Friday, March 2, 2012

Pork Roast with a Twist

Cuban Pork Tenderloin has a combination of unique ingredients that make it fresh and flavorful. With family visiting from Toronto, we served this to take advantage of the fresh grapefruit and oranges as well as the cilantro from the garden. Half the fun of cooking is having guests in the kitchen- chopping, laughing and telling stories.


1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice

2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Using thin knife, trim silver skin from tenderloin.

Mix orange juice, grapefruit juice, cilantro, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes in gallon-size zip-top plastic bag. Add pork, close and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Preheat grill on high. Adjust temperature to 400 degrees. Lightly oil cooking grate. Remove pork from marinade, drain briefly, but do not scrape off solids. Place on grill and cover grill. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned and instant-read thermometer inserted into center of pork reads 145 degrees, about 20 minutes. Transfer to carving board and let stand 3 minutes. Cut on slight diagonal and serve.

Serves 6.