To celebrate the first SEC bowl game of the season, I invited friends over for dinner and to watch the game. On the menu: Asian 5-Spice Barbecued Pork Tenderloin, Mango Citrus Salsa, Couscous, and Lime Sherbet Floats.
This very simple, very delicious Asian 5-Spice Barbecued Pork Tenderloin may just be my very favorite. A cooking time of only 25 minutes results in a moist, slightly pink and tender serving of pork with a blend of flavors that include Hoisin sauce, brown sugar, steak seasoning, orange zest, and orange juice. Top this with toasted sesame seeds and chopped fresh cilantro for additional flavors and you have an entree presentation you will be proud to serve.
To complement this dish, you can't go wrong with the Mango Citrus Salsa. If time allows, let sit overnight in the refrigerator to bring out the best of each flavor.
As much as I enjoyed last night's meal, today's leftovers were equally as easy and delicious. I placed slices of cold pork tenderloin topped with the mango citrus salsa on two flour tortillas and rolled (semi) tightly. I chose to eat it cold, although heating the pork slices and tortillas is certainly a choice.
Here are the two recipes as seen on Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals:
- 2 to 2 1/2 pounds pork tenderloins, trimmed of fat
- Steak seasoning blend or salt and freshly ground black pepper (I use McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning.)
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice powder (found in spice section or Asian foods section)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup Hoisin prepared Chinese barbecue sauce
- 1 navel orange, zested and juiced
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, for garnish (chives may be used)
- 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and pitted, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1 ripe lime, juiced
- 20 leaves basil, shredded
- Coarse salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Coat tenderloins in steak seasoning or season with salt and pepper. Combine brown sugar and 5 spice powder. Rub sugar and spice over pork. Brush baking dish or broiler pan with oil. Place pork in oven and bake 10 minutes. Combine barbecue sauce with orange zest and juice and sesame oil. Baste meat liberally with sauce and roast meat 15 minutes longer. Remove meat from oven and transfer to a serving platter. Coat meat with sesame and cilantro or chives for color.
Combine mangoes, bell pepper, jalapeno, onion, lime and basil in a bowl. Season with salt, to your taste.
I'm ready for more SEC football games!