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Cooking from the garden is a lot of fun. It can also be very challenging. It’s kind of like getting a new chopped basket every day; what and how will you put it all together?
This recipe for Chipotle Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Peach Salsa is one of those basket meals. Not that you need a garden or a basket to make it, only the fresh peaches came from our yard; but I have a lot of peaches.
I mean A LOT of peaches.
In normal years, with normal weather, the rain and winds of spring naturally knock off some of the blossoms; but not this year. This year we had little rain or wind, so the tree stayed beautifully full of blossoms. I didn’t even think of trying to play Mother Nature … until the fruit started to set.
A lot of fruit.
And while we tried to pick off some of the excesses, we still had so much fruit that we had to tie up the branches just to keep them off the ground.
The peaches are absolutely delicious…there is only one “little” problem …
They are small. Really small. Not much more than skin, a pit and a bit of flesh.
Yes, my peaches needed some help. And I failed them.
They are definitely suffering from some peaches envy.
So now I had to come up with something that would not require nice slices. Nothing too pretty. Something that would be just right for tiny bites of peach.
Once the salsa part of the program was figured out, the pork tenderloin preparation was pretty easy. Give it a little smoke from the chipotle, along with some heat from the adobo sauce, along with a slightly sweet glaze from the apricot preserves (I actually had some apricot/peach preserves which is what I used, but either apricot or peach on its own would also do) and we were off and running.
If you don’t want to make this recipe with pork tenderloin, chicken breasts, or legs and thighs could be easily substituted.
Another good thing about this recipe is it can be cooked in the oven or on the grill. If using a charcoal grill, prepare it for off-center heat so you have someplace to move the tenderloin if it starts to burn. The sugar in the glaze is prone to do that. If you cook it in the oven be absolutely positive to cover that cookie sheet with some foil; the glaze will burn and ruin your sheet. And I definitely DO NOT recommend you trying this on a grill pan on top of the stove. You will be cursing my name and my recipe as you take a chisel and hammer to it trying to get the gooey sugary glaze out of the middles of the grids.
And I do not want you cursing at me through gritted teeth. So no grill pan.
Chipotle Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Peach Salsa is an easy to make, easy to clean up after, low-calorie, low-fat meal.
What more do you want from dinner?
LindySez: Really, the amount of time it takes to make this dish will depend on how big your peaches are and how quickly you can get them peeled and diced. I needed a lot of my size challenged peaches so it may have taken longer for me but I enlisted the help of my husband and as we stood, listening to some music, peeling and dicing the peaches and talking time went quickly. I always encourage you to play with others in your kitchen.
In my time for prep, I figured on average, most people should be able to peel and dice 2 – 3 peaches in less than 15 minutes.
We had this with Basmati rice and fresh from the garden steamed green beans with toasted almonds. My Wine Geek/Guru chose an off-dry German Riesling that was PERFECT with notes of peach, apricot, and lychee.
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