Friday, July 01, 2005

Greek style grilled pork w/ orzo & spicy tomato sauce

This is my husband's favorite dish from Jim's Place East in Memphis. It's not their recipe, but pretty close.

Serves 4

1 pork tenderloin, sliced diagonally into about 1/2" thick slices
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbl dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Place everything in a zip-lock bag and marinate for 1-4 hours. Bring to room temperature before grilling. Grill over high flame, 3 minutes, turn, and grill 2 more minutes. Let stand 5 minutes, covered.

To serve place a spoonful of orzo in the middle of the plate. Put a stripe of tomato sauce down the middle. Place 2 slices of pork around the orzo. Serve w/ a tossed salad.

Orzo

1/2 onion, chopped
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl butter
3 cups chicken stock
1 pinch saffron
1 1/2 cup orzo
salt & pepper to taste

Heat chicken stock in microwave w/ saffron, about 5 minutes. Heat butter & olive oil over medium heat. Add onion & saute til translucent. Add orzo and saute 3-4 minutes more. Add stock, salt ,and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover & cook 10 minutes. Turn off heat & let stand 10 more minutes.

Spicy tomato sauce

1 tsp olive oil
1/4 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1 can tomato sauce
salt & black pepper

Saute onion & garlic in oil w/ red pepper flakes. Add tomato sauce and simmer 5 minutes. Season w/ salt & black pepper to taste. Be careful w/ the salt as most tomato sauces already have enough.

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