Moist, tender pork tenderloin served with a thick, slightly sweet shallot confit…
This is one of our favorite pork dishes – for winter.
Spring arrived yesterday, which means summer cooking is not far behind.
More about that later.
To keep pork at its best do not overcook. The Food Police have changed their mind about pork. It’s now considered done with an internal temperature of 145 F (62C). If you roast it until it reaches 140 (58C) then let it rest it, covered, it will reach the proper temperature.
Resting is also important to let the juices retreat back into the meat.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine Shallot Confit
Total time: 40 minutes
- 1 pork tenderloin, 14oz, (400gr)
- 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 1 tbs dried rosemary
- 1 tbs dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbs red wine
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Red Wine Shallot Confit:
- 4 – 5 shallots, 1 cup sliced
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tsp water
- Mix all crumbs, mustard, herbs, garlic and wine in a small bowl to make a thick paste.
- Spread some of the paste on one side on the pork.
- Lightly oil a baking sheet and place the pork, herbed side down on it.
- Spread the paste on the rest of the pork.
- Drizzle the top with the remaining olive oil.
- Roast in 400F (200C) oven for 25 – 30 minutes, depending on size, until done. Use a meat thermometer. Remove when internal temperature is 140 F (58C). You can also slice it and take a peak. Slightly pink is okay.
- Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
- While the pork roasts:
- Peel and thickly slice the shallots.
- Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low and let cook until browned, about 30 minutes longer.
- Add brown sugar. Stir well to melt sugar and combine.
- Add red wine and cook for a few minutes longer.
- Dissolve cornstarch in water and stir in to thicken. Serve on the side.
As long as we’re thinking spring….
To go with the pork, try some Roasted Potatoes with fresh, spring chives:
And fresh Snow Peas with Green Garlic
And an Artichoke with Balsamic Vinaigrette to nibble on to start: