Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ingredients for 4-6 servings
2 pork tenderloins
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp (10 mL) chopped fresh thyme
1 garlic clove, minced
Pinch cayenne pepper
2/3 cup (150 mL) finely shredded semi-soft or firm nutty-flavoured cheese
½ cup (125 mL) thinly slivered dried apricots
2 tbsp (25 mL) butter, melted


Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC).
Trim fat and silver skin from tenderloins. Cut tenderloins in half lengthwise, almost but not all the way through to butterfly. Open up and cover with plastic wrap. Pound with a meat mallet to even thickness, about ½-inch (1-cm). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine thyme, garlic and cayenne and sprinkle evenly over surface of pork. Sprinkle with cheese, then place apricots on top. Starting at 1 long edge, tightly roll up tenderloin jelly-roll style to enclose filling, tucking in each end. Skewer together at the ends and seam or tie with kitchen string. Set aside.
Heat a roasting pan in oven for about 10 minutes or until hot. Place tenderloins, seam-side down in roasting pan. Brush with melted butter and season outside with salt and pepper. Roast for about 30 minutes, brushing with pan drippings twice, or until or until meat thermometer reads 160 ºF (70 ºC) and just a hint of pink remains in pork. Place on cutting board and tent with foil for 5 minutes.
To serve, slice pork on the diagonal. Drizzle with any pan juices.

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