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bbq pork tenderloin
Barbecued Pork Tenderloin

New potatoes dijon
Roasted New Potatoes

Roasted Asparagus

Menu Plan for the week of April 19, 2013: Day 2 Recipes

Barbecued Pork Tenderloin
Roasted New Potatoes Dijon
Roasted Asparagus with Fresh Herbs

Cooking time:  45 minutes for menu     Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        New potatoes are highly perishable, but, if you can find them, they're wonderful.

Barbecued Pork Tenderloin                                Preparation and cooking time:  35 minutes
  This sauce would also be great on ribs, but a pork tenderloin is a moist, tender cut that cooks quickly.  Put half the sauce in a separate bowl to use for basting and serve the rest at the table.

1 pork tenderloin, (14oz, 400gr)
1 tbs paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
Barbecue sauce
1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) ketchup
1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) tomato sauce
2 tbs cider vinegar
2 tbs molasses
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder

Mix paprika and garlic powder.  Rub over pork.  Put pork on barbecue grill or in 400F oven for 25 - 30 minutes.  Turn occasionally to brown on all sides.  Baste pork with barbecue sauce after 15 minutes. Baste 2 - 3 times. 
When you think pork is done slice into middle to check.  Slightly pink is acceptable now, and that is how we like it.  It stays nice and moist when not overcooked. When done to your taste, slice and serve.
Barbecue sauce: Mix all ingredients in small sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring frequently. Simmer 10 - 15 minutes, remove from heat and use when needed.  Sauce will keep for a week or 2 in the refrigerator.

Roasted New Potatoes Dijon                       Preparation and cooking time:  45 minutes
     New potatoes are another spring delicacy.  They are very tiny, usually covered in dirt and only keep a few days.  If you can't find them at a farmer's market, use small fingerlings. 

10 - 15 small new potatoes depending on size, 12oz (350gr)
2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Herbes de Provence or 1/2 tsp each basil and thyme

If potatoes are golf ball size or larger, cut in half.  If smaller leave whole.  Put mustard, olive oil, garlic and herbes in a medium bowl, and whisk well; it will be very thick.  Add potatoes and toss well to coat.  Put them on a baking sheet with a lip (trusty round pizza pan) and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.  Remove and serve.  These stay very creamy inside.

Roasted Asparagus          Preparation and cooking time:  20 minutes for green, 25 for white  
    Roasting vegetables is so easy, a bit of olive oil, pop them in the oven and forget about them.  They come out crisp tender, ready to be eaten as is or enhanced with a sprinkling of fresh herbs.

10oz (300gr) asparagus 
olive oil
1 tbs fresh chives
1 tbs fresh marjoram
sea salt
good olive oil for finishing

Snip chives, pull marjoram leaves off stems, snip the large ones.  Snap off ends of asparagus.  If white use vegetable peeler and peel bottom half of stalk, laying it flat so as not to break it.  Put a drizzle of oil on a baking sheet - one with a lip all around.  I use a pizza pan.  Roll the asparagus in oil (use your fingers!)  Put in the oven at 400F (200C), tips facing the oven door.  Roast for 15 - 25 minutes, depending on size. When done, put on serving dish and drizzle with a bit of good olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, herbs and serve.

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, large bowl, whisk, 2 baking
sheets, small saucepan, barbecue grill with tools

Turn oven on, 400F (200C), arrange 2 shelves
Turn on / light barbecue grill, if using
Scrub potatoes, cut if large
Mix mustard, oil, herbs, garlic
Add potatoes, stir to coat well
Arrange potatoes on baking sheet, roast
Mix rub, rub on pork, cook
Snip chives, marjoram, set aside

Trim / peel asparagus
Put oil on other baking sheet, add asparagus, set aside
Make barbecue sauce for pork
      Pause while everything cooks
Baste pork
Put asparagus in oven
Baste pork
      Pause some more
Baste pork, check, remove if done
Remove potatoes
Remove asparagus, finish
Slice pork

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