The seasonings traditionally used to make aquavit—a Northern European distilled spirit—vary with every recipe, but they usually include pork-friendly seasonings like caraway, cumin and fennel-so why not combine the two? This easy, pretty dish is great hot off the grill or made ahead and chilled.
Active Time: 30 minutes |
Total Time: 55 minutes (including 30 minutes marinating time)
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 1-pound pork tenderloins, trimmed
Combine caraway, coriander, fennel, cumin and bay leaf in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder; process to a fine powder. Add salt and pepper.
Place 2 tablespoons of the spice rub in a small bowl. Combine the remaining rub with dill in another small bowl.
Place 1 tenderloin on a piece of plastic wrap. To butterfly it, hold your knife parallel to the cutting board and slice through the meat to within a half inch of the opposite side. Open like a book. Cover with more plastic wrap and gently pound with a mallet or heavy skillet to 1/2-inch thickness. Repeat with the second tenderloin.
Spread half of the dill-spice mixture down the center of each flattened tenderloin. Roll the pork, jelly-roll style, to create 2 long cylinders; tie kitchen string around each in several spots to keep them rolled. Rub all over with the reserved (no-dill) spice rub. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours.
Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat the broiler.
Oil the grill rack (see Tip) (if broiling, line a broiler pan with foil and oil the foil). Grill or broil the tenderloins, turning several times, until just cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 145°F, 14 to 18 minutes.
Transfer the tenderloins to a clean cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes before carving into 1/2-inch slices.
Per serving :
3 g Fat;
1 g Sat;
1 g Mono;
74 mg Cholesterol;
1 g Carbohydrates;
24 g Protein;
1 g Fiber;
207 mg Sodium;
475 mg Potassium
Exchanges: 3 1/2 lean meat
Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the spice rub (Step 1) up to 5 days ahead; store in an airtight container. Cover and refrigerate rolled tender loins for up to 6 hours. If serving cold, grill or broil the pork, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. | Equipment: Kitchen string
Tip: To oil the grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.