Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Onion Chili Marmalade

Buffalo sauce and blue cheese smothered faces. Big guys becoming kids again – so it seems. Chips are clinging to the children hands and everywhere on the carpet. The room is filled with laughter and occasional screams. Well, maybe more screams than laughter depending on who is winning. Sounds familiar?  Yes it’s Super Bowl time again. Even though the big game is upon us I didn’t feature chicken wings on my blog (this time).  Well, because everyone else does it, so I thought lets cook something out of the ordinary. Don’t get me wrong I love chicken wings, chips, rips and all the other goodies. To be honest I can’t wait for everyone to bring their share of food. Yes, everyone brings something for the party. It just makes it easy for all of us and my wife is happy too.

Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Onion Chili Marmalade

To make it appetizing and appealing for the big guys to indulge I carved the pork tenderloin, rather than making little steaks. Served with red onion chili marmalade and it suddenly becomes popular with the female fans, too. I realized when I watch the Super Bowl my wife always joints us, even though she doesn’t watch football. That is the beauty of Super bowl. Everyone comes together, whether they are fans of football or not.

Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Onion Chili Marmalade

I find pork tenderloin goes well with sweet – sour as well as sweet and spicy flavor combinations. That’s why I added the red onion chili marmalade to the pork. Well if you don’t like sweet or sour flavors, than you could serve it with a chipotle mayonnaise or a mild salsa.

Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Onion Chili Marmalade
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • Salt
Red Onion Chili Marmalade
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 red onions, finely diced
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 slices fresh or canned pineapple, finely diced
  • 1 or 2 chilies, finely diced
  • ½ tsp rice vinegar
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
Instructions
Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin
  1. Season the whole pork tenderloin with salt and lots of freshly cracked black pepper
  2. Grill pork tenderloin on BBQ or grill pan.
  3. Once the pork has grill marks all around finish it in the oven for about 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius or until almost well done, yet slightly pink.
  4. Let it rest for a a few minutes and serve.
Caramelized Red Onion Chili Marmalade
  1. Melt butter in heavy bottom pan over medium heat.
  2. Add red onions and pineapple, saute until translucent.
  3. Now add honey and chilies, let all caramelize “lightly”
  4. De-glace with wine,
  5. Add rice vinegar and vegetable broth.
  6. Season with salt and rice vinegar.
  7. Cook until most liquid is evaporated and red onions resembles a marmalade.
Notes
For more flavors on the pork add aromatics like chopped rosemary, thyme and or sage. I don’t really enjoy spicy foods, but my friends do, so feel free to add more chilies to the marmalade. Just wash hands after you have cut and touched the chilies, otherwise you might be in for a painful surprise, once your hands touch your eyes. So please be careful when handling chilies. Cooking pork well done. Where I come from we cook our pork slightly pink, it sort of finish cooking on the plate. Once pork tenderloin is cooked well done it becomes boring and looses most flavors.

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Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Onion Chili Marmalade
Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Onion Chili Marmalade

Comments

  1. I am fascinated by the dedication of Americans to Super Bowl. What does sound great about it is the getting together to watch it and the whole celebration with family and friends. And I am so glad you didn’t do chicken wings! I’ve seen enough of those.
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    • You are absolutely right about getting together with friends. Oh, lets not forget the great commercials and the halftime Super Bowl show, which makes it all even better.

  2. That gorgeous tenderloin looks perfectly cooked! And one of those dishes that I really enjoy cooking. Totally agree pork works well with both sweet and sour or sweet and spicy (I like both, but tend to prefer spicy). Good stuff – thanks.
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