Pork tenderloin can be found in every supermarket, usually packed two tenderloins to a package. That's a fair amount of meat for one meal, so you might as well face the music and roast both tenderloins. Use the sliced cooked meat in other dishes later in the week. What a perfect opportunity for an unexpected, extra meal! With this simple wet rub of Asian ingredients, the pork will be ready for the oven in no time.
Servings: Makes 8-10 servings
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons dark Asian sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic , crushed through a press
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed hot red pepper flakes
- 2 pork tenderloins , trimmed of excess fat and any thin sliver skin
- 1 scallion , white and green parts, thinly sliced, for garnish
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F. Line a small roasting pan with aluminum foil and lightly oil the foil. This is important, because the glaze has a high sugar content and it will scorch during roasting.
Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and hot pepper flakes in a self-sealing plastic bag and mix to dissolve the sugar. Add the pork tenderloins and close the bag. Toss the meat in the bag to coat it with the marinade. Let stand at room temperature while the oven heats.
Remove the pork tenderloins from the marinade, and place on the baking sheet. Drizzle about half of the marinade over the pork. Pour the remaining marinade into a small saucepan and add 2 tablespoons water; set aside.
Roast for 15 minutes. Baste the pork with the marinade in the roasting pan. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meat reads 150-155°F, about 25 minutes more. The marinade will eventually thicken and scorch, but the foil will protect the pan, so don't worry. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes.
While the pork is resting, bring the reserved marinade in the saucepan to a boil over high heat. Cut the roast pork crosswise on a slight diagonal into thin slices, and arrange overlapping slices of the pork on a platter. Drizzle the hot marinade over the pork, sprinkle with the scallion, and serve immediately.
Printed from Oprah.com on March 8, 2014
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