Recently while with my Mom, I had the opportunity to look through some of the old recipes and newspaper clippings she had put together over the years..
Some were family favorites I remember from childhood, some from friends of my parents, others were from cookbooks or articles from yesteryear and one was created by my Dad..
I had completely forgotten, and it was probably from fifteen or twenty years ago, but at one point my Pops had a recipe of his own published in a local New York newspaper—I thought that was beyond cool, especially since I have had the chance to be published too. Definitely shows how much we had in common..
So taking a trip down memory lane I try my hand at a recipe my Dad created decades ago; though I made a few tweaks of my own, considering that I would be feeding just two..
The flavor was amazing and I think you'll find it well worth the time and effort; and just in case, I'll be adding both my altered version and his original here for you..
Because no matter what I do believe that you will find them both, oh so "Definitely Delish"
"Hoisin Pork Loin"
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 pounds Pork Tenderloin, room temperature
1/2 cup Hoisin sauce
3 cloves Garlic, finely minced
2 Scallions, cut diagonally into 1 inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon whole Pink Peppercorns, hand crushed
2 Carrots, chopped
4 ounces fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup Scotch Whiskey (amber single malt)
1/4 cup Water
3 Green Onions (Scallions), sliced for garnish
Fresh chopped Parsley, for garnish
Sea Salt and Pepper, plus more to taste
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and season all sides of your pork with fine sea salt and fresh ground pepper after sitting it out on the counter to come to room temperature..
2. Heat a cast iron skillet for 2 minutes on high heat, drizzle with olive oil and place tenderloin into skillet turning to brown on all sides-approximately 3 to 4 minutes..
3. Mince your garlic and mix into the Hoisin sauce; remove skillet from heat and then coat the pork with your Hoisin sauce mixture on all sides. Sprinkle with sliced scallions and crushed peppercorns, then place inside the top third of your oven to bake uncovered for 20 minutes until cooked through..
4. Quick steam cook your carrots in a microwave safe dish for 3 minutes in the microwave, then in a separate dish microwave the sliced mushrooms and green onion for 45 seconds..
5. When the pork is done; remove from skillet and tent with foil on a cutting board till ready..
6. Using protective oven mitts, return the skillet to the stove-top and add the Scotch Whiskey, 1/4 cup of water, carrots, mushrooms and scallion pieces—bring mixture to a boil and cook until slightly thickened. (Add water by the tablespoonful if too thick, or boil longer if to thin)
7. Remove sauce from heat. Slice the pork into one inch pieces, season with salt and pepper if desired, then pour over with sauce and vegetables—garnish with chopped parsley, sliced green onion and enjoy immediately...
"Pops Hoisin Pork Shoulder"
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 (6 1/2 pound) Pork Shoulder
3/4 cup Hoisin sauce
3 bunches of Green Onions, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 teaspoon whole Peppercorns
3 medium Carrots, chopped
1/4 cup Scotch Whiskey
3/4 cup Water
1 (4 oz) can sliced Mushrooms
sliced Green Onions, for garnish
1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Heat oil in a heavy, ovenproof pot over high heat. Add pork shoulder, fat side down, and brown all sides, turning often, about 12 minutes..
3. Remove pot from heat. Spread Hoisin sauce over pork. Sprinkle with green onion pieces, carrots and peppercorns..
4. Cover and place in oven. Cook until pork is very tender when pierced with a fork, about 2 3/4 hours. Add water to pot by the 1/4 cup fills if mixture is dry while cooking..
5. Remove pot from oven. Transfer pork to a cutting board and tent with foil. Let stand for 20 minutes..
6. Spoon off fat from pan juices. Stir in mushrooms and whiskey, along with 3/4 cup of water and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Add water by tablespoons if sauce is to thick, or boil longer to reduce sauce if to thin..
7. Cut pork into 1 inch thick slices. Garnish with green onion slices. Pour sauce over pork and serve..