Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chili-glazed Pork with Sweet Potato Hash

You have made it half way through the week! The week before a holiday is always hard, people have started to leave for vacation and you want to be any place except work. Might as well have a nice dinner while you wait out the rest of the week. I'm a fan of pork tenderloin since it is a lean protein and tends to go on sale. This chili-glazed version has heat from the chili powder and a subtle sweetness from the maple syrup. Paired with a fancier take on sweet potatoes and spinach its a complete meal. By cooking the sweet potatoes with shallots it reminded me of a potato latke only without being fried. 

Chili-glazed Pork with Sweet Potato Hash
Serves 4
Source: Real Simple


1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1⁄4 pounds)
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
kosher salt and black pepper
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled
2 large shallots, chopped
1 5-ounce package baby spinach, chopped

Directions:1. Heat broiler. Place the pork on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Rub with 1 teaspoon of the oil, the chili powder, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Broil, turning occasionally and basting with the maple syrup twice, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes (May take longer depending on thickness). Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
2. Meanwhile, in a food processor fitted with the coarse grating disk, grate the sweet potatoes.  (If you don't have one you can use a box grater)

3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 7 to 9 minutes more. Add the spinach and cook, tossing, until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve the pork and potatoes with the hot sauce, if desired.
Nutritional Information:
  • Per Serving
  • Calories 366
  • Fat 10g Sat Fat 2.5g
  • Cholesterol 90mg
  • Sodium 308mg
  • Protein 35g
  • Carbohydrate 33g
  • Sugar 13g
  • Fiber 5g
  • Iron 4mg

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