My husband and I had been invited to appear in a commercial at a local restaurant, and since we would be sampling lots of outstanding food, I made a Mexican fiesta for the kids to enjoy at home – cheese quesadillas, enchiladas and refried beans.
However, my husband called to say the shoot had been postponed due to the awful weather, we were expecting thunderstorms and tornadoes in our area. I had been to the grocery store earlier in the day, and had the ingredients to make this tasty pork tenderloin. The meal came together very quickly, and paired with a salad and outdoor dining, it was close to outstanding.
The kids swam in the pool after dinner, and 45 minutes later we were sequestered in the basement with our guinea pig, parakeets, dog, pet rats, blankets and pillows, snacks and board games, bicycle helmets and shoes. Almost as exciting as being in a commercial.
SWEET AND SPICY PORK TENDERLOIN with HOT PEPPER SUCCOTASH
1 pound pork tenderloin
4 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 tablespoons brown sugar
Remove visible fat from the pork, slice.
Mix cumin, coriander, cayenne and brown sugar in a bowl. Sprinkle pork with salt, then coat pieces in the spice mixture.
Place pork in a hot pan coated with cooking spray, and cook pork until done, about 7 to 10 minutes on each side.
HOT PEPPER SUCCOTASH
1/3 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 1/2 cups frozen baby lima beans
3 tablespoons jalapeno pepper jelly
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Warm stock and oil in a medium skillet over high heat. Add corn and beans and cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until beans are tender. Reduce heat to medium-high, add jelly, stirring until it melts and coats vegetables. Add green onions and salt to taste.
Recipe adapted from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, July 2012