Sunday Dinner with the Fam

What better way to get over the Sunday blues than to have some of your favorite people over for a lovely Sunday dinner!

And spend some quality time in the kitchen with said people Smiley

Our dinner guests:  Fanatic Mom & Dad!

I picked up mom later in the afternoon so we could go shop for our dinner ingredients.  Not having a set plan until last minute (love spontaneous meals!) we finally decided upon a classic meat, vegetable (green) & potato “MVP?” meal.

But not just any MVP meal, oh no.  This one was kicked up a few notches and turned out fabulous!

  • Bacon wrapped sweet & sour pork tenderloin
  • Homemade mashed potatoes
  • Spicy green beans & tomatoes w/ jalapeno & garlic

We marinated the pork tenderloin in a mixture of the following (measurements are approximate) for about an hour before cooking:

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tblsp honey
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tblsp chili powder
  • salt
  • black pepper

Then wrapped each tenderloin in three slices of bacon, securing with toothpicks, before placing into a scorching hot skillet to sear the meat & cook the bacon a bit (remove toothpicks as it cooks, while you turn the meat) — probably about 5-7 minutes total at medium-high heat.

The meat was then transferred to a foil lined baking pan and put into a 400F oven to cook until done.  This took about 25-35 minutes.

The next dish on the menu came from an idea from one of our favorite farm stands at the farmer’s market.  The farm is owned by a Mexican family and I have been dying to ask for some fresh recipe ideas (we all know my fascination/obsession with Mexican cuisine!)

Well this past week Fanatic mom asked how they like to prepare their fresh green beans, and we were given this recipe, which surpassed all expectations in the flavor department Smiley

  • fresh green beans
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed & chopped
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper

We simply added the olive oil to a hot pan along with the green beans.  A few splashes of water while they cooked over medium-high until partially steamed through (still firm but slightly tender).

Once the water had cooked off (or you can drain off) we added the tomato, garlic, jalapeno, salt & pepper… allowing the mixture to cook through over medium for just a couple minutes until the tomatoes softened and the jalapeno & garlic cooked a bit.

This was easily one of the best ways I’ve ever had green beans and it was definitely a hit with the dinner table!

The sweet, warm tomatoes paired with the crunchy fresh green bean and the spicy jalapeno was a party in the mouth Smiley

Of course the meal wouldn’t have been complete without some homemade mashed potatoes, using the Fanatic ladies’ favorite way of preparing!

Simply peel 5 large baking potatoes and chop into large chunks.  Boil for about 10-15 minutes until tender.  Then combine about 1/2 cup 1% milk with a tblsp of butter and microwave until melted/warm.  Using an electric mixer, mix the liquid mixture (adding a bit at a time) with the potatoes until smooth & creamy.  Add some S&P to season too:)

Of course there was some vino action as well, and this Horton sweet wine from our good friends Tammy and Louis was so ridiculously tasty!

Tasted like red wine + chocolate.  Ridiculous.

So there you have it, beating a case of the Sunday blues can always be done with good friends/family/food…

Am I right or am I right? Smiley

Happy Monday all!

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4 responses to “Sunday Dinner with the Fam

  1. That is true comfort food at it’s finest! Looks great girl!

  2. How fun is this meal? And I love that you and your mama picked it out together. I bet the jalapeno added a great kick to the green beans too. Excellent job (as per usual!)

  3. Nothing like family to help cures those blues, you are definitely right.

    I hate you for being able to throw together such a fabulous ‘last minute meal’. 😉

  4. You are so right – that is a GREAT way to cure the Sunday blues! Might have to do that next weekend. 🙂

    Normally I don’t like fresh green beans (I am weird…grew up on canned!) but that recipe could definitely convert me!

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