Pork can cook indoors or out

Versatility: Even in barbecue season, some rain must fall. For days that might be damp, what could be handier for a cook than dishes that can be either grilled or made in the oven?

June 30, 1999|By Bev Bennett | Bev Bennett,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

As barbecue season heats up, so does outdoor entertaining. Unfortunately, cooks have no guarantee of perfect weather. There's always the threat of an unexpected storm to wash out the party.

What's needed is an indoor/outdoor recipe.

The perfect solution comes from "The Hay Day Country Market Cookbook" by Kim Rizk and Maggie Stearns (Workman Publishing; 1998). The recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin with fresh apricots and Apricot Glaze is a hit with customers at the East Coast chain of upscale food stores. And no wonder. It's so versatile.

You can make Grilled Pork Tenderloin outdoors on a grill or indoors in a hot oven. What's more, you can serve this succulent pork hot or cold. Thinly slice leftover pork and arrange it on crusty bread for a sandwich. Use any remaining Apricot Glaze for a sandwich spread. Serve the pork with sweet potato salad, fresh strawberries and sour cream.

Apricot Glaze Makes about 3/4 cup

6 tablespoons apricot preserves

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons rum

3 tablespoons prepared Dijon mustard

salt, freshly ground pepper

Combine preserves, honey, rum, mustard and salt and pepper to taste in saucepan. Simmer over low heat until preserves melt and mixture blends together, about 3 minutes.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Serves 2

1 (12-ounce) pork tenderloin

salt, freshly ground pepper

Apricot Glaze (recipe follows)

4 firm apricots, halved and pitted

Preheat grill. Oil grill rack. Season pork with salt and pepper to taste. Place pork on grill and grill 10 minutes. Brush generously with glaze.

Place apricots, cut-side up, on grill. Brush with glaze. Grill pork, brushing occasionally with glaze, 15 minutes longer, until meat is no longer red-pink in center. Apricots should be soft, but not mushy. If necessary, remove fruit from grill before pork is done.

To serve, cut pork into 1/2 -inch-thick slices and arrange on platter with apricots. Serve any remaining sauce on the side.

Note: If desired, pork can be cooked in oven at 450 degrees 25 to 30 minutes. Here's how: Place tenderloin in shallow roasting pan and cook 10 minutes. Baste with glaze, add apricots and continue cooking 15 to 20 minutes longer.

Pub Date: 06/30/99

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