Plum Pork Sucess

August 14, 2012

by — Posted in Food, Life at Home

My sister (one of the picky ones) found this recipe in my latest (free) Martha Stewart Living. Luckily, she pointed it out to me, or I might have turned right past it. It was in the middle of a page, smashed with a bunch of other things that  fall into the sound-good-but-probably-need-crazy-ingredients-so-I’ll-just-skip-it category. But, being a pork lover, I am always interested in a new way to do pork.

Here’s a picture of something similar from Martha’s own website because I forgot to take pictures Saturday night.

The instructions from the magazine say:

Slice 1 pound pork tenderloin, pound thin (didn’t do this), and season with course salt.
Brown pork in extra-virgin olive oil and unsalted butter over medium-high heat, and remove.
Saute 4 plums (we used 3), cut into wedges, and 1 red onion, thinly sliced, over medium heat.
Add 1/4 c red wine vinegar (used white), and stir until bubbling.
Return Pork to pan and toss.
Serves 4

Andrew and Arielle brought broccoli that we steamed and couscous to go with it (and we had the delicious ice cream cupcakes for dessert). So how much did this dinner for 4 cost? Well, I’m not exactly sure on the sides, as I didn’t actually see the receipt, so here’s some educated guesses. I usually pay about $1.50 for couscous. We probably used half of the broccoli, which I usually get for $1.70 a bunch at Aldi, so $.85. Let’s round up to $1. That’s a total of $2.50 for sides.

Cost of Dinner:

$2.69 – 1 pound of pork
$.42 – 1 red onion @ $1.69 for 4
$.75 – 3 plums @ .25 each
$.25 – white wine vinegar (this is totally a rounded up guess)

$4.11 – Main Dish Total
$2.50 – Side Total

$6.61 – Total Meal/4 adults
Total Per Person: $1.65!!

You can’t get that at a restaurant! You can’t even one plate for the total meal cost at a restaurant! I think this is a winner. Plus it was delicious! This makes me excited to have home made food. I mean, we eat in about 90% of the time, so it’s not like we don’t do it, but knowing how much we save is that much more encouraging.

Also, last night we sat down and made out a menu list for the rest of the month so I’ll be doing lots of shopping this week and that means crunching more numbers about our meals and more info to pass on to you!