Thursday, September 29, 2005

This is what you want, This is what you get...

Over the past few days, my focus has been for shit.

Recently, I've had a few spectacular failures with some of my desserts. The other night I made Lava Cakes and they were underdone. (It's hard to check a Lava Cake because the center is supposed to be gooey, just not Batter-Gooey...) Last night I tried making these chocolate cookies I found a recipe for in a book I have and they were not... right.

Despite those mishaps, I made an amazing dish the other night of Pan Roasted Pork Loin with Caramelized Shallots in a Hard Cider Jus. It was really, really, good.

Roast Pork Loin, Caramelized Shallots, & Hard Cider Jus
2-4 1"-Inch Pieces Boneless Pork Loin
1 1/2 T Butter
Shallots, 2 bulbs per piece of Pork
1 Cup Hard Cider
1/4 t Pepper (For Sauce)
Salt & Pepper (For Rubbing on Pork)

Pre-heat oven to 450F
Pat pork dry, then rubbing with Salt and Pepper.
Heat Butter in a heavy OVEN PROOF skillet over Medium-high heat.
Lightly Brown Pork in butter, 3 minutes per side or till nicely browned.
Place pork on a plate and hold till ready for heating in the oven.
Add Shallots to pan (And a little more butter if needed...) and cook till tender and just starting to caramelize.
Add Cider and Pepper and cook down to just about 3/4 Cup. Make sure to scrap up all those brown bits on the bottom - That's the flavor right there...
Return Pork to pan and place in the oven for about 8 minutes. Flip pork over and cook for another 8 minutes.
Serve Pork with Shallots and reduced Jus.

This is really an excellent AND quick dish to prepare. Paired with Gorgonzola Mashed Potatoes and a colorful veggie like carrots or squash, this is an Arsenal dish. The kind you pull out in a pinch and people gush over. Seriously, try it...

Speaking of good food, on Saturday, Kerrie and I will be having dinner at a nice little French bistro in Glendale called Grande Finale. I'm very much looking forward to getting a good Steaks au Poivre. SamB's used to have a good one, but they nixed it from their menu. Come to think of it, they used to do a lot of things that were good but somehow managed to stop doing all of them. Hmm, weird...

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