Celebrating Dad this Father's Day

Hungry Fan
June 13, 2017
Cooking for Dad is a great way to show you care. Here's our guaranteed-to-please strategy for making Dad feel great this Father's Day Weekend.

Things That Make You Go Mmm....include what we're cooking up for Dad this Father's Day!

Themed around some of the best eats you'll find in the great state of MIchigan (apples + pasties, oh boy!), we crafted this pasty complete with yummy Smithfield pork. Michigan plays host to this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - FireKeepers Casino 400.

We teamed up with Smithfield this summer to bring you a series of delicious dishes themed around national holidays and NASCAR! As you may or may not know, since 2012, Smithfield has been a proud sponsor of the Richard Petty Motorsports team led by No. 43 Ford driver Aric Almirola. (We here at Hungry Fan continue to wish Aric a quick recovery. Our thoughts are with Aric and his family).

This Sunday is Father's Day 2017 and it's also the FireKeepers Casino 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. With Smithfield's tasty Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin in hand, we sought out to capture the flavors of Michigan and come up with an awesome recipe that Dad's sure to love. Feed this to Dad and he'll love you forever! (Big claims, but we think he'll probably love you forever anyway. This is just icing on the cake)!

Settling on the idea of interweaving two of Michigan's most well-known food exports: pasties and applies, we tinkered a little and decided the easiest way to serve this pasty (that would allow you more time in front of the TV with Dad watching the race), was to use store-bought dough. And since we're huge fans of puff pastry dough, we picked up some puff pastry sheets (in the freezer section) and got to cooking.

The result is this flaky, buttery, herby, ridiculously scrumptious recipe. It's kind of like a pork-stuffed croissant minus all the time, work and difficulty. Prep time is 10-15 minutes (or less, depending on how comfortable you are with rolling pastry dough) and the oven does the rest! 

Here's a tip: if you want to grill the pork ahead of time to give it a smokier/barbecue aroma, feel free. (You can reference how to grill the pork in this other yummy pork tenderloin recipe we recently posted). But feel comfortable knowing that you can just as easily (and safely) roll the raw pork tenderloin into your dough and bake it. The time in the oven is more than enough to fully cook your pork! 

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We wish you all a wonderful Father's Day and a great weekend watching NASCAR and kicking back with Dad!

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ALSO! If you’re a fan of fast cars, Smithfield invites you to try your hand at fast flavor! The brand wants to see what you can do with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork to get a flavorful meal ready in about 30 minutes with their “Real Flavor, Real Fast” meal and tip contest. For more 30-minute meal preparation ideas, and to submit your original recipe for a chance to win great prizes, head to www.SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com.