I recently saw some photos over at Lick the Bowl Good that made my mouth absolutely water...strange right? But honestly, Monica made a couple of pork tenderloin with a delectable sauce that had me clicking bookmark! I actually hadn't cooked pork tenderloin for some time when I found her recipe, so maybe that made it even more tempting? I think what really sold me were the fabulous studs of garlic spread out over the whole tenderloin. If you know me at all, you probably remember that I am a garlic fiend. Either way, I made it a few days later and thought I'd share the delicious recipe with you now.
Oink! Oink! Good...Pork Tenderloins
from Monica at Lick the Bowl Good...her Favorite Pork Tenderloins (click to see her post)
2 pork tenderloins
4 garlic cloves- peel & quarter length-wise
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 Tbs. country Dijon mustard
1/4 c. honey
2 Tbs. fresh orange juice
1 Tbs finely chopped rosemary or Herbes de Provence
Freshly ground pepper- to taste
3 Tbs. olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Rinse tenderloins and pat dry.
Place in a 9x13 Pyrex sprayed w/ pan spray.
With a paring knife, poke (~16) 1" slits in top-side of tenderloins. Insert a sliver of garlic into each slit.
Mix together remaining (marinade) ingredients in a separate bowl (I did it in my 2 c. measure). Pour marinade over the pork.
Place in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes (overdone pork is icky, so start checking early, especially if you have a hot oven), uncovered, basting halfway through.
Remove from oven and let sit ~10 minutes before slicing. Serve with the lovely pan juices spooned over the pork.
This was a lovely dinner...actually served with mashed potatoes and green beans...(not pictured...oh really?). My favorite part was definitely the studs of garlic...I will probably leave the mustard out next time and sub in something (undecided) else because it was a little too mustard-y for me...but still moist and delicious. Go check out Monica's other tasty recipes...she makes the best desserts, too!
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Oink! Oinking! and Pay It Forward WinnerSaturday, June 13, 2009
Michiana-based food writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.