Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A surprise ending
--Caramelized Pork Slices

Caramelized Pork Slices
Taste of Home Cookbook Copyright 2006

1 (1 pound) pork tenderloin cut into 1-inch thick slices
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt I used 1/4 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Flatten pork slices to 1/2-in. thickness. In a nonstick skillet, brown pork in oil over medium-high heat. Remove and keep warm.

In the same skillet, saute garlic for 1 minute; stir in the brown sugar, orange juice, molasses, salt and pepper. Return pork to pan; cook, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until pork is no longer pink.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving (3 ounces glazed cooked meat) equals 200 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 355 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

I was a little bit worried while making this. I thought it was going to be too sweet and I thought the molasses flavor might be too strong. But, what do I know? It all came together nicely in the end. The pork was coated with a slightly sweet sauce but it wasn't overpowering. The garlic and the pan juices mellowed it out. This was very good for something so fast and simple to put together.

On Friday, I made my first trip to the 'auction' (farmer's market) since last year. I wasn't sure that I was going to make the trip so I had already purchased my produce for the week. This was just a scouting trip and oh my, did they have a lot of nice looking produce and plenty of plants too.

What did I end up buying? Cookbooks! I try to stay away from them but it's impossible. The used book man had lots of them to choose from and the prices were good. Now I'll be tempted every time I go to the auction and I plan to get there often.

Blast From The Past: Pork Steak Diane from November 2006. I forgot all about the cookbook that recipe is from. It's so small - it gets lost.

Question of the Day: Do you visit any sort of farmer's market on a regular basis?


Randi said...

Why do they call it an Auction? Do you bid on the produce?

We don't have a Farmer's Market in my town, but we do in the town where I work. I'll be working most Saturday's, but I'll have to check it out.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

There's some sort of auction that goes on in a back room. I'm not really sure what gets auctioned off back there. The produce, meats, baked good, and other merchandise is sold normally.

Anonymous said...

I haven't, because there was none close when we lived in a small rural town. Now that we've moved back to the city, there are two of them. Go figure. I can't wait to go.


Freya said...

This sounds really delicious and I would give this a go in a heartbeat! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I try to go to our local farmer's market on Saturday's but sometimes it's hard to get there. I have a favorite vendor because I know her veggies are home grown. One of the other vendors, a larger one, I am pretty sure buys their veggies. I wish we had a better market, but having one at all is nice.

Sara said...

a farmers market and cookbooks? what a great place. my very favorite farmers market - millarville - opens up in 17 days. it's sad how excited i am.

Anonymous said...

yeah i go to the farmers market (Called the greenmarket in NYC i think) every saturday and i try to on thursdays too.... it starting to get real busy... its so exciting! hehe

Anonymous said...

I'm surrounded by them...Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays, at least five or six in the local communities. I rarely get to them though it is on my "cooking to do list" this summer.