Here I go, making more pork. I had no idea there were so many delicious ways to season, cook and flavor pork. The Other White Meat has officially shown me its true versatility. It's been fun, delicious and satisfying exploring this meat.
I still owe you all a post detailing my mother's amazing pork-chop-making process, but in the meantime here is another delicious way to prepare pork!
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine:
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use 1/4 tsp for less heat)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Place 2 small pork tenderloins (10 oz. each) or 1 large tenderloin (1 1/2 lbs.) on a rimmed baking sheet. Rub the pork with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and sprinkle all over with the spice mixture, patting the meat gently.
Roast in the preheated oven until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 150 degrees F. This will take somewhere around 20-25 minutes.
While the pork is cooking, combine the following ingredients in a medium bowl:
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 can (15-oz.) black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 package (10-oz.) frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toss the ingredients together and serve with sliced pieces of the tenderloin.
The heat from the meat rub, the freshness of the salad and the juiciness of the pork all taste soooo good together.