Look for jarred or canned piquillo peppers in specialty stores or upscale groceries. They add bittersweet notes deeper than those of roasted red bell peppers or pimientos, although either makes a fine substitute. Similarly, using smoked paprika in the rub adds depth to an already great main dish.
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
2 ounces very thin slices prosciutto, cut into thin strips
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup bottled piquillo peppers, cut into 1/4-inch strips
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
Combine the first 4 ingredients; rub over pork. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Wrap handle of skillet with foil; place pan in oven. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink). Remove pork from pan, and let stand for 10 minutes. Cut the pork crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add prosciutto and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add spinach, tossing to combine. Add water, vinegar, and honey; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts, tossing frequently. Stir in piquillo peppers. Arrange about 1/3 cup spinach mixture on each of 6 plates; top each serving with 3 ounces pork.
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Wow, this is fantastic. I followed the suggestion at the top of the recipe and used smoked paprika. It added a great smoky flavor and a little bit of heat. I also had a brain cramp on the piquillo peppers and bought peppadews. Turned out to be a fortunate mistake. The peppadews offset the smoky paprika really well. I will definitely make this again.
This was a real showstopper recipe. I soaked the pork in a brine solution for several hours first and made a double batch of spinach were my only variations from the original recipe. Everybody loved it.
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