Sunday, June 8, 2014
An Elegant Father's Day Dinner: Fig and Ginger Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Father's Day is around the corner!
What a wonderful way to celebrate all the fathers in your life by treating them to an elegant dinner with family and friends.
Often we always do the grill thing for Father's Day because it's manly, and an elegant brunch for Mother's Day. But why not switch it up some and do a wonderful elegant lunch or dinner for father. I think this is a wonderful switch up to the typical celebration.
Since the temperature is rising outside you need something to cook that is easy, quick, and has little fuss. Pork tenderloin is perfect for that. You just sear it in a skillet and pop it in the oven to finish cooking. Adding a glaze lends tremendous flavor that everyone will find delicious! You can't get much easier then roasting in the oven which practically does everything by itself!
I chose to do a glaze that is a little lighter in flavor, reminiscent of springtime. The fig and ginger flavors compliment each other perfectly and complement the pork as well. This is a great dish anytime of the year and just perfect for a celebration. Pair it with my Ginger Glazed Roasted Carrots & Green Beans as a side dish. Add a tossed salad, and some beautiful white wine and you have an easy dinner fit for a king!
Fig and Ginger Glazed Pork Tenderloin
2 (1 lb.) pork tenderloins, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & Pepper
For the Glaze:
1/2 c Fig preserves
2 tablespoons minced ginger or ginger paste
Splash of white wine
Preheat an oven to 350°F.
Brush the pork tenderloins with the olive oil and season with salt & pepper coating all sides. On the stove in a hot skillet (over medium-high heat) sear the tenderloins on all sides until brown, about 5 minutes. Place tenderloins on a baking rack and place in the oven. Cook for about 20 minutes until done.
Meanwhile in a small sauce pan add preserves, ginger and wine. Stir to combine. Cook over medium low heat until the sauce has loosened up and is slightly bubbly. Reserve some about (2-3 T) for drizzling over the cooked tenderloins.
During the last 5 minutes of cooking the tenderloin, brush with the glaze. Transfer to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 2 to 3 minutes before slicing. Cut the pork crosswise into slices 1/4 inch thick. Serve topped with remaining glaze.