This fragrant pork tenderloin dish is inspired by the traditional recipe hailing from the Tuscany region of Italy. Use fresh rosemary for best results.
Oxmoor House JUNE 2006
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Bring 2 cups water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add garlic; simmer 1 minute. Drain well; finely chop garlic. Combine garlic, rosemary, and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl; mash with a fork to form a paste.
3. Slice each tenderloin lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open halves, laying pork flat. Cut each side lengthwise, cutting to, not through, other side; open flat. Place heavy-duty plastic wrap over pork, and flatten to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
4. Set aside 2 teaspoons rosemary-garlic paste. Rub remaining paste onto cut sides of pork. Roll up each tenderloin; secure at 2-inch intervals with kitchen twine. Rub outside of pork with reserved 2 teaspoons paste.
5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add tenderloins; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Place tenderloins on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink). Let stand 10 minutes.
6. While pork stands, add broth and wine to skillet. Bring to a simmer; cook 5 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Remove from heat; stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cut pork into thin slices; serve with wine mixture.
In Tuscany, arista (ah-rist-TAH), or pork roast, is usually spit- or oven-roasted and seasoned with rosemary, salt, and pepper. Tuscans prefer to eat the meat cold. Here, it's served warm with a wine sauce, but chilled leftovers can be thinly sliced for tasty panini (Italian sandwiches).
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