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Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Salsa Verde
From Irena: Pork tenderloin/fillet is one of my favorite pieces of meat to cook with. It’s a ffordable, lean yet tender and has a delicious flavor. I personally like roasting the whole fillet, which I often use for dinner and lunch left overs, but you can easily slice it in smaller pieces and pan-fry it or grill it.
- 600 g / 1.4 lb pork tenderloin /fillet
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed
- 2 large carrots, sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar (alternatively, regular balsamic mixed with a little honey or maple syrup)
- Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
- Handful of fresh parsley leaves
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tablespoon of baby capers
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Generous pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- Cut the pork loin into two halves. Place the pork on a cutting board and cover evenly with the spice rub. Use your fingers to press it in on all sides. Set aside.
- Coat the carrots in olive oil and scatter on a flat oven tray. Place in the oven, middle tray, for 12 minutes.
- Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the pork halves and cook for 3 minutes on each side, turning over 4 times
- (back, front and two sides) – a total of 12 minutes.
- Then transfer the pre-cooked pork to an oven tray with the carrots. Place them in the middle and move the carrots to the side. This is the time to turn over the carrots, if needed. Cook together for 10 more minutes at 400°
- While the pork and carrots are cooking, prepare the salsa verde.
- Place all ingredients in a food processor or a small blender and process into smooth, pesto like consistency. You can also chop all ingredients finely with a knife and combine in a small bowl. Set aside
- Remove the pork from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 5 minutes.
- Push the carrots close together on the tray. Sprinkle evenly with salt and drizzle with the balsamic. Place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes to caramelize slightly.
- Slice the pork and drizzle with a few tablespoons of salsa verde. Serve with a side salad, roasted carrots and extra salsa.
- Salsa verde will keep for 2-3 weeks in an airtight, clean jar. You can use as a marinade for chicken or shrimp, in salad dressings, as a condiment with meat and fish, or drizzled over scrambled eggs.
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