Spanish Pork Tenderloin bites
It's true that international travel is still out of reach. But that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy international flavors right in your home. We are in love with these Spanish tapas-style pork tenderloin bites. These take a few minutes to prepare and pack a huge flavor punch - whether you serve them as an appetizer or an entrée with a rice pilaf and a simple salad.
What you will need:
For the pork:
Whidbey Island Farm and Market pork tenderloin - cut into chunks
1 1/2 teaspoons of Smokey Paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground coriander (grind whole seeds yourself for maximum flavor)
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cumin (ditto!)
1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper
For the sauce:
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 large garlic cloves - grated or finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped oregano
Mix the spices and salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Add to the pork and toss until each piece is totally coated with your spice mix. We highly recommend that you do this at least 30 minutes before you plan to start cooking the pork to ensure maximum flavor. Better still, do this bit at lunch time!
Then make the sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl - the longer you do this ahead, the more intense the flavor will be as well. It couldn't be easier.
Right before you plan to serve, heat up a cast iron frying pan and add a couple of tablespoons of your favorite oil. When smoking hot, add the pork in a single layer and cook for about 3 minutes. Check and if a dark golden brown, flip each piece and cook for another 3 minutes until both sides are golden and crusty.
Move to your favorite serving bowl and drizzle the sauce over. Tuck a few lemon wedges in between the pork bits and sprinkle more fresh oregano over.