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Pork Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce

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Before getting on with this week’s post, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you wonderful readers a happy and safe holiday season and the best new year ever!  Thank you for being a part of my life and sharing my joy of food with you.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce is the start of this simple dinner fit for company.  So much so that this is our Christmas dinner along with Orange Ginger Green beans, roasted red potatoes,  brioche rolls and finishing with individual banana caramel tarts topped with rum pastry cream and crushed pralines.

This reduction sauce can be made days ahead of time.  Its complex flavors are perfect with the simply roasted meat.  The green beans can be blanched, shocked and stored in the fridge several hours ahead of time.  Sear the tenderloin just before the guests arrive and your ready to enjoy your own party.  The New Red Potatoes are simply cut in half, splashed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.  Roasted until golden and crispy, this is the ideal accompaniment to this dinner.

One last note.   When I had the retail store, people always asked how we got our pork so tender and juicy.  By roasting the meat to 145 degrees and letting it rest, it will slightly pink when cut.  That is how it should be.  Overcooking pork is no longer necessary.

This dinner serves 4.

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1 cup port wine
3/4 cup orange juice, strained
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon red pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons water

In a medium saucepan, combine the port wine, orange juice, honey, cider vinegar, Dijon, ginger, garlic, black pepper and chicken broth.   food photoBring to a boil,  food photoreduce heat to a simmer and reduce the sauce by half.  Strain the sauce. food photo

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Place the brown sugar and red pepper in a saucepan. food photoAdd the strained sauce.   food photoSimmer to incorporate the sugar.  Combine the cornstarch and the water;  food photo

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add to the sauce;

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To make ahead:  Prepare as above.  Cover sauce directly with film and refrigerate.  Reheat to serve.

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Bowl of Ice Water
1 pound green beans, tipped
2 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup chopped shallots
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
Zest from 1/2 orange (more or less to taste)

Place the bowl of ice water next to the burner. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the beans  food photoand cook for 5 minutes or more, depending upon degree of crispness desired. Immediately remove the beans and place in the ice water for several minutes.  food photo

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Remove the beans from the water and roll up in paper towels to dry. food photo

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Melt the butter in a saucepan.  food photoAdd the shallots and ginger  food photoand sauté until the shallots are tender. Add the orange zest;  food photothen the beans.  Toss to coat. food photo Serve immediately.

To Make Ahead: The beans can be blanched the day ahead. Under blanch slightly. Refrigerate. The shallots and ginger can be chopped early the day of serving. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. The same can be done with the orange zest.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin
2 – 1 pound pork tenderloins (or about 2 pounds total)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil.  Set aside.

Have the butcher remove the sliverskin on the pork tenderloin or if you need to do it yourself, see Grilled Pork Tenderloin Two Ways .  Pour the oil in a saute pan big enough to hold the tenderloins (or almost big enough). Sear the meat on one side,  food photothen turn it and sear it on the other side. food photo

Place the seared meat on the baking sheet  food photoand roast for 15 to 10 minutes or until the temperature reaches 145 degrees.  Tent loosely and let the meat rest for about 10 minutes.  Slice and serve with the sauce.

Roasted Baby Red Potatoes
2 pounds baby red potatoes
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil.

Cut the potatoes in half, or quarters if they are large.   food photoSplash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.   food photoArrange the potatoes in a single layer on the pan.  food photo Roast the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp and brown.  Turn the potatoes and finish roasting until tender, about 15 minutes more.  Serve immediately.

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