“If You Wanted the Moon” Mediterranean Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fruit Chutney

By Jackie DeKnock  ,   

September 20, 2015

This zesty chutney does double duty as both a marinade and a garnish for the pork tenderloin! Smart work in the kitchen!

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  • Yields: 6 servings



2 pork tenderloins, 1 pound each, trimmed of fat

1/3 cup organic less-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves


1 1/2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and chopped (dried cherries will work as well as they will rehydrate)

1/3 cup finely chopped Spanish onion

1/3 cup sugar (raw if you have it)

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (your standard vinegar works too)

1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard seed

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1 1/3 cups finely chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes


To prepare chutney:

Combine cherries, onion, sugar, vinegar, ginger, mustard seed, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes 5 Minutes. Stir in tomatoes and continue to simmer until they are cooked through and the liquid is slightly thickened - 3 to 4 minutes 3 Minutes. Remove from the heat, cool, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes 30 Minutes.

To marinate pork:

Place pork in a Ziploc plastic bag or a non-metallic bowl. Add 3/4 cup of the cooled chutney, chicken broth and 1 tablespoon oil. Seal the bag, massage and turn to coat the pork with the marinade. Refrigerate the pork overnight or marinate at room temperature for a short time.

To roast pork:

Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove the pork from the marinade, shaking off excess. Discard marinade. Season with salt, pepper and thyme. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over high heat in a large skillet until hot but not smoking. Add the pork and cook, turning until browned on all sides - 3 to 5 minutes 3 Minutes.

Transfer the pan to the oven and roast the pork until just cooked through and an instant-read thermometer registers 155°F to 165°F in the center of the pork - 15 to 17 minutes 15 Minutes . Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes 5 Minutes before slicing. Serve the pork with the reserved chutney.

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