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Dinner for Two

Gingery Roast Pork with Thyme

Gingery Roast Pork with Thyme

[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

A whole roast dinner in 20 minutes! It's amazing.

Start with lean pork tenderloin and roll it around in a crust of salt, pepper, fresh thyme, and ginger preserves. Think of it as honey-roast ham with a bit more attitude. Nestle a few veggies down into the dish with the pork, and bake it. The preserves bubble up and caramelize and mix with the juices of the pork to create not just a phenomenally flavorful crust, but also a gravy. And the veggies cook alongside in exactly the same amount of time. It's a weeknight miracle.

About the author: Kerry Saretsky is the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way.

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Gingery Roast Pork with Thyme

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 2
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:25 minutes
This recipe appears in: Dinner for Two: Gingery Roast Pork with Thyme

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons ginger preserves
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • 6 baby zucchini

Procedures

  1. 1

    Position the oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 450°F. Season the pork with salt and pepper, and roll in the fresh thyme so it’s seasoned all over. Rub the ginger preserves all over the meat. Lightly grease a ceramic baking dish with olive oil, and place the pork in the dish. If any ginger preserves have fallen off the meat, pile them up on top of the pork, and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Toss the zucchini with a light drizzle of olive and a pinch of salt, and scatter around the baking dish.

  2. 2

    Bake until the center of the pork reaches 140 degrees F, about 15 to 18 minutes. Turn on the broiler (leave the meat where it is), and broil until the preserves on top of the pork caramelize, a minute or two. The pork should now be 145 degrees in its center. Take the dish out of the oven, tent with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the pork, spoon some of the ginger juice from the pan over the top, and serve with the roasted zucchini and some lightly dressed salad and bread.

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