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Monday, June 13, 2011

Pork Tenderloin with Charred Tomato Salsa

Bring some flavour and excitement to the work week with this delicious dinner. Charring the tomatoes really brings out the tangy and sweet taste for the salsa.

8 small, firm, ripe tomatoes (each about 2 inches/5 cm)
1 poblano, hot banana or jalapeƱo pepper, halved lengthwise
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 cup (250 mL) diced seeded cucumber
1 tbsp (15 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice
½ tsp (2 mL) salt, or to taste

2 pork tenderloins, each about 12 oz (375 g)
2 tbsp (25 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small avocado
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh coriander

1. For the Charred Tomato Salsa, preheat grill to high. Cut each tomato in half crosswise. Brush tomatoes and poblano pepper with oil. Place tomatoes cut-side down on grill and cook until well browned, about 5 minutes. Turn and grill just until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. At the same time, grill pepper, turning once, until well browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside until cool enough to handle.

2. Chop the grilled pepper and tomatoes, reserving juices and discarding cores, and return to bowl. Add cucumber, lime juice and salt and toss to combine. Set aside.

3. For the pork, reduce grill to medium-high.

4. Cut each tenderloin in half lengthwise, almost, but not all the way through, to butterfly. Cover with plastic wrap and lightly pound the thicker end to even out the thickness. Combine lime juice and oil in a shallow dish and add pork, turning to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Grill pork, turning once, for about 3 to 4 minutes per side or just until pork has a tinge of pink in the centre. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

6. To serve, dice avocado and add to salsa with coriander, tossing gently to combine. Check seasoning. Slice pork thinly on an angle and serve topped with salsa.

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