And in this Corner… Rubbed Pork Rib Eye

And in this Corner… Rubbed Pork Rib Eye

Round 2 of the Marx Foods Ridiculously Delicious Challenge
As excited as I was to make it past the preliminary “easy” round of the Marx Foods challenge, I have to say getting ready for Round 2 was proving a little “hinky”.

The instructions were to – Pick 2 of the provided pantry ingredients and create an original dish..

First, the list of provided ingredients:
Tepin Chilies
Szechwan Peppers
Coconut Sugar
Grains of Paradise
Dill Pollen
Dried Sour Cherries
Juniper Berries
Iranian Saffron

Wow.. 3 hot, 1 sour, 1 sweet, and 3 aromatics.

The Juniper Berries immediately caught my eye. I had been wanting to use them in a rub, but I had never gotten around to picking some up. Looking over the list, I settled on pairing them with the Grains of Paradise, a mildly hot, deep flavored pepper very similar to a spicy black peppercorn. I settled on a juniper based rub on a pork rib eye loin.

I also wanted to extend the flavor to the potato cakes, so I’ve added juniper berries to the cooked potatoes and run them through the ricer.

The dish finishes out with a pan reduction sauce where I toasted some additional Grains of Paradise, de-glazed the pan with a little Rangpur Gin and stock.
The finished entry has a heady juniper note and just enough spice to make the pork sing.

Pan Roasted Pork Rib Eye 
with a Juniper Berry ~ Grains of Paradise Rub
Serves 4

1 Tablespoon Juniper Berries
1 Teaspoon Grains of Paradise
1 1/2 Teaspoon Raw Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons Dry Mustard
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Pound Pork Rib Eye Loin2 Tablespoons Peanut Oil
Spice Grinder
10″ Saute Pan

  • The day before:
    • Place the 1st five ingredients in the spice grinder and process until you have a fine powder
    • Thoroughly coat the loin on all sides
    • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight
  • Preheat the oven to 500
  • Place the saute pan with the oil on high and heat until smoking
  • add the coated loin and sear on all sides (about 1 minute per side)
  • Place the pan with the loin in the oven and roast for15 minutes
  • Remove and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing

Juniper Scented Potato Cakes
Serves 4
2 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes
10 Juniper Berries
2 Teaspoons Salt + 1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
3 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Oil
1 Large Skillet
4 Small Egg Rings
1 Medium Sauce Pan
Small Plate and a large Can of Something (for weight)

  • Peel both potatoes
  • Cube one potato place on to boil with the juniper berries, salt and water
  • Grate the other potato and toss with the vinegar and an additional teaspoon of salt
  • Place the grated potatoes in the strainer and weigh down with a plate and the can of something (allow the potatoes to drain while the other potatoes are cooking)
  • When the boiling potatoes are fork tender, drain and pass through the ricer
  • Add the grated potatoes and egg and mix to combine
  • On medium heat, place the skillet with the oil
  • Place the egg rings into the skillet and spoon the potato mixture into the rings
  • Cook until golden brown (about 3 minutes) and flip over
  • Cook another 3 minutes
  • Drain on paper towels

Pan Reduction Sauce
Pan with oil and bits from Pork
1 Teaspoon Grains of Paradise
2 Ounces Gin
1 Cup Stock
3 Tablespoons Butter

  • On medium high heat place the pan with the peppers
  • Add the gin and scrape the bits from the bottom of the pan
  • Add the stock and reduce by 1/2
  • Remove from heat and begin stirring in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time
  • Spoon sauce over sliced pork

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12 thoughts on “And in this Corner… Rubbed Pork Rib Eye

  1. this whole dish sounds great – I have a particular affinity for juniper and pork after a friend from Norway sent me some Juniper berries last year…Enebar – as the label says…perfect with pork, she said.

  2. These look great. Amazing to see how many completely different recipes came out of that little box. I almost used juniper berries in mine, but changed my mind at the last minute. Good luck with the contest!

  3. @Lo-moYou know… since this is a Marx Foods sponsored event… you can always buy them from them 🙂 (they deliver)but if you have an international market within driving (snowshoeing) distance, you can probably get them there.

  4. This looks great! You already know I'm a huge fan of spice rubs and I'm really glad to see those darn juniper berries be used (they still have be stumped). Good luck with the competition! 🙂

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