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BiggySmallin on a Budget

BIGGYSMALLIN ON A BUDGET- “The Beef is too D*** High Party” (Recipe)

I think I’m giving up red meat.  Not for any new-found moral, or even health-related reason… it’s just to doggone expensive! Pour one in the ground for the cows, I guess.  Evidently they ARE endangered, or must be to justify 4 or 5 bucks a pound… I digress.

Mine didn't quite look like this...but it sure was good!

Due to budgetary constraints…  I am exploring alternatives. Luckily, I’m not allergic or averse to pork, and it is in cheap supply in my area.  This recipe was ripped simplified from a recipe in The Washington Post Express that I was too lazy/ “hungry right now” to completely recreate, but wanted something with pork and apples. The original recipe called for cauliflower, which would probably be good here too.

Original recipe:–Roasted-Cauliflower–and-Chunky-Applesauce.html?nav=5007

It was actually pretty inexpensive.  The pork tenderloin was on sale, I used two apples ( I could have used one more) out of what I had bought anyway, and everything else I had at home.

Grocery list

1.6 lb pork tenderloin @3.99/lb=$6.50

4 Gala apples (or preferred type, preferably not red delicious) @ 1.49/lb= $2.28

Total= $8.78

(With an apple or two left over for snacking) 🙂

Sweet and Spicy Pork Medallions (serves 5)

1.6 Pork Tenderloin, cut into 2 inch medallions

2 or 3 Gala apples, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons dried minced onion

1 teaspoon powdered sage

1 teaspoon ground black pepper


3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoons red pepper flake ( or more to taste)

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons olive oil


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Chop apples and cut pork into medallions.  Place apples in bowl, and toss with 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar.  Let sit to soften at least 5 minutes.

Season medallions on both sides, with chili powder, onions, pepper.  Prepare marinade by combining  oil with spices and red wine vinegar, and whisk until blended.  Place medallions and apples in a roaster or baking pan, and pour marinade over.

Cook in oven for about 25 minutes, or until medallions are cooked through.




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