Monday, February 4, 2008

Carolina Pork Twirl & Zucchini Medley

Carolina Pork Twirl

1 pound sliced bacon
1 (1 1/2 pound) fat-trimmed pork tenderloin
1 1/2 cups mustard-based barbeque sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat a grill for medium heat. When hot, lightly oil the grate.
While the grill is heating, slice the pork tenderloin into flat strips similar to the bacon. Roll up strips of bacon inside strips of pork tenderloin and secure with moistened toothpicks. Season with salt and pepper.
Grill the rolls for about 10 minutes on one side, then turn over. Slather some barbeque sauce over them and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from the grill and let rest for 2 minutes before serving.

NOTE: Since we had pork roast last night, I planned ahead and cut off thin strips of meat before cooking. I just threw them in a ziploc bag for tonights dinner. Killed 2 birds with one stone! The amount of pork/bacon you need just depends on how many you are feeding. I used long bamboo skewers and threaded 3 "twirls" onto each skewer, and that is a light portion size. I made 4 skewers of 3 twirls each for our family of 4--but remember, Ellery only ate one piece of meat, so Marc finished up the rest.

I made another new recipe tonight of zucchini and corn baked in a cheese sauce. It was good, but similar enough to a real favorite of ours, so I thought I would share the favorite instead. This doesn't have a name, so I will just call it "Zucchini Medley." I believe this was just a concoction made up by my brother-in-law, Doug Leavitt, when trying to use up all of his summer garden vegetables. It is SO good!

Zucchini Medley
(thanks to Doug Leavitt?)

1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
a few zucchini, sliced thin
a few yellow squash, sliced thin

corn, sliced right off the cob (or if you don't have that, you can use frozen corn, thawed)
1 onion, diced
cheddar cheese

Cook bacon, crumble and set aside.
In the same pan, use some of the bacon grease and saute zucchini, squash, corn and onion.
Once vegetables are cooked, put bacon back in, toss, and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

OK, so it's not low-fat, but it's SO good!