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Friday, June 15, 2012

Thyme Crusted Pork Tender Loin


2 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons dried thyme
3 pounds pork tenderloin (will probably be in 3 pieces)

Mix together the salt, pepper, and thyme and roll the tenderloins in the mixture, pressing the seasonings onto the surface of the meat. Place meat on a rack set in a roasting pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes, depending on thickness. It will usually reach 160 degrees after one hour of roasting.

So, if the meat is taken out of the oven when the temperature is:

145 degrees it will be about 150 degrees when you serve it, and the slices will be somewhat pink and moist;

150 degrees it will be about 155 degrees when you serve it, and the slices will be just a bit pink and moist;

160 degrees it will be about 165 degrees when you serve it, and the slices will not have a pink tinge but the meat will be moist.

Slice across the grain to serve.


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