24 May 2014

Weekend Cooking: Pork and Zucchini with Orzo

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Last weekend I visited my local library's website and checked out the digital edition of the June 2014 issue of Food Network Magazine. If you haven't discovered the joys of Zinio, you might want to take a moment to see if your library offers this service.

Anyway, I was browsing through the magazine to get ideas for dinners and this grilled pork and zucchini recipe looked too good to resist. I'm so glad I gave it a chance because it was the best dinner of the week. Not only is it really pretty on the platter but the flavors were excellent and the meal couldn't have been easier to put together.

I did make a couple of changes to the recipe, so be sure to see my notes (in boldface). The photo was taken by Antonis Achilleos and all rights remain with him and/or the Food Network.

Pork and Zucchini with Orzo
Serves 4
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large pork tenderloin (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and crosswise
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 3 more tablespoons
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, juice of a second lemon, plus wedges for serving
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped (I used equivalent in grape tomatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I used fresh basil)
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Butterfly the pork: Slice lengthwise down the center, stopping about 1/2 inch before cutting through the meat. Open the pork like a book and flatten slightly with your hands. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on top and pound with the flat side of a meat mallet or a skillet until 1/2 inch thick.

Put the pork and zucchini in a large bowl. Add 2 (3) tablespoons olive oil, the lemon zest, the juice of 1 lemon, cumin, coriander, 1 teaspoon salt, and the cayenne and toss; let sit 10 minutes. I whisked the marinade before I put in the pork and zucchini.

Meanwhile, add the orzo to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a bowl; add the tomatoes, parsley (basil), the juice of 1 lemon, the remaining 1 (3) tablespoon(s) oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Grill the pork and zucchini, flipping once, until the pork is cooked through and the zucchini is tender, about 12 minutes for the pork and 14 minutes for the zucchini. Slice the pork on an angle and serve with the zucchini, orzo and lemon wedges.


jama 5/24/14, 7:47 AM  

Haven't heard of Zinio. Must check my library.

I do enjoy pork tenderloin and this recipe looks easy and delish. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 5/24/14, 7:53 AM  

I'm going to try this recipe this summer for sure! I'm a huge pork tenderloin, as well as coriander and cumin fan. I also like your use of basil instead of parsley…I think basil has much more flavor!

bermudaonion 5/24/14, 8:26 AM  

We love all three of those so this looks wonderful to me. I need to check that magazine out!

Heather 5/24/14, 6:50 PM  

this sounds pretty easy but oh so tasty. My library has Zinio but I haven't signed in yet to check out the offerings. Will have to do so. Thanks.

Vasilly 5/24/14, 8:04 PM  

Isn't Zinio the best?! Now I need to download the latest issue. Honestly, I've never had zucchini before but I love pork and orzo. I plan on checking out this recipe and the issue.

Daryl 5/24/14, 9:25 PM  

looks delish even tho i dont eat meat .. red or beige

Anita LeBeau 5/24/14, 11:28 PM  

Sounds really good, we grill a lot here,and pork and diff squashes are big hits. I like the orzo mix too. Thanks!

(Diane) bookchickdi 5/25/14, 6:44 AM  

I have been looking for some new pork recipes and my sons love zucchini; this is perfect.

Andi 5/25/14, 10:11 AM  

This looks so good! We're growing zucchini in our garden this year, too, so we'll have a big supply to keep up with.

Jackie Mc Guinness 5/25/14, 10:51 AM  

I have to check if I can get e magazines from the library!
Love pork, will try this.

Roslyn 5/25/14, 3:10 PM  

Looks delicious I have to try it but I think I'll use quinoa rather than orzo.

Couscous & Consciousness 5/25/14, 7:59 PM  

This dish looks seriously good, Beth. I don't know why I seldom cook with pork tenderloin - I usually can't go past the chops, but I definitely need to give this a try.

Sue Jackson 5/26/14, 10:01 AM  

Oh, yum - this looks delicious! And perfect for summer. We could just add a second veggie instead of the orzo to make it Paleo.

I've never tried the Food Network magazine - think I will have to check it out!


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