As many of you already know, I was lucky enough to spend some time in Wheaton Illinois visiting family. One evening we were all invited to dinner at the home of my niece´s boyfriend Jack. His parents are about to undertake a major house renovation and this was to be the last dinner cooked in the old kitchen. My brother in law is an architect and he designed the new kitchen. I look forward to the next visit to Wheaton to see the results. Anyways, back to dinner! Mrs. Schlenker created a wonderful meal in her “old trusty kitchen” and today I would like to feature 2 of those recipes.
Scallion Sweet Potatoes!
Combine 1 1/2 lbs chopped, peeled sweet potatoes, 1 bunch scallions(cut into 2 inch pieces), 6 crushed garlic cloves and 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme in a bowl. Drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil-season with salt and pepper and toss. Place on a sheet of foil and fold up. Grill over low heat until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
Coffee-Marinated Grilled Pork
1/2 cup freshly ground coffee
1/2 cup veggie oil
1/4 cup light molasses
1/4 cup dry roasted macadamia nuts
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 small garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 Tablespoon mirin
1 jalapeno chile, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 pork tenderloins(2 1/2 lbs total)
Puree all ingredients except pork in food processor until smooth. Combine with pork in a ziplock bag and chill for 24-48 hours. Grill over med heat until thermometer registers 145° F, turning often-about 25 minutes. Transfer to work surface, let stand for 10 minuets. Slice thin.
Now, just add your favorite salad, some homemade bread and there you go—a very delicious dinner!
Thanks again to the Schlenker Family for a wonderful evening filled with great food, good wine and wonderful company. Good luck on the remodel and hope to see you the next time I am in town.