Sunday, May 30, 2010

Three Nut Pork

Thanks to Kelly, I have the recipe for Three Nut Pork, pork medallions breaded in a mixture that contains hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and pecans. I would love to try the recipe on chicken sometime as well...

1-1½ pounds pork tenderloin

½ c pecans

½ c hazelnuts

½ c macadamia nuts

1 c bread crumbs

1 c crusted bran flakes

½ c flour

3 eggs, beaten

⅓ c olive oil

⅓ c butter



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine bread crumbs, bran flakes, and nuts in food processor and pulse until they form a breading. Melt butter and oil in an oven-safe saute pan. Cut pork into slices, about ½-inch thick. Season both sides with salt and pepper, then dust with flour and dip in eggs. Coat pork in nut mixture. Saute pork on both sides in oil and butter. Transfer to oven and bake at 350 for 5 minutes.

On a side note about chicken...using this breading on chicken tenders would make for a great addition to a salad with some tomatoes, red onions, avocado, maybe some hard boiled eggs and a little bacon...yum!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Southwestern Chicken Panini

We made this recipe as a girls' night treat and to try out the Cuisinart griller we received as a wedding gift. The chipotle mayonnaise really makes the sandwich and would be great as a dip for sweet potato fries on the side. :)

Southwestern Chicken Panini
(serves 2)

2 cups packed cilantro leaves and stems
4 cloves garlic
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
juice of ½ lime
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile in adobo
½ teaspoon sugar
4 slices white or wheat sourdough bread
softened butter
2 ounces pepper Jack or Havarti cheese, thinly sliced
3 ounces rotisserie chicken, torn into large pieces

Pulse cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice, and salt for the pesto in a food processor until minced; scrape down sides of bowl. With machine running, drizzle in oil until paste forms.
Combine mayonnaise, chipotle, and sugar in a small bowl.
Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread; spread mayonnaise on the other sides of two slices and 1 tablespoon pesto on the other two slices. Top pesto with cheese, then the chicken; place the other two slices of bread on top, buttered sides up.
Toast sandwiches in a panini press until golden brown.

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