Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dinner Round 2

Here's a great fast, healthy, and tasty recipe I made for the hubs tonight. I try to incorporate grilling in once a week because the hubs does most of the heavy lifting and I just have to throw together some sides. Now I don't particularly care for pork tenderloin, in fact, as a rule, I typically avoid it but tonight was to die for. I served the tenderloin slices on a bed of Near East Whole Grain Blends Wheat Pilaf and drizzled the slices with the resting juices. On the side I served a tossed salad with cherry tomatoes from my garden and light ranch dressing.

Without further adieu, from Mr. Alton Brown:

1 whole pork tenderloin, approximately 1 pound
1 lime, zest finely grated
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Trim the pork tenderloin of any excess fat and silver skin.
Place the lime zest, lime juice, honey, salt, and garlic powder in a small, lidded jar and shake to combine. Pour half of the marinade mixture into a 1-gallon resealable bag, add the chipotle pepper, and move around to combine. Add the pork tenderloin to the bag and seal, removing as much air as possible and place in a container to catch any leaks. Marinate in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours, rotating the bag halfway through the time. Place the remaining marinade in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Remove the tenderloin from the bag and allow to sit at room temperature while preparing the grill. Remove the reserved marinade from the refrigerator.

Brush the grill with vegetable oil. Remove the tenderloin from the bag and place in the center of grate. Discard bag with marinade. Cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, turning every 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, until the tenderloin reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.
Remove the tenderloin from the grill and place on a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil folded at the edges to create a basket, and pour on the reserved marinade. Wrap tightly and rest for 10 minutes. Remove to a cutting board and slice. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Sorry no pics, my food doesn't usually sit around long enough to shoot it, I'm too busy stuffing my face with it :).

1 comment:

Michelleigh said...

I love grilled pork tenderloin and cous cous. Mmmmm. Now I'm craving some cous cous!