Cocoa Cherry Pork

24 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    35 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“My favorite candy growing up was the chocolate covered cherry. The way that thin, crisp chocolate would break away to reveal the florescent red maraschino cherry suspended in the clear syrup was intoxicating. What about a savory dish that celebrated the same basic flavors?”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Whisk cocoa powder, ancho chile powder, cumin, black pepper, and chipotle pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Generously season tenderloins with salt, then coat in the cocoa powder mixture. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place tenderloins in the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Cook until browned on each side, about 4 minutes.
  4. Transfer tenderloins to a baking dish; cook in the preheated oven until pork is slightly pink in the center, about 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
  5. Whisk cherry preserves, vinegar, and oregano in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil and cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over pork tenderloin and serve.

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Reviews (24)

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Baking Nana
6

Baking Nana

Very good! The taste of the spices with the succulent pork made for a great dinner.

Cindy
4

Cindy

The pork and dry rub were excellent. I have to agree with others regarding the sauce. It was to acidic. I did add more preserves (I used black cherry)and oregano and it turned out fine. My husband loved it and he can be very critical. It is very simple. A great week night entrée. I also roasted sweet potatoes. Will be adding to my rotation!

Trvs91
3

Trvs91

Very good and easy. Plan on making this again in the future.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 240 cal
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 6.4 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs
  • 15.4 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 30 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 135 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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