Showing posts with label pork tenderloin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pork tenderloin. Show all posts

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Twice Cooked Pork Tenderloin a la Mark Bittman #Recipe @PegCochran

This recipe is from Mark Bittman of the NY Times.  I tried it and it was so good and so easy I had to share!  I've made no alterations or substitutions because it was that good!  Normally in the summer I grill a pork tenderloin with some kind of rub or marinade but it was raining (boo hoo!) so that was out of the question.  I happened on this recipe and decided to give it a try.  It's definitely company worthy!

1 boneless pork tenderloin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter, extra virgin olive oil, or a combination
1/2 cup water 
¼ cup cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard  

Dry tenderloin with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then add 2 tablespoons of butter or oil or a combination of both.  Heat the fat until the butter foam subsides or the oil begins to take on a dimpled appearance.

Add meat to skillet and brown thoroughly on all sides.  This will take approximately 5 or 6 minutes.

Remove meat from pan and let pan cool slightly while you cut the tenderloin into one inch thick pieces.

Return heat to medium-high, add remaining butter, oil or combination to pan and when hot, add pork slices.  Brown on each side, approximately two or three minutes each.

Turn heat to low and remove meat to a platter and keep warm.

Add 1/2 cup water to the pan, turn the heat to high and cook, stirring, for a minute or two.  Reduce heat slightly, add cream and heat until sauce thickens slightly.  Stir in mustard and heat briefly.

Pour sauce over sliced pork.  Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.



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Monday, March 31, 2014

Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Sauce in One Pot

Last New Year's I happened upon the best piece of pork I've eaten in a long while. There wasn't much of a recipe to it. I just salt and peppered it and popped it into the oven to roast. I think the key was the cut. It was rack of pork. I hadn't planned on making anything of the sort, and there was only one at the store. I figured it was meant for us.

Otherwise, the only cut I bother buying anymore is the tenderloin. Don't confuse it with a pork loin. The tenderloin is small, usually between 1 and 1.5 pounds. They're larger on one end and taper off completely on the other end. Pork loins run about 2 to 4 pounds. They're much bigger in comparison. 3 to 4 inches across with no tapering.

Pork loins are what my mother used to roast so beautifully. They're so lean now, though, that they really benefit from low, slow cooking. You'll note that for my tenderloin, the oven temperature is 400, yet it turns out soft and moist.

Interestingly, the National Pork Board says pork should only cook to 145 and should rest for 3 minutes. Hmm. I'll try that next time, but my pork went to 162 and was perfect. Just a little bit rosy inside when cut. I'll let you be the judge of the appropriate temperature.

This makes quite a bit of mushroom sauce. It would be great on pasta or with potatoes so you can savor every little drop.

Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Sauce

oven-safe pan with lid

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small pork tenderloin (see note above)
1/2 onion
1 celery stalk
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
8 ounce package cremini mushrooms (or white mushrooms)
3/4 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons flour

Preheat oven to 400.

Heat the oil in a large oven-safe pan. Rinse the tenderloin, pat dry and rub with salt and pepper. Brown the tenderloin. Remove the tenderloin from the pan. Add the onions, celery and marjoram. Saute until the onions begin to soften. Add the mushrooms. When the mushrooms soften, add the chicken stock and stir in the flour. Nestle the pork tenderloin in the middle, cover and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. The meat should be around 160-170 when you take it out. Allow the pork to sit 5 - 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with mushroom sauce over it.

Use one pot. Less washing!

Sauce cooks along with the meat.

Coming in June!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Cream Sauce

What's in your freezer? Seriously, what's in there that needs to be used? In my case, it's fruit! Fruit that we froze last summer that will be back in season soon. So I'm using up cherries and raspberries like crazy. Not that I mind!

Reduce raspberries
Like my protagonist, Sophie Winston, I like to keep a few goodies in the freezer in case company is coming. I live 45 minutes from my favorite grocery store, so a quick drive there and back eats up an entire morning. To be on the safe side, I keep a few things at the ready and one of them is usually pork tenderloin. It defrosts very nicely overnight, and it's always so tender.

Brown the meat

Since I have all these raspberries that need to be eaten, I made a raspberry reduction and added cream. I used 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar, which gives it a serious kick. It's also sweet, thanks to sugar and honey, so it's a
De-glaze pan
nice combination of sweet and tart. *If you're sensitive to vinegar, you might want to cut back on the amount and use only one or two tablespoons.

Straining the sauce isn't necessary, although it's probably more attractive strained. I would take the extra step for company.

The sweet and tart combination would be great on venison, too. Or beef, or, well, I'm seriously thinking it might even be good on ice cream!  Either I've been watching too many cooking shows or I've been taken over by Natasha.

Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Cream Sauce

15-16 ounces frozen raspberries
1/2 cup cognac
1/3 cup sugar
1-2 tablespoons or 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar*
2 tablespoons honey
pinch of thyme

2-4 tablespoons olive oil
2 pork tenderloins
salt & pepper

1 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons heavy cream

fresh raspberries to garnish (optional)

Place the raspberries in a large pot. (If they have ice crystals on them, wash them off.) Add the cognac, sugar, balsamic vinegar, honey, and thyme. Bring to a boil, stir to combine, and reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about twenty minutes until it has thickened and the liquid is reduced by about half. (This can be done in advance and refrigerated.)

Preheat oven to 400. Pour the olive oil into an oven proof pan large enough to hold the pork tenderloins and heat at just under medium. Brown the tenderloins on all sides, approximately 10 minutes total. Place the pan in the oven and roast 12 - 15 minutes. A meat thermometer should read about 140 degrees. Remove from pan and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

Meanwhile, de-glaze the pan with a splash or two of water. Add the raspberry mixture to the pan, stir, and heat. Remove from heat, whisk in the butter and the heavy cream. If you wish, you may strain the sauce. Serve over the meat and garnish with fresh raspberries.



Saturday, March 24, 2012

My Favorite Sesame Noodles by Lucy Burdette

I'm a sucker for sesame noodles--all kinds. I love the gloppy, viscous ones they serve in Chinese restaurants, and my sister-in-law's standby with noodles and a separate sauce. But the ones I serve over and over when company's coming and the barbeque is humming have no peanut-ty sauce at all. They are spicy and salty with a tang that comes from the balsamic vinegar and they can be paired with just about anything at all. I found the original recipe in Bon Appetite magazine and have tweaked it over the years.


1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 tablespoons minced, peeled ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1.5 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon hot chili oil or chili paste with garlic--to taste!
1 pound linguine
12 scallions, cleaned and chopped
1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, cilantro if desired

Heat the peanut and saute the garlic and ginger on medium heat for about a minute. Scrape this into a large bowl and add the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, hot oil or chili paste, scallions, and sugar, and whisk these ingredients until well combined. Cook the noodles as directed, drain, and rinse. Add them to the bowl and mix well. Leave them at room temperature, tossing occasionally until the sauce is absorbed. Before serving, sprinkle with nuts, basil, and cilantro, if desired, and serve at room temperature.For this dinner, I also added some leftover pork tenderloin that had been marinated and grilled the night before, and then cut into matchsticks. Add some flash stir-fried snow peas or bok choy and dinner is served. Warning: I don't make these if just the hub and I are at the table--the temptation is to finish off the entire bowl! (The dish would also be delicious with grilled shrimp or chicken or crunchy cubes of tofu for the vegetarians.)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Medallions with Brandy, Fig, and Cherry Sauce

I shared this recipe in my newsletter recently, but it's so good that I couldn't keep it under wraps for too long.  It’s a delicious recipe with a sauce that I could eat with a spoon.  If you would like to sign up for my newsletter, please go to my website and scroll down to the sign-up box.

My test tasters loved it so much that they remembered it and requested it again.  Now I have to cook it for the people who weren't here for the official tasting. It is a little bit of work, but well worth the results!

This is a perfect dish for a special dinner when you're looking for something besides ham or turkey to serve.  I have a feeling that Dave will love it!

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Medallions
with Brandy, Fig, and Cherry Sauce

1 pork tenderloin
9 strips of uncooked bacon
salt and pepper

1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
1/2 cup halved and pitted cherries
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon mustard

Combine all sauce ingredients and bring to a gentle boil.  Turn down to a simmer and let cook about forty-five minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350.  Lay each slice of bacon flat in a large roasting pan.  (The one that came with your oven will work fine.)  Cook in oven for 10-12 minutes.  It should be cooked through and getting crispy, but still soft enough to bend.

Raise the temperature of the oven to 400.

Slice the tenderloin into one-inch thick rounds.  Wrap a piece of bacon around each medallion and secure with a toothpick.  Place on a rack in a baking pan and roast in oven for 12-15 minutes or until the pork registers 140 degrees on a thermometer or is barely pink inside.

[If you prefer your bacon crispier, you can pop the pan under a hot broiler for 2 minutes, but be careful not to dry out the pork.]

Remove toothpicks, and serve with sauce.  Serves 3.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lemon Garlic Shish Kabob

The heat and humidity of summer had me craving lemon this week. I sought out that tart, refreshing flavor. But I didn't want it muddied with a lot of other spices or liquor, though Dave's coconut rum marinade has been on my mind!

This recipe isn't so much a recipe as a guide. Feel free to vary the ingredients to suit your mood and preferences. It's very easy. If you have vegetarians in the family, it's simple enough to make some all veggie skewers, too. The tiny peppers and mushrooms were so good that I wouldn't have minded eating a veggie kabob myself!


1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 generous tablespoon dried rosemary, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Shish Kabobs

1 pork tenderloin, sliced in one inch rounds
white mushrooms
red, orange, and/or yellow peppers
yellow squash
1 lemon, sliced (optional)

Note that there aren't any quantities on the veggies. Mix and match, and use as much or as little as you like.

1. Mix the marinade ingredients and place them in a ziplock bag with the mushrooms and the pork. Refrigerate and marinate for half an hour.

2. Meanwhile, soak the skewers in water and cut the other vegetables. I found adorable tiny peppers, so I used them them whole. Yellow squash, zucchini and other veggies that need to cook longer should be cut quite thin since the kabobs don't take long to cook.

3. Oil the grill and preheat. Place the meat and veggies on the skewers, sliding a lemon slice on each one as well.

4. Place on the grill and close the top for about four minutes. Flip the kabobs and close the top for another three to four minutes, until the meat is done. Don't overcook! Tenderloin is very soft, but will toughen if it cooks too long.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Grilled Bourbon Tenderloin

They would kick me off The Next Food Network Star for what I'm about to suggest. Is anyone else a fan of the show? I think it was last season that they were so upset with a woman for suggesting that a meat marinade could be cooked and served as a sauce. Horrors! I understand that we don't want anyone to get sick, but I made this dish and cooked the marinade as a sauce two days ago -- and I'm still alive. Shh. Don't anyone tell them over at Food Network. Okay?

Seriously, if you're concerned about the sauce having touched raw meat, set aside part of the marinade before you add the meat and cook that portion as the sauce.

In The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, one of Sophie Winston's favorite meats is pork tenderloin. It's so versatile and is great with all sorts of fruits and sauces. Now that it's finally grilling season here, I thought of Dave and hauled out the bourbon. Bourbon isn't my drink of choice, nor is it a favorite of my guest who shared this meal, but we both like the flavor that it imparts. So, if you're not a fan of straight bourbon, don't let that deter you. It mixes nicely with the other flavors in this marinade.

When you buy the pork tenderloin, don't mistakenly buy a large piece of meat. It should be about 2 inches in diameter and somewhere around 10 inches in length. It often comes packaged in a sealed plastic sleeve. Read the label. I'm sorry to say that many companies add preservatives to it. Look for one that says "no preservatives."

While it's not an absolute necessity (the old cut and peek method still works, after all), I used my handy-dandy Thermapen to check the temperature. These little beauties are expensive, but when I add up the number of $11 to $30 meat thermometers I've bought and thrown out after a year, it's worth the expense. It also makes a very nice gift for a special cook in your life!

Grilled Bourbon Tenderloin

2 or 3 pork tenderloins
1/2 cup Bourbon
1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup apple vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 generous tablespoon chopped dried rosemary
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped

Combine the ingredients and place the meat in the liquid to marinate for at least two hours. Turn after one hour to be sure both sides are marinated.

Remove the meat and place on a moderately hot grill. CLOSE the cover. Cook approximately 18 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 155 degrees. When you remove the meat from the grill, let stand for at least five minutes before slicing.

CAUTION: Do not overcook! The meat should be soft. If you overcook it, it will become dry and tough.

While the meat is cooking, place the remaining marinade in a pot, bring to a boil, then simmer at least 10 minutes, or until the meat is ready. Slice the meat into half-inch rounds and spoon the sauce over the meat to serve.

One tenderloin provides about three servings.


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