Archive for ‘Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa’

June 24, 2011

Pork tenderloin medallions with marsala sauce and pasta; Roasted asparagus

Rachael Ray; Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)

For the pork and pasta (Serves:4):

  • Salt
  • 1 pound pappardelle or 12 ounces fettuccine
  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 2 pounds each)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, as needed for coating
  • Freshly round black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Marsala
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

For the asparagus (Serves:6):

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus (about 30 large)
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 lemons cut in wedges, for serving

Place a large pot of water over high heat to boil. When the water is boiling, add some salt and cook the pasta to al dente, according to the package directions. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and reserve.

While the pasta is cooking, slice each tenderloin into four pieces. Working with one piece at a time, sandwich each one between two pieces of plastic wrap or into a sealable plastic bag. Pound them out with a skillet or mallet to about 1/8-inch thick.

When all of the meat has been pounded out, place a large skillet over medium-high heat with two turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Place about 1/2 cup flour into a large casserole dish or pie plate; season each piece of pork with salt and pepper and lightly coat each piece of pork with flour.

Working in batches, sear the pork until it is golden brown and cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side. As the pork finishes cooking, reserve the medallions on a plate covered with foil to keep them warm.

When the pork is finished cooking, add the butter to the skillet. After it melts, add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes.

Sprinkle the mushrooms with 2 tablespoons flour (just eyeball it) and cook for about a minute. Add the Marsala to the pan and cook until reduced by about half. Add the chicken stock to the pan and bring the sauce up to a bubble. Season with salt and pepper and simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Stir the parsley into the finished sauce.

To serve, dip the pork cutlets into the sauce to coat and arrange on a platter. Toss the cooked pasta with the remaining sauce and serve with salad alongside.

About 25 minutes before pork is done:

Preheat oven to 400. If the stalks of the asparagus are thick, peel the bottom 1/2 of each. Lay them in a single layer on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and return to the oven for another minute. Serve with lemon wedges.

*Chef’s note: SO good! The pork marsala is great leftover on toasted sandwiches, too. I over-reduced the marsala sauce just a bit because I was late on getting the asparagus in the oven. I also recommend using a large, freestanding electrical skillet if you have one. With the asparagus, I squeezed the lemon over before baking instead of after. A really simple, healthy side with a lot of flavor.

May 28, 2011

Baked shrimp scampi

Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)

Serves: 6

  • 2 pounds (12 to 15 per pound) shrimp in the shell
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 extra-large egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

Peel, devein, and butterfly the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place the shrimp in a mixing bowl and toss gently with the olive oil, wine, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Allow to sit at room temperature while you make the butter and garlic mixture.

In a small bowl, mash the softened butter with the garlic, shallots, parsley, rosemary, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolk, panko, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper until combined.

Starting from the outer edge of a 14-inch oval gratin dish, arrange the shrimp in a single layer cut side down with the tails curling up and towards the center of the dish. Pour the remaining marinade over the shrimp. Spread the butter mixture evenly over the shrimp. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until hot and bubbly. If you like the top browned, place under a broiler for 1 minute. Serve with lemon wedges.

*Chef’s note: Another hit. It’s hard to beat the combination of lemon, white wine and garlic, but this recipe takes it over the top–in a great way. I served this for my parents, brothers and brother’s girlfriend, and everyone loved it. SO much flavor! It’s important to use uncooked shrimp so they don’t get tough when baking, and you’ll know they’re done when they’re pink. Definitely not a great meal to make if you want fresh breath for the night, but that’s my only complaint. It’s a little messy to spread the topping, but who cares?