Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Read the recipe BEFORE you start drinking...

Continuning with this week's "clean out the liquor cabinet" meal plan, I bring to you another Rachael Ray recipe!

Edited to add: After I started preparing this meal, I realized there's actually no alcohol in the recipe. I was sure I saw rum in the ingredients, but I guess I was wrong. I think rum would go well with this meal though, so I'm adding it to the orange and lime juice mixture. I also noticed that I needed to make a few changes to the recipe, so I've posted my version below.

1 c. rice
2 c. chicken broth
1 tsp. Cuban Seasoning
1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
1 c. chopped pineapple (*see note below)
2 green onions, sliced

Bring rice, broth, and seasonings to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and stir in pineapple and green onions. (This isn't listed on the website version of Rachael Ray's recipe, but it was in the cookbook I borrowed.)

1 pork tenderloin, cut into medallions
zest of 2 limes
zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp. Cuban Seasoning
1 tbsp. Smoked Paprika

Combine zests and seasonings and rub onto pork medallions. Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook pork for 4-5 minutes per side. Set aside and cover with tinfoil.
20 shrimp (I'm using already-cooked shrimp)
juice from 2 limes
juice from 1 orange
splash of hot sauce
2 tbsp. rum (I didn't have much hot sauce, so just put in a splash of it and put 2 tbsp. rum instead. You can substitute hot sauce for rum, right? Sure, why not?)
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro

Toss shrimp into the skillet with some olive oil. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to coat. Simmer until you think all the alcohol has probably evaporated.
*I cut up some fresh pineapple the other day and hid it in the back of the fridge so that my husband wouldn't take it for lunch today. However, I apparently underestimated his pineapple-locating skills, because when I went to gather the ingredients for this meal, the pineapple was nowhere to be found. This means that I will either pack up the kids and make a quick trip to the store later this afternoon (not likely, after yesterday's less-than-perfect behaviour at Safeway), or I will try to get in touch with my husband and ask him to pick up a pineapple after work, or I will just make do without it.

Update: My husband didn't eat the pineapple, so he's bringing it home in time for me to toss it in with the rice. Phew. Crisis averted.
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k-e-household said...

I like "clean out the" anything meal plan. Yours is very unique. (I wish I had emoticons here!!)

Kathy said...

I wasn't home last night when the kids had supper, but apparently this meal did not go over well with them. I had leftovers for lunch today, and I must admit, there's a little too much of something... not sure if it's the zest or the paprika (couldn't be the rum!). Anyway, last night I gave this meal 2 thumbs up, but today I'm giving it 1 thumb up and 1 thumb down. It's good, but not great.