Elegant Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Elegant Crusted Pork Tenderloin -- A Pinch of Joy

Elegant Crusted Pork Tenderloin -- A Pinch of Joy

Elegant Crusted Pork Tenderloin is quick and easy to make and perfect to serve guests. Holiday dinners don’t HAVE to be turkey or ham – especially if you aren’t serving a crowd. This recipe serves 6 (or 4 more generous servings).  

Be sure to buy the precut small tenderloin. Last time I bought a four pound package, thinking it had two tenderloins of two pounds each. It even looked like two. . . .but it was not. So I doubled the crumb portion of the recipe, got out the trusty really sharp knife and Bytes wandered through at the right time so this could happen:
Cutting tenderloin

Pat the meat dry so the crumb and oil mixture will stick better. I usually add the seasoning to the crumb mix, but if you rub them directly on the meat instead of adding them to the crumbs the flavor comes through nicely. I make a bed of crumbs in the pan just the size of the tenderloin, then put the meat in place and pat the crumbs on the top and sides. Much easier than putting the crumbs on and trying to transfer it all to a pan. I did that the first time. . . . learned that lesson! It will look like this – well almost. I forgot to take a picture before it went in the oven so this in long enough to brown the bottom a bit.
Crusted tenderloin

Below is what it looks like when it comes out of the oven.
Baked Tenderloin

Carefully scoop away crumbs in bottom of pan and lift the tenderloin to the serving platter. Let it set for five minutes so the juicy tenderness develops fully. Slice into half inch thick rounds. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley or rosemary, if desired.

Elegant Crusted Pork Tenderloin
 
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups seasoned Italian Dressing bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or more to taste
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 pound pork tenderloin
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line shallow baking sheet with aluminum foil to simplify clean up or use a good non-stick baking pan. Spray whichever you use generously with cooking spray.
  3. In medium mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients with oil.
  4. Pat tenderloin dry.
  5. Make a bed of crumbs the size of the tenderloin and about one fourth inch deep in bottom of baking pan. Press tenderloin firmly into bed, then pat remaining crumbs on top and side of tenderloin about one fourth inch thick to cover thoroughly.
  6. Make a tent of aluminum foil to cover tenderloin so that it does not burn. Bake about 15 minutes, remove foil and continue baking uncovered for another 10 to 20 minutes until golden. If using meat thermometer, internal temperature should be between 145F (medium rare) and 155 (medium well).
  7. Remove from oven and let meat rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing with sharp knife into half inch thick slices.

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Peaches and Cream Cheesecake

Peaches and Cream Cheesecake -- A Pinch of Joy

Peaches and Cream Cheesecake -- A Pinch of Joy

A light and creamy  ending to a meal.  Or an afternoon party like a baby shower. Peaches and Cream Cheesecake is a no-bake dessert.  Just peachy  anytime.  Sorry, couldn’t help that pun — just fell out!   =) 

If you can find sugar free peach jello, it will give you a deeper peach flavor.  I usually end up using lemon because the peach is harder to find. You can use regular gelatin if you aren’t concerned about calories or carb counts.   You can also make this with fresh sliced peaches — about two cups.  Wheels loves fresh peaches so I have to hide them in order to have enough to make something. Or make the dish the instant I get the peaches home from the grocery — before he has time to know they are in the house.  lol  It’s better to keep a couple of cans of peaches available in the cupboard.  I use light or no sugar added peaches and drain them well so the cheesecake doesn’t become soggy from the inside out.  Just before adding the peaches, take a sharp knife and run it through the peaches in the colander to make the pieces a little smaller.  Just seems easier to cut into nicely defined squares.  This time I wanted a little peachy bling so I set aside some peach slices to decorate the cheesecake after it had firmed up in the refrigerator.

Peaches and Cream Cheesecake3 -- A Pinch of Joy

Use sixteen peaches so you can move a peach to the top of each square as you slice and serve it.  Start in the middle and lay the peach slices as shown to make the rosette.  Easy!!! 

Peaches and Cream Cheesecake2 -- A Pinch of Joy


Peaches and Cream Cheesecake
 
A light and cool ending for a summer meal or a not too sweet dessert for a gathering or a dessert bar, this no bake cheesecake is all Peaches and Cream!
Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients
Crust
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, leted
  • ¼ cup sugar
Filling
  • 4 packages cream cheese, 8 ounces each softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 package sugar free gelatin, peach OR lemon flavor
  • 1 29 ounce can light sliced peaches
  • 1 8 ounce container whipped topping, thawed
Instructions
  1. Mix graham crumbs, melted butter and sugar and press onto bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.
Filling
  1. Pour peaches into colander and set aside to continue draining.
  2. Beat softened cream cheese and sugar until blended and fluffy.
  3. Add dry gelation and mix well.
  4. If desired, set aside 12-16 slices for garnish.
  5. Fold peaches and whipped topping into cream cheese mixture.
  6. Pour over crust.
  7. Refrigerate until firm about four hours or overnight.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square

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Hot German Potato Salad

Hot German Potato Salad -- A Pinch of Joy

Hot German Potato Salad -- A Pinch of Joy

Donna was a guest at one of the two luncheons that took place on our deck last week. They were casual affairs of the potluck sort with the guests bringing a salad or dessert. Donna brought a classic hot German potato salad and was gracious enough to share the recipe she’d gotten from her sister in law via Better Homes and Garden cookbook. Donna said she’d used her mother’s recipe without the spices, until she tasted this combination of flavors. Finding out the recipe was easy to make was a bonus! German potato salad is traditionally served hot and will be perfect for the coming fall weather. Time tested and stamped approved!!!

 The peel will slip off the boiled potatoes easily.  You can rub off the peel by using a clean dish towel.  Hold the potato with the towel in one hand and rub off the peeling with the other — somewhat similar to drying a cup.  Or hold the potato on a cutting board with a fork and gently tease off the peel with the tip of a knife.  Stir the cooked potatoes into the dressing gently to avoid breaking them.   I would also tip the skillet to make the dressing run to one side and spoon it over the potatoes to lessen the amount of stirring necessary to coat the potatoes.

This week is Donna’s birthday. Here are wishes for a wonderful celebration day and the beginning of a fabulous new decade!!!

Donna also shared this recipe for Spinach Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing a couple of years ago. 

Hot German Potato Salad
 
A tangy, yet slightly sweet potato dish with bacon and onions! Delicious with brats or burgers, a hit at potlucks and just for the family at home.
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ pounds potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ¼ c vinegar
  • Snipped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Cover potatoes with water and boil potatoes until tender about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Drain and somewhat cool to touch. Peel and slice into ¼ inch slices.
Dressing
  1. While boiling potatoes, cook bacon till crisp in medium sized skillet. Remove bacon and reserve 2 Tablespoons of bacon grease in skillet.
  2. Add onion to drippings, cook on medium heat till tender. Set aside until potatoes are peeled and sliced.
  3. Stir in flour sugar, salt celery seeds, dry mustard, and pepper until mixed well.
  4. Stir in water and vinegar. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened and bubbly.
  5. Gently stir in potatoes & bacon crumbles. Cook, stirring gently 1 or 2 min till heated through.
  6. Transfer to serving bowl & sprinkle with fresh parsley

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