Last night, for Easter dinner, I made Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Balsamic and Orange Sauce, Skillet Bacon Mac and Cheese, Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto, and for dessert, Crock Pot Cheesecake. My mom made a salad to go with it, because that was a lot of meat. Overall, the meal was delicious, though I overcooked the pork, which is sadly very easy to do. Pork, like chicken and fish, doesn’t need very long to cook at all. I will definitely make the mac and cheese again, and since I still have some prosciutto left, I’ll probably make the asparagus again. I may even try to make the pork again, however pork tenderloin is expensive.
The whole meal took three and a half hours to complete! I will probably never make all of these things at the same time again, but it was totally worth it. I started with the Crock Pot Cheesecake, because it took two and a half hours to cook in the crock pot, and then about another hour to cool down. Then I started working on the Skillet Bacon Mac and Cheese. This dish probably took the longest amount of time, because there are a lot of steps involved. I, also, used glassware instead of a skillet to cook it in the oven, and I cooked it at 350°F so that I could leave it in the oven longer, while I worked on everything else.
Next I made the Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin, which I should have marinated while we were at church, but I totally forgot. It got at least 20 minutes to marinate, though, so it had good flavor. The sauce was not as thick as I thought it was going to be, and I’m not sure if that’s because I used cranberry juice (not the cocktail) instead of red wine, or because it’s just not a very thick sauce, but it still tasted amazing. Despite being overcooked, the pork tasted good, because of the marinade and the sauce.
The Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto was amazing. I wish that I had made more. The prosciutto was just a little crispy, and the asparagus was tender and moist. I could have easily eaten more of this. It was really easy to put together, too. I probably could have made this without the sauce, and it would have been even faster.
All in all, this Easter dinner was delicious. I had fun making it, and we all enjoyed eating it. I might do it again next year, but that seriously depends on what’s going on in our life at the time.