Bacon-Wrapped Pork Medallion
2T olive oil
1T balsamic Vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder
thick-cut slices of bacon
*Cut pork into 3" slices. Place meat between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and flatten to 2-inch thickness, using a rolling pin or flat side of a meat mallet.
*Whisk together olive oil and the next three ingredients.
*Rub mixture all over pork, cover and chill for 2 hours.
*Microwave bacon for 2 minutes or until bacon is partially cooked.
*Wrap sides of each pork slice with 1 slice of bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick.
*Light one side of the grill, heating to medium heat, leave other side unlit. Arrange pork over lit side, grill, with the lid closed for 5 minutes on each side. Move pork to unlit side, grill covered with lid until meat thermometer reads 160. About 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.
Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese
About 4 lbs of peeled, potatoes, cut into 1" pieces
1 c milk
1 1/2c mozzarella
1c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
2T plain dry bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 400. Coat 13x9 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling water until they are very tender. About 15 min. Drain, return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well. Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in mozzarella and 3/4c of the parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Stir in bread crumbs and remaining 1/4c of parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Bake uncovered until the topping is golden brown. About 20 minutes.
recipe from Giada De Laurentiis