Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Black Peppercorns and Rosemary

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Black Peppercorn Rosemary Marinade

 

Use this quick and easy marinade and you will almost feel like you are eating a luxurious beef filet instead of a simple pork tenderloin.  If you love the warm, gentle spice of black peppercorns as I do, you will turn to this recipe for casual week-night suppers and elegant dinner parties alike. Adapted from Grilling, Where There’s Smoke, There’s Flavor by Eric Treuille and Birgit Erath.

 

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2 pork tenderloins

Salt

4 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns

3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves

1 teaspoon fennel seed

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 tablespoons olive oil

 

Trim the pork tenderloins, taking care to remove all silver skin, then sprinkle lightly with salt on all sides.  Place the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse to a coarse paste.  Rub the paste over the tenderloins, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more.  Preheat grill to medium high and grill for 15-20 minutes (depending on the size) or until just barely pink in the center. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.  Serves 4-6

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Vietnamese Pork Stirfry with Garlic, Chilies and Lime

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Don’t let the lack of a syrupy sauce fool you….this quick stir-fry is bursting with flavor!    Try it over rice or noodles, wrap it up in lettuce leaves or rice paper, or use as a topping for an Asian salad with fresh greens and cucumbers. I love the pork tenderloin here but you can substitute chicken as well.

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3 tablespoons peanut oil

1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed then cut into fine strips

4 scallions, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped

2 red or green chilies, seeded and finely chopped

1/2 cup shelled, unsalted peanuts (note: if you only have salted peanuts, just rinse under water to remove the salt.  Fish sauce is quite salty so salted peanuts might overwhelm the dish)

grated rind and juice of 2 limes

2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

1/2 cups chopped fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves

 

Heat a wok or heavy pan and add 2 tablespoons of the oil.  Add the pork and sear over high heat until browned. (do not crowd pan…can do in two batches if necessary)  Remove the meat and juices to plate and set aside.

Wipe the work clean and return to the heat.  Pour in the remaining oil and add the onions garlic, ginger and chilies.   When the aromas begin to rise from the pan, add the peanuts and stir-fry for 1 minute.

Return the meat and its juices back to the wok, then stir in the lime rind and juice, followed by the fish sauce.  Add the fresh herbs and serve.

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Glazed Apricot-Dijon Pork Tenderloin Roasted with Caramelized Onions

 

Easy enough for a weeknight family supper but elegant enough for an Autumn dinner party, here is my new favorite recipe for pork tenderloin.  Go ahead and roast 2 tenderloins even if you don’t need that much because the leftovers are scrumptious. Recipe idea from Pure Flavor, by Kurt Beecher Dammeier, but I’ve adapted it for fool-proof results.

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2/3 cup Smucker’s All-Fruit Apricot Preserves

2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 medium onions, thinly sliced

extra virgin olive oil

2 pork tenderloins, trimmed

2 teaspoons salt

coarsely ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine the preserves, Dijon mustard, Whole-grain mustard, salt, black pepper and cayenne.  Set aside. (may be made up to one week ahead)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat  2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the sliced onions and sauté until they have softened and are beginning to show some color.  Meanwhile, season the pork tenderloins with salt and pepper. Transfer the onions to a baking dish just large enough to hold the two pork tenderloins.  Return the skillet to the heat and add a bit more olive oil if necessary.  Add the tenderloins, brown then on all sides, then remove them from the skillet and set them on top of the sauted onions.  Spoon the reserved apricot glaze over the pork and roast in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees.  (instant read thermometer is the way to go here…a very small yet worthwhile investment to make if you don’t have one already) Let the pork rest for 10 minutes before serving.  Cut tenderloins into 1/2 to 1 inch slices and serve with the caramelized onions. Serves 4-6

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