so I only did ONE zucchini, but you could do as much as you want. All I did with that was cut the stem end off the zucchini, slice it lengthwise (the long way) into maybe quarter-inch slices, brush both sides with EVOO, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then I grilled them for a total of about 5-6 minutes, turning halfway through. They were tender and delicious, and I am perfectly happy with being the only one who will eat them because MORE FOR ME.


lisa said...

So, do you have to thaw this meat? I'm always impressed by how normal people get meat out of a freezer anc cook it. I either forget I have it, or think it needs to thaw in the frig completely or let it sit too long in frig and throw it out.

Badger said...

You do have to thaw it. I go grocery shopping a couple of times a week and plan my meals while I'm shopping, based on what is cheap and available, so I tend not to buy very much at one time and that way I don't forget about it. Otherwise, I totally would!