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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Honey-Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

Have I mentioned how crazy this time of year is? Although I enjoy seeing my little charges dancing, singing, graduating (even if it is only from preschool and kindergarten) and playing sports it can be downright exhausting and finding time for dinner has been a real challenge.

This recipe fit the bill for a quick yet delicious and healthy weeknight meal. Although you'll have to plan ahead a little because of the 30 minute marinade, once ready to cook the majority of the prep work is already done. The pork turned out tender and juicy and the honey-hoisin sauce was very flavorful. Because it's such a basic recipe the options for side dishes are endless. Asian noodles, potatoes in any form, a green salad, asparagus or green beans, whatever your little heart desires. The leftovers are great and could be used for a delicious sandwich or asian type wrap. If you like a little kick try adding a few red pepper flakes to the sauce to kick it up a notch. If you like a lot of sauce you might want to double the sauce recipe.

Honey-Hoisin Pork Tenderloin
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Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and about 2 teaspoons honey mixture)

*The serving sizes are fairly small so plan accordingly*

2 tablespoons sliced green onions
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sage honey
1 tablespoon hot water
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. Pour 1/4 cup honey mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag; reserve remaining honey mixture. Add pork to bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
Remove pork from bag; discard marinade. Sprinkle pork with salt. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. (I used a 9 x 11 pan and lined it with foil .Any of the sauce that drips off will get seriously baked on the bottom of the pan.)Add pork; cook 2 minutes, browning on all sides. Brush 1 tablespoon reserved honey mixture over pork; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place skillet in oven. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink) or until desired degree of doneness.
Place pork on a platter; let stand 5 minutes. Cut pork across the grain into thin slices. Drizzle with the remaining honey mixture.

Nutritional Information
195 (20% from fat)
4.3g (sat 1.4g,mono 1.9g,poly 0.6g)

posted by: Sallie
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