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Braided Pork Tenderloins Recipe

Braided Pork Tenderloins Recipe

For a summertime family dinner, I served a jerk-spiced marinated pork tenderloin. Braiding the meat, which is easy to do, makes for an attractive presentation. —Jim Rude, Janesville, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each)
  • 1/2 cup mango nectar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon spiced rum or additional mango nectar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Caribbean jerk seasoning, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped peeled mango

Directions

  • 1. Cut tenderloins in half lengthwise; cut each half into three strips to within 1-in. of one end. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the mango nectar, 1/4 cup rum, oil, 1 tablespoon jerk seasoning and garlic; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  • 2. Drain and discard marinade. Place tenderloin halves on a clean cutting board and braid; secure loose ends with toothpicks. Sprinkle with remaining jerk seasoning.
  • 3. Grill braids, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Discard toothpicks. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • 4. Meanwhile, place the cream, remaining rum and mango in a food processor. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan; heat through. Serve with pork. Yield: 8 servings (3/4 cup sauce).

Nutritional Facts

about 3 ounces cooked pork with 4-1/2 teaspoons sauce equals 203 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 257 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.