Friday, June 18, 2010

Dinner for your Dad. The easiest, most scrumptious Pork Tenderloin recipe

For Fathers Day Sunday, I thought you may like a wonderfully easy recipe to make for your dad.  I know it sounds complex and pompous, but it is SO ridiculously easy.  And impressive.

  This recipe is from my friend Deb, who calls it
Marriage Proposal Pork Tenderloin.
Apparently, she gave this recipe to a friend......... who cooked it for a man....who got down on his knee at the dinner table.........
So, save this one for your next dinner date too.....Good Luck Girls.
I made this last night, and my knife was dull, so it wasn't sliced as nicely as it could have been, considering it was to be in a photo shoot.  Which it didn't know until last minute.  I also forgot to Drizzle the Glaze over it, but it was too late.  B..was starving and had demolished the presentation by the time I remembered.  Some food stylist I he gets a little aggitated when I say "can you turn your dinner to the the right...moved that crouton to the top please".....Dinner is Dinner, not a Blog Post...
In Ontario, I can get a pork tenderloin for about $5.00.  One feeds 3 people, so they are a really good value.  Not only that, this recipes takes 2 minutes to prepare and turns out "restaurant quality" every time.  I parboiled a couple of potatoes, sliced them into wedges and then lightly crisped them in Rosemary Infused Butter. 
2 sticks of salted butter
2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary.
As Jamie Oliver would say "Waz it up" in the blender.
Place in ice cube tray. When frozen remove cubes and store them in a Zippy bag for later. (yummy on whole grain nutty bread.)

I don`t make herbed butter ahead so, I just threw some fresh rosemary in a pan with a little butter and let it sizzle and infuse itself.
Some Rabbit had left me a lettuce for my dinner, so I grabbed it while the going was good and left him the stalks in the veggie garden.  It was the absolute TOUGHEST  most BITTER lettuce goodness....that poor Peter.!  But........ it was all about the photoshoot and it looked vibrantly lovely on the plate.

2 pork tenderloins
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tblsp fresh rosemary chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic

Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in oven-proof frypan. Season tenderloins with salt and pepper. Brown on all sides over medium high heat. Add in 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary and 3 cloves minced garlic, bring to boil and remove from heat. Roast in 350 F oven uncovered, turning tenderloins once, for 20 minutes.

Let the meat rest for 5 minutes.  Slice on an angle in 1/2 " slices.  Drizzle a little of the remaining glaze hot from the pan over the top.

If you want to make applesauce, take 2 peeled cored and diced apples, add 1/2 cup water and boil down till mushy and smashable with a fork. 


  1. Tom's Opor Ayam last night...your tenderloin tonight! I'm am loving you all making these decisions for me! Thanks!

  2. hahaha I love all the goofs!..the knife, the glaze, the lettuce.

    Frequently this is the case at my house also. Kindred Spirits.

    Looks wonderful. I will be adding to my recipe file. Thank you.


  3. yummy, It looks and sounds delish! Lezlee

  4. That meal looks fabulous! Thanks for the great idea ... I was just wondering what we'd make. Your presentation of the meal is great too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. I loved this post! You cracked me up with your photoshoot story. Pork tenderloin is one of my favorites and I thought I'd prepared it every way possible. Love the balsamic reduction sauce. I will definitely try this! Wish my dad was here, but will have to make it for hubby! If he comes home from fishing in time! Have a great weekend! --Delores

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  7. You do such a great job with the pictures here. I love looking at them all.
    I have to take pictures of my chocolates for my website and it's daunting. A photographer I am NOT!
    I am inspired by your photos though.

  8. It looks delicious, and is wonderfully named. Did you receive any further marriage proposals? The imaginary crouton is perfectly positioned.

  9. This does look yummy. I"ll have to make it sometime for the hungry kiddos and hubby. Better, I'll pass it on to any friends (female or male!) who might be angling for a marriage proposal!

  10. Well, you wear many hats, not only are you a fabulous designer but apparently a fabulous cook as well.

    When's dinner?


  11. Has he not figured out yet ANYTHING can become a blog post?

    I have never made that but it looks devine!!

  12. Yummy! I have to give that a try! Have a great weekend! ~Lulu

  13. Chania, this looks amazing and it includes all my favourites! I love Rosemary, butter, garlic and Balsamic!! Guess what is on our menu for tomorrow night!! Thank you so much for sharing, I can't wait to make this!! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend ~ Tina xx

  14. Happy to report Chania...totally delicious...and so easy!

  15. well, this may be the dinner! I've been wondering what to make, now, here it is.

  16. Chania,
    Where was my invite?? :)
    Yummers looks like a 5 star meal.

    I want to thank you for visiting me today and I hope you left with a chuckle in your heart and a smile on your face!

    It was about time I made someone laugh!


I love to read each and every comment and are thrilled that you take the time to send one. Thank you so much. Chania