Easter Dinner Series: Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

March 20, 2013

The Easter Holiday is an extraordinary occasion to celebrate. Since we come from a big Catholic family, its one of the most significant days we celebrate out of the year, so it entails a big feast 🙂 So I thought I would post on my Easter dinner menu and hope you can try some or all of these out for friends and family. We will start with the main dish….

Easter Main Dish: Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2 lbs. pork tenderloin
1/2 cup of Catlina or French Dressing, divided
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1tsp. dry mustard
1tsp. paprika
1/2tsp. dried thyme leaves
2Tbsp. honey
Place pork tenderloin in a baking dish. (I usually put mine on a baking mat and on a baking sheet because it is 10times easier to clean)
Spread about 4 Tbs. of dressing over pork. Combine all spices and rub over the meat on both sides. Place in oven and bake for about 12 minutes. Meanwhile combine the 4Tbs. of dressing and 2Tbs. of honey. Brush over meat after 12 minutes and place back into oven for another 10 minutes or until interal temp is 145degrees.
It will have a slightly charred look, but the meat will be very moist with incredible flavor, serves 8. Recipe adapted from Kraft.
Stay tuned for Easter Sides and Desserts!
My Food Philosophy: Because the effort to make good food is a gift to those around me, it’s happy memories, togetherness, the living part of life.
*Post by my sister, Maria. You can find the rest of her beautiful eats here.

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