Recipe time!

September 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Posted in I'm a Foodie! | Leave a comment

So here’s dinner tonight!

Honey Pecan Pork Cutlets

One 1-pound pork tenderloin
flour
butter (the real stuff, pleeeease!)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup pecan pieces

Slice the pork tenderloin into about six pieces; use your meat mallet to pound them (gently!) into about 1/4 inch thick slices.

Dredge them in flour; melt some butter in a skillet on medium heat. I like butter and browned meat so I used about 3 tablespoons. The pork should be nice and browned, it took about 6 minutes on each side. Try not to crowd the pan, layer them once in a while so they all get brown.

Take another couple of tablespoons of butter and mix it up with the honey and pecans. YUM!

Pour this sweet nutty mixture on top of the pork cutlets, lower the heat to simmer, cover and let them bubble slightly for about 8 minutes.

I fixed homemade smashed potatoes with these; thankfully Ron was able to tolerate the smashers. He hasn’t liked potatoes (darned chemo!) but tonight he ate some and liked them. I’m going to have to remember this and make them for him at least once a week. Luckily, Daniel loves smashers, too.

My recipe for smashers, since I’m talking about it (get ready for more butter LOL) follows:

Patty’s Smashed Potatoes

Four medium sized Russet potatoes
enough water to cover the potatoes by maybe 1/2 inch
salt…to taste
1 stick of butter
5 oz. can of evaporated milk

Peel the potatoes; my family doesn’t like the skins but if yours does, go ahead and leave them on. Slice into about 1-inch dices and cover with water and toss some salt into the pot. Turn on High and cover with lid. Let them get nice and bubbly and boil for about 30 minutes. Test them at about 20-25 minutes, though, because you don’t want them to get mushy.

Drain when they’re soft yet a bit firm. Toss them back into the pot with the stick of butter and get the hand musher out. DO NOT use a mixer. Yuck! You MUST have lumps in your potatoes otherwise your family will think they came out of a box and you can’t have that!

When you have them pretty well mushed and the butter is melted, grab a slotted spoon and whip those puppies with some of the evaporated milk; you may not need all of the milk in the can. Depends on how whipped you want them…

When you’re happy with the potatoes, place in a bowl and top with a couple more pats of butter.

Paula Deen and I have something in common…butter!

And of course, whenever I fix smashed potatoes, my Daniel loves corn…nothing special there, just take it out of the freezer and nuke it in the microwave with a bit of salt and…..BUTTER!

That’s dinner!

~ Patty

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