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Pork Tenderloin in Puff Pastry
Penne Macaroni with Toasted Pine Nuts


Pork Tenderloin in Puff Pastry

This recipe does not include amounts as it was given to a member of our staff from a chef who prepares this for large numbers of guests. We have tried it and it is easy to prepare and elegant to serve. We purchased one medium sized pork tenderloin for 8 servings, 4 shallots, 4 cloves of garlic, 8 oz. of fresh mushrooms, 1 box of puff pastry, 1 can of gravy and a nice bottle of red wine that we could also serve with dinner.

  • pork tenderloin
  • shallots
  • garlic
  • fresh mushrooms
  • puff pastry
  • mushroom & beef gray
  • red wine
  • onions
  • butter
  • 1/4 c. red wine

Partially cook tenderloin in 325 degree oven until medium rare, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Thaw pasty, unroll pastry and let rest. Chop shallots, onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook in butter until soft. Cut pastry into squares large enough to fold over a slice of pork tenderloin topped with the mushroom mixture. Close each square by folding in half; using a fork dipped into beaten egg to press edges together. Use leftover pastry to cut shapes and glue with egg to top of each. Bake as directed on pastry box. Before serving, heat a can of beef-mushroom gravy and add any leftover mushroom mixture and 1/4 c. red wine. Serve separately


Penne Macaroni with Toasted Pine Nuts

  • 3/4 lb. penne macaroni
  • 2 T. unsalted butter
  • 1 C. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 oz. chopped proscuitto
  • 1/4 c. toasted pine nuts (place on cookie sheet under broiler and watch carefully, they brown fast)
  • 2 tsp. fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 c. brandy
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 c. freshly chopped parsley

Cook 3/4 lb. of penne macaroni for 4 minutes. Melt 2 T. unsalted butter in pan and add 1 c. sliced mushrooms. Add 6 oz. chopped proscuitto. Stir in 1/4 C. toasted pine nuts and 2 tsp. minced fresh garlic. Cook 2 minutes. Add 1/2 c. brandy and remove from heat. Light brandy and shake until flame goes out. (This will burn off the alcohol) Return to heat and add 2 c. heavy cream. Add pasta and cook 5 minutes mores. Stir in 1 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese and 1/3 c. freshly chopped parsley. Serve immediately.


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