Pernil Style Pork Tenderloin Tuesday, Nov 26 2013 

3 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 small shallots, coarsely chopped
4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. distilled white vinegar
1 tsp. chili powder
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1-1/4-lb. pork tenderloin
4 lime wedges

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

In a food processor, combine the garlic, shallots, 3 Tbs. of the oil, the vinegar, chili powder, cumin, oregano, sugar, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Pulse for several seconds to make a paste.

Cut the tenderloin in half crosswise and then butterfly both halves by holding a knife parallel to the cutting board and cutting a lengthwise slit to within 1/2 inch of the other side of the tenderloin. Spread 1 Tbs. of the paste inside each slit. Tie with kitchen string or secure with toothpicks and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a heavy-duty, ovenproof, 10-inch skillet over high heat until hot and add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil, swirling the pan to coat the bottom. Add the tenderloins and sear on all sides until golden-brown, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 8 minutes. Turn the tenderloins over and spread the remaining paste on top. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of each registers 145°F, about 6 minutes more. Transfer to a cutting board, remove the string or toothpicks, and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice 1/2 inch thick and serve with the lime wedges.

Serves 4
nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 330; Fat (g): 20; Fat Calories (kcal): 180; Saturated Fat (g): 4; Protein (g): 31; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 13; Carbohydrates (g): 5; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2; Sodium (mg): 290; Cholesterol (mg): 95; Fiber (g): 1

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Parmesan Panko Steaks with Fresh Tomato Salsa Wednesday, Nov 20 2013 

1 lb. ripe tomatoes, cut into medium dice (about 3 cups)
5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
1 medium clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 beef cube steaks (1 to 1-1/4 lb. total)
1-1/2 oz. (1/3 cup) all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1-1/2 cups plain panko
3/4 oz. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (3/4 cup using a rasp grater)

Combine the tomatoes, 1 Tbs. of the oil, the onion, vinegar, oregano, garlic, 1 tsp. salt, and 3/4 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl.

Season the steaks with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Put the flour in a shallow dish, beat the eggs in a second shallow dish, and combine the panko and Parmigiano in a third shallow dish. Dredge the steaks in the flour, then in the egg, letting any excess drip back into the dish, and then in the breadcrumb mixture.

Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 2 of the steaks, flipping once, until nicely browned and just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer to a platter, cover, and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining steaks and 2 Tbs. oil. Serve the steaks topped with the salsa.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 430; Fat (g): 27; Fat Calories (kcal): 240; Saturated Fat (g): 6; Protein (g): 30; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 16; Carbohydrates (g): 18; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): 620; Cholesterol (mg): 170; Fiber (g): 2

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