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Food has a huge place in every culture and region of the world. No matter where you come from, sharing a meal with family, friends, strangers and travelers is a social experience that goes beyond mere survival. Being invited to share a meal means sharing a moment of altruism, intimacy, friendship that allows you to get closer to each other.
Given that, if you wanted to invite a guest to have a taste the culture of your country, which dish/food/recipe would you propose to share together?
As I'm from Montreal, Canada, I will skip the easy answer of Poutine and go with something a little less obvious!
Mmmmhhmmm.... Sweet sweet maple syrup! You don't get any more Canadian than maple syrup! Bacon with maple syrup... Ice Cream with maple syrup... Ham... Pie... you name it, we tried it with maple syrup! Now, Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloins... that's a meal that I really enjoy sharing in good company on a cold winter evening with a nice, dark, cold stout!
2 pork tenderloins, about 1 lb (454 g) each
1 tablespoon (15 ml) butter
1 tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
4 shallots, chopped
1 tablespoon (15 ml) Dijon mustard
1/2 cup (125 ml) maple syrup
1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F).
2. Dust the tenderloins with flour. In an ovenproof skillet, brown the meat in
the butter and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the skillet.
3. Add a little butter in the skillet, if necessary, and soften the shallots.
Add the mustard and maple syrup and simmer for about 1 minute, until it thickens.
Return the pork to the skillet and coat with the sauce.
4. Bake for 16 to 17 minutes for medium rare doneness.
5. Remove from the oven and cover with aluminum foil.
Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh thyme.
6. Serve with barley pilaf with bacon and/or mashed acorn squash with maple syrup.
What dish from your country would you share with us to experience a taste of your culture?
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