Great Party Dish: Pork Tenderloin!

This past Friday we were invited to a dear friend’s 60th birthday party. We wanted to bring an hors d’oeuvre that would be fun and satisfying for the crowd. They were expecting over 40 guests at the party so we wanted to make a few things that would be great with drinks and be substantial at the same time.

So, we made this wonderful Pork Tenderloin! We marinated them the night prior and then roasted a couple of hours before the party. This gave them a chance to rest and cool before slicing. Besides, I wanted to serve this hors d’oeuvre at room temperature.

We placed the thinly sliced pork tenderloin around the platter and in the middle placed the dipping sauce. Next to the platter we put a cachepot filled with fancy toothpicks. If you don’t happen to have a cachepot, you can substitute with your favorite shot glass!

Of course our second appetizer was our ever famous fresh pizza! They saw it on our blog and insisted we make that as well!

Check out our recipe below! Let us know in our comment section if you choose to make it or if you have any tips of your own for your pork tenderloin!

The Dads: Harris & Dave

Pork Tenderloin

Marinade Ingredients:
• ¼ cup soy sauce
• ¼ cup hoisin sauce
• ¼ cup honey
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
• 1 teaspoon diced garlic

Coating on pork for roasting:
• ½ cup uncooked sesame seeds

Combine the above ingredients, mixing well. Trim two pork tenderloins (12 oz each) and place in zip lock bag. Pour into bag the marinade and allow meat to marinate for 2 to 24 hours in the refrigerator. We find it is best if you have time to allow the meat to marinade overnight.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

On a piece of wax paper spread uncooked sesame seeds and roll pork tenderloins in the seeds to coat the exterior. Please pork on greased baking sheet and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Insert instant thermometer into the center of the meat to ensure it is between 150 to 155 degrees.

Let meat rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

The above dish is great for a dinner or served cold for a party. If you use it for a party the below dipping sauce works perfect. We recommend slicing very thin if being used for a party and serving with tooth picks.

Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
• Juice of ½ a lemon
• Juice of ½ a lime
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• ½ tablespoons Mirin (Rice Cooking Wine)
• 2 green onions – just the green part, sliced very thin
• 1 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
• 1 tablespoons brown sugar

Combine all ingredients and place into a dish for dipping!


Rubber Plant

Harris here!

When my daughter, Leah, was about twelve years old, I came home after visiting with a friend who had given me a cutting of their rubber plant. I rooted the rubber plant cutting, planted it in a clay pot, gave it lots of TLC, and the plant flourished. So much so, Leah was amazed. I recall she asked, “How could this little plant grow like Jack in the Bean Stalk?”

Leah was so fond of the plant that I decided to let it grow in her bedroom. The rubber plant seemed to grow a little taller every week, and before long, it was four feet tall!

When Leah was ready to start her college journey, of course her rubber plant went with her. The rubber plant traveled with Leah for ten years, but it was now beginning to look a bit weary. Leah called me to ask for some plant advice. Her question was, “My rubber plant is five feet tall, but only the top of the plant has leaves. What should I do?”

Rubber plants are prolific. It is really easy to take a cutting to start a new plant. I suggested that she cut off the tops of the branches, bring them to me, so that I could give them new life. After she brought them over, I put the cuttings in water to germinate roots. But when it was time to plant them, I needed a flower pot.

I wasn’t certain which room in her home she was planning to grow the plant, but I decided I needed to find a red flower pot for Leah and Sean, as a touch of red in any room works and brings warmth to any room.

So here’s another tip from The Dads: Harris & Dave… No matter your color scheme, a touch of red is always welcome!

Just another tip from The Dads: Harris & Dave!



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