Tuesday, June 11, 2013

{cali-persian dinner party menu}

{dress from here}

Remember a few weeks back when I said I really wanted to recreate the entire "Cali-Persian" menu in Bon Appetit?  Well this past Sunday night we had some friends over for a little dinner party and we did just that!  The dishes in the article are not only super colorful and photogenic, but also bursting with flavor.  The best part of these recipes is while some of the preparation uses some foreign cooking methods (especially the rice), there are no hard to find or odd ingredients that will have you running all over town.

We opted to switch out the main lamb entree for a pork loin in the favor of mass appeal for our guests and you can see the recipe for the pork at the bottom of this post.  Overall this menu came out perfect for a warm summer evening- the food was refreshing yet satisfying and filled with interesting herbal flavor combinations.

Our menu for the evening was as follows:

  • simple cheese plate and snacks
  • lavender & lemon champagne cocktail (recipe coming on Friday!)

**our dinner guests insisted on bringing dessert, but had they not offered this was the dessert I would have made to accompany the meal. 

Herb Marinated Pork Tenderloin

what you need:
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoon of chopped rosemary 
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  1. For Brine: Combine orange juice, salt, chopped rosemary and 1/2 cup of water in bowl and stir to dissolve salt.  
  2. Place the tenderloin in a ziplock bag and add brine.  Brine for 6-12 hours
  3. Remove pork from brine and pat dry.  Brush with olive oil.
  4. Sear pork loin on high heat in a grill pan or cast iron skillet until nicely browned.
  5. Finish in a 400 degree oven until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. (approximately 10-15 minutes)
  6. Rest for 10 minutes and then slice on the bias into 12 pieces.  Top with chopped parsley.  

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