Easy Friday entertaining

Friday night can be a tough night for having company but we wanted to play paddle tennis last night and have our playing partners (and two daughters) over for dinner after.  The grilled hoisin pork is a great company dinner – I made the marinade the night before so it just needed to be grilled.  We served it with rice and a salad with Ginger dressing.  Our friends brought some delicious smoked salmon pinwheels as an appetizer and thanks to my new practice of freezing leftover baked goods, I had some brownies and some cookies in the freezer.  (We also had leftover pizza from our last delivery in the pizza for the girls.)  All we had to do was grill the pork, microwave the rice and toss the salad.  The result – a fun and relaxing Friday night dinner with friends!

 

Ginger dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TB fresh ginger, minced
  • 3/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 TB honey
Shake all ingredients in a jar and use on salad.  (I used Green leaf lettuce, shredded carrot, water chestnuts and crispy Lo Mein noodles in the salad.)

Grilled Hoisin Pork

  • 1 jar of Hoisin sauce
  • 3 TB honey
  • 2 TB sherry
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 pork tenderloin

Combine Hoisin sauce, honey, sherry and sesame oil in a small saucepan and heat, stirring for about 5 minutes until thick.  Let cool.  Use about 1/2 of the marinade on the pork and refrigerate for 4 -6 hours (or overnight).  Grill pork about 10 minutes or until 140 on a meat thermometer.  Heat remaining sauce and serve with pork.