Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Taste Tempting Tuesday!
I have recently discovered the joy of cooking with Odobo seasoning, which is a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic powder and finely ground oregano. I made my own version which doesn't have MSG in it like the commercially prepared stuff does, but if MSG doesn't bother you, go for it!
Another thing I enjoy is putting together a meal with what I can find out in the garden at any given time of year. I came up with this menu a week or so ago after I'd watched the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes. This is my own version of the late summer favorite.
Pork Tenderloin with Hot Pepper Sauce and Fried Green Tomatoes
Thick sliced pork chops or thick sliced pork tenderloin (1 per serving)
2 tbsp olive oil
Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with Odobo seasoning and then sear on both sides in 2 tbsp olive oil in iron skillet on high heat. Then place skillet in preheated 400 degree oven and bake for about 20-25 min. If you cook these in order (chops first, then tomatoes, then sauce), the chops will be done at about the same time as you finish the sauce. This also gives the tomatoes a little time to cool down so you don't burn your mouth!
Fried Green Tomatoes:
2 sliced green tomatoes
1/2 cup self-rising flour
2 tsp Odobo seasoning
Place flour in bowl with tight-fitting lid. Add 2 tsp or more of Odobo seasoning and shake green tomato slices until coated. Fry in non-stick skillet in 1/4 inch of vegetable oil until browned on both sides. Remove and drain on paper towels. Makes 2-4 servings depending on how big your tomatoes are.
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 bell pepper, seeded and sliced
2 jalapenos, seeded and sliced
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 small tomatoes, peeled and chopped
Chipotle sauce to taste
2/3 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
Saute onions, garlic, green pepper, and jalapenos in 2 tbsp of oil on medium high heat until onions are soft and translucent. Add chopped red tomatoes and several dashes of Chipotle sauce and sprinkle with Odobo seasoning. Cook about 2-3 min until tomatoes are soft and the juice is reduced by half. Sprinkle with about a tbsp leftover flour mixture from green tomatoes. Cook until thickened and then add the cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. This makes enough sauce for 2-4 pork chops.
Place pork chops on plate and top with sauce. Serve with the green tomatoes and enjoy!