Purple Pork Tenderloin

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A packet of gravy mix creates a sauce shortcut that's delicious over steamed and smashed new potatoes. Serve with fresh asparagus or green beans.

Yield: serves 4 to 6

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Ingredients

  • 2 1-pound pork tenderloins
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup brown mushrooms sliced
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine such as a Burgundy
  • 1.75 ounce packet dry brown gravy mix

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Trim fat and silverskin from tenderloins, and sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Place pork in a 7 x 11-inch baking dish, top with garlic, onion, mushrooms and celery, and pour wine over all.
  3. Add a little more wine if necessary to cover about halfway, and bake for 45 minutes. Turn meat over at the halfway point. Pork will turn a beautiful shade of purple after cooking in the wine.
  4. Test meat; internal temperature should be 160 degrees.
  5. Transfer meat to a serving platter to rest. Pour gravy mix into the baking dish with the wine and stir until mixed and slightly thickened. Slice meat, and drizzle with the gravy to serve.

Tips/Techniques

You may braise the pork first before placing it in the pan, but the pork is just as flavorful as is.
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