Pork Tenderloin: The Star of Your Holiday Dinner Table
In this herb-crusted roasted pork tenderloin recipe, the tenderloin is rubbed with a heady blend of fresh garlic cloves, rosemary, thyme, and peppercorns. Removed from the oven and elegantly carved into generous slices, this pork roast brings the celebration to your holiday dinner table. Served with a classic port wine sauce that’s savory and complex with notes of cinnamon, it’s a festive meal that’s sure to please every guest at your table.
A Complex and Savory Port Wine Sauce
While it’s not an absolute must, serving port sauce alongside your perfectly roasted pork tenderloin is a really nice way to elevate a simple supper. Even its deep-ruby color feels special. Ready to get into the kitchen? Here’s what you’ll need to make this sauce:
- Shallots. Unlike onions, shallots have a milder taste and aroma.
- Port Wine. Look for ruby port, which has a bold clean flavor with a sweet lingering finish.
- Whole peppercorns. Easy peasy—you need them for the herby rub for your pork loin anyway!
- Rosemary. See above! If you’re making the pork, you’ve already got this on-hand.
- Cold Butter. Finishing the wine sauce with butter is a classic French technique known as monter au beurre. Using cold butter ensures it doesn’t melt too quickly and instead softens, thickening the sauce slightly.
How to Cook Pork Tenderloin
You’ve mastered the pan sauce, now it’s time to master roasting a perfect pork tenderloin. The secret to juicy tenderloin is to watch for an internal temperature of 145°F and letting the pork roast rest for three minutes after coming out of the oven. Here’s how to make a pork tenderloin:
- Make the rub! Smash garlic, rosemary, thyme, and peppercorns into a paste. Rub liberally all over the meat. Oh hey, you can finally use that mortar and pestle you have in a hidden in cupboard somewhere.
- Using an ovenproof skillet, sear the meat, then into the oven!
- When you see 145°F on a meat thermometer, pull that pork out, and tent it with foil.
- Serve the herb-crusted tenderloin with port wine sauce and if you’re feeling extra fancy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
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This holiday pork tenderloin recipe is tender, juicy and elegant. Oh, and it’s pretty darn easy, too. We’d love to hear about how you incorporated this pork roast recipe into your holiday festivities. Post a picture to Instagram and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!