Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer's Here! Let's Celebrate!

Good afternoon bloggers! Summer is finally upon us, but for some of us, it's already been here. What good is Summer if you don't have something grilled to eat as well as something to cool you down while under the blazing sun? That's exactly what our menu is about today. We will be making an excellent meal and finishing it off with something deliciously cool and delightful. Enough of this chatting act... Let's go grill!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Salsa

You will need:

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots, divided
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 pork tenderloins, about 2.5 pounds total
  • 1/2 pound fresh cherries, stemmed, pitted,halved
  • 1 fresh Fresno chile, red jalapeño, or Holland chile, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Prepare a grill to medium-high heat. 
  2. Combine 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup minced shallots, 4 tablespoons lime juice, and vegetable oil in a resealable plastic bag. 
  3. Add the pork tenderloins and seal the bag, then turn to coat. 
  4. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. 
  5. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup shallots, 2 tablespoons lime juice, cherries, chile, and olive oil in a medium bowl. 
  6. Season the salsa lightly with salt and pepper and set aside to let flavors to meld. 
  7. Remove the tenderloins from the marinade and season generously with salt and pepper. 
  8. Grill the tenderloins, turning frequently, until a thermometer inserted into meat registers 145 degrees, or about 15 minutes. 
  9. Let rest for 10 minutes. 
  10. Cut into thin slices and serve with salsa.

Watermelon Granita

You will need:

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  1. Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth. 
  2. Pour the ingredients into a 9x9x2 metal baking pan. 
  3. Freeze the mixture for 1 hour. 
  4. Stir, mashing any frozen parts with the back of a fork after the first hour. 
  5. Cover and freeze the mixture until firm, about 2 hours. 
  6. Using a fork, scrape the granita vigorously to form icy flakes.
  7. Spoon the icy flakes into a cup or small bowl.
  8. Enjoy!

I hope you all enjoy the blazing afternoon. Keep cool and protected as well. Have a great afternoon and I will catch you all tomorrow!