Pork is a good, healthy meat – or at least it can be if you done have really fatty chops or crackling! The tenderloin cut is almost a forgotten cut, it’s certainly not easily found in the pre-packed aisle, but it can make a healthy, tasty family meal with virtually no fat.
To feed 4, you will need:
- 1 strip of pork tenderloin, around 700g
- Olive oil
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- 2 garlic gloves, crushed
- Freshly ground pepper
First, make the marinade. Combine all the herbs, seasoning, oil and garlic. Rub this into the tenderloin until it is well covered. Wrap this in clingfilm and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour – but overnight makes for even better flavour.
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
Heat a frying pan until it’s very hot. Drop in the tenderloin, turning it gradually as each side seals and starts to brown.
If your frying pan has a lid and can go in the oven, keep the tenderloin in that, or transfer to a deep oven tray. Add around 1cm of water to the tray/ or pan. Place the lid on or cover with tinfoil and place in the oven. Roast for 40 minutes.
Remove the tray or pan from the oven. Take out the tenderloin and use the stock to make a gravy, adding cornflour mixed with water to thicken it.
Serve the tenderloin slices with new potatoes and tenderstem broccoli, for a great healthy family meal.