Roast Pork Tenderloin with Carrot Romesco

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Yield: Servings: 4

Total Time: total: 1 hours



1/4 cup pine nuts

11/2 pound small carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise if larger

5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large pork tenderloin (about 11/2 lb.)

1 small garlic clove, finely grated

1 tsp Aleppo pepper or 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided

2 cups spicy greens (such as watercress or baby mustard)


Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 8-10 minutes; let cool.

Increase temperature to 450°. Toss carrots with 1 Tbsp. oil on another rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and black pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until softened and browned, 15-20 minutes; let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork with salt and black pepper and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 10-15 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and roast pork until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 145°, 8-10 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Pulse pine nuts, garlic, and remaining 3 Tbsp. oil in a food processor to a coarse paste. Add Aleppo pepper, one-fourth of carrots, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. water. Process, adding more water as needed, to a coarse purée; season romesco with salt, black pepper, and more vinegar, if desired.

Toss greens with remaining carrots and remaining 1 Tbsp. vinegar in a large bowl; season with salt and black pepper. Serve pork with romesco and salad.