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Recipe: Pork tenderloin with cherry salsa, from 'The Grilling Book'

BY ANDREW Z. GALARNEAU

Here's a recipe from "The Grilling Book" (By Adam Rapoport, Andrews McMeel, 432 pages, $45), featured in today's Buffalo News. It just might make you look at cherry season differently. 

Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Salsa

6 servings

1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, divided

½ cup minced shallots, divided

6 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, divided

¼ cup vegetable oil, plus more for brushing

2 pork tenderloins, about 2½ lb. total

8 oz. fresh cherries, stemmed, pitted, halved

1 fresh Fresno chile, red jalapeño, or Holland chile, thinly sliced crosswise

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

This is a great dish to make in the summertime, when ripe cherries are at their peak. For a quick weeknight meal, make the sauce and marinate the pork in the morning.

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Combine ½ cup cilantro, ¼ cup shallots, 4 Tbsp. lime juice, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a resealable plastic bag. Add pork; seal bag and turn to coat. Marinate pork at room temperature for 15 minutes, turning occasionally.

Meanwhile, combine remaining ½ cup cilantro, 1/4 cup shallots, 2 Tbsp. lime juice, cherries, chile, and olive oil in a medium bowl. Season salsa lightly with salt and pepper and set aside to let flavors meld.

Remove tenderloins from marinade and season generously with salt and pepper.

Brush grill grate with vegetable oil. Grill tenderloins, turning frequently, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of pork registers 145°F, about 15 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes. Cut into thin slices and serve with salsa.

Source: "The Grilling Book" (By Adam Rapoport, Andrews McMeel, 432 pages, $45) 

 

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