I went to the 'big city' with a friend last week and we stopped in at this little store, called Smashing Olive. Big mistake on my part. I tried several of the oils and could have drunk a glass full of the Balsamic Vinegar, it was so good.
The mistake on my part? Well, I only bought a couple of the oils and vinegars and now I have to go back and buy more. But, I can wait for a week or two before I go back there.
At any rate, it was Boat Club this week. We've had a summer hiatus, and people are now back and chomping at the bit and ready to cook and eat and enjoy themselves.
I decided to try using the Mandarin Fused Olive Oil along with the Balsamic Vinegar to make a marinade for the pork tenderloin. I whisked together roughly equal parts, with a little more oil than vinegar. Then I went out to the garden and raided my oregano plant and used my mezzaluna to chop up the oregano leaves.
I was trying to keep it simple.
Recipe: Orange Infused Marinade for Pork Tenderloin, makes enough for one small tenderloin.
2 tablespoons Mandarin (orange) Fused Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon grated Ginger
Whisk together, coat the tenderloin and place in fridge for at least 3 hours.
To make the fritters:
Take out the tenderloin, slice thinly and then using a meat mallet, pound thin. Dredge in flour, egg and then Panko Bread Crumbs and fry in a little neutral oil.
Detailed instructions follow.
I didn't make a whole lot of marinade, so I used one of my trusty gloves and massaged the marinade into the pork tenderloins, very gently. I didn't want all that porky goodness to be overtaken by the orange, I just wanted a hint, to enhance.
You can get out a lot of frustrations that way.
I pounded them out quite thin, then did the flour dip, then an egg wash and finally pressed them into some panko, and fried them quickly in a little hot oil.
You know I taste tested this as well.
There was a lovely hint of orange in finished pork fritter, before dipping it into the dipping sauce I made. I think maybe I could have used more of the oil, and maybe next time I will.
I'm thinking of all kinds of ways to use this Mandarin Fused Oil.