Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter vs. Cinco De Mayo

So last week Easter fell on my birthday.  MGG wanted to take me out to celebrate my birthday and we had such a great time!

But I LOVE Easter...

So I really wanted to do the whole Easter dinner thing, so we decided to have our Easter dinner a week later.  So yesterday we celebrated Easter....however, the menu was a Latin themed we also paid tribute to Cinco De Mayo as well.

Whether you're celebrating Easter, Cinco De Mayo, Mother's Day or just need to make these dishes.  They were off the hook!!!

Here's my Easter Menu:

Chili Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Salad
Roasted Asparagus with Toasted Lime Breadcrumbs
Casa Blanco - Portuguese White Wine
Strawberry White Chocolate Trifle

It started with a pretty decorated table, set for Easter.

White, yellow, and green dishes make a pretty spring place setting, flanked by asparagus handled flatware.  Place settings sit on top of a festive spring runner of pastel colors.   Each guest receives a See's chocolate egg nestled in a bed of pink grass in the soup bowl. 

Pillar candles surrounded by moss hold a treasure of Easter eggs nestled among more moss.

Sweet love birds add a nice spring touch.  And individual Easter baskets at each place setting sets the mood.

On to the food!

I've given you the recipes and a photo of each dish.  I hope you will make one or all of these and let me know what you think.  

Chili Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Serves 4 - 6
2 Pork Tenderloins (about 2 lbs total)
1 c apple juice
¼ c fresh lime juice
1  jalapeno chili, minced
3 cloves of minced garlic
½ t paprika
½ t dried oregano
½ t black pepper
½ c sour cream
¼ c canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a shallow casserole dish combine apple juice, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic, paprika, oregano, and pepper.  Remove 1 T. of marinade and add this to the sour cream.  Set sour cream aside.  Add oil to the marinade and stir to combine.

Add pork tenderloins and allow to marinate at room temperate 30 min.  Place tenderloins in a roasting pan and bake for 30-35 min until pork reaches at least an internal temperature of 155 degrees.

Slice and drizzle sour cream mixture over the top.  Serve with extra sour cream mixture.

Roasted Asparagus with Toasted Lime Breadcrumbs

Serves 4 - 6

2 Bunches of Asparagus
Olive oil
salt & pepper
Fresh breadcrumbs
1 lime

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place asparagus on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. 
Roast for about 20 min.

Meanwhile place the fresh bread crumbs in a skillet with a tablespoon of butter and toast until brown.  Add the juice of 1/2 lime to the breadcrumbs.

Serve over asparagus.

Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Salad

Source: Williams-Sonoma
For the dressing:
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
3 Tbs. white vinegar
2 Tbs. minced fresh cilantro 
1/4 tsp. ají amarillo paste
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup quinoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup drained cooked black beans, or purchased
2/3 cup thawed frozen corn kernels, preferably Peruvian
1 tomato, seeded and finely diced
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

To make the dressing, in a bowl, whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, cilantro, ají paste, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the olive oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly until smooth and emulsified. Set aside.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the quinoa and 1 1/2 cups water. Stir in the salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the quinoa is tender and all the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain thoroughly, then transfer to a large nonreactive bowl.

Add the black beans to the bowl with the quinoa. Pat the corn dry with paper towels and add to the bowl, along with the tomato and bell pepper. Pour in the dressing and stir to coat all the ingredients well. Transfer the salad to a large serving bowl or individual plates and serve immediately. Serves 6.

Strawberry White Chocolate Trifle

Prepared Angel Food Cake
2 oz box of White Chocolate Pudding
2 c milk
1 lb fresh strawberries

Mix white chocolate pudding and milk.  Refrigerate until set according to package directions. 

To assemble:  break pieces of Angel Food cake and place in the bottom of a trifle bowl. (Individual bowls or 1 large bowl) Spoon some white chocolate pudding over the cake.  Layer on sliced strawberries.  Repeat layers again ending with sliced strawberries.  Top with fresh whipped cream.


1 comment:

  1. Aww I love your Easter decorations! And that menu sounds DELISH!! Especially that Strawberry Trifle! Oohhh YUM : )



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