our typical sunday tradition is to make dinner with our friends marty and anne and watch game of thrones. this weekend, since many man friends were in town for jason’s bachelor party, we had the honor of a guest as well – our friend sean.
and to top it all off, marty and anne moved to a new apartment this weekend, now only a five minute walk from us, as opposed to the previous place which was 35 minutes, so we’re pretty happy. i made the walk between our places six times this weekend. i believe this will be a trend.
for dinner last night, anne and i made pork tenderloin with a tomatillo sauce. we threw some rice, beans, greens and salsa on the table and let everyone choose their own adventure.
and after dinner and a five minute scare that the internet was not yet working at the new place, we were able to get the roku hard-wired to the internets, and game of thrones viewing began. sean hasn’t seen the show or read the books, so last night’s episode was particularly weird. i was trying to interject and give him some context, but man, it all sounds so crazy when you don’t know the full picture…
- 2 lbs tomatillos, husks removed
- 2 large jalapeños
- 1 large onion, cut into large wedges
- 6 garlic cloves
- ¼ cup cilantro
- juice from 1 lime
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 lbs pork tenderloin, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ¼ cup light beer (Mexican beer preferably)
- for serving: rice, beans, kale or other greens, flour or corn tortillas, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, or queso fresco
- Place tomatillos, jalapeños, onion wedges, and garlic on large baking dish. Turn the broiler on high and broil until vegetables start to crisp, about 5-6 minutes. Flip vegetables and repeat on other side. Watch garlic and jalapeños as they will likely be done first. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Once cooled, cut stems from jalapeños and seed if you want to reduce the heat. Place broiled vegetables in a food processor and pulse until chunky. Add cilantro, lime juice, and salt to taste. pulse a few more times.
- Mix together flour, 1 tablespoon salt, and cumin. And pork to bowl and mix well. Heat vegetable oil in a dutch oven and place pork, one layer at a time, into dutch oven. Brown on both sides, about 1-2 minutes a side, and transfer to a plate.
- Add beer to dutch oven and deglaze. Add pork back, pour tomatillo sauce over pork, and let simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
recipe adapted from the kitchn.
*Recipe rephotographed April 2014.