Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

This recipe is great for an intimate dinner for 2 or for the third wheel if needed.. I know there are many of you who aren’t going to a family members house for one reason or another or just want that intimate diner with your spouse. Here is a great alternative to carving a whole turkey or pork loin. Enjoy this recipe with your favorite side dishes. Next week keep an eye out and I will give you some great ideas to tag along with this dish(much like that third wheel).

A Yankee Thanksgiving Pork Tenderloin
At the end of this recipe, find two recipes that you can use to make your own Chinese 5 spice powder. It is great to have on hand and the uses are limitless for any and all meats.

1 lb. pork tenderloin
1  lb. small red or white potatoes, halved lengthwise
1/2 lb. carrots, unpeeled but washed, cut into 2-inch segments
1 T. olive oil
1 T. Chinese 5 spice powder
1 t. butter or margarine
1 large, hard apple*, cored and cut into 16 wedges
3/4 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. plus 1 t. apple cider
½ t. cornstarch
1 t. apple cider vinegar
Salt and  pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.  Place the potatoes and carrots on a baking pan and drizzle lightly with oil. Roast until crisp tender, about 20-25 minutes while preparing pork. Meanwhile, pat the tenderloin dry and season with salt, pepper and Chinese 5 spice. Heat oil in a 12 inch ovenproof, nonstick skillet over medium high heat until hot, but not smoking. Brown the tenderloin on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Remove potatoes and carrots from the oven and place in same skillet as pork. Transfer skillet to oven and roast until a thermometer inserted into center of meat registers 155 degrees F, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer meat and vegetables to a platter and let stand loosely covered by aluminum, 10 minutes before slicing.
While meat and vegetables are standing, heat butter in same skillet over medium high heat. Add apple wedges and sauté, turning occasionally, until crisp tender and golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Transfer apples to a separate plate, add chicken stock and cider to skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat; meanwhile make a slurry of 1 t. apple cider and cornstarch in a small bowl. Whisk slurry in sauce and boil until thickened, reduce to about 1/2 (about 5 minutes) or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, with the juices that have accumulated on the platter of meat and vegetables. Add the carrots,potatoes and apples: mixing gently. Cut meat into ½ inch thick slices and serve one slice on plate, pile with vegetables then a layer of a pork slice, finishing with the apple slices and sauce.

*Rome Beauty, Cortlands or Empire apples are perfect.

While authentic Chinese five spice powder encompasses all five flavors – sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty, you can use as is or alter any of these spices to suit your fancy.

1 T. black pepper
1 T. ground anise
1 T. ground fennel seed
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground cloves

How about this gourmet recipe? A little more expensive, but well worth the prices.

2 T. ground star anise
2 T. ground fennel seeds
2 t. crushed cassia(with the cinnamon at your health food store)
2 t. ground Szechwan peppercorns
1/4 t. ground cloves