Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
A judicious amount of butter is used to brown the pork and sauté the shallots and garlic, resulting in a robust dish with minimal fat. Use all spinach, if you prefer. Roast an extra head of garlic, which you can spread on a sliced baguette.


serving size: 3 pieces pork and 3/4 cup potato mixture

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 289
Caloriesfromfat 31 %
Fat 9.9 g
Satfat 5 g
Monofat 3.2 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 27.9 g
Carbohydrate 22.4 g
Fiber 3.9 g
Cholesterol 89 mg
Iron 3.2 mg
Sodium 665 mg
Calcium 90 mg


1 whole garlic head
6 medium shallots, quartered (about 1/4 pound)
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1 1/4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
1 1/4 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup dry white wine
3 cups baby spinach
3 cups trimmed arugula


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap garlic head and each shallot separately in foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins.

3. Place 1 tablespoon butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 15 seconds or until melted. Rub butter over pork; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Place pan in oven; bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink). Remove pork from pan; cover with foil. Let stand 10 minutes.

4. While pork stands, melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in potato; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in broth and wine; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 6 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in spinach, arugula, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon thyme; cook 1 minute or until greens are lightly wilted. Slice pork crosswise into 12 pieces. Serve pork over potato mixture.


Tory McPhail,

Cooking Light

March 2007
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