Savory & delicious; even though, I slightly over cooked the tenderloin. I used all spinach and served with french bread to sop up that delicious sauce in the potato mixture ;-)
Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin
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.
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- Calories: 289
- Calories from fat: 31%
- Fat: 9.9g
- Saturated fat: 5g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
- Protein: 27.9g
- Carbohydrate: 22.4g
- Fiber: 3.9g
- Cholesterol: 89mg
- Iron: 3.2mg
- Sodium: 665mg
- Calcium: 90mg
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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