Video:Tips for Cooking Pork Tenderloinwith Mandy Day
Cooking pork tenderloin is a pretty quick, painless process, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways you can do it better. Here are a couple tips to remember the next time you make pork tenderloin for dinner.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Cooking Pork TenderloinHi, I'm Mandy Day for About.com, and today, we're talking about tips for making pork tenderloin.
Pork Tenderloin BasicsPork tenderloin usually comes in a 1 to 1-1/2 lb package, in a complete roll, or sometimes pre-sliced. Tenderloin is one of the leanest pieces of meat you'll find, so you don't really need to trim much if you don't want to. Look for particularly fatty areas and trim them away if you want your tenderloin to be even leaner. Place the tenderloin in a container suitable for marinating if the recipe calls for it. Many tenderloin recipes call for a marinade to make sure the flavor is very strong. Marinate your tenderloin overnight, or however long the recipe requires, to make sure it's extra juicy when served.
Cooking the Pork TenderloinTo roast or broil your pork tenderloin, you'll want to use a shallow roasting pan with a raised grill placed in the bottom. Most recipes for roasting pork tenderloin will call for it to be baked at 350 degrees for about 25 to 35 minutes. To ensure that the roast is cooked all the way through, always be sure to use a meat thermometer to check that the temperature is around 160 degrees. This will make sure the pork is cooked safely, but not enough to dry out. Once you're ready to serve, cut the roast into thin slices, or medallions, and garnish with sides or sauces of your choice.
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