The plums turned this gorgeous shade of red after broiling...they look almost tomato like. I have to admit, I love what a little broiling does to fruit. In the case of these plums, it intensified their tangy-sweet flavor. This would also work well with the abundance of peaches available now, your choice.
This is definitely one of those meals that will keep your summer clothes fitting well. It's light with no heavy or fattening sauces. The flavors of the sweet fruit, with a bite of pork, make this a wonderful, seasonal meal. With all the calories you are going to save, you just might have room for a yummy side salad with a less-forgiving dressing. Or better yet, dessert!
Make sure to use ripe plums for the fruitiest flavor possible, since this is where the flavor of this dish is coming from. Enjoy this one, it's a beauty.
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Thyme-Scented Plums
- 2-1/2 Tablespoons Olive oil, divided
- 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound small, ripe plums, quartered and pitted (about 6)
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- 2 teaspoons chopped, fresh thyme
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil to pan. Season pork 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Add the pork to the pan and cook 4 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Place pan in oven and cook until pork registers 145 degrees on a meat thermometer (about 15 minutes). Remove pork from pan and let stand 10 minutes. Slice crosswise into 12 slices.
- Preheat broiler to high. Without cleaning pan, arrange plums, cut sides up in pan. Combine remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil, honey and garlic. Stir well and brush plums evenly with mixture. Srinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Broil plums 6 minutes or until lightly charred; sprinkle with chopped thyme. Serve with pork. Garnish with thyme sprigs.
- Serving size: 3 ounces pork and 6 plum quarters
- Calories: 285
- Fat: 10.9 g
- Saturated fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 23.4 g
- Fiber: 1.7 g
- Protein: 24.6 g
- Cholesterol: 74 mg
A beautiful summer dish...
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