Showing posts with label grilled pork tenderloin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grilled pork tenderloin. Show all posts

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lemon Garlic Shish Kabob

The heat and humidity of summer had me craving lemon this week. I sought out that tart, refreshing flavor. But I didn't want it muddied with a lot of other spices or liquor, though Dave's coconut rum marinade has been on my mind!

This recipe isn't so much a recipe as a guide. Feel free to vary the ingredients to suit your mood and preferences. It's very easy. If you have vegetarians in the family, it's simple enough to make some all veggie skewers, too. The tiny peppers and mushrooms were so good that I wouldn't have minded eating a veggie kabob myself!


1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 generous tablespoon dried rosemary, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Shish Kabobs

1 pork tenderloin, sliced in one inch rounds
white mushrooms
red, orange, and/or yellow peppers
yellow squash
1 lemon, sliced (optional)

Note that there aren't any quantities on the veggies. Mix and match, and use as much or as little as you like.

1. Mix the marinade ingredients and place them in a ziplock bag with the mushrooms and the pork. Refrigerate and marinate for half an hour.

2. Meanwhile, soak the skewers in water and cut the other vegetables. I found adorable tiny peppers, so I used them them whole. Yellow squash, zucchini and other veggies that need to cook longer should be cut quite thin since the kabobs don't take long to cook.

3. Oil the grill and preheat. Place the meat and veggies on the skewers, sliding a lemon slice on each one as well.

4. Place on the grill and close the top for about four minutes. Flip the kabobs and close the top for another three to four minutes, until the meat is done. Don't overcook! Tenderloin is very soft, but will toughen if it cooks too long.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

And now to celebrate the upcoming release of THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE,
Avery is hosting our next exciting contest!

Avery's "You Be The Sleuth" Contest!

Avery’s first book in A Cheese Shop Mystery series, The Long Quiche Goodbye, debuts July 6. To celebrate its release, Avery is running a contest from June 9 to July 6! You be the sleuth! Track down the recipe on Avery's website that includes eggs, Edam, and white pepper. Enter your answer by clicking on this link: CONTEST ENTRY FORM.

One of you will win a $25 gift certificate at your favorite bookstore. Two of you will win signed copies of The Long Quiche Goodbye. Three of you will win a Long Quiche Goodbye magnet. You can ask friends for help. Spread the word and share the fun. And while you're there, consider pre-ordering a book on Avery's booksellers page.

Here is the link to Avery’s website to help get you started.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Grilled Bourbon Tenderloin

They would kick me off The Next Food Network Star for what I'm about to suggest. Is anyone else a fan of the show? I think it was last season that they were so upset with a woman for suggesting that a meat marinade could be cooked and served as a sauce. Horrors! I understand that we don't want anyone to get sick, but I made this dish and cooked the marinade as a sauce two days ago -- and I'm still alive. Shh. Don't anyone tell them over at Food Network. Okay?

Seriously, if you're concerned about the sauce having touched raw meat, set aside part of the marinade before you add the meat and cook that portion as the sauce.

In The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, one of Sophie Winston's favorite meats is pork tenderloin. It's so versatile and is great with all sorts of fruits and sauces. Now that it's finally grilling season here, I thought of Dave and hauled out the bourbon. Bourbon isn't my drink of choice, nor is it a favorite of my guest who shared this meal, but we both like the flavor that it imparts. So, if you're not a fan of straight bourbon, don't let that deter you. It mixes nicely with the other flavors in this marinade.

When you buy the pork tenderloin, don't mistakenly buy a large piece of meat. It should be about 2 inches in diameter and somewhere around 10 inches in length. It often comes packaged in a sealed plastic sleeve. Read the label. I'm sorry to say that many companies add preservatives to it. Look for one that says "no preservatives."

While it's not an absolute necessity (the old cut and peek method still works, after all), I used my handy-dandy Thermapen to check the temperature. These little beauties are expensive, but when I add up the number of $11 to $30 meat thermometers I've bought and thrown out after a year, it's worth the expense. It also makes a very nice gift for a special cook in your life!

Grilled Bourbon Tenderloin

2 or 3 pork tenderloins
1/2 cup Bourbon
1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup apple vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 generous tablespoon chopped dried rosemary
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped

Combine the ingredients and place the meat in the liquid to marinate for at least two hours. Turn after one hour to be sure both sides are marinated.

Remove the meat and place on a moderately hot grill. CLOSE the cover. Cook approximately 18 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 155 degrees. When you remove the meat from the grill, let stand for at least five minutes before slicing.

CAUTION: Do not overcook! The meat should be soft. If you overcook it, it will become dry and tough.

While the meat is cooking, place the remaining marinade in a pot, bring to a boil, then simmer at least 10 minutes, or until the meat is ready. Slice the meat into half-inch rounds and spoon the sauce over the meat to serve.

One tenderloin provides about three servings.


Julie’s first book in the Manor of Murder Mystery series, Grace Under Pressure, debuts June 1st! To help launch the book and to celebrate its release, she's running a very special contest: Pre-order Grace Under Pressure any time before May 31, 2010, and you're eligible to win a $25 gift certificate from Mystery Lovers Bookshop! (and if you've already pre-ordered, you just need to let Julie know!) No receipts required. Just email Julie at with the date that you pre-ordered and the name of the bookstore you ordered it from, and your name goes in! (Please put "CONTEST" in the subject header. Thanks!)

Here are a few helpful links to get you started:
Independent Bookstore List: here
- Mystery Lovers Bookshop (free shipping on book orders over $10!) - Centuries & Sleuths (Julie's local mystery bookstore) - Barnes & Noble -

And while we're here...

Avery is offering FREE BOOKMARKS on her website. Click this FREE BOOKMARK link to send her your information.

She also has a "fan club" contest (separate from Julie's) that is running until this FRIDAY. Click this CONTEST link to see how to enter. Hint: the instructions are in the last paragraph of the newsletter.