Sunday, January 30, 2011

You've Been Chopped! - Pork Tenderloin Phaedra Style

Have you all seen that "reality" show on Food Network, Chopped, where there are three chef's who are given a basket of 3 - 4 ingredients and they are given a time limit to come up with a main course with those ingredients that the judges actually like. A friend of ours came over tonight and we decided to have our own version of chopped. It was a blast! I will give you the three recipes I came up with. The 5 ingredients they brought over were: Crimini mushrooms, Sour cream, Parsnips, Polenta and Pork tenderloin. The first recipe is for the Pork tenderloin:

1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin
3 tbsp dried rosemary
3 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp jerk seasoning
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp chipotle powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 chicken stock.
In a bowl mix all ingredients together into a paste. Rub the tenderloin with the paste. Place in a shallow baking dish. Preheat oven at 425 degrees. Bake the tenderloin for about 40 minutes until the internal temperature reaches about 170 degrees (well done). At about 10 minutes prior, add about 1/4 cup chicken stock to the bottom of the dish. This will create a nice little gravy for the pork.

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