Thursday, August 12, 2010


Temperatures are in the high 90s and even boiling into the 100s these days. Humidity levels make us feel like we are breathing water. We are roasting, literally. And, even though I should be focusing on cool, no-cook meals to keep our energy levels up for all of the farm work, yard work, roofing, painting, glazing, and sweating we do each day, I am roasting dinner. 

I know that it isn't very environmentally conscious to turn down the A/C to Brrr! and the oven up to Hot!Hot!Hot!, but I can't help myself. The call of Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin is too strong. The sweet, but savory glaze baked onto the moist and tender pork and paired with hearty potatoes and almost candied carrots sing a siren song that I can't resist regardless of the summer heat. I am roasting, and Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin is On My Plate.

2 cups baby carrots
12 baby red potatoes, halved
1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon garlic pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pork tenderloin (12-16 ounces)

Preheat oven to 425F.
Bring carrots and potatoes to a boil in a large saucepan; cook until just about fork tender, but not soft.
Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, combine mustard, honey, mayonnaise, oil, and garlic pepper in a bowl.
In a roasting pan, coat the pork with half of the mustard mixture.
Toss the carrots and potatoes with the other half of the mustard mixture and spoon around the pork in pan. 
Roast uncovered for 35-45 minutes, or until meat thermometers reads 160 degrees.
Stir the vegetables once while cooking. (Serves 4)

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