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Quick, Easy and Tasty – Molasses-Glazed Roast Pork

Roast pork is always a favorite meal and when you make pork tenderloins it means you can get an elegant meal on the table pretty quickly. The tenderloins do not take long to cook and take very well to all kinds of sauces and glazes so you get a lot of room to experiment with different things that you like. I had a pork tenderloin in the freezer last week so when we were looking for something a little different for dinner one night I decided to take it out and find a new recipe that we can make fast during the week. I came across this recipe from Williams-Sonoma for a molasses-glazed roast pork tenderloin and it looked really easy to make so I thought I would give it a shot. The original recipe calls for it to be made with sweet potatoes, but I actually didn’t have any on hand that day so I just went with the pork instead.

Molasses-Glazed Roast Pork and Sweet Potatoes

2 pork tenderloins, each 10 to 12 ounces
Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup light molasses
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/2 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 shallot, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Season the pork tenderloins lightly with salt and black pepper. Set the tenderloins aside.

In a small bowl, stir together the molasses, mustard, rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season the potatoes with salt and black pepper and toss to coat the sweet potatoes evenly. Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Arrange the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer, leaving a space in the center of the pan. Transfer the potatoes to the oven and roast them for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the pork tenderloins and brown them on all sides, about 6 minutes total.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the pork in the center; set the fry pan aside. Brush the pork and potatoes with some of the molasses mixture. Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast until the potatoes are tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the pork registers 145°F, about 15 minutes. Transfer the pork and potatoes to a warmed platter.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the fry pan and set the pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring frequently to scrape up the browned bits, until the shallot begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining molasses mixture and the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.

Slice the pork and drizzle with the sauce. Serve the pork and potatoes immediately, passing any remaining sauce at the table.

It is a very simple meal that you can prepare and make in under an hour and gives you something different for a weeknight. The molasses glaze tastes great with the pork and I imagine it will taste great with sweet potatoes as well. I served the pork with some of the leftover Tex-Mex rice and beans that I had made as well as a new cauliflower recipe that I will be posting and some homemade focaccia bread that I made (I’ll be posting that recipe as well). It was a nice change of pace for a weeknight dinner that you can put together pretty easily.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Cooking, Dinner, Pork

 

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Time for Some Pork – Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apricot-Orange Glaze with Black Bean and Corn Relish

I love to make pork tenderloin because they can be made pretty quickly and easily during a weeknight and it feels like you are eating an elegant meal. I try to buy them when they are on sale, take one tenderloin out(they are almost always two to a package) and freeze the other for another night. When I went to make this one recently, I found two recipes I actually liked so I ended up combining their ideas into one singular recipe. I took a recipe idea from America’s Test Kitchen along with one from Every Day Health and came up with this roast pork tenderloin with an apricot-orange glaze and black bean and corn relish.

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Apricot-Orange Glaze with Black Bean and Corn Relish

1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup apricot preserves

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup dried apricots, quartered

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups frozen corn kernels

1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1 small red, yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Pat the pork tenderloin dry with paper towels, then season it with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat until it is just smoking. Brown the tenderloin on all sides, reducing the heat if the fat begins to smoke, about 10 minutes. Transfer the tenderloin to a plate and set it aside.

Combine the apricot preserves, orange juice, dried apricots and lemon juice in a bowl. Pour off all the fat from the skillet that held the tenderloin. Add the apricot mixture to the pan. scrape up any browned bits and simmer until the mixture is slightly thickened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Return the tenderloin to the skillet and coat it well with the glaze on all sides.. Roast the tenderloin in the oven until the center of the pork registers 135 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 15 to 18 minutes, turning the tenderloin halfway through the cooking time.

While the tenderloin is roasting, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and heat until shimmering. Add the red onion and the pepper and saute until the vegetables are soft, about 2 to 3 minutes.Add the black beans, frozen corn, garlic and drained tomatoes and bring the mixture to a simmer. Heat just until the corn is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Toss in the  chopped parsley and mix and the refrigerate the relish for 30 minutes to blend the flavors.

Remove the tenderloin from the oven and transfer it to a cutting board. Tent the tenderloin with aluminum foil and let it rest until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 to 150 degrees before slicing, about 10 minutes. Slice the tenderloin and place it on a serving platter and then drizzle it with any remaining glaze that may be in the skillet. Serve the tenderloin with the black bean relish.

This is a very easy dinner that you can make in under an hour and it tastes great and looks like you put a lot of work into it. The glaze on the pork is super with the apricots and orange juice. I even added an apple to the glaze and baked it over the pork for some extra flavor. We all loved the black bean relish as well. It had incredible flavor and would be perfect as a side for a summer barbecue with ribs, hamburgers or even just as a great side for some Mexican food or even sandwiches. We ate the leftovers several times with other meals. You could use fresh corn for this as well and not cook anything in the recipe and simply combine all of the ingredients until they are well mixed if you wanted it that way or even give it a little heat by using hotter peppers in the relish instead of bell peppers. I also made some asparagus and rice to round out the meal.

That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. As usual there is always plenty more to come. If you ever have any recipes you might like to share, feel free to drop me a note in the comments section, send me an email at IguanaFlats@msn.com or send me a message on Facebook or Twitter. Until next time, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Cooking, Dinner, Pork, Sauce, Side Dishes

 

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