Do you remember the show Friends? And Joey and his obsession with sandwiches? Ok, well I totally get where Joey was coming from. Sandwiches, or sammiches as I refer to them, are the best. thing. ever. Even better than cookies.
I know! Better than cookies! Now if that’s not a statement, I don’t know what is.
A few weeks ago I posted about the Whitewater Cooks With Friends cookbook, which I loved. There was one dish in it that caught my eye and I knew I had to give it a try: Margie’s Pork Tenderloing Saltimbocca Roasted on a Bed of Apples. I didn’t have any tenderloin on hand when I was reviewing the book so it would have to wait until the next shopping trip.
Ok, this might be the best thing I’ve ever made. Like… EVER. That’s right. EVER. The recipe was super simple but soooo tasty. Lots of wine, dijon, prosciutto, sage, maple syrup… oh my. And what was even better was, when I opened up my pork tenderloin, which seemed unusually fat, it was actually two sealed together. So I made them both!
And that meant… leftovers! Lots and lots of leftovers! Some I snuck right off the plate late at night but with the rest I made, believe it or not, apple mustard gravy rice pudding (trust me… sounds weird but was so good), my own crazy version of ishi yaki with pork and egg and the most amazing toasted pork and apple sandwich.
First, you’re going to start off slicing some good, crusty bread and you’re going to grill that in the oven (you could toast it too but I like grilling for sandwiches).
Next, you need to assemble your fixings. Slice up some of the leftover pork nice and thin, make sure you get some of the sage in with it and some of the prociutto. Heat up some of the leftover braised apples and add a healthy slather of dijon mustard and good ol mayo.
Make sure you slather it on when the bread’s right out of the oven and hot so it seeps down into the pores. Next you’re going to pile apples on one side of the bread and the pork, prosciutto and sage on the other side like so:
Yes, isn’t he just a vigilant little soul? He’d sell me over in a heartbeat for a slice of that pork. Don’t kid yourselves.
Not only is this going to make one delicious sandwich but, it is really quite beautiful to look at.
Slap it all together and away you go. Share with your dog if you must (Sam did get a tiny tidbit of pork – he knows who the sucker in this relationship is…).
And here is a picture of my Ishi Yaki (rice with pork, prosciutto, tomatoes, spinach and egg all cooked into it)
All of it was pretty freaking yummy. Just sayin. You can find the Pork Saltimbocca and apple recipe on page 110 of Whitewater Cooks with Friendsby Shelley Adams. Seriously… one of the best things I’ve ever made.
Food Photography Tips
I went way overboard with the photos for this post but I borrowed the Canon 24-70 2.8L lens from a friend last week to do a portrait shoot (which, omg was scary and pushed me way out of my comfort zone!). Anyway, he’s letting me hang on to it for a bit and you can bet I’ll be making as much use of it as possible until I have to hand it back.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I wish I owned this lens. I know I say you can take beautiful photos with whatever you have and you absolutely can but… oh my… every time I’ve used this lens over the last two years my pictures are just that much better. And my post processing is almost non-existant. The other night I saw somebody posting about how they had just got this lens but had no idea what to do with it and I nearly cried. I would know EXACTLY what to do with it and there is was in the hands of somebody who’d been told it was good but had no clue why or what they could do with it. If they are using that lens with their camera on auto… I will sob.
There are too many photos here to list all the settings but if you’re curious about one of them in particular, leave a note in the comments and I’ll post them for you. I can tell you the first three were shot by balancing the roasting pan and the platter on my sink and using the window light to back light them at about 6pm in the evening. The rest were all shot on my kitchen table with the light to the left – no reflectors and my only post processing was to sharpen them. At the time, I was happy with the exposure but now, after a few days, I think I could have lightened up a bit on them. But there you go… who’s ever 100% happy with their pictures?!