Pork Tenderloin with Kumquat and Blackberry Sauce

Pork tenderloin is a perfect choice for entertaining. It’s easy to prepare, has no waste and lends itself well to an endless variety of seasonings and sauces. Pork tenderloins are perfect for entertaining, the tender meat is easy to cook and slice and holds well for a while if it needs to prepared in advance. They’re often on sale in the markets around Las Vegas, a good time to pick up an extra one or two for the freezer.

As with any pork roast, I like to serve a fruit sauce or side dish. In this recipe, the sauce is the star. Almost any fruit will be fine in this sauce, but here I’m using kumquats that I quickly candied (easy recipe here) and blackberries. This basic French sauce is a handy way to take advantage of bargains on seasonal fruit, and is very, very good.

Pork Tenderloin with Kumquat and Blackberry Sauce
1 whole pork tenderloin
1 clove garlic, mashed
1 tsp soy sauce
½ cup sherry or white wine
1 cup chicken or beef broth
½ cup candied kumquats in syrup
6 oz fresh blackberries
1 tablespoon cold butter

Pat the tenderloin dry with paper towels and rub all over with the garlic. Season with the salt, pepper and soy sauce.

Quickly brown the meat in an oven-safe skillet. Place the skillet in a preheated 350 degree oven and roast for about 30 minutes (more or less depending on thickness of the tenderloin). The internal temperature should be between 140 and 150 degrees for a tenderloin that will be slightly pink in the middle, the way we prefer it.

Remove the meat to a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm while making the sauce.

Over medium heat, add the water and wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen the brown bits. Bring to a boil, simmer for 1 minute. Add the kumquats and simmer one minute more. Remove from the heat and swirl in the cold butter to slightly thicken the sauce. Add any juices that may have accumulated from the resting meat. Add the blackberries to the hot sauce (do not continue to cook the saauce at this point). Taste for seasoning and add salt & pepper if needed.

Slice the pork thinly and serve with the fruit sauce

Serves 4-6

  1. Excellent post thanks for sharing. Food is something I can enjoy all around. If I’m not eating it. I’m reading and looking at pictures about it.

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