You surely plan dinner parties and other special meals during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. As your family, friends, and loved ones stop by your place in San Antonio, TX, you no doubt plan to serve your best meals. The next time you’ve got a dinner party on the schedule, try a few new ideas. As a result, your guests will get in the holiday spirit and feel satisfied. There are some memorable, filling options for you to check out and make.
Sweet and Sour Pork Tenderloin
Need some dinner ideas that will fill up everyone at the table — and taste amazing? This dish will do the trick. Furthermore, it will have your guests asking for the recipe. Firstly, assemble these ingredients:
- Pork tenderloins (about 2 pounds total)
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 2 medium red onions
- 1 medium head of red leaf lettuce
- 1 large fennel bulb (with stems and fronds)
- 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 5 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
To begin with, take the tenderloins and dry them with a paper towel. Next, season with salt and let the pork sit at room temperature. Follow this by cutting the red onions in half and then chopping them into 1-inch-thick wedges. Place these in a bowl. Wash the lettuce and tear it into bite-sized pieces. Then, place the lettuce in another bowl. Furthermore, tear off good pieces of the fennel bulb and add them to the lettuce.
Your next step is to cut the butter into pieces and chill them in the fridge. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and sear the tenderloins in it for about two minutes at a time on each side. Do this until they are golden brown. Moreover, cook the onion with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and ½ teaspoon of salt until tender. You’ll then want to add the honey, red pepper flakes, and vinegar to the onions and bring to a simmer.
Return the pork to the sauce and cook for about 15 minutes. Above all, enjoy your meal!
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You can’t have a Thanksgiving or Christmas without mashed potatoes. For example, this dish goes with many main courses. This recipe has the following ingredients:
- 4 lb. medium Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed
- Kosher salt
- ⅔-1 cup heavy cream
- ⅔-1 cup whole milk
- 1¼ cups (2½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- ½ cup sour cream
- Freshly ground black pepper
To begin with, place the potatoes in a large pot of cold water and add some salt. Once the water boils, reduce the heat. After 20 to 30 minutes, the potatoes should be tender. Drain the water. Next, heat the sour cream and milk in a pan over medium heat. Then, turn down the temperature to low. Season the potatoes with salt and add butter. Mix well until potatoes are mashed. Lastly, add the cream mixture until well combined.
These two dinner ideas are sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Serve these this holiday season. They are bound to become favorites.
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