lattice chicken pot pie
Mexican street corn pasta
chicken Ghiveci
creamy chicken tortilla soup, jalapeno jack popovers
butter basted ribeyes, twice baked potatoes, broccoli
brisket tacos, pinto beans
pork souvlaki, naan

Friday, July 31, 2009

Pork Tenderloin en Croute

I first made this recipe years ago, back when the Food Network was enjoyable and I watched Sara Moulton religiously. Emeril's show always followed hers, so sometimes I caught it, back in the days before DVR allowed such control over my television viewing. His recipes never disappoint and this one is no exception. It's a nice spin on Beef Wellington, a much cheaper version! Mine took longer than the recipe called for in the oven, the puff pastry wasn't nearly done after 20 minutes, it took a good ten minutes more.

Pork Tenderloin en Croute

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced shallots
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 pound assorted mushrooms, stems trimmed, wiped clean, and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 (1 1/2 pound) pork tenderloins
1 tablespoon Essence (I used Tony Chacheres)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 sheet prepared puff pastry, thawed if frozen
1/4 cup Creole mustard or any whole-grain mustard
1 large egg, lightly beaten with 2 teaspoons of water to make an egg wash

To make the mushroom stuffing, in a large, heavy skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are wilted and begin to caramelize, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring to deglaze the pan and until the liquid has almost all evaporated and the mixture is tight, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley and remove from the heat. Let cool completely before using.

Season the pork tenderloins with the Essence.

Heat the oil in a skillet or Dutch oven large enough to hold the tenderloins over medium-high heat. Add the tenderloins and reduce the heat to medium. Sear evenly on all sides and cook, turning frequently. Remove pork from the pan and cool for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a 12 by 18-inch rectangle. Place the pork tenderloins on 1/2 of the puff pastry, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Evenly coat the tenderloins on all sides with the mustard.

Pack the cooled mushroom mixture around the pork tenderloins. Brush a 1/2-inch border of egg wash on the pastry around the meat. Gently pull the remaining pastry over the meat to completely enclose, and press gently to seal. With a small knife cut away the excess pastry to make an even border and crimp the pastry edges with a fork dipped in flour. Make a small slit in the top of the pastry for steam to vent.

Carefully transfer the tenderloin to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the pastry evenly with egg wash. Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate the pan. Bake until golden brown and an instant read thermometer reaches 140 degrees F, an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minute before serving.
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