Thursday, March 26, 2009

Middle of the week Pork Tenderloin

This is probably one of my favorite go-to recipes to make during the week or on the weekend.  Not only is it SUPER easy and delicious, but it's also a ton of food to last for lunch and dinner the next day.  Leftovers are perfect to make sandwiches or add to a veggie soup!  This recipe is also so great to make for dinner guests, because it takes little effort, yet it seems fancy.  Just perfect.  It's so delicious and I urge everyone to try it!   

I have tried a combination of different herbs and spices, and though this recipe is great, I do like to add a little bit of dry mustard and seasoning salt to my combination.  Take it or leave it, it's up to you!  

Also, just a tip... I typically buy my pork tenderloins from Costco, because you get two for the price of one at the regular grocery store.  Nothing like a bargain to make a girl happy!  :-)  I'll make one that week and put the other in the freezer to use later.  

Here is the recipe:  

1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano 
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp dried thyme
Salt (I substitute seasoning salt here.) 
1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic 


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 

In separate bowl mix dry ingredients.  Stir mixture until all the ingredients are well combined and they form a seasoning.  This will be used as a rub to ensure the pork is well seasoned.  Sprinkle the rub over the tenderloin, then rub the pork with the seasoning over both sides of the meat, pressing gently so the seasoning adheres to the tenderloin. 

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and heat.  Add the minced garlic and saute, stirring for 1 minute.  Put tenderloin in the pan and cook for about 10 minutes, searing each side of the meat.  Transfer meat to a roasting pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Slice and serve.  

Thanks to Ellie Krieger from Food Network for the recipe!  Enjoy!  

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