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A Simple Side dish to Kick Things Off!

Yes, it has been awhile since I visited this website…and yes, I am still cooking…and eating! 😉

It’s amazing how fast times goes by when you get caught up with new hobbies and general existential craziness.  New hobbies such as crocheting…

One of my more recent creations!

One of my more recent creations! ~ as based on an online pattern

take up SO much time! And general craziness like quitting my job and becoming self-employed is a tad distracting!

It has been a couple of weeks since that particular change and so far I can say that I am happy and I like my boss.  She’s pretty damn cool! 😉

I also switched from using Windows (my whole life!) to a new MacBook.  Learning curve? YES!! I have had to relearn so many commands and programs…that may have kept me away from here too, now that I think about it. Just trying to find a way to resize pics and NOT use iPhoto….grrrrr….anyway, let’s avoid that topic, shall we?

Anyway…so busy, crazy, and happy…thus time passed and here I am, ready to share with those readers who are still checking this blog, an awesome side dish!  Awesome, that is, if you like mushrooms.

Click here for the recipe or scroll to the bottom of the post.

Damn good 'shrooms!

Damn good ‘shrooms!

I figured I’d start with a simple recipe to kick off my first Mac blog post.  (I won’t even go into how long it took me to find a way to resize these pics!)

We had a bowl of mushrooms in the kitchen and they were getting to the point that they had to be eaten, or allowed to return to the wild and spore, so I fried and baked them as a side to a chicken dish and they were delicious!

2 mushrooms

To start…

The first step is simply to fry them, caps down, in a bit of oil for about a minute.  Mine took a little longer as they stuck to the pan and I didn’t want to damage them by forcing them to let go. (I’m thinking a new pan may be in order)

3 fried mushrooms

While they are frying, or just before you start the whole process, mash up some butter, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and thyme.  I used an egg sized chunk of butter and probably 5 cloves worth of garlic but I chose our amounts based on taste preference….we LOVE garlic 🙂

Mushroom sauce mix

Mushroom sauce mix

Remove the mushrooms from the pan and place them into an oven friendly dish, again, caps down.  Spoon the mixture overtop so that each mushroom has some sauce and then sprinkle some breadcrumbs to add some crispiness to the finished product.

4 in a pan

Put the pan in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes and you’ll have a brilliant side dish to add to your meal!

We also used the remaining buttery juice in the bottom of the pan to season our other vegetables 🙂

Garlic Mushrooms

Damn good 'shrooms!

Damn good ‘shrooms!

  • mushrooms, how many is up to you
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil
  • softened butter, egg sized
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Heat oil over med-low heat, add mushrooms, caps down and fry for a minute or so
  3. Transfer the mushrooms, again caps down, to an oven safe pan
  4. Mix together the butter, garlic, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper and spoon the mixture all over the mushrooms
  5. Bake mushrooms uncovered for 10 minutes
  6. Serve!

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (Warning: Mushrooms relieving themselves, read with caution)

Let me start this post by clarifying that I LOVE pork tenderloin.  It’s the stuffing in this recipe that I didn’t care for and so now I know that I’m not a big fan of savoury.  At least, I think it was the savoury that caused my tastebuds to recoil.  It might have been the sage…or the mix of the two…but somehow I believe it was the savoury.

I’ve never been a big fan of rosemary either and the savoury brought back rosemary-ish memories…so there you have it.

I made this awhile back now…so this post may not be as in-depth as others I have written.  Yep, I’m breaking the whole blog-right-away rule.  Such a rebel! 😉

I also have to apologize for the pictures.  I took them somewhat haphazardly during the cooking process so the composition is questionable and … well, the tenderloins just look…..

It doesn’t matter…lol…You’ll see.

*mutter mutter* I just hope WordPress doesn’t have a strict “No Dirty *Looking* Photos” policy.

Click here for the recipe or scroll to the bottom of the post.

So to begin, you prep your onions, red pepper and mushrooms.  Pretty straightforward…and then you saute them….

So far so good….


At this point, the recipe said to saute them until the mushrooms release their moisture.  I remember thinking ‘huh?’
I know that mushrooms contain a lot of water but I wondered if I’d be able to tell when they were ready.

Yep, it was pretty obvious.  Sort of as though the mushrooms had held it for so long that a little warmth…and voila!  Moisture!  (Yeah, there’s a pee joke in there somewhere!)  It happens in the blink of an eye (doesn’t it always!) so watch for it and be prepared!

Mushroom water!!!!

Once your mushrooms have relieved themselves…add your savoury, sage, salt and pepper…stir and saute a bit longer…followed by removing it from heat and adding of mustard and bread crumbs.

Now that your stuffing is prepped…it’s time for some fun!!

Breaking out my new toy!

I took a few pictures of me and my new kitchen toy…but they were all blurred, or just ridiculous 😉  That was the best of the bunch.

 That was the first time I used my meat tenderizer.  Love shiny things! *grin*

Ooooh, shiny!!

Slice your tenderloins 3/4 of the way through, open them up and smash them!

Okay, more like, flatten them slightly.  The recipe actually said ‘if you wish’ and all I could think was “Who the heck wouldn’t want to hit things with a big shiny silver club-type weapon?!   I mean, really?”

Ready for smashing!!

Once you have flattened tenderloins, start scooping the stuffing.  Pack a thick row of it down the middle of each and then close them up…skewers, string…

I had coloured toothpicks!  (Keep reading, the toothpicks don’t end well!)

Yeah, yeah, I KNOW how it looks! Let it go people! ;P

Once stuffed and skewered/closed/toothpicked…sear both sides in a hot frying pan.

Searing one side....


Searing side two!

Once seared…time for the oven to do its work!  Transfer them to a roasting pan and roast them for 20-25 minutes.

Ready to bake!

In a short time, you have two lovely stuffed pork tenderloins to serve!


With regards to the closing/skewering/tying/toothpicking closed…coloured toothpicks?  Not your friend.  Well, mainly the blue and the red ones…which weeped all over the meal.  Green seemed okay. *wink*  This is a picture just out of the oven…the colour began running down the sides as they cooled.  Oops!

This recipe was actually incredibly easy and fast.  Add a few side dishes and you have yourself a beautiful meal!

Although I have admitted that the stuffing wasn’t to my taste, my dinner guests loved the pork so I have to assume it was a my-tastebuds-against-theirs type situation.
The pork smelled heavenly and with a few herb tweaks, I’m sure I’d find it awesome as well!

Sliced and ready to serve!

NOTE: I also made the apple drizzle, which you will find detailed below.  It was a great addition to the dish…a bit of sweet to partner the savoury.  I highly recommend including it!

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp dried savoury
  • 1 tsp sage leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 pork tenderloin
  1. In med skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil over med/high heat.
  2. Saute mushrooms, red pepper and onion for approx 3-4 minutes…until moisture is released from mushrooms.
  3. Add savoury, sage, salt and pepper.  Saute for 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Stir in mustard and bread crumbs.
  4. Cut tenderloins almost in half lengthwise so it opens like a book.  Pound to flatten slightly if you wish. Lightly pack stuffing down the centre of each tenderloin, leaving 1-inch border around the edges.
  5. Fold tenderloins closed, secure with skewers or string.
  6. Preheat oven to 400F.
  7. Heat remaining oil in a skillet over med/high heat.  Sear both sides of the tenderloins for about 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer pork to a baking pan and roast for 20-25 min or until juices run clear (or use a thermometer and roast until 155F)
  9. Let stand covered with foil for 5-10 min, slice and fan out on serving plate.
  10. Drizzle with pan juices or apple drizzle (below)

Apple Drizzle

In a small pan, mix 1 cup apple juice with 1 tbsp corn starch until smooth.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly and boil 1-2 min until thickened and clear. Stir in pan juices and drizzle over tenderloin.

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