Fine pairing: tomatoes, pork

DINNER TONIGHT

September 20, 2006|By Donna Pierce | Donna Pierce,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

In many ways, it's invigorating to live in a climate with changing seasons because each one offers wonderful gifts.

Still, feeling a bit sad about the end of tomato season, I've made the best of waning summer days by using as many delicious vine-ripened, fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes as possible with every meal. Here's a dish that stars garden tomatoes and succulent grilled pork.

Donna Pierce writes for the Chicago Tribune, which provided the recipe analysis.

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Grilled pork tenderloin and garden tomatoes

Italian bread with olive oil for dipping

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GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN AND GARDEN TOMATOES

Serves 6 -- Total time: 37 minutes

2 pork tenderloins, trimmed, about 1 pound each

6 cloves garlic, cut into slivers

1 tablespoon each: olive oil, chopped parsley

4 green onions, white and some green, thinly sliced

1 piece (about 1 inch) ginger root, minced

juice and zest of 1 orange and 1 lime

3/4 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons each: low-sodium soy sauce, rice-wine vinegar

2 tablespoons each: Thai chili paste, toasted sesame oil

4 vine-ripened tomatoes, halved

Cut 5 deep slits around each tenderloin. Combine garlic, oil and parsley in a small bowl; press seasoned garlic slivers into slits. Place remaining mixture in a food storage bag.

Place the tenderloins in the food storage bag; add the onions, ginger, orange and lime juices, the zest, chicken broth, vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, chili paste and sesame oil. Seal bag; press to coat meat. Set aside 5 to 10 minutes.

Pour marinade into a small saucepan; heat to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high. Cook until sauce reduces in half, about 8 minutes; strain through a sieve before serving.

Meanwhile, grill tenderloins, turning often, to desired degree of doneness, about 12 minutes for medium. Add tomatoes to grill, cut side down. Turn tomatoes after 4 minutes. Cook until soft and charred, 5 to 6 more minutes.

Transfer meat to a platter; surround with tomatoes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons sauce; pour remaining sauce into a bowl to pass at the table.

Per serving: 255 calories, 11 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 100 milligrams cholesterol, 4 grams carbohydrate, 33 grams protein, 74 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber

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