Saturday, October 23, 2010

Welcome Baby Dinner Part 1

I have some friends who just had their first baby.  He is quite a cutie and looks just like his daddy.  I had told them before he was born that I wanted to make them dinner but I was going to wait a couple of weeks after he was born because her mom was going to be there the first week and his mom the next.  When the time came, I didn't want to make a casserole because I feel like that's what is "typical" for a post-baby meal.

I decided on pork loin, roasted squash, cheese grits, biscuits, and pumpkin gooey butter cakes.  It was a yummy meal (yes, I kept some for myself!  :-)  First up is the pork loin.  The night before I made a marinade and put that and the pork in a large zip-loc bag and refrigerated overnight.

The next day I cooked it at 350 for about 1.5 hours (thought it was going to take 3...glad I checked!) and it was great.  Matt kept raving about how moist it was.  Come back soon for cheese grits ala the Barefoot Contessa!

Honey Marinated Pork Loin
1 pork loin
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup Worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic
onion flakes

Mix honey, W. sauce, garlic, onion flakes together.  Add about 1/3 cup of water to thin the marinade slightly.  Place pork loin in a gallon sized zip-loc bag and pour the marinade over the meat.  Place in refrigerator overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Place loin and marinade in a baking dish and bake for about 1.5-3 hours (depending on size of loin - mine just fit in the gallon sized bag length wise) or until internal temperature is 150-155 degrees F.  Enjoy!!


Stephanie said...


I love love love meat but have a terrible irrational fear of cooking it myself. I'm always worried that it is going to turn out dry. I leave almost all the meat-cooking to my boyfriend.

This looks so delicious though that maybe i'll attempt it myself. (if not then i'm def pass it on to my boyfriend)

The JR said...

I'm sure you're friends were grateful and luved the meal.