Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Dinner by Pinterest!

So if youre like me you spend alot of time on pinterest saving things and saying- I am definitely going to do this some day, or try this new recipe sometime, or I like this idea for my wedding/children (when I eventually get married/ have children).
It generally seems like a never ending cycle of pinning, without a whole lot of doing.

Well I can happily say that this weekend for Easter dinner with his family, the BF and I utilized pinterest to the fullest! We made the full dinner based on recipes I had pinned! (minus the french bread rolls). And everything turned out better than I could have ever guessed. Everyone loved it!

1. Bacon Wrapped Venison with Raspberry Sauce.
My dad and my brother are hunters. So venison is something we have on a pretty regular basis. This past season was a bumper crop as well so weve got something like 6 full deer butchered and frozen in my parents large freezer. Usually I keep it pretty simple because I really like the gamey flavor of the meat, but this looked too good to pass up.
We had to improvise the instructions a bit because the tenderloin was already sliced, so bacon was wrapped over each small piece instead of being latticed around a larger piece. It made it a bit difficult- but with the help of toothpicks to hold everything together while it cooked we managed- and those small issues did nothing to dampen the deliciousness. I also have to praise Belmont Butchers in Richmond VA- amazing selection there and fantastic service! They cut our bacon to order- sandwich meat thinness since it was going to be wrapped on a larger piece of meat which allows it to crisp up more- we also got the bacon for the potatoes here- thicker cut. We went with the recipe specified applewood bacon this time but they have other spiced bacons that I really want to try in the future!

2. Red Wine Marinated Pork Loin.
A little tang and a little sweet with just a taste of garlic. It was fantastic and oh so easy to make. We of course had to double all the sauces and the cooking time since we got a 4lb loin (cut into two ~2lb pieces). With the overnight marinade (we went ahead and did it overnight instead of just a couple hours since the venison had to go overnight) it was super juicy and very flavorful.

3. Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower.
Talk about easy to make and so tasty! Even the BF's little brother who doesnt like veggies said it was good! Key to this in my opinion is quality cheese! We bought the parmesan from the butcher as well. Ive never really eaten many things spiced with marjoram, but I like it, and the little bit of crispyness on the cauliflower from being baked gave nice texture.

4. Bacon and Parsley Potatoes
So we tweaked this one a little. The recipe I had called for garlic and more parmesan cheese, but being that multiple of the people who would be eating are lactose intolerant and both meats used garlic in the marinade, we figured we would lighten up the flavor a little bit and leave those two things out. We also decided to use red fingerling potatoes just because. That being said, the potatoes were probably boiled too long before baking, and I would have liked it if they and the bacon had gotten just a bit crisper, but it still tasted amazing so no complaints.

Easter dinner was a huge success, and it was the second time my BF and I cooked a large meal together, and we had a really good time doing it despite the fact that it was alot of work. I dont mind the work so much when everyone loves what we did so much and is so appreciative. (That and also when there is a 12yr old younger brother around to do the clean up for us LOL!!) And next up - Easter dinner with my family this coming weekend- and I dont have to cook this time!

Happy Easter Everyone! Christos Anesti, Alithos Anesti!

1 comment:

  1. While I don't eat meat, it looks like you had a great Easter meal!! Major props to you for actually making pintrest recipes! I always pin them, print them out for my binder, and that's as far as it goes:)