This gets a little complicated but here goes. I got these recipes from The Shady Porch on her March 24th posting but actually that day she had guests who were posting and they were from Recipes We Love so if you can follow that then you know these recipes originally came from Recipes We Love. I was making my Easter menu and they had this slow cooker recipe for pork tenderloin and I am all about the Crock Pot when I'm having guests especially when it's a good recipe and it was FANTASTIC! And so easy! Here it is, giving FULL CREDIT to both the above websites who without them this wonderful dinner would never have been served.
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
about 2lbs of pork tenderloin (actually mine ended up being 2.77 lbs and it still came out great)
1/4 C soy sauce
1 T yellow mustard
2-3 T pancake syrup (I used real maple syrup as that's what I had)
2T olive oil
2 T diced dried onions
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
And this is the best part....put everything in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.
Is that easy or what and it was so delicious and tender it melted in your mouth and tasty yet you couldn't pick out anything specific like the syrup or the garlic...it was just REALLY delicious. I put the roast in first and dumped everything on top of it. I never even looked in or stirred it or anything. I did pour a little of the juice/gravy on each slice of meat as I plated it....YUMMO! You cannot go wrong with this recipe! I might even start entertaining more with recipes like this. Aw, but then I'd have to clean the house too...forget that one! LOL!
Now for the side dishes, I made just plain old frozen peas to go with their Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar....now you can understand the plain old peas! I didn't think there was much need for any fancy dressed up veggy with those loaded potatoes and I was right! They were superb and rich and the best mashed potatoes ever and I do love potatoes....I'm Irish...what can I say?
Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar
2 1/2 lbs Idaho potatoes
5 slices bacon ( I used 1/2 lb)
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 C butter, melted
1/2 C sour cream
1/8 C dried chives minced
1 1/4 C cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp salt
3/8 tsp pepper
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel potatoes (I don't but that's up to you, if you don't, make sure you scrub them well), chop up and boil until tender just like you do for mashed potatoes. Cook bacon crispy and pat off the grease on paper towels. Crumble bacon and set aside. Drain potatoes and lightly mash them. Add cream cheese, butter, and sour cream. Mix well. Add chives, 1 C shredded cheese, half the bacon crumbled up, salt and pepper. Mix well. Put into buttered baking dish. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 25 minutes, remove and add the rest of the crumbled bacon on top and stick back in the oven for 5 minutes.
These are truly guest worthy dishes and be prepared to get many compliments! They are fail-safe if I can make them! Enjoy!
P.S. Sorry there weren't any pictures.....I forgot to take any...DUH! But here's what I had for dessert.............