My partner for this month's Secret Recipe Club was Melissa of A Fit and Spicy Life. I was immediately drawn to her recipe for bourbon-orange pork tenderloin. We love pork tenderloin for weeknight dinners because it cooks up quickly without a lot of attention. I usually make this recipe, altering the fruit to match the season. Melissa's recipe was a great way to get out of my pork tenderloin rut and try something new! The pork is roasted alongside potatoes and carrots, and flavored with smoky spices, bourbon, and orange juice. I loved roasting everything together in the same pan, and the flavors were delicious. The only thing I would change next time is to remove the cover halfway through cooking to help things crisp up a bit. Thank you to Melissa for a great new recipe!
Bourbon-Orange Pork Tenderloin (adapted from A Fit and Spicy Life, original recipe here)
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp salt
Several grinds of black pepper
1 pork tenderloin
4-5 carrots, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 pound fingerling potatoes
2 small oranges
3 T bourbon
1. Preheat the oven to 375 and spray a 9x13 baking dish with oil.
2. In a small bowl, stir together the cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Rub it all over the pork, and then place the pork in the baking dish.
3. Scatter the carrots and potatoes around the pork. Cut one of the oranges in half, and squeeze the juice all over the pork and veggies.
4. Slice the other orange into thick slices, and lay them on top of the carrots and potatoes.
5. Drizzle the bourbon over everything, and then season the vegetables with a bit of salt and pepper.
6. Cover with tin foil, and bake 35-45 minutes, until the pork is cooked through. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.