There is something peculiar about combining sweet and salty flavors. I used to find my self being skeptical about pairing strange flavors, but recently they have really begun to intrigue me. Pork and apples is an old favorite combination of sweet and salty that never has seemed to bother me, probably because it is so common. Today, I find myself trying to find more unique combinations, but this is one recipe that will definitely still stay in the back of my head.
This recipe is great to serve when you have guests. The shallots give the sauteed apples a unique salty kick which pairs perfectly with a tasty slice of spiced pork tenderloin. A nice scoop of garlic mashed potatoes serves as a great side for this dish.
It is always nice to have hot cocoa on a snowy day, but sometimes the chocolate is just too much. Spiced cider is another holiday drink that is easy to make, but is less filling than hot chocolate. This recipe is kind of a cheater recipe, considering that I didn’t actually make the cider myself, but it makes a great drink for holiday parties. Add a little bit of spiced rum to the cider and you are ready to go!