Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Island Pork Tenderloin

*Adapted from the Team Beach Body P90X meal plan.

PREP: 40 minutes
SERVES: 4...or only 2 if you love it as much as we did :)

16 oz. pork tenderloin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. chile powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 Tbsp. fresh garlic, finely chopped
1/2 Tbsp. Tabasco sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder, and cinnamon, then coat pork with the spice rub.
3. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a 12" skillet over moderately high heat and brown pork, turning, about 4 minutes.
4. Stir together brown sugar, garlic, and Tabasco and pat onto top of tenderloin. Place pork in a roasting pan and cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

Notes: This recipe is only for 16 oz. (one lb.) of pork tenderloin, but the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a larger crowd. I subbed honey for the brown sugar because I was out of brown sugar, and I used Cholula hot sauce instead of Tabasco--I think it would be delicious either way. Also, the original recipe called for its use in a spinach salad with oranges, sweet (not green) bell pepper, cabbage, and golden raisins with cumin vinaigrette. I instead served it with a spinach salad with mandarin oranges, feta cheese, and Brianna's French Vinaigrette dressing. Lastly, I served this with garlic cheddar biscuits, and they were a good compliment.

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