This is an easy, sexy meal. I imagine two dating individuals wrapping prosciutto around the pork fillets for a romantic date night meal. This may be sexy or not, I’m not sure, but in my defense, there are candles, glasses of wine in proper wine glasses, quiet, and faint background music. Two kids later, Friday night means the kids helped wrap the pork and we shoveled bites in as we mitigated tears, pouts, and fights. No deep, riveting conversations, sexy talk, or quiet lulls between conversations. We discussed the importance of eating for a child who refused to do so and then bribed said individual – a deeply engaging, slightly philosophical, powerfully moving conversation. The grown-up talk included a discussion of weather-proofing the house (boo) and making doctor appointments (double boo). There was wine, but it in short sturdy glasses. Even as my Friday date night has morphed into something decidedly non-date like, just as my look has become something very mom-ish (emphasis ish) and non-date-able, I can say with certainty that the meal was delicious and sparks might have flown given a proper (i.e. kid-free) atmosphere.
Though I maintain date night is the way to go with this meal (ooh, or serve it on a bun for a romantic picnic), it’s also a great meal to whip together for guests and, simply and fundamentally, it makes an easy and delicious weeknight meal. I served the pork with pesto pasta but the dish could be just as great with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes. You can marinate the pork in store-bought Italian dressing or make a Herb Vinaigrette. The vinaigrette is also great on salad and makes a fine side for the meal. Cheers to a proper date night.