Pork tenderloin can be one of the juiciest and most succulent cuts of meat around. However, if it is not prepared correctly, then it can be easily ruined. Try this delicious recipe for baked pork tenderloin, and you will be amazed at the amount of compliments you receive from satisfied eaters.
1 to 1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin (be sure to buy from a grocery store with a good reputation for its meat or, better yet, a butcher)
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and very thinly sliced (use a razor blade or a very sharp knife)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 tbsp. vegetable oil (preferably grapeseed or canola)
1/2 cup beef or chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 red delicious apple; cored, peeled and sliced
1. Preheat your oven to a setting of 400 degrees.
2. Take the razor or sharp knife you sliced the garlic with and make enough cuts in the tenderloin to place all the garlic slices in. Insert the garlic slices into the cuts.
3. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, paprika and cumin evenly over both sides of the tenderloin.
4. Heat a frying pan to medium high. When it is fully heated, pour the vegetable oil into it. Placed the tenderloin into the skillet. Cook the tenderloin on one side for 6 minutes. Then flip it over and cook it for 4 more minutes. Remove the skillet from the stove.
5. Take the tenderloin out of the frying pan immediately after removing it from the stove. Save the juices for a later step. Place the tenderloin in a Pyrex or other oven-safe casserole dish. Pour the chicken or beef stock and the white wine over the tenderloin. Now place the casserole dish in the oven. Let it cook for ten minutes and then remove it from the oven.
6. Place the apple slices into the frying pan with the juices remaining from the cooking of the pork tenderloin. Saute them at medium heat until they are tender.
7. After the tenderloin has been cooling outside the oven for ten minutes, you can carve it into 1/2 inch to 1 inch slices. Place the slices on a beautiful plate or serving dish. Now pour the apples and the juices with the apples over the sliced tenderloin pieces. If you want to, add a sprig of parsley or some mint leaves to the plate for color and presentation.
8. Serve the pork tenderloin while it is still hot for best results. A side dish of baked or mashed potatoes goes very well with tenderloin. You will also want to serve something green with it, such as a hearty salad or green beans. A white wine will pair very well with pork tenderloin, especially a Pinot Gris. Cider is also an extremely complimentary beverage to pair with it. If you want to serve beer, the best choice is a nice wheat variety, such as Boulevard Wheat or Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat.
This recipe is bound to garner you a host of compliments from your diners. After the success of this version of pork tenderloin, you may be inspired to try one of the many other versions. If so, here are a few websites to help provide you with some inspiration.