Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cranberry Glazed Pork Skewers + Small Plate Giveaway



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is the last of the Sponsored posts I've written on behalf of the National Pork Board. The board recently conducted a survey to identify food trends that are appealing to American cooks this holiday season. They found six recurring themes for their 2011 Pork's Perfect Paring's guide and asked cookbook author Jill Silverman Hough to develop a pork recipe to go with each of them. They also asked some members of the blogging community to provide recipes and holiday ideas for each of the themes they were highlighting. I focused my attention on the Smitten with Small Plates category and for the last three days I've featured pork dishes that work well as appetizers or small plate meals.

I think you'll all enjoy the recipes I'm featuring and the National Pork Board has a Small Plates gift set waiting for one of you. The gift set includes: $25 worth of pork coupons; Jill Silverman Hough cookbooks, including 100 Perfect Pairings: Main Dishes to Enjoy with the Wines You Love and 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with the Wines You Love; an instant-read digital thermometer; tapas-style small plates and decorative skewers for holiday appetizers. If you'd like a chance to win, simply comment on one, or all three, of the recipes that are part of this promotion. Everyone can enter up to three entries to the drawing. The winner, chosen by a random number drawing, will be announced on Saturday, December 17th. Good luck! While I have received a similar gift package, the opinions in this post are 100% mine.



I decided to use pork tenderloin for the last of the dishes I wanted to make for this promotion. Pork skewers make great finger food and I thought the tenderloin could be made more festive with a cranberry glaze that would add some sweetness and seasonal color to the dish. I also wanted to brighten the final flavor, so I finished the skewers with an orange and cilantro gremolata that worked especially well with the cranberry glaze. These skewers are very easy to make. I hope you will give them a try. Here's the recipe.





Cranberry Glazed Pork Skewers with Cilantro and Orange Gremolata...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
Marinade and Sauce:
1 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, divided use
1/2 cup thick teriyaki sauce
2 teaspoons Asian-style hot chili sauce (i.e. Sriracha)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon lime juice, divided use
Gremolata:
2 tablespoons finely chopped orange zest
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Pork:
1 (12 to 16-oz.) pork tenderloin
24 bamboo skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes

Directions:
1) Trim pork tenderloin and remove silver skin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut tenderloin lengthwise into four long pieces each about 1/2 inch thick. Flatten slightly, then cut each strip in half lengthwise. Cut each long strip crosswise into three pieces, each of which will be 3-1/2 to 4-inches long. You should end up with 24 pieces of pork.
2) To make marinade and sauce: Place juice, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, teriyaki sauce, hot chili sauce, salt, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon lime juice in jar of an electric blender. Puree. Place 1/2 cup sauce, reserved 1/4 cup lime juice and pork in a medium bowl, turning pork strips to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place reserved 1 cup sauce in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat and stir until slightly thick and shiny, about 5 minutes.
3) To prepare gremolata: Finely chop reserved 2 tablespoons dried cranberries. Place cranberries, orange zest, garlic and cilantro in a small bowl. Toss to combine. Set aside.
4) To cook pork: Preheat oven broiler element. Thread 1 pork strip on each bamboo skewer and baste lightly with cranberry glaze. Place on a pan and broil skewers 6 inches from heat for 6 to 8 minutes, turning and glazing once.
5) To serve: Sprinkle pork with gremolata and sea salt, if using. Transfer skewers to individual serving plates. Yield: About 24 skewers.

Cook's Note: Be sure to sprinkle each pork skewer with gremolata. It is a necessary component of this dish.








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56 comments:

Ginny said...

This looks really good! And would be a good appetizer at a party, easy to eat, too!

Convert-a-bra said...

love the cranberry glaze you have going on here. fruit and pok is oh so good.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I love most anything with cranberry. Thank you for sharing the recipe, would love to throw a party and use thes as appetizers. hugs ~lynne~

Amy said...

Everything just tastes better on a skewer! :) This cranberry glazed pork skewers are so tempting! I want a dozen of them please! Would love to win this wonderful giveaway package!

amy [at] utry [dot] it

amy beth marantino said...

cranberry is one of my favorite flavors

Big Dude said...

I think you are three for three and delicious small plate dishes

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

These sound amazing Mary... even at 5:30 in the morning:@)

Priyanka said...

I have never tried Skewers......however loved the look of your creation.
The dish looks very juice and tempting

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Cranberry glaze and THEN the cilantro and orange gremolata!! Sounds heavenly! Thank you, Mary! Hope you have a wonderful day today! blessings ~ tanna

Susan said...

Beautiful job, Mary. And, once again, I realize we do not eat pork enough. I have loved your photos of the last three days. The "pork people" should be very proud of you.

Jenn said...

Looks lovely, Mary! And I know the flavors are incredible. Cranberry and pork go so well together!

What's next said...

it looks wonderful and I love cranberry!!!

teresa said...

would love to learn more pork recipes. Growing up not cooking pork, I am finally after 30 years venturing out of my comfot zone and wanting to try some recipes

Kim said...

It's a great appetizer, I really love it!

Pip said...

I like this recipe. I might just use the marinade for a pork roast for our Christmas Eve Dinner.

kitty said...

Oh yum! I love anything with cranberries, Mary. I would love to win this wonderful give-away.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

What a wonderful appetizer! I so have to make this, they look gorgeous! Thanks!

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Yum, love this recipe!

Gail said...

New to your blog and enjoying it greatly. Hope to try the pork skewers this weekend...love pork.

Gail said...

New to your blog and enjoying it greatly. Hope to try the pork skewers this weekend...love pork.

ButterYum said...

Thanks you for hosting this giveaway, Mary. yet another yummy pork recipe. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

:)
ButterYum

bellini said...

Well done Mary. I think you have singlehandedly urged us to have pork on the table this holiday season.

Leann said...

YUM! Cranberries, spicy, asian flavors and pork... cant go wrong there! chefl@swbell.net

Sourkraut said...

Ooh, I bet my family would love to try these. Thanks for the giveaway too!

Katie said...

I would never think to combine these flavors, but it sounds fabulous!

That Girl said...

Perfect little treat.

Lauren said...

These would be great for the holidays!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

All three of your recipes are wonderful to have. With so many parties coming up, they will perfect to pass around.

Emily Malloy said...

Oooh my! Perfect for Christmas

annie said...

You are one of the hardest working bloggers I read. All your recipes are delicious, and the baked goods I've tried from your blog always turn out really well. Thank you, Mary.

Pat R said...

Love new and different appetizers.......thanks

psrrn@aol.com

Susan........ said...

The gremolata balances out the tart and sweet, another great idea.

Cheers!!!

jo-lyn said...

ohmygosh! these look so good! i want one or ten!! :)

Becky said...

We love pork. All three of the small plate pork recipes look absolutely delicious, but the pork on skewers particularly grabbed my attention. And Boyo really, really loves cranberries. Thank you.

cupcakegirl said...

Hey Thanks for visiting my blog glad you liked it and very happy it brought me to your blog with all these tasty recipes

Cajunlicious said...

Mary those look so delicious and I love the cranberry glaze!

Rita said...

Love the idea of using the cranberry juice; festive and surely very good.
Rita

Rosemary said...

Another great pork recipe! The pork board should be tickled with your stuff! Food on skewers is always fun!

Alicia said...

Oh Yum Mary! I love pork, next to chicken it's my fav. But this recipe, mixing another of my favs, cranberries and cilantro...WOW! These would be great for Super Bowl! Or maybe New Years Eve? With some Sparkling Wine? As you can see this recipe really whetted my appetite and I just finished my lunch...lol. I shouldn't be this hungry again.

Please enter me in your giveaway and I'm off to check your previous post as I quickly saw that it's something wrapped in bacon...any day with Bacon is a good day!

Elisabeth said...

It's always such a pleasure to visit your blog Mary, to see your latest, and the previous 2years of goodies you've made.
Love the pork tenderloin skewers...the marinade and the gremolata recipe is heavenly good!
Thanks for sharing. Will be printing this out to make:DDD

Eileen said...

They look and sound delicious - perfect for a party. What a nice giveaway, too.

Juliana said...

Whoa Mary, these pork skewers look so tasty, love the fruity cranberry glaze. Beautiful as an appetizer.
Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)

Shug said...

The cranberry glaze is tops!! I can tell this recipe is good, just by reading all the ingredients in it!

Neil said...

These look amazing! Definitely going to be on the menu for my Christmas party this weekend!

Joanne said...

This is the second cranberry-glazed meat pairing I've seen today! Must be a great combo!

hobby baker said...

Those look Amazing! I would definitely have them for my Christmas buffet.

Claudia said...

Adding the gremolata - so perfect. Yin and yang and balance in small bites. I am saving this for holiday week when I try to surprise the family.

kelseyincleveland said...

How festive! Looks delicious.

susitravl said...

They all sound so good! But Christmas time is all about the cranberry! And on pork - YUM!!!

Amalia said...

This looks amazing! A cranberry glaze sounds so good, perfect for the holidays. And I love that they're on a skewer, it's really appealing :) Great recipe!

Brooke said...

That gremolata looks so colorful and festive. Thanks for a unique and yummy looking recipe.

Lucid Moon Studio said...

This looks like a great appetizer idea for my New Year's party! Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

Wonderful - I love cranberry with pork so the glaze really appeals to me! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

nica ha said...

These look very tasty! So many great holiday recipes to choose from this year :D

Carrie said...

Love cranberries and pork - this looks delicious!

Kristen said...

mmm I am definitely making those pork skewers!!! I love fruit with pork.

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