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Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Plums & Rosemary

Fall 2004, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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Lush vanilla- and rosemary-scented plums marry beautifully with succulent pork tenderloin.


Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Plums & Rosemary Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

Roasted plums

  • 1 pound black or red plums, pitted and cut into eighths (6-7 plums)
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 10 black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 vanilla bean, split (see Substitution Tip)

Pork

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. To roast plums: Preheat oven to 400°F. Place plums and 2 rosemary sprigs in an 8-inch-square baking dish. Whisk water, vinegar, 4 tablespoons sugar and peppercorns in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add the seeds and bean to the vinegar mixture. Pour the mixture over the plums. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
  2. Roast the plums, uncovered, until tender and beginning to break down, 20 to 25 minutes. Discard the rosemary and the vanilla bean. Transfer the plums to a serving platter and cover with foil. Strain the roasting liquid into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour the sauce over the plums; keep warm.
  3. To prepare pork: Meanwhile, heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with pepper and salt. Add to the skillet and brown on all sides, 5 to 8 minutes.
  4. Transfer the pan to the oven; bake at 400° until an instant-read thermometer registers 155° and the pork has just a hint of pink in the center, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. (The internal temperature will increase to 160° during resting.) Cut the pork into thin slices and serve with the roasted plums.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the roasted plums for up to 2 days.
  • Substitution Tip: You can use 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract instead of the vanilla bean.

Nutrition

Per serving: 298 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 2 g fiber; 127 mg sodium; 564 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (56% daily value), Vitamin C (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2

Exchanges: 2 fruit, 5 lean meat


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