I spent most of yesterday afternoon planning dinners for the entire month of May. The. Entire. Month. My craziness continues.
First recipe from the to-make list = Island Spice Pork Tenderloin from Annie’s Eats. Pork is usually the hardest thing for me to cook well – it always ends up way over-cooked, dry and rubbery - so we don’t have it often. I can remember 3 times making pork since I started making regular dinners. All 3 sucked bigged time so I kind of gave up. Such a shame too because we both really like pork A LOT. I knew by tackling this list I’d also have to tackle pork again.
Only a glutton for punishment would choose pork as her first dish. But the Island Spice Pork Tenderloin sounded sooo delicious that I could not pass it up. So I put on my big girl apron and faced the enemy head on! It was a little bit scary and there were a few moments where I thought defeat was imminent, but in the end, I totally dominated. Pork is conquered and I am so glad I gave it another try. Check out the stats on the dish and the recipe below…
Island Spice Pork Tenderloin
List #: 96
Saved Since: March 2010
Husband’s Rating: Excellent; “You could make this again anytime you want”.
My thoughts: Super easy and fast; ingredients are easy to find and prep is simple. Flavor is a knock out!
Recipe Count: 1 down, 204 to go
(ingredients listed are for 2 servings; originial recipe written for 4+)
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp. finely minced garlic
- 3/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
- Preheat oven to 350F. Combine salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon in a bowl. Blend with a fork or small whisk. Pat the mixture over the pork until covered.
- Heat olive oil in an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the tenderloin in the skillet and brown on all sides. Remove from the skillet with pork in it from the heat.
- Mix together brown sugar, garlic, and Tabasco in a separate bowl. Spread the mixture over the top of the tenderloin in the skillet.
- Cook in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with foil to let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.