Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cedar Plank Orange and Sesame Pork

I've made this the last two times we've had people over for dinner and they rave about it. It really is easy and delicious, you just have to prepare it ahead of time.

2 pounds of pork tenderloin
Zest of 1 medium orange
Juice of 1 medium orange
1 medium shallot, finely diced (i always just use a yellow onion)
4 garlic cloves diced
1/3 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons garlic powder
Small bunch fresh rosemary
Small bunch fresh thyme

To make the marinade, place all ingredients in a bowl. Mix together. Add pork. Cover the pork with the marinade and refrigerate at least 8 hours (or overnight). Remove the pork and let sit 30 minutes prior to cooking. Place the meat on pre-soaked and heated cedar planks. Cook for 20 minutes.

If you don't have planks to grill on, I'm sure you could grill or cook the meat some other way--the marinade is what makes it super tasty.

**Sesame oil can sometimes be a bit expensive but it will last you a good while. A little goes a long way--we use it to cook sugar snap peas. Pour a small amount of sesame oil into a wok, add snap peas and cook for a few minutes. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and serve.

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