I used to write about pork tenderloin to almost not limit. It was my go-to protein selection as a single gal beginning to write a food blog. The poor-mans filet mignon, is what I used to call it. Little did I know at the time that the love of my life would stroll in a few years later, and just happen to be a butcher. And a damn good butcher at that.
Mark came home the other day with two pork tenderloins. Silver skin-removed, and marinaded in my favourite cilantro marinade that he makes at the shop. The smell is intoxicating – almost like sesame oil intoxicating. I feel like everyone should know what I mean when I say that, so I’m not going to explain any further.
Now I know it’s Monday, and that likely would discourage anyone from making dinner but in the summertime, I think that this day should be embraced as just another day where a good, simple meal is of the utmost importance. And why not throw in a CASH giveaway, JUST to sweeten the deal. 😉
I have teamed up with some great bloggers for our Summer Lovin’ Cash Giveaway. The giveaway will run from June 5 until June 19 at midnight, when a winner will be randomly selected and can find themselves $425 USD richer!
Summer is starting, vacations are planned, and I’m sure you all could use an extra few bucks to help support that summer wanderlust. I know I sure could. Scroll through to the end of the post for instructions on how to enter.
Cilantro Pork Tenderloin
- 1 pork tenderloin, silver skin removed (*hint: you can ask your butcher to do this, or click here for instructions)
- Handful of fresh cilantro
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 lemon juiced
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Toss cilantro, garlic, sesame oil, and lemon juice into a food processor. Have at ‘er. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Place the pork in a freezer bag, pour the cilantro mixture over the pork, seal the bag tightly, and let marinade in the fridge overnight, or at least for a couple hours.
Preheat the BBQ to a medium high heat – a little more on the high side. Clean and oil the grill well. Place the pork on the grill, and let cook for 5 minutes or so on all sides. It will take between 12 and 15 minutes to get the pork to a complete and perfect doneness of 140F – remember it will continue to cook while it is resting. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
Slice on a bias or thinly, and serve with a nice side salad or baked potato or grilled asparagus.
Ok, now onto the CASH stuff….