Monday, March 14, 2016

Pork Mojo & Pork Mojo Sliders

Pork Mojo
Summer is coming and that means entertaining for many of us, but entertaining does not have to be a stressful experience.  Last night’s dinner can make tomorrows appetizers fun and delicious.  This mojo Pork is easy and flavorful but also super versatile.  This marinade can also be used on chicken or shrimp.  This mojo is vibrant and makes an excellent dipping sauce, or dressing as well. 


2 limes, zested and juiced

1 lemon, zested and juiced

1 orange, zested and juiced

½ cup orange juice

8 cloves of garlic

1 clam shell package of fresh oregano (you can get this for 99 cents at most markets)

3 green onions, trim the ends off of both sides

1 tbsp. cumin

2 tbsp. brown sugar

¾ cup olive oil

1 pork tenderloin (or 2 if you intend on using this for meal prep or for appetizers the next few days)


Put all ingredients in a blender, and puree! Divide into two portions, marinade pork tenderloin anywhere from 3 hours to overnight in part of the marinade and save the other half for plating. 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  On the stove heat a frying pan, I use cast iron simply to eliminate a step but if you don’t have one don’t stress it.  If you are using a cast iron pan sear one side of your meat and flip it over, then put the pan and tenderloin in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees, I ALWAYS use a meat thermometer when it comes to pork and chicken in the oven because we very seriously don’t like food poisoning in our house!  If you do not have a cast iron pan sear both sides of your meat in your frying pan and then transfer it to a baking dish and bake until the internal temperature is 145 degrees.

I served this with homemade tostones and cauliflower rice moro (Recipe to be posted as well).  With a few simple ingredients this goes from a delicious dinner to an excellent appetizer.
Premade tostones (you can buy these in the freezer section of your grocery store)
Deli ham
Deli Swiss cheese
Yellow mustard
Pickles (I used cornichons because I love them! But dill pickles work too!)
Super simple assembly
Prepare tostones as per package directions, add a squeeze of yellow mustard, cut your deli ham to fit the tostones, top with Swiss cheese and place in the oven until the cheese melts.  Top each with a thin slice of pork and a slice of pickle.  These were so yummy and delicious, make a bunch because they will be a hit with your friends!
The extra Mojo that was not used to marinade the pork accompanies it very well, and can be used as a yummy dressing for a salad the next day, or toss it with some premade slaw for a wonderful fresh side dish!

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