Friday, August 29, 2008
Recently, both my next door neighbors (one on either side of me) had babies. Needless to say, I have not been drinking the water.
I always like to bring the new mom and dad a nice meal after all the grandparents leave and "Real Life" sets in. I kid myself every time I do this. I scour through cookbooks, leaf through cooking magazines and say to myself "I am not going to take my Hot and Sweet Pork" - and then I always come back to my Hot and Sweet Pork recipe! (I say "MY" very loosely- my friend Mary prepared this recipe for my family about 2 years ago - it was amazing, and I quickly put it in my meal rotation - and morphed it into "MY" pork - If you really look at it - I just removed the A and the R - tee hee) It is one of those recipes that is perfect EVERY time, and that everyone loves and wants the recipe as well! Heck - after the new mommy ate this pork - even the baby thanked me - that's how good it is!
Hot & Sweet Pork Tenderloin
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Pork tenderloins (2 1/4 to 2 1/2 lbs. total)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1 Tablespoon Tabasco
Preheat oven to 350
Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon, then coat pork with spice rub.
Heat oil in an oven proof 12 inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until just beginning to smoke, then brown pork, turning about 4 minutes total. Leave pork in skillet.
Make Glaze and roast pork:
Stir together brown sugar, garlic, and Tabasco and pat onto top of each tenderloin. Roast in middle of oven until thermometer inserted diagonally in center of each tenderloin registers 140 ( About 20 minutes). Let pork stand in skillet at room temperature 10 minutes. (Temperature will rise to about 155 while standing)
Makes 6 to 8 main course servings.
Because they were new mommies - I went very light on the Tabasco. For my family - I usually do one "Adult" tenderloin with the Tabasco on it and one "Kid" tenderloin with no hot sauce - EVERYONE is happy that way!