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Pork Tenderloin with Fennel

Pork Tenderloin with Fennel

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This is a delightful recipe of roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fennel which is scented with Rosemary before being served on a bed of baby Spinach.  I love this recipe as it makes a wonderful Springtime dinner.

Pork Tenderloin with Fennel

The next couple of weeks our posts are going to be short and sweet as we have so much going on at work – it is actually insane!  Fortunately, we still have to eat which means we have some very tasty and easy meals planned. 

Our first one includes “the other white meat”, Pork.  Even though we love pork tenderloin, we never seem to cook it as often as we should.  We should as it is the leanest and healthiest of the pork cuts.  As well it has less fat than chicken and twice the amount of iron.  Not only is it good for us but you can do so many different things with it, from roasting or grilling or even stir frying.

Tonight I made this easy recipe which is simply a one pan meal roasting the pork, fennel and aromatics together.  As soon as everything comes out of the oven the baby spinach is tossed in to slightly wilt, and then dinner is ready.  This recipe is very light as well as flavorful. 

If you love pork and fennel, this is a fantastic combination.

Recipe:  Pork Tenderloin with Fennel

*Adapted from Donna Hay


1 fennel bulb, trimmed & roughly chopped
1 red onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 sprigs of rosemary
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra, for brushing
1 lb pork tenderloin
sea salt
fresh cracked black pepper
baby spinach leaves, to serve

How To:

Preheat oven to 400 (200 c).

Place fennel, onion, garlic, rosemary and oil in a baking dish, toss to coat.  Cook for 15 minutes.

Brush the pork with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Heat a medium frying pan over high heat, add the pork and cook for 2 minutes each side or until browned.

Place the pork in the baking dish on top of the fennel mixture and roast for a further 15 minutes or until the fennel is tender and the pork is cooked through.

Slice pork and toss with the vegetables and baby spinach leaves.



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Monday 23rd of March 2009

When I opened the e-mail for this recipe, I read the title and uttered outloud: "Ummmm, yummm..." :)