Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Monica's Favorite Pork Tenderloin

A sweet friend sent me this recipe, a family favorite at her house.  
She said she makes it weekly,  I knew it had to be good.  

Results: The prep for this meal was simple.  The marinade was delicious and the pork was perfectly tender.  After letting the pork rest, we cut it into slices and browned each side.  Hubs put the oven on med high heat and they are on there less than a minute.  He likes his pork chops to have the crisp on the outside.  He said these were some of the best he had had.  I have a feeling he will be requesting this meal again soon. Enjoy!

Monica's Favorite Pork Tenderloin

1 pkg. pork tenderloins (2 tenderloins, about 2-2.5 lbs.)
4 garlic cloves
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 T. country dijon mustard (whole grain mustard)
4 T. honey
2 T. fresh orange juice
1 T. finely chopped fresh rosemary OR herbs de provence
freshly ground pepper to taste
3 T. olive oil

Yield: 1 cup of marinade.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Take tenderloins out of package. Rinse and pat dry. Place in a 9×13-inch Pyrex sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Take a paring knife and poke holes in the tenderloins (on the top side only) about an inch deep. Peel garlic cloves and quarter each clove of garlic-lengthwise. If they’re really big, cut them a bit smaller- about the size of slivered almonds. Place the garlic slivers in each pocket. Set aside while making marinade.
In a measuring cup or in a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except for the olive oil. Then slowly drizzle the olive oil while still whisking.
Pour the mixture over the tenderloins and put into preheated oven. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes, basting once halfway through the baking process.

Once removed from the oven, allow the tenderloins to rest on a cutting board for about 10 minutes before slicing. Spoon the pan sauce over the tenderloin medallions and enjoy!

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