On a typical day of food blogging, a mouthwatering recipe of mine would be intertwined with witty words, silly stories, or fun food facts. However, today is NOT a typical day. The thing is, last night's dinner was so flippin' delicious that I'm craving a pork roast sandwich for breakfast, and I don't have a lot of time because dirty laundry and dust bunnies are sitting on my desk begging for my attention. I kid you not... they really are! How one dirty sock mysteriously appeared on my desk has yet been determined. It may have been Mr. Wonderful's way of hinting that he's down to his last pair... or it could be the doing of CoJack the wonder cat. In either case, I need to relay this yummilicious recipe to you in the most effective and least time consuming manner so that I can run to the kitchen and feed my face before I start on the icky housework.
BEHOLD... the PERFECT pork tenderloin... in 5 easy steps!
Purchase a 1-2 pound, quality grade pork tenderloin and a jar of Feiny's Citrus BBQ Rub
Remove any silver skin from the tenderloin and generously apply 1/4 cup of the rub to all sides of the pork. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and allow it to marinate for at least 2 hours. (I let it sit in the fridge overnight and then pulled it out 30 minutes before I was ready to cook it so it would have time to come back to room temperature)
Preheat your oven to 375. Heat a couple of tablespoons of your favorite oil (I used the Pompeian OlivExtra Mediterranean Blend that I got FREE as part of my Smiley360 mission) over medium heat in a large ovenproof pan and sear the pork on all sides. Add some sliced onion and lemon, deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup of white wine and roast in the oven until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 147 degrees (about 20 minutes). FOOD FACT: The brown bits in the bottom of a saute pan are known as "fond". I'm SO fond of fond! It's where all of the truly yummilicious flavors of a dish come from.
While you're waiting for the roast to cook, make your favorite side dish(es). To highlight the great citrus flavors in my roast, I chose to make pineapple mango quinoa. It was as simple as preparing the quinoa according to package directions, allowing frozen chunks of mango and pineapple to thaw, then tossing them with the finished quinoa along with 2 teaspoons of low-sodium soy sauce. I had a couple of slices of pineapple left over, so I opened the oven and tossed them into the pan. Incidentally, eating caramelized pineapple is like making sweet love with your tongue. It's beautiful and wonderful and once it starts, you never want to stop.
Is it getting warm in here? I'm sorry...sometimes my passion for food gets the better of me. OK, let's move on to STEP FIVE...
Let your tenderloin rest for 10 to 20 minutes before slicing. This is a very important and often overlooked step. If you remove that perfectly cooked tenderloin from the oven and immediately slice it up in your frenzy to feed it to your beautiful face, not ONLY will you end up with scorching second degree burns on the roof of your mouth (OUCH!), you will also lose all of the lovely juiciness. Those juices will ooze all over your cutting board, drip down onto your freshly mopped floor and cause all sorts of mayhem and frustration. You could slip and break a bone. Worse yet, if you're a pet owner, you can be assured that you will have dogs and/or cats at your feet quicker than Lindsey Lohan on a bottle of booze. So please heed my warning. Let your roast rest. Use the time to set the table, help your favorite mini-me finish up their homework, or catch up on a few minutes of The Voice while you receive eye rolls from the other side of the room. What? It's a good show! Go on and eat your dinner...
- 1-2 pound center cut pork tenderloin
- 1/4 cup Feiny's Citrus BBQ Rub (or more, if needed)
- 2 Tablespoons oil (I used Pompeian OlivExtra Mediterranean Blend)
- 1 cup white or yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- EARLY PREPARATION
- Remove any silver skin from the pork and generously apply the BBQ Citrus rub all over. Wrap pork tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-12 hours. About 30 minutes before cooking, remove from refrigerator and allow pork to come to room temperature.
- TO COOK
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a large oven proof saute pan over medium heat, add oil. Place the rubbed pork into the pan and brown it for 2 minutes per side. Add sliced onions and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan by adding the wine and stir gently with a wooden spoon or heat proof spatula to remove brown bits (fond) from the bottom of the pan.
- Place pan into the oven and cook uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature at the thickest portion of the pork reads 147 degrees on a meat thermometer.
- Remove the pan from the oven, place a sheet of aluminum foil lightly over the pork, and allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes. Slice against the grain and if desired, drizzle with the pan juices and caramelized onions.