Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Nicole's Balsamic Pork

Gourmet Night at Nicole's


St. Paul Grill Salad
1 head Romaine lettuce
1 head Spinach
Sliced Strawberries (or apples)
Mandarin oranges
Candied slivered almonds
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Olive oil
2 TB. Raspberry vinegar
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. Chopped onion
1 TB. Poppy seeds
1/2 TB. Paprika
2 TB. Sesame seeds

Mix first 5 ingredients in salad bowl. Combine remaining ingredients to make dressing. Toss just before serving.

Cheese Vegetables
Any fresh vegetables
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Fresh parmesan cheese, grated

Cut up any fresh vegetables (Can boil for 5 min. if you want softer vegetables).
Coat veggies in olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay out flat on a jelly roll pan covered in foil.
Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese; cook 20 min. at 400 degrees (if veggies are already cooked 10 min. should work).



Honey Balsamic Pork
2 pack Pork tenderloin (4 loins come in a 2 pack at Costco)
4 Cloves garlic, minced
1 T. Fresh rosemary, chopped (1 1/2 tsp. dried; grind up small)
1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
3 T. Honey
2 T. Olive oil
1 T. Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Trim fat off pork. Put some of glaze in a small bowl. Using the small bowl, brush pork with glaze. Braise pork in skillet on all sides for about 5 min.
Put a little sauce in 9X13 dish and put browned pork in the dish. All 4 loins should fit.
Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. After pork is cooked take out of oven and slice on a plate. Drizzle the rest of the glaze (not the one touched with uncooked pork) on pork, Serve and enjoy.


Brownie Ice Cream Cake
1 Cooked brownie mix
½ gallon Ice cream, softened (any flavor you like)
1 jar Chocolate frosting (or hot fudge)

Put plastic wrap in a big bowl to cover the whole inside. Push cooked brownie along edges, covering bowl. Add softened ice cream. Put in freezer until frozen. Take out of freezer and tip over on a plate. Take off plastic wrap. Heat frosting in microwave and pour over brownie. Serve immediately.

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