Pork with Leeks & Apples
It’s been a week of easy dinners, and one of my favorite sources for reliable, quick weeknight recipes is Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine. Don’t turn your nose up–the recipes are simple, but they call for fresh, real ingredients, not convenience foods, and some of them have become favorites. Okay, yes, I’m adding magazines to the mix. Don’t be surprised if newspaper clippings are next. I’m making up the rules as I go along!
This recipe, from the October 2007 issue, takes virtually no time and very little effort, and it’s surprisingly good. Comforting fall flavors for a stressful day. The apple and leek saute is a nice change from the usual broccoli-beans-kale-peas-bok choy vegetable rotation, too.
We wanted to put the pork on the grill instead of broiling it, but it was pouring rain that day. So we broiled, and it worked out just fine. You might want to try adding a spice rub to the meat, as we did: stir some good Hungarian paprika, oregano and thyme together with salt and pepper, and rub it on the tenderloins before broiling. That added a kick which otherwise would have been lacking, I think.
Would I make this again? Definitely, yes. It’s going on my mental list of menus that are perfect for days when I don’t have the time for lots of prep, or when I think my head’s going to explode if I try to make something complex. Maybe I’ll be back to normal next week!
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