In the McGhee household, we do not throw food away. But, I do not reheat leftovers either. I reinvent leftovers.
First, you need to start off with a hunk of meat. For instance, a pork tenderloin. I make two of these on a Sunday. The first night we had it with corn on the cob (mini's choice), baked sweet potatoes, and fruit.
- 1⁄2 cups olive oil
- 1⁄3 cup soy sauce
- 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar (I used white wine vinegar, I know...wine sommeliers everywhere are cringing)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1-2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tsp dry mustard
- Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 1-lb. pork tenderloin (silver skin removed)
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is preheating, in a hot skillet over medium-high heat, sear each side of tenderloin for 2-3 minutes.
3. Place in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes or until the meat has reached 160 degrees. Let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
- Pan scrapings from pork tenderloin
- 1/2 cup of chicken broth
- 2-3 tbsp of reserved marinade (thoroughly mixed)
- 1-2 tsp butter
2. Add the chicken broth and scrape up all the browned pieces from the bottom of the pan.
3. Add the reserved marinade and let it boil down for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the butter and remove from heat stirring until butter has melted. Pour over the pork tenderloin.
Make your marinade.
Put the tenderloin in a baggie with your marinade. It's okay if this step grosses you out. I feel the same way.
Sear your tenderloin to lock those juices in.
Bake and then let sit for about 5 minutes until you slice it.
These are ways that I reinvent my tenderloin.
1. Saute some peppers and onions in oil. Serve on tortillas with tenderloin and guacamole. Serve black beans on the side.
2. Serve in fried rice.
3. Serve cold in a mandarin salad.
There you go! Four dinners from one piece of meat. That may be a little too much pork tenderloin for you in one week. I agree. We usually get about 1, maybe 2 additional dinners from our tenderloin. I just thought I'd give you options. Because we all know, us ladies like our options.
Remember. Don't reheat. Reinvent.