Dark golden brown, crusty & salty outside. Tender and juicy through and through. Maybe a velvety mushroom & red wine sauce, slathered over a perfectly cooked pork tenderloin. It’s a meal we all want to eat. Sadly, the baked pork tenderloin we all usually get is gray in color. Has a limp, flappy texture. And is dry as a bone. Well say goodbye to crappy pork.
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Recipes and Techniques
I love a good pork chop. Unfortunately, often I’m not served a good pork chop. Because they are so lean, it’s very easy for them to get overcooked, dried out, and tough. Boneless pork chops in particular, are even harder to cook right, as they are typically thinner, and without the bone, they cook faster – meaning they overcook faster.
While I’m a fan of wrapping just about anything in bacon (a shoe wrapped in bacon would probably taste great), bacon wrapped filet mignon is a particularly good match. Filet is cut from the beef tenderloin, which is a very tender cut of meat, but also very lean. In fact, it’s only slightly fattier than chicken.
Everyone should know how to cook a whole chicken, for two reasons. First, and quite simply, it’s a great meal. You get the benefits of both light and dark meat. Done right, the chicken is more moist and tender than cooking pieces separately. And it’s super impressive to your guests, so you look like an all-star.
So….you’ve decided to cook up a juicy, tender, flavorful Filet Mignon. Obviously, the first thing you need to do make your way to your favorite purveyor of this most tender of steaks, and plunk down what is likely to be a fair amount of your hard-earned money.
A seared filet mignon is, without a doubt the most tender of the steaks. It’s cut from the beef tenderloin. A muscle that runs along the back of the cow, which does very little work (relative to the rest of the cow), and that is what makes it so tender.
The past several years has seen the explosion of the fried chicken sandwich. It’s become a stable on fast food menu…restaurants like Chick-Fil-A built a whole business around it. And even fine dining restaurants are putting up some insanely creative fried chicken sandwiches with sauces and flavors from all over the world.
Perhaps my all time favorite way to cook chicken is simply whole roasted. The different cuts provide different flavors and textures, from the salty, fatty skin, to the tender juicy white meat of the breast, to the “tear flesh off the bone” wings and legs…there is something for everyone. And roasting a whole chicken is actually pretty easy (at least with the right techniques and practice).