Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Submitted by: American Pecan Council

Smother lean pork tenderloin with nutritious pecan pieces for an easy elegant entrée.

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and lightly grease a large baking dish. Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and minced garlic. Spread mixture over the top of the pork.
  3. Press chopped pecans onto the brown sugar mixture on the pork. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  4. While pork is cooking, prepare the sauce: In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, pineapple juice, and Dijon mustard. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  5. Slice pork, spoon sauce over the top, and serve. Serves 6.

Nutrition facts

Calories

280

Fat

11g

Sat Fat

2g

Sodium

480mg

Carbs

22g

Fiber

1g

Protein

25g

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