Sweet and spicy pork with festive fruit salsa

4
Total Time
50 min
Prep
25 min
Cook
25 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
If you're hankering for Caribbean food, try this lime, ginger, and jalapeño-marinated pork recipe. The spiciness of the pepper is leveled out with the fresh fruit salsa, creating an exciting combination of spicy and sweet for your palate. The recipe takes about 50 minutes to make, but if you're in a bit of hurry, you can speed up the preparation process by buying precut honeydew and pineapple from your supermarket’s salad bar and skipping that time-consuming step. This juicy pork tenderloin recipe makes enough for 4 servings, so grab some family and friends, and get cookin'!

Ingredients

ginger root

2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped

garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), chopped

jalapeño pepper(s)

1 Tbsp, fresh, chopped (about half a whole pepper; reserve remainder for salsa below)

fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp

rum

½ fl oz, about 1 Tbsp

honey

2 tsp

ground allspice

1 tsp

low sodium soy sauce

2 tsp

olive oil

2 tsp, extra-virgin

uncooked lean pork tenderloin

1 pound(s), trimmed of any visible fat (use 1 whole piece)

grapefruit(s)

1 medium, pink

honeydew melon

cup(s), diced

pineapple

½ cup(s), diced

uncooked red onion(s)

½ small, cut into thin slivers

jalapeño pepper(s)

1 tsp, fresh, minced (do not touch seeds with bare hands)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Place ginger, garlic, tablespoon of jalapeno, lime juice, rum, honey, allspice, soy sauce and oil (first 9 ingredients) in a blender container (or food processor); cover and blend on high for 30 seconds. Remove cover and check to see that all ingredients have blended to form a smooth loose paste; blend again if necessary.
  3. Place pork in a nonstick baking dish and pour marinade over pork; cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove plastic wrap and roast pork, turning baking dish halfway through cooking, about 20 to 25 minutes. (Pork is done cooking when an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the pork reads 160°F.)
  5. Meanwhile, to make salsa, peel grapefruit with a knife. Remove grapefruit segments from membranes with a knife over a large bowl to catch any juices; reserve juice. Chop each grapefruit segment in half. Combine grapefruit, reserved grapefruit juice, honeydew, pineapple, onion and remaining teaspoon of jalapeno in a medium bowl; mix to coat.
  6. Allow pork to cool for 5 minutes; slice into sixteen 1/4-inch-thick slices. Yields about 4 slices of pork and a heaping 1/4 cup of salsa per serving.

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