Friday, June 7, 2013

A Simple (and oh, so good) Italian Dinner

Pork Tenderloin
Fresh Asparagus
A Gratin of Onions
A good hearty Bread

Preheat oven to 475 degrees, Using your hands, rub tenderloins(I usually cook two, they come packaged that way) with olive oil. Next, coat generously with fresh, cracked pepper and Paula Deen's seasoning mix, or you can use just salt. Place in oven on cookie sheet covered with foil(easy clean-up). Bake until meat thermometer registers 155 degrees. Remove from oven and wrap in foil.
Prepare fresh Asparagus by breaking tough ends off and washing. Cook gently in saute pan with 2T. of butter. Salt lightly.
Take six to eight sweet onions, Vidalia or Texas sweet (or both). Slice thinly into rounds. Place them in mixing bowl.
In small mixing bowl, mix: 1 cup mascarpone (try it! so creamy), dash of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon just cracked pepper, 3/4 t. fine sea salt, 1/4cup vodka(optional), 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1t. unsalted butter. Mix everything except the Parmesan cheese and butter. Add this mixture to the onions and mix until onions are coated well. Butter an oval baking dish and spoon onion mixture into bowl. Spread evenly and scatter Parmesan cheese over all. Bake @400 degrees approx. 25min. or until golden crust forms. Serve this into warm dinner plates with tenderloin on top so that meat juices seep into onions. So good!

Serve with a good Italian bread (Publix has great breads).
Some good red wine will complete this simple meal. Enjoy!
I don't have many photos in the blog posts that I am transferring.  Why?  My guess is I didn't know how to do it!  Oh well...