I’ve been watching Good Eats a bit of late
There’s a handful of episodes on Netflix now. So - I tried one of Alton Brown’s pork tenderloin recipes yesterday. But - I wasn’t quite sure what to serve as a side. In the past, I’ve been partial to pineapple (love some grilled pineapple!). However, I also had some leftover rice in the rice cooker, still hot from the previous day.
So - I tried something a little different. I added the rice to a mixing bowl, then added the reserved marinade from after post-grill marinating of the pork, to the rice. I then took about ½ of the grilled pineapple and cut them into chunks, adding them to the rice mixture.
I personally really enjoyed the meal. The pineapple adds a sweetness that offsets the strong sour flavor from the lime. There was also enough salt in the leftover marinade for me; this is something that would be easy to overlook though. I wouldn’t be afraid to add additional salt if I felt it necessary. The rice was a bit strong by itself (it’s quite sour - the pineapple really is necessary, err on adding more pineapple than you think you need).
For dinner, I served the rice/pineapple/marinade mix separately; however, for leftovers, I chopped up some leftover pork and added it to the rice mix (as it is a nice addition to the rice mix).
Pineapple/Pork marinade rice side recipe (makes about 4 servings)
- leftover marinade from pork tenderloin (the half used to marinate after grilling the tenderloin)
- about 3 cups cooked rice (probably could have used a little more, as the marinade is quite strong)
- about ½ of a grilled pineapple, cut into bite size chunks
- Mix all of the above together in a mixing bowl right before serving
- Do not use the marinade used with the raw pork
- I served with a slice of pork tenderloin, and the rest of the pineapple as a second side
- I might experiment with using all of the pineapple in the rice bowl in the future
- Trying 4-6 cups cooked rice, whole pineapple and the marinade might be a good idea
- Reheats decently in the microwave; not the best I’ve ever had, but certainly not the worst (in terms of “how good reheated is” vs “how good original was”)