It was a long weekend-I am still shopping for the perfect pieces for our apartment (even more pics to come soon, I promise!) and Mike and I made a trip to Target on a Sunday.
That’s enough to exhaust anyone. I wasn’t making yet another stop at the grocery store so decided to use Targets fairly limited selection of fresh groceries to whip something up. Did I mention someone I was shopping with (I won’t name any names) was getting a bit cranky and had to go sit down in the outdoor furniture section to relax…? So yeah…
I grabbed a pork loin, a sweet potato, one red and one green apple. No clue what I would make, but arrived home with these ingredients and a hungry and cranky boyfriend.
I have always wanted to test out a coffee rub and had some coffee in the pantry we hadn’t opened. Fully invested in this idea now, I opened the bag and the beans weren’t ground.
We don’t have a grinder—we use a Keurig and I usually drink iced coffee anyway. Not willing to give this up for the zero other ideas I had, or completely throw my hands up and order takeout, I ground those beans, smashing them with my old-fashioned Italian rolling pin.
Let me tell you—I do not recommend this tactic. And luckily there are no pics of the aftermath. coffee. all. over. my. counter. Had I not been in a food-inspired frenzy, I would have thought this through. Maybe a ziploc bag, rolled over with the pin? But I went through with it, and got my grinds.
And let me tell you—the flavor was worth it. Try it out. But buy your beans pre-ground for your own sanity.
coffee rubbed pork loin
2 lbs pork loin
3 tbsp butter
coffee and chili spice rub
3 tbsp of coffee grinds
2 tsp of chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
3 tsp salt
- preheat an oven safe pan with butter
- preheat oven to 350
- combine rub mixture and spread all over pork loin, pressing in and distributing evenly
- cook on all sides in pan, turning every 3-5 minutes to sear in spices
- place in oven for 30-45 mins—use a meat thermometer and pull when it reads 155-165 (depending on your preference)
- let meat rest for 5-10 mins covered in tin foil to seal in the juices and then slice in medallions
1 red and 1 green apple, peeled and diced
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup water
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of black pepper
juice of ½ lemon
- combine all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat, let it come to a boil
- stir every few minutes, allowing ingredients in incorporate and reduce down
- simmer on low heat until pork is ready; spoon on pork medallions