I absolutely love pork tenderloin, it’s easy, delicious, a relatively lean meat & it presents so nicely on the plate. I find that the marinated pork tenderloin you find at the supermarket is really good, so I usually start with one of those and let the marinade flavor dictate the sauce or garnishes. This one was in a garlic pepper marinade so I wanted to serve it with something a little spicy. I made this same dish last year and it was really good but unfortunately I got a group of dud peaches so I figured it would be even better with some ripe juicy peaches.
You could probably make this recipe with pineapple or mango too but I chose peaches this time. It was SO GOOD! The salsa is really simple to make and it was the perfect blend of bright summer flavors.
Just toss the peaches in a little oil so they don’t stick to the grill and then grill them until they are nicely charred. You will need to use some sort of grill grate so they don’t fall through the rack.
I grilled up some onions as well to add another element of flavor, there is nothing better than sweet smoky grilled onions! For the salsa I just combined the grilled peaches, onions, fresh basil & diced pickled jalapenos.
Season with a little salt & pepper & it’s done! You could substitute cilantro for the basil if you prefer, we’re just not huge fans of cilantro.
If you’re cooking the pork tenderloin inside instead of grilling it, just pat dry before you add it to the pan so that it doesn’t steam in the marinade. If I’m making it inside, I usually sear it on all sides over high heat and then transfer to the oven for 20-30 minutes until it cooks through all the way.
Even though this had a marinade, I wanted to give it a little extra smoky flavor with my favorite rub from Williams Sonoma.
I’m going to have to pick up some more soon, I’m almost all out. It so good on pork, chicken & steak. I also love this South African Smoke Seasoning from Trader Joe’s, it adds a nice little smoky heat to things.
OK, so I have to apologize for this next picture. I wanted to show the pork tenderloin all cooked but this was the only photo I got. I tried cropping it so many different ways but I couldn’t make it look less dirty no matter what I did. SO, here is the cooked pork tenderloin, get your mind OUT of the gutters people!!!!
Since I had the grill going, I decided to grill up some sweet potatoes too.
Isn’t that potato ridiculously orange? I got so excited when I cut into it, they are like SUPER sweet potatoes!
So here is the final masterpiece:
This meal is easy enough for a week night meal but would also be a great dish for a dinner party. You could prepare everything in advance and all you would have to do would be grill the pork & sweet potatoes right before dinner.
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:
When I get to enjoy leftovers in a whole new way!
I made a big salad with the leftover pork & peach salsa. I added some avocado & a light mustard vinaigrette, YUM!! I just noticed that cute little piece of spinach in the front. It looks like big mama spinach is trying to save her little baby spinach from being munched. Whoops! Sorry guys – didn’t see you there! If it makes you feel any better, I enjoyed every bite!