I {Heart} Pork!

There are many things I do that I can credit to my mother.

I’m pretty crafty…my mom has a really great eye for design and I remember her designing these sweatshirts with fabric and puffy paint…so. much. puffy paint. #1992

I can polish nails really, really well…my mom is an exceptional manicurist and I spent many childhood days watching and mimicking her skilled hand.

I’m really outgoing and social…my mom is a total extrovert. She makes friends with everyone. She’s loud and bubbly and funny. A girl’s night out with her is bound to be a good time.

I have the heart of an entrepreneur…my mom has owned many salons and is never afraid to try new business ventures. I “owned” a lot of businesses as a child, but one point where I differ from my mom is she’s way more brave than me!

I love cooking…my mom is a fantastic cook and always made dinner around the table a priority (another thing that I do with my family that I can credit to Mom).

I love pork…One of my favorite meals that mom made as a child is pork tenderloin. She’d serve it with mashed potatoes, gravy, a veggie, and rolls. Yum.

The crazy part is it was just a pre-seasoned tenderloin from Costco. They don’t carry it anymore. Waaaaah!

I enjoy making pork tenderloins because they’re so easy, quick cooking, and are great for serving guests. They definitely look fancier than they are. These recipes that I’ve rounded up bring back those old childhood memories with a welcomed and delicious twist.

Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloin

This tenderloin from Kevin is Cooking is incredible. It does require that you sear your meat then transfer the pan to the oven to finish off, so make sure you have an oven proof pan handy. If you don’t, go buy one because this recipe is a must. I served this to some friends and we were all unashamedly mopping up that pan sauce with anything we could find. So good.

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Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce

One of the first pork tenderloin recipes I came across by The Pioneer Woman and it’s still a favorite! This tenderloin starts on the stovetop to sear in a hefty layer of cracked pepper and finishes off in the oven. I don’t usually make the cranberry sauce from scratch like Ree, but I definitely grab a can. What can I say…canned cranberry sauce…another childhood staple.

Fig Balsamic Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Gina from Skinny Taste nailed this recipe by combining Fig Butter from Trader Joe’s with some balsamic vinegar and a little seasoning. Going straight from prep to oven, this loin comes out savory, but sweet, tangy and mouthwatering. Served alongside some quinoa and roasted Brussels sprouts, this meal is a hit…even for my picky eaters!

 

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