Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin $4.22

Let's jump right is, cuz it's our night to really shine in the kitchen and this is an amazing tenderloin! ... Prepare your potatoes (recipe at bottom) first as they take considerably longer than the meat!

Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin
Olive Oil spray
1/2 tsp. cumin.10
1/2 tsp cinnamon .10
1/2 tsp salt.05
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper .02
1/8 tsp chile pepper .05

1 pork tenderloin (1 lb), trimmed of visible fat $3.40
1 tsp. olive oil .10

2 Tbsp honey .20
1/2 Tbsp hot pepper sauce (like the hot wings sauce) .10
1 tbsp minced garlic .10

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a small roasting pan or ovenproof skillet (just large enough to hold your pork) with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine the cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and chile pepper.  Rub the pork evenly with the teaspoon of olive oil then rub the spice mixture evenly over the pork until it is coated.  Coverly loosely with plastic wrap - refrigerate for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the honey, garlic and hot sauce.  Whisk to mix and set aside.

Set a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until it is hot enough to sizzle water.  Place the pork in the pan, cooking for 1 (one) minute per side, or until browned all around.  Transfer to prepared oven-proof pan.  With a basting brush, evenly coat the pork with the prepared honey mixture.

Roast the tenderloin about 18 minutes per pound, or until a thermometer inserted in the center reaches 155 and the juice runs clear.  Remove from the oven and tent with aluminum foil.  Allow to rest for 10 minutes.  Transfer pork to cutting board and slice into thin slices.

Oven Roasted Potatoes

wash (peel if desired) and dice potatoes of choice (red, yellow, white, russet, etc.)
toss with LIGHT coating of olive oil (i do it right on the cutting board)
place on dark baking sheet and seperate to allow even cooking
season with your choice of seasoning salt or ground rosemary or just salt to taste.
bake at 400 degree oven for first 15-20 minutes while you prep the meat - then turn oven down to 350 when you sear the meat allowing it to cool to the 350 degree oven for proper preparation of the meat.
toss regularly (10 minute intervals) to ensure even browning and cooking
approx. cook time is 40 minutes

Fresh Steamed Brocolli
wash and cut brocolli into spears
boil 1 inch of water in a pan large enough to hold all your brocolli
As soon as the water boils, add brocolli - steam for about 7 minutes
drain - spritz with "spray butter" or lemon or serve plain (my personal choice!)


  1. OMG We loved this tonight! Joe and the three kids all devoured because it was SO SO SO tender! And really, it was EASY!
    I cooked my roast in my cast iron frying pan - a bit of extra iron can't hurt my growing kids!

    Now, I know I initially planned on serving aspargus with this - and mmm, would it have been good, but sales dictate my life these days, and FRESH brocolli was on sale at Aldi for $.99 for at least 16 ounces - frozen brocolli is $1.19 for 12 ounces, and frozen aspargus is $1.99 for 12 ounces. Fresh aspargus is on sale at Walmart today for $2. per pound, but it wasn't on my mind as I ran thru Walmart for spray paint and valentines embellishments this early morning. Maybe it will be tomorrow when I go back for more spray paint and more embellishments. Who ever thought up this valentines day project anyway - oh, that would be ME. UGH!

  2. I have to admit, this was probably the best pork tenderloin I've ever had. The broccoli and potatoes went along with it really well. I'm definitely up for a repeat of this one.