When we were in Katrina, I was introduced to fried spinach, courtesy of Firebird Grill. Fried spinach is a wonderful side, and my sons, who won't touch spinach in any other form, happily munch a pile of fried spinach.
Fried spinach with fried carrots and fried butternut squash:
combine veggies as above, or toss a bit of flour on some squash and eat it alone:
Let's talk equipment and technique:
Frying is basically putting food in hot oil. The thinner you can get the food sliced the faster and crispier the food will fry. I had a very expensive french stainless steel mandolin, but preferred my plain old v-slicer.
Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin
From Diana Rattray,
Your Guide to Southern U.S. Cuisine.
Pork tenderloin is coated with a mixture of chopped pecans, bread crumbs, and seasonings.
1 to 1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons water
1 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes*
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules or base**
With a sharp knife cut tenderloins into 1/4-inch slices. With a meat mallet gently pound each slice to about 1/8-inch thickness. In a shallow bowl or on waxed paper, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk the eggs and water. In another shallow bowl or on waxed paper, combine bread crumbs, pecans, and parsley.
Dip the tenderloin pieces into flour mixture, then into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumb and pecan mixture, coating well.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook tenderloin pieces, 1/3 or 1/2 at a time, until lightly browned on both sides and cooked through. Add more oil as necessary.
Place browned tenderloin on a warm platter or tray and keep warm while cooking remaining pieces.
Add the 3/4 cup water and chicken bouillon granules to the drippings in the skillet and bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits; continue to boil for 1 minute. Pour over pork.
* I don't have dried parsley, so I used a tablespoon Italian seasoning
**I used a packet of herb-ox chicken
Don't be overwhelmed, a lot of the shopping items like rice and flour you probably already have. This is a lot of fun to do with a friend, then just divide the goodies.