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Megans Cookin: Island Pork Tenderloin

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Island Pork Tenderloin

We have had some gorgeous days here lately with highs in the 80. It's hard to believe that it's the first days of February. With the unseasonable warm days upon us, I found this tropical recipe that is sure to please.

Seasoned with cinnamon and chili, the flavors were right on. You add a glaze that forms a sweet crust on top. I used Splenda brown sugar in my glaze and you couldn't tell the difference. I served it coconut rice and crushed pineapple but the mango salsa would have been fantastic with it. I just didn't have all the ingredients. Next time I'll plan that out better.

Island Pork Tenderloin
found at RecipeZarr

16 ounces pork tenderloins, lean
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/2 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon, and coat the pork with the spice rub.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a 12 inch skillet, over relatively high heat, and brown pork, turning every 30 seconds for 4 minutes.
Stir together brown sugar , garlic, and tabasco and pat onto top of the tenderloin.
Place pork in roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes. Mine took much longer to bake. I baked it till it was 145 degrees.

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Blogger April said...

Good to know about the brown sugar. This is going on my menu next week! Looks fantastic!

February 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

I still have two big hunks of pork loin in the freezer and some Trader Joe's mango/ginger chutney that would go perfectly with your Island Pork Tenderloin. The coconut rice to serve with it is a wonderful idea.

February 1, 2009 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

This looks so yummy and refreshing! The 80's? Lucky!!!

February 1, 2009 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

Brown sugar always adds that umph!. Great way to cook pork.

February 1, 2009 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Dragon said...

I love pork with fruit. This dish looks absolutely stunning! Great job.

February 1, 2009 at 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very, love the pineapple! And yeah, what's with the weather? What a dumb year for me to buy 6 turtlenecks.

February 1, 2009 at 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I just say I am SO jealous of the weather! Maybe I will make this when we are not burried under several feet of snow!

February 2, 2009 at 6:04 AM  
Blogger Gloria Chadwick said...

Your pork tenderloin looks really delicious. Love the cinnamon and chili spices you added. :)

February 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

That looks delicious! Yum!

February 2, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Oh wow Megan.. what a beautiful tenderloin! I love the mango salsa.. yum! I really need to get creative with my salsa's.. they make such wonderful condiments.

February 3, 2009 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! This looks great! And seriously? We're buried in snow in Boston. I'd trade for your weather in a heartbeat! :D

a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

February 3, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

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