Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How Ina's Herbed Pork Tenderloins with Apple Chutney Saved The Day

Herbed Pork Tenderloins with Apple Chutney
Entertaining during the holidays can sometimes seem like a daunting task. Especially when you are not well acquainted with your guests. This very scenario happened to me recently. After spending an abnormal amount of time trying to come up with a celebratory menu for a relative that I had not seen since we were kids; and after verifying there were no food intolerance or foods they simply did not like to eat I was stumped. I even started to dread the “mess” I got myself into. I was looking for something I could make ahead and something tried and true. Those words kept playing over and over in my head until I remembered an Ina Garten cookbook that I had received as a gift a few years back. It was then that this meal fell into place. “Make it Ahead”, a Barefoot Contessa cookbook with all of its tried and true recipes saved the day.


My husband prepared and cooked the pork and I made the apple chutney, which is fabulous by the way! The pork is seasoned with rosemary and thyme and then wrapped in prosciutto. We served crisp tender green beans and mash potatoes as sides. The pork was tender, moist and full of flavor and the chutney was the perfect accompaniment. Since we made Ina’s recipes exactly as they were written, I decided to link back to Ina Garten’s website instead. Click here.

Happy Holidays!
Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

38 comments:

  1. Great choice and I bet everyone was very happy!

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    1. Thanks Abbe, you can't go wrong with Ina's recipes;)

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  2. What a lucky relative to get get such a great meal. The apple chutney is getting my attention.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, I can see this chutney on so many things, it was excellent.

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  3. Looks divine, Cheri. Ina is always a great inspiration. I love that your husband and you worked together to prepare the meal. I bet it was wonderful, and I hope you were able to relax, enjoy, and reconnect with your guests. Happy Merry. D

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    1. Thanks Dena, yes we had a wonderful time and having dinner ready to go and go smoothly was a big stress reliever.

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  4. Way to go, Cheri! This looks and sounds delicious! Ina is one of the best, so I know this has to be a great recipe to try. I almost picked up this cookbook the other day and wish I would've now. The ingredients in the chutney sound mighty good! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Pam, yes she is the best for sure, love her recipes and they always turn out;)

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  5. I love make ahead recipes and am following that plan for Christmas lunch.

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    1. Hi Tandy, so do I makes entertaining so much easier.

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  6. What a wonderful meal to share with the family! Your husband did a perfect job making that pork tenderloin so moist and succulent!

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    1. Thanks Angie, yes he did a great job, I have a bad habit of over cooking meat;)

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  7. Beautiful meal and smart decision. Ina recipes are always reliable.

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    1. Thanks Lea Ann, they certainly are.....take care!

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  8. Pork takes so well to different seasonings and flavors -- it's definitely not a blank canvas in terms of flavor, but you can take it so many different ways. The chutney sounds wonderful. And I'll never say no to rosemary! Love its flavor. :-)

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    1. Thanks John, the chutney was delicious and would be fantastic on so many other foods;)

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  9. I love fruit chutneys to serve with meat.This is a delicious meal.

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    1. Thanks Balvinder, this was my first chutney and it was much easier to make than I originally thought.

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  10. UNCTUOUS is the only word that can be used here! Wait, no it's not. Delicious, tempting, and OMG NEED are also necessary. :-)

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  11. I have to say, almost every time I host guests for dinner I turn to Ina's recipes. They really never fail! Looks like you created a fantastic meal!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I need to remember that for the next time;)

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  12. I could imagine the different textures and tastes you presented for the "prepare ahead" dinner. Very pleasing to the eye!

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    1. Thanks Sandra, received your beautiful Christmas card, a new addition you say......your son and his wife?

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    2. Excellent deduction, Cheri! We are thrilled!!!

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  13. Mark and I are huge pork tenderloin fans. In fact, I just bought two for dinner tomorrow night! Thanks for the link to Ina's recipe – I’m definitely saving it, and may even make it tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks David, Ina is the best and this recipe was so easy. Don always cooks the meat poor guy as I always overcook it;)

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  14. This looks absolutely delicious! Love the sound of that apple chutney too.

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    1. Thanks Caroline, the chutney was pretty amazing, apples, raisins and ginger oh my!

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  15. What a delightful combination of flavors! I'd be happy to serve this too :)

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  16. That looks and sounds amazing! Beautiful presentation.
    I just pinned Ina's recipe :)

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    1. Thanks Kris, Ina sure knows how to make entertaining much easier.

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  17. love ina, love chutney, love the idea of serving an apple chutney with pork! wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Grace, next time I should double the amount of chutney I made perfect on sandwiches.

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  18. Beautiful job on the menu, Cheri! I've tried a few of Ina's appetizer recipes from the Food Network site, but I don't have any of her books. I'm gonna have to check out her website because this looks fantastic! Pork and apples are always a great pair. :)

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    1. Thanks Marcelle, they really are aren't they, wish I had your table setting book for this one;)

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  19. Finally some meat recipes on MSS. The Chutney was fantastic- Don

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