One of our favorite Sunday meals is pork tenderloin. It is easy to fix and can be cooked in the oven or the grill.
It is also my favorite thing to fix when I am feeding a crowd. Pork is easier to keep moist when feeding a crowd than chicken which can dry out quicker. And it is a nice change from chicken!
I have a dozen different pork tenderloin recipes in my special cookbook of all my favorites. Most of them though require marinading.
When I forget to marinade my pork I love to use this recipe - a Rachael Ray recipe.
My college girl was home for the weekend last week and when I asked her what she wanted for dinner while she was home – her first response was no surprise – it is always Browned Butter and Balsamic Ravioli!
My favorite thing to serve with the ravioli is Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloin – as far as I’m concerned you can never have too much balsamic vinegar!!
You prepare the pork by cutting small slits into the meat and filling them with chopped fresh garlic. The garlic in combination with steak seasoning, rosemary (I used fresh), thyme and balsamic vinegar make for a very flavorful piece of meat.
The only downside to this recipe is that it sets off my smoke detector every time! Now, before I open the oven door, I always station someone with a kitchen towel below the smoke detector to blow away the smoke. It still goes off every time.
Be sure and cover your cookie sheet or pan with foil because it does make a mess!
But the mess is worth it – it is flavorful and moist and a nice change from chicken!!
Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloin
4 1/2 lb. pork tenderloins, 2 packages with 1 tenderloin in each package (For the four of us I only cooked one of the tenderloins)
4 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
8 cloves garlic, cracked or chopped
Steak seasoning blend or coarse salt and black pepper
4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and finely chopped
4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and finely chopped (I used a teaspoon of dry)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees
Trim silver skin or connective tissue off tenderloins
Place tenderloins on a nonstick cookie sheet with a rim (I covered mine in foil)
Cut small slits into meat and disperse chunks of cracked garlic coves into meat.
Coat tenderloins with a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and rub into meat. Drizzle tenderloins with olive oil, just enough to coat. Combine steak seasoning blend or coarse salt and pepper with rosemary and thyme and rub meat with blend. Roast in hot oven for 20 minutes
Let meat rest, transfer to a carving board, slice and serve.