We peeled the blackened skin away to reveal tasty, moist meat. This was served with yellow (saffron) rice and black beans, and I added a bit of fresh salsa to complete the dish. YUMMM!!! It reminded me of a meal I had at a restaurant in Nashville called The Calypso Cafe. I just read their online menu and it made my mouth water...
Since then, Tom has been telling me to try and replicate this dish. I tried a grilled chicken breast with the beans and rice a couple weeks ago, but this week I got closer!
So- I was going to get a whole roasting chicken at the grocery, but pork loin was on sale-- I'm always a sucker for a sale.
I rubbed a 2 lb. boneless pork loin roast with a bit of olive oil, and some Carribean Seasoning. I did a quick google and got a few suggestions for a mix. The following is what I ended up with. I put it in my spice grinder (aka my old coffee bean grinder) and came up with an aromatic delight.
1 Part: 2 Parts: 3 Parts:
cumin seeds coriander seeds whole cloves
black pepper ground ginger ground red pepper
brown sugar ground cinnamon
grated lime rind kosher salt
I put that puppy on a roasting rack and roasted at 450 degrees for 10 minutes to sear, and then
reduced the heat down to 300 degrees for about 80 more minutes.
To accompany, I made some black beans and yellow rice. And--my favorite, pico de gallo.
Buy a bag of Mahatma Yellow Rice. Follow instructions and use olive oil instead of margarine.
Heat 1-2 tsp of olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add about 1/4 cup diced onion and 1-2 cloves minced garlic and sauté until soft (about 5 minutes). Add chicken broth to cover, about 1/2 cup. Bring to a boil, and add one can drained, rinsed, black beans and 1 tsp Carribean seasoning. Reduce to low to simmer, and keep warm until serving.
Pico de Gallo:
Seed and dice 5-6 plum (Roma) tomatoes. Finely dice 1/2 red onion, 1 medium jalepeño, and about 1/4 cup cilantro leaves. Mix tomatoes, onion, jalepeño, and cilantro with 2 cloves of minced garlic and the juice of one lemon. Add a dash of coarse salt to taste.
Here is the final plate (again with my laptop camera...)
Tom's quote for this meal (which I think he's just trying to get quoted...) was: "So good, It's !@#$% up!"
We watched the first couple episodes of Season 3 of The Wire.