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Jan 21, 2010 09:01 AM

sides for this pork tenderloin

I'm thinking to make this pork tenderloin posted by QueenB I believe, for a birthday dinner. It sounds really good, I just am at a blank as to what else to serve. Any suggestions?

Pork Tenderloin with Honey, Mustard and Rosemary Sauce

3/4 cup beer
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
6 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 package pork tenderloin (found wrapped in plastic package at the store, will contain 2 tenderloins)
1/2 cup whipping cream

Whisk first 6 ingredients to blend in a glass baking dish. Add pork and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Transfer tenderloins to rack set in roasting pan. Reserve marinade. Roast until thermometer inserted into center registers 150°F., about 55 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on cutting board, covered with aluminum foil 15 minutes.

Strain marinade into heavy medium saucepan (you can use cheesecloth for this, or a fine-meshed strainer). Add 1/2 cup cream and juices from roasting pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat a bit and simmer for 15 minutes. Be careful the first five minutes or so, as the sauce will want to boil over, so keep a good eye on it. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Slice pork into 1 inch slices. Serve with sauce drizzled over.

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  1. I'd do grits with bacon, cheddar and smoked paprika.

    1. I've actually made that pork before. I think I got the recipe from epicurious. The sauce goes great with mashed potato and roasted vegetables, like brussel sprouts.

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      1. re: trenterelli

        Could those veg. be roasted with the meat (to save energy)?

      2. I've made this recipe (or a very, very similar one), too, and agree with trenterelli: potatoes (I do roasted baby reds) and roasted Brussels sprouts work very well. I've also served with sauteed Swiss chard and parsnip puree. A bit of bitterness is a nice contrast to the sweet and creamy elements.

        1. luscious recipe. i'm voting for the potatoes and brussels sprouts too. or broccoli rabe. i might add a cranberry sauce as well. the pork, sauce, and potatoes hit sweet notes. the veg bitter. and the cranberry would hit the tart/sour.

          apple something and a super sharp cheddar for dessert?

          1. I would do roasted potatoes - and use them to wipe up the sauce. Some potato pancakes would also be nice. For veg, I think root vegetables would go well. I'm not big on brussels sprouts, so that idea wouldn't suit my palate. Or, given the creaminess of the sauce, a nice light baby green salad on the side might do the trick with the meat and potatoes...