Thursday, December 18, 2008

Island Pork Tenderloin
My friend Penny gave me this recipe and told me it was her family's favorite, so of course I had to try it!! And boy was it tasty..I did change up the dressing a bit because it was a little too tart for me, after sweeting it up a bit I added some homemade ranch to it and it was creamy and so good. Also, make whatever kind of salad you want, I think I added broccoli and craisins to mine. I don't think you can screw it up, the meat alone is so good. And if you don't want to serve it over salad you don't have to, try rice or red mashed potatoes, I'm sure you won't be dissappointed! 

The Recipe
Island Pork Tenderloin
16 oz. pork tenderloin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. chile pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 Tbs. fresh minced garlic
1/2 Tbs. tabasco sauce (optional)
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together, salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder, and cinnamon. Coat pork with spice rub. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in skillet over moderately high heat and brown pork turning about 4 mins. Stir together brown sugar, garlic, and tabasco and pat on top of pork. Place in roasting pan or 9x13 pan and cook for 20 mins.
 This can be made into a salad that is so yummy.
1 sm. can mandarin oranges drained
1 c. fresh spinach
1/2 red bell pepper sliced thin length wise
1 c. cabbage shredded
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1/2 Tbs. orange juice
1/2 Tbs. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbs. oilve oil
Brown sugar or honey to sweeten. I also added homemade ranch dressing to make it creamy and is was soooo good.
Slice your pork and serve over salad and top with dressing!