Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin

the year of vegetarianism, I've had a difficult time embracing this meat and rarely eat it (unless we are talking some nice thick uncured natural bacon). But, while I was on the 21-day fix, one of the approved meats was pork tenderloin. I was sick of chicken and fish and needed a fast weeknight meal that wasn't one of those two things. I came across a recipe for roasted pork tenderloin on a blog I trust, and it was getting rave reviews. So, after meticulously scanning the meat department for some non-injected pork tenderloin (super super gross. Did you know they inject it with a  'solution'?) and a helpful conversation with the Hy-Vee butcher (if you live in Rochester, the guy at Barlow Hy-Vee is a rockstar and is very conscious and responsible with his personal meat purchases and consumption), I decided to give this a whirl. It took me about 2 minutes of prep time and in a short half hour, I had the most delicious and moist pork tenderloin I've ever eaten.  This will be on the menu again soon.

Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin
-from thrivinghomeblog.com

Mix the following ingredients together to make the rub: 

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme 
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper 

You will also need: 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin

Lay the pork tenderloin on a sheet pan lined with foil and pat it dry with paper towels. Drizzle the olive oil on top, and then spread the rub all over it, pressing it so it adheres to the meat.  Bake at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes. Now, apparently 145 degrees is a safe temp for pork, but I need mine to be less pink and so I cooked it to 160 degrees without any negative consequences. When I pulled this out of the oven, I was just shocked at how lovely it looked. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing to serve. With a side of sauteed fresh green beans, this was a perfect weeknight meal.