Happy Grilling and Views from My Back Door

We’re in the midst of our holiday weekend here in the U.S. and it’s time to break out the grill if you haven’t already, get out in the sunshine and cook up a storm.

Grilled pork tenderloin with chipotle orange glaze, Mexican rice with cilantro dressing and avocado and tomato salad with toasted cumin seed dressing make for one big Fiesta!

In honor of our long weekend I want to share perhaps my most favorite recipe for grilling pork tenderloin and two nice sides to go with it. I can’t take credit for the recipes, but I can send you their way and tell you that these are not to be missed for your summer, or any time, for pure grilling and eating pleasure.

The trifecta of Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Orange Sauce, Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing and Avocado Salad with Tomatoes, Lime, and Toasted Cumin VinaigretteΒ makes for one happy plate! The tenderloin and rice recipes come from Bon AppΓ©tit magazine and I’ve been making them for years. The salad is a new-to-me Bobby Flay recipe and it is my newest favorite salad…you just can’t imagine what a difference toasting whole cumin seed can make. The pork recipe is listed below for your enjoyment and you can find the other two by just clicking the links on each name above and it will take you to these recipes…they are keepers! Please do try them on for size.

Pork Tenderloin with Orange Chipotle Sauce
Bon AppΓ©tit, May, 2003
Serves 10
(I always half this recipe.)

3 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
6 cups orange juice
2 teas. salt
2 Tbs. butter
3 large shallots, finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine
2 3/4 cup low-salt chicken broth
2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives
1 Tbs. minced canned chipotle chiles

Divide pork between 2 resealable plastic bags. Pour 1 cup orange juice and 1 teas. salt into each bag; seal. Turn to coat. Chill at least 3 hours or overnight.

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots; saute until soft but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add wine; boil until reduced to glaze, about 10 minutes. Add 4 cups orange juice and broth; boil until reduced to 1 3/4 cups, about 45 minutes. (Can be made one day ahead. Cool, cover & chill).

Prepare BBQ (medium-high heat). Drain pork; pat dry. Grill to desired doneness, turning often, about 18 minutes for medium. Transfer to work surface; tent with foil and let stand 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring sauce to a simmer; mix in cilantro, chives and chipotle chiles. Slice pork. Serve with sauce.


And on another note, Cecilia over at The Kitchens Garden recently issued a challenge to her fellowship of readers to show the views from our respective back doors. She shows us her daily view from her back door as well as into the life of her farm, which is quite interesting to see. And the images from her back door view challenge have resulted in some truly amazing views from all over the world. While our view is not an exotic one, it is quite idyllic and we enjoy it! So with wishes for you to have a lovely day, a happy Memorial Day if you are in the U.S., and some very happy grilling in general…here is my view. Cheers!

This is the view standing in our doorway looking onto the back deck...we'd just had a storm so it's a little messy!

This is the view standing in our doorway looking onto the back deck…we’d just had a storm so it’s a little messy!

This is looking out over the deck railing into the back yard. My raised bed garden is just below this view.

This is looking out over the deck railing into the back yard. My raised bed garden is just below this view.

My favorite view, looking into the entrance to our little "forest" of paths and shade garden.

My favorite view, looking up from the last shot and into the entrance to our little “forest” of paths and shade garden. Some of our trees are 100 feet tall.



40 thoughts on “Happy Grilling and Views from My Back Door

  1. I think your deck surrounded by greenery is just perfect, Betsy — I’d love to have that in my backyard. Coincidentally, I am cooking pork loin today — indoors — it is not warm enough to cook outdoors here on Memorial Day, so I will be stirring up a quick peach chutney, slathering it on the pork loin and wrapping the whole thing in frozen puff pastry. Add an hour or so in the oven and there is dinner with some Brussels sprouts or a salad on the side.


    • Your pork loin sounds wonderful, Sharyn, with the peach flavor and wrapped in puff pastry…yum! We do love our view, it provides so much privacy, except for when they are taking down trees next door as they are today of all days. 😦


  2. What a lovely presentation of your latest dishes! I love the way you formed the rice – great idea! And, as always, the recipe looks yummy. I love your backyard!! It’s so beautiful !! We have a weekend home in the Pocono mountains and our view from the deck is NOTHING like yours!


    • Why thank you, Cecile! I can’t imagine a view in the Poconos wouldn’t be better than this, but we do love our trees. I’m glad you like the recipes…we’ll be making them again soon for sure, and I’m making the salad again tonight!


  3. What a great back yard Betsy, I love your patio set. Having a forest in your back yard must be awesome.
    I’m loving this pork dish totally, the flavours are right up my alley and we make pork tenderloin quite often. Very nicely done.


    • Thank you, Eva. We do love it. The lot is only 150 feet deep from our back door, but it seems like it’s endless with all the trees. πŸ™‚ That patio set is Jarrah wood from Australia…they make their piers out of it and it lasts forever….or at least 15 year so far! πŸ™‚ Glad you like the pork. It is really tasty and the sauce makes it…so good with the rice or with sweet or regular potatoes. Happy Monday to you!


  4. It looks lush and exotic and restufl to me – very beautiful! And as for that food – we eat a lot of pork loin here and it’s lovely to find new ways to cook it, gorgeous πŸ™‚


    • Thank you, thank you, Tanya. It is restful most days. Alas we had a storm recently and lots of trees are being taken down around us..folks freaking out that they will fall on them. We have one that must come out, but I love my trees….and my pork, LOL!


    • Thank you so much, Sawsan! My newest favorite avocado concoction next to this salad, which we had again tonight, is harissa spread on pita with avocado mashed on it. Awesome sandwich! Hope you’ve had a lovely day! πŸ™‚


  5. I love the look of this meal on a plate. How lovely to be able to eat outside. I think pork and orange go so well together. I love your backyard. It looks very private, serene and green xx


  6. We can verify that this is a delicious menu, best eaten after time spent on the deck enjoying the view. A good way to start summer in the South.


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  8. Although you descried that roast perfectly, that photo takes the cake, Betsy. It looks like it was grilled to perfection. I remember you’ve talked about your shaded backyard in the past. I think it wonderful. Considering how warm your Atlanta Summers can be, I think I’d prefer a shady yard to one with a lot of Sun, especially if that shade is from your own little “forest.” You can’t beat that!


    • Thank you, John, I’m glad you like the pork…it is really tasty and we make it often during the warm months. And yes, we do really enjoy our deck. I think it was probably the selling feature of this house for us. It’s wonderful to have the shade from the trees and the privacy in the midst of a city neighborhood. πŸ™‚ Hope you are enjoying your trip! Happy Weekend!


    • Thank you kindly, Barbara. We do love our deck and it is the place we eat dinner as often as we can. I do hope you’ll give these dishes a try. They are so tasty, and are a different kind of Mexican food.


  9. Beautiful view Betsy – it looks so relaxing and tranquil! I bet you’ve had many a long meal on that deck, sitting out peering into the green foliage!


    • Geni, you are welcome anytime to come and sit on my deck! So glad you like the pork…it really is amazing with the chipotle sauce, as is the rice and the salad. Let me know if you try them. Have a great weekend!


  10. Your backyard looks like a little piece of paradise. I bet you’ve already had countless delicious meals on that back deck. What a wonderful idea that Cecilia has had — it is so nice to see where you spend your time. The pork sounds delicious as it combines so many favourite flavours!


    • We do feel like our back yard is a bit of paradise…you put that so well! And we eat as many meals out there as we can, although this evening it was raining! Cecilia is still taking images from folk of their back view and posting periodically…she says until they stop. You should send her one! πŸ™‚ Glad you like the pork…it really is a special dish with the sauce.


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