Pork Tenderloin Tacos with Mojo Marinade

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I am going through some of the recipes that I didn’t have time to post last year, this is from the summer so not exactly winter food, but it’s still amazing…maybe book mark it for later!

Mojo sauce is amazing, I guess you can buy a bottle of it, but the real fresh sauce is so easy to make!

 

Mojo Marinade Ingredients:

1 cup orange juice

2 lemons, squeezed

1 lime, squeezed

5 garlic cloves

1 bunch cilantro

1 1/2 jalapenos

1 teaspoon kosher salt

 

Mojo Marinade Directions:

1) Combine all of the ingredients above into a Cuisinart food processor, and blend until chopped.

2) Pour over the pork tenderloin in a shallow dish (you want the meat to be covered in the marinade as much as possible); cover and refrigerate over night.  Turn the pork tenderloin over halfway through the day (unless it is all the way covered by the marinade).

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Onion Ingredients:

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Kosher salt

 

Onions Directions:

1.  Slice the red onion really thinly; place the slices in a bowl.

2. Pour the red wine or apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water over onion.

3. Stir in the sugar and salt.

4. Cover the bowl and let the onions sit until they are slightly pickled, about 30 minutes. Drain.

These onions can be made ahead, no longer than 2 days ahead.  Once the liquid has cooled, cover and refrigerate.

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Smoked Paprika Chicken Tacos with Spicy Goat Cheese

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I love tacos.  I love smoke paprika and I really, really love goat cheese!  This recipe combines all of these wonderful ingredients into an amazing taco (another one of my favorites – I could eat tacos all of the time!).

Serves 4

Time: 1 hour + a little extra

Chicken Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1.5  teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1-2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 limes, sliced into wedges
1 sweet onion, sliced thickly into 8 slices
Spicy Goat Cheese Queso
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 jalapeño pepper, diced
2garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup milk
6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Taco Additions
corn tortillas for serving
chopped tomatoes
sliced avocado
cilantro, de-stemed

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Combine the smoked paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder in a small bowl.

3. Place the sliced onion all over the bottom of the baking dish, rub the chicken with the spices and then place the chicken on top of the onions.  Set the lime wedges in between the chicken. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove chicken and let cool slightly, then shred.

4.  For the spicy goat cheese queso, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and add the diced jalapeño and garlic.  Simmer, without burning, for about 1 – 2 minutes.  Once the butter mixture is slightly boiling whisk in flour to create a roux.   Turn to low and let simmer for another 1-2 minutes until the roux is golden brown and bubbly.  Then, pour the milk in whisking until smooth and combined (keeping heat on low).   Once the roux has slightly thickened add the goat cheese and stir until the cheese melts and is creamy. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

5. Slice the tomatoes and avocado and tear off the cilantro leaves from the steam.

6. Once the chicken has cooked shred into bite sized pieces.  Heat up the tacos until soft, scoop out some chicken onto each taco and add the vegetables and place a dollop of the goat cheese queso on top.

 

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Gnocchi with Roasted Cauliflower with Curry-Coconut Crème Fraîche Sauce

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This dish was amazing.  The favors were out of this world.  I typically have curry in Indian dishes, and never with creme fraiche, cauliflower or gnocchi. Wowzers.

serves 4

For the roasted cauliflower:
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt

Preheat your oven to 450°.  Toss the cauliflower with olive oil and salt in a glass baking dish.  Roast for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally until the cauliflower is lightly browned – you will be pan cooking so you don’t want the cauliflower to be too brown.

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For the sauce:
1 can coconut milk
1 container crème fraîche
Roughly 6 tablespoons panang curry paste (Mae Ploy brand – it is moist, not dry)
Minced cilantro

Combine the can of coconut milk, crème fraîche, and panang curry paste in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium-low heat, whisking to remove any lumps in the coconut milk and curry paste.  Whisk constantly, and when warm, turn to low heat, and continue to whisk.  At the very end stir in cilantro.  I’m not exactly sure how much curry paste I added, the curry paste has amazing flavor and isn’t terribly spicy – just add enough to satisfy your taste buds.

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For the dish:
all of the above

4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tbsp butter

2 packages of gnocchi

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the gnocchi and let cook until puffy and floating (around 5 minutes if using fresh gnocchi, around 8–10 minutes if frozen).

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While gnocchi is boiling, warm the butter in a skillet or saucepan over medium heat.  When sizzling, add the garlic, roasted cauliflower then add the cooked and drained gnocchi.  Saute everything until the gnocchi are nicely browned.

Serve with the roasted cauliflower and cover with the curry-coconut crème fraîche sauce.  Garnish with extra minced cilantro.

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Charred Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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Ingredients:

1 can vegetable broth

3/4 cups water

1 1/2 cups rice

3 ears of corn, or canned or frozen

4 poblano peppers

1 lime

1/2 bag spinach

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 small pepper

1 bunch green onions

olive oil

1 yellow or red onion, chopped finely

3-4 cloves garlic, minced/crushed

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped finely

1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained

bell pepper (any color), diced

1/2  teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

garlic powder

onion powder

salt

pepper

queso fresco cheese, crumbled
total time: 1 hour 15-30 minutes
Directions:
1.  If using ears of corn, peel and add to a boiling salted pot of water (if using frozen corn thaw, if using canned corn drain).  Boil for 15 minutes turn on low and cook for an additional 15 minutes.  Drain and let the corn cool.
2. On a baking sheet broil the poblano peppers until they are charred on all sides – about 15-20 minutes.  Let cool.
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3. Boil the rice either on the stove or a rice cooker.  Rinse the 1 1/2 cups of rice well, until the water runs clear (we’re talking 5 minutes).  Place into your rice cooker or pot and and 1 can of chicken broth (roughly 1 1/2 cups) plus 1/2 cup water (or whatever water to rice ratio your rice calls for).  Squeeze one lime into the rice water.  Cook.
4.  While everything is boiling and broiling place the 1/4 cup of water, the 1/2 bag of spinach, the 1/2 bunch of cilantro, the small pepper and the green onions into a food processor – blend until like a pesto.
5. Once the corn has cooked and cooled slice off of the cob.  Place into a bowl.  Add the chopped onion, chopped jalapeno, and diced garlic to the bowl.
6. Heat olive oil in a skillet and once heated add the corn, onion, jalapeno, garlic and seasonings.  Cook for about 5 minutes.
7. Meanwhile, add the spinach mixture to the cooked rice add salt, onion powder, and garlic powder – stir and set aside.
8. After the onion mixture has cooked add the diced tomatoes and bell peppers, cook for an additional minute.  Remove from heat.
9. Slice the poblanos in half, scrapped out the seeds and lay with the insides up on a baking sheet.  Scoop the rice mixture on each pepper, then scoop the onion and corn mixture.  Sprinkle with the crumbled queso fresco cheese.
10. Broil the assembled peppers for 7-10 minutes until the cheese has browned.
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