Recipe of the week: Tenderloin with pears and hazelnuts

08 June 2019 by
Recipe of the week: Tenderloin with pears and hazelnuts

I first created this recipe for a collaboration with my friends at Cinco Jotas. Whenever I meet my dear friend Maria Castro, I always have to cook this for her.

Serves 4-6 1 Á- 800g pork tenderloin, preferably Ibérico

150ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for frying

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

50ml sherry vinegar

3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme

½tbs ground cumin

1tsp sweet smoked pimentÁ³n de la Vera

1 large garlic clove, very finely chopped

For the pears and hazelnuts 3 ripe comice pears, peeled, cored and finely sliced

Juice of 1 lemon

50g skin-on hazelnuts, toasted

Fresh thyme leaves, to garnish

Place a large frying pan over a high heat. Rub the loin in a little oil and season well. Sear the loin on all sides, around 4-5 minutes, until caramelised, then lift out of the pan and place in a deep glass or ceramic dish.

Mix the oil, vinegar, thyme, cumin, pimentÁ³n and garlic together in a small bowl, then pour over the pork. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least eight hours.

Bring the pork out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving, so it comes to room temperature.

When almost ready to serve, gently toss the pears in a bowl with the lemon juice.

Remove the pork from the marinade, reserving the liquid, and cut into 1cm slices. Place the slices onto individual plates or a sharing platter with the pear and toasted hazelnuts and spoon over the reserved pork marinade. Top with fresh thyme leaves and serve.

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