Spicy Holiday Sliders

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Yes, it’s here, the wonderful and magical holiday season! This year, don’t let that scare you when it comes to cooking…everything else…maybe. It’s cold outside so spice up your holidays with this awesome recipe coming to you straight from the KOR Kitchen!
We suggest an awesome pork slider, like no other, to serve as an appetizer while everyone is waiting for his or her big meal. Give those pork tenderloins a good rub and prepare for your house to smell like deliciousness. Pair with any of your favorite toppings; we suggest using arugula instead of lettuce for that peppery bite!
Check out UnKORked on Friday for a wonderful sweet pairing to this spicy slider.

Chipotle Pork Sliders- Serves four adults / 12 Sliders


1 ea.                     Pork Tenderloin Trimmed (16 oz. approx.)
½ Tbsp.                Chipotle seasoning, dry
½ Tbsp.                Onion Powder
½ Tbsp.                 Garlic Powder
1 tsp.                     Salt
2 tsp.                     Canola or Olive Oil for rubbing the tenderloin
1 cup                     Arugula, washed and spun dry
12 ea.                    Slider Buns
24 ea.                    Dill Pickle Slices (Optional for garnish)


Rub the tenderloin with the oil. Combine the chipotle seasoning, salt, onion powder and season the tenderloin evenly. Marinate for one hour or overnight for more intense flavor.

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position; heat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat the skillet over medium-high flame. Place the tenderloin in the skillet; cook until well browned, about 3 minutes. Using tongs, rotate the tenderloin 1/4 turn; cook until well browned, 45 to 60 seconds. Repeat until all sides are browned, about 1 minute longer. Transfer the tenderloin to a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven; roast until the internal temperature registers 135 to 140 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, around 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the tenderloin to a cutting board and let it rest 8 to 10 minutes. Cut the tenderloins crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

Assemble the sliders with the buns,arugula and dill pickle slices.

Let us know if you try our recipe and how it goes. Enjoy!


Thankful Thoughts

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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect what we are all thankful for and lets be honest, eat some delicious comfort food. Here at KOR, we are thankful for each and every one of our stupendous team members and the wonderful memories we are making everyday! Just because Thanksgiving is one day of the year, doesn’t mean we only give thanks once a year. We are so thankful for all of our clients and new friends we have met this year and look forward to meeting more in the New Year! Make some delectable food, have some laughs and give thanks this Thursday and everyday.

We have put together an ideal menu for Thanksgiving just for our readers:

  • Char-roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Fennel Seed, Fresh Garlic and Aleppo pepper
  • Grana Padano & Toasted Pine Nut Corn pudding
  • Olive Oil Sautéed Green Beans with Lardon
  • Port Wine & Orange Zest Cranberry Sauce
  • Oven Roasted Hearty Squash Medley

The best for last, Turkey with our favorite brine this year: Brown sugar, Bourbon & Soy Sauce, for flavor and browning.

PLUS a Garlic & Sage whipped butter under the skin for crisping & browning.

Have a Happy & Scrumptious Thanksgiving!


A Taste of Richmond Holiday

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A big thank you to Richmond Times Dispatch, who tasked the KOR team with elevating the “Taste of Richmond Holiday” event on Wednesday night. We created two savory and innovative snacks: a Whipped Tangerine and Balsamic Goat Cheese Fig, and Smokey Turmeric Roasted Almonds. Chef John closed the night with a demonstration featuring a refined Barbecue Shrimp and Guacamole Tostada, paired with a Mango Cocktail presented in a unique beaker cocktail glass from our friends at World Kitchen. Thank you for coming to see us and we look forward to the next exciting RTD event!

The Perfect Gift For Dad

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BeerEditWith father’s day right around the corner, we at KOR wanted to provide you with a list of dishes and local beer pairings from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery that your dad is sure to love. What better gift to give to your dad than a locally made beer and a well-accompanied homemade meal?  So check out our list below and get ready to make this the best father’s day yet — KOR style!

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