Friday, January 14, 2011

Pork Tenderloin with Honey Mustard Sauce

From Noble Pig

2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 lb pork tenderloin
Kosher salt and coarsely ground pepper
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1-1/2 Tablespoons honey
1-1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon apple juice
2 cloves of garlic, minced

1.  In a small bowl combine Dijon mustard, honey, apple cider vinegar, apple juice, 1 teaspoon olive oil and minced garlic.  Cover with plastic wrap and set aside on the counter for a few hours, allowing the flavors to meld together.

2.  Remove the silver skin, if any, from the pork tenderloin and season the meat with salt and freshly ground pepper.

3.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Heat remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large oven proof skillet over medium-high heat.  Once hot, add the pork tenderloin and sear the meat on all sides.  Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the tenderloin and place the skillet into the oven.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes (times will vary depending on the size of the tenderloin) or until meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees (medium).  Remove from oven, cover and let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

4.  Heat the sauce in a small saucepan or in the microwave until warmed.  Pour the sauce over sliced pork and serve.

*Pork tenderloin is my new favorite meal.  I've always loved pork, but this meat is so good!  My oven was actually occupied so I cooked this on the grill and was in heaven.  The honey mustard sauce was good (I enjoyed it), but my children and husband like the meat just as well without any sauce.  Whenever this cut of meat is on sale, I will definitely be purchasing it!  A great meal served with potatoes.

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