Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Plums

If you’re from the south and don’t know, that little bugger is a groundhog, who, according to New England tradition, didn’t see his shadow on Feb. 2, and announced Spring would be EARLY. Well, clearly, that hasn’t happened. I don’t know what the %!&?! was going on yesterday on my commute home from work, but suddenly I’m in a white-out and I’m shifting the Jeep into 4-wheel drive and gunning it to avoid a car spinning out in the lane next to me.

SO OVER this weather!! Well, since a 2-week beach vacation isn’t an option right now, the intention is to make home a cozy, warm, happy place to be. It’s a fire-in-the-fireplace kind of evening, and dinner will be warm, creative and delicious.

We have a 16 oz. pork tenderloin in the refrigerator, and nothing tastes better with pork than fruit. We could whip up some quick homemade applesauce, but tonight’s storm calls for something a little more inventive, to cheer us up. Ever roasted a plum?

We gave the pork tenderloin a spicy rub of 1 Tbsp each of: cayenne, garlic powder and paprika. We let it sit on the counter for about 40 minutes to come to room temp before putting in a 400º oven for 30 minutes.

Then cut 4 plums in half lengthwise, pitted them, and popped them in a baking dish and slid them into the oven with the roast.

After 30 minutes, we set the roast on the counter to rest for 10-15 minutes, covered. Spooned 1 tsp crumbled blue cheese on top of each plum, and covered the baking dish to let the blue cheese melt.

Then quick sautéed some baby spinach in 1 tsp garlic EVOO, and dinner was ready! Quick squeeze of fresh lemon juice on the spinach for a subtle tang! Heaven!

Can’t describe how amazing this was. Sweet, spicy, savory, sour and a lil’ salty (the blue cheese) all at once. This is definitely a make-again dinner, and SO easy!!

*In order to lower the sodium, (this was sort-of a splurge on blue cheese,) substitute goat cheese for the blue, reduce the amount of blue, or eliminate the cheese all together.

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Plums

This easy weeknight meal comes together in a flash.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 186 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 4 medium plums
  • 1 Tbsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp chipotle pepper seasoning
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 tsp crumbled blue cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400º.
  • Trim all visible fat from tenderloin, including silver skin.
  • Combine garlic, chipotle pepper and paprika seasonings in a small bowl. Mix well. Dry the tenderloin with a paper towel. Coat all sides of the pork with the spice rub.
  • Place tenderloin in a roasting pan or on a sheet pan. Add plums to pan with cut side facing up. Roast for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  • Remove pan from oven, tent loosely with foil, and rest the pork for 15 minutes.
  • Slice pork. Plate pork slices and 2 plum halves per plate. Add a little blue cheese to to the center of each plum.

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  2. Oh I just won a some pork tenderloins at meat raffle!! This is a must do recipe! Thank you as always I can’t wait to try !

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