Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Plums and Rosemary

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Lush vanilla- and rosemary-scented plums marry beautifully with succulent pork tenderloin.

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Plums and Rosemary
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 60 minutes (30 minutes prep)

  • 1 pound black or red plums , pitted and cut into eighths (6-7 plums)

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary , plus more for garnish

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 6 tablespoons sugar , divided

  • 10 black peppercorns , crushed

  • 1 vanilla bean , split (see Substitution Tip)

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin , trimmed of fat

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  1. To roast plums: Preheat oven to 400°F. Place plums and 2 rosemary sprigs in an 8-inch-square baking dish. Whisk water, vinegar, 4 tablespoons sugar and peppercorns in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add the seeds and bean to the vinegar mixture. Pour the mixture over the plums. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

  2. Roast the plums, uncovered, until tender and beginning to break down, 20 to 25 minutes. Discard the rosemary and the vanilla bean. Transfer the plums to a serving platter and cover with foil. Strain the roasting liquid into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour the sauce over the plums; keep warm.

  3. To prepare pork: Meanwhile, heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with pepper and salt. Add to the skillet and brown on all sides, 5 to 8 minutes.

  4. Transfer the pan to the oven; bake at 400° until an instant-read thermometer registers 155° and the pork has just a hint of pink in the center, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. (The internal temperature will increase to 160° during resting.) Cut the pork into thin slices and serve with the roasted plums.

Substitution Tip: You can use 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract instead of the vanilla bean.

Nutritional Facts

37 g
6 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
23 g
62 mg
Dietary Fiber
2 g
572 mg
131 mg
4 servings
2 fruit
5 lean meat
56% daily value
Vitamin C
20% dv

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