Grilled Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Scallions

recipe
Cook a whole meal--meat, potatoes, and a vegetable--on the grill. The pork tenderloin is coated in a sweet-and-spicy paste that's similar to Jamaican jerk marinade. Scallions, not often served as a cooked vegetable, deserve to be used as more than a raw garnish.

Yield:

4

Recipe from

Food & Wine

Ingredients

5 tablespoons cooking oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh-ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut diagonally into 1/4-inch slices
12 scallions including 2 inches of green top, root end trimmed

Preparation

1. Light the grill. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of the oil with the cayenne, thyme, nutmeg, brown sugar, vinegar, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Rub the mixture over the pork.

2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes and cook until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. Brush the sweet potatoes and the scallions with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

3. Grill the pork over moderate heat, turning once, until done to medium, 12 to 15 minutes in all. Transfer the pork to a carving board and leave to rest in a warm spot.

4. Grill the sweet potatoes and scallions, turning, until tender, about 5 minutes. Cut the pork into 1/2-inch diagonal slices. Serve with the vegetables.

Variation: Substitute 1 pound of asparagus spears for the scallions. Snap off the tough ends and use an additional tablespoon of oil for brushing the spears. Grill for about 10 minutes.

Wine Recommendation: Australian Shiraz's lush, jammy fruit flavor makes it a great partner for grilled meats. Try one here for an inexpensive but tasty treat.

Note:

Quick From Scratch One-Dish Meals

January 1997
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