Friday, February 12, 2010

Pesto Pork Tenderloin

1 pork tenderloin, trimmed of visible fat- I use 1 lb.
1/4 cup pesto sauce
canola oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 T butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat tenderloin with pesto sauce. Add canola oil to a large saute pan and heat over medium high heat until smoking. Add tenderloin to the pan and sear on all sides until nicely browned (2-3 minutes per side).

Transfer meat to baking dish and put in oven. Bake until a meat thermometer placed in thickest part of meat registers 150 degrees- I usually cook it for about 30-35 minutes, then cut and see if the meat is done. Tonight I cut the tenderloin in half before I put it in, just to make sure it wouldn't take more than 30 minutes.

While meat is cooking, make a little pan sauce by adding chicken broth to drippings in the pan used to brown the meat. Scrape the sides and bottom of pan to get all of the brown bits for the sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until sauce reduces by half, stirring occasionally. Add butter and whisk until combined. Strain to remove large bits, if desired.

Cut pork into 1 1/2 inch thick medallions, serve with pan sauce.

I'd show a picture, but we always eat it too fast! This is my husband's new favorite. So good!


jaesi said...

ummmm hello?!! this just spoke to me saying- make this or else!!

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