Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cocktails and Dinner

Last night's dinner started with a Manhattan. Delicious. I think I've found the right blend for me.

Maker's Mark Manhattan
3 parts Maker's Mark
1/2 part sweet vermouth
1-2 shakes of bitters

Add all the ingredients, over ice, in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for a count of 5. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

You'll notice there is no cherry in my cocktail. I had to throw the ones out I had...they were bad.

Now dinner. This was Pork Medallions with an orange sauce, served over orzo. Simple, fast and pretty tasty. I wish I'd had a vegetable to go with it, but alas, I forgot to get something. The pork tenderloin is cut into round medallions, dusted with seasoned flour and placed into a hot pan to sear on both sides and cooked through; 3-5 minutes per side. Remove the pork to a plate. Add a TB of olive oil, if your pan is dry. Add 1 diced shallot and saute until soft. Pour in about 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed OJ. Simmer until reduced and slightly thickened. Add some lemon juice if you have and few capers. Chopped parsley for garnish. Stir, spoon over the pork and serve hot.

1 comment:

DancerInDC said...

This was a dish that I couldn't eat fast enough - I loved having the orzo to soak up the rest of that delicious sauce. Trying to figure out a good veggie to pair with it - sugar snap peas, perhaps?

My cocktail of choice was what I'm going to call a Blushing Supermodel:

2 parts citron vodka (I prefer Grey Goose)
2 parts club soda
splash of grenadine

Add all ingredients to a lowball glass half full of crushed ice. Stir with a spoon, and then garnish with a slice of lemon.