Friday, January 30, 2015

Honey Glazed Pork Tenderloin

We love a pork tenderloin--juicy, tender and so easy to load up with all kinds of flavor. Plus you can cook them up pretty quickly in a variety of ways--grill it (if your grill isn't covered in 2 feet of snow), roast it, or use the slow cooker. Which is good because with a baby I find myself making the best intentions to cook dinner (i.e., taking a pork tenderloin out of the freezer for dinner) but then getting a bit distracted and realizing at 4 pm I forgot to prep the crock pot or think about how to cook said tenderloin. So this recipe requiring less than 5 minutes to get ready and about a half hour to cook is perfect for those nights when you realize when you're hungry that you haven't made any food yet. The pork is juicy and flavorful, definitely good enough that we would even plan to make this again. Assuming I remember to take the pork out of the freezer.

Searching for the right recipe at the 11th hour, I found this recipe at Life Made Full from Shanti. Can I tell you how complicated this is? It isn't. Four ingredients. Four! Yes, definitely a easy, last minute meal. Honey, salt and garlic powder season the pork for all the flavor you need. I use a meat thermometer to make sure the pork is cooked to the right temperature since it can be hard to tell otherwise if it is done on the inside. Let it come to 140 degrees F, then when you remove it from the oven, cover it with foil and rest for 10 minutes. The carry over heat will ensure it's cooked through without drying out. Delicious!

Honey Glazed Pork Tenderloin


1 1/2 to 2 pounds pork tenderloin
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 cup honey

Pat tenderloin with paper towels to dry. Season liberally with salt and garlic powder on all sides.

Brush honey all over tenderloin to coat.

Transfer to a foil lined baking dish. Place in a 375 degree F oven and bake for 15 minutes. Increase temperature to broil, move tenderloin to a lower rack in the oven and cook for another 10 minutes. Check internal temperature that it is at 140 degrees F.

Remove from oven, cover with foil and sit for 10 more minutes.

Slice and serve with desired side dishes.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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