With spring in the air I can’t help but think of recipes that cater to the warmer weather and fresh spring ingredients. Herbs are one of the first crops of the season. They grow just as quickly in pots in the city as they do in a garden in the burbs. And they add so much flavor without any added calories or fat, which is one thing on everyone’s mind as bathing suit season approaches. This recipe can also be prepared on an outdoor grill, so versatile and delicious its one everyone should have in their back pocket.
4 chicken cutlets
1/2 c olive oil
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/4 c mint, chopped
1/4 c oregano, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients in a resealable plastic bag and allow to marinate over night. When ready to prepare heat 2 tbs olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot add chicken cutlet and cook 5 minutes per side or until browned and cooked through.
Looking for an appetizer for a party or a small unique lunch idea? Try these buffalo shrimp. It’s tradition to pair buffalo anything with blue cheese or ranch dip, but I just had to have both. This recipe is quick, easy, and wowing taste buds everywhere. And let me tell you, it’s delicious!
Buffalo Shrimp with Blue Cheese Ranch Dip
1/4 c sour cream
1 tbs mayonnaise
2 oz crumbled blue cheese
1 scallion, chopped
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp garlic powder
10 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tbs hot pepper sauce
1 tbs butter
In a small bowl mix sour cream, mayonnaise, blue cheese, scallion, dill, and garlic powder, set aside
Season shrimp with salt and pepper and heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook shrimp in skillet 2 minutes per side. Add hot pepper sauce and butter tossing shrimp in sauce, remove from heat. Serve alongside with blue cheese ranch dip.
This dish is one that’s the star of the show. It’s full of so many great textures, flavors, and colors that all it really needs are a couple simple sides. I chose to pair with a white rice, roasted carrots, and toasted bread. Yet the best thing I can tell you is that sometimes the best recipes are invented on the fly.
I came home that day with no real plan in place. I knew I had to do something with the pork, and just starting looking through my pantry for ideas. I’ve had pork with dried fruit before, so I knew that would be good, but not enough to stand on its own. It needed a sauce, and the last minute addition of almonds was a crunch I wasn’t sure it needed, but it was certainly the right choice.
So next time you’re not sure what to make, look to your pantry.
Pork Medallions with Cherries and Apricots
1 large pork tenderloin
2 tbs sugar
1 tbs salt
1/2 tsp chinese five spice powder
3 scallions, chopped
10 dried cherries, chopped
6 dried apricots, chopped
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbs flour
1 c chicken broth
1/2 c almonds, chopped
The night before combine pork tenderloin, sugar, and salt in a large resealable plastic bag with enough water to cover the pork. When you are ready to cook the next day remove the pork to a plastic cutting board and use paper towels to dry the meat. Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium high heat. Cut the pork tenderloin into 1-inch medallions, then season with chinese five spice powder. Sear the pork medallions for 2-3 minutes per side or until browned but not yet cooked through. Remove to plate and set aside. Add scallions, dried cherries, and dried apricots; cook for 2 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add 1/2 tbs flour combining with scallions mixture. To make sauce whisk in chicken broth then reintroduce pork. Cook until sauce thicken and pork is cooked thoroughly. Top with chopped almonds and serve.