07 December 2011

Pork Tenderloin on a Bed of Kale with Roasted Sweet Potatoes on the Side

Why have I never shared these roasted  'taters' with you guys? These are so very easy and savory ... not your usual smushed sweet potatoes and not super crisp and fatty sweet potato fries ... instead, thick half rounds with a bit of olive oil to keep the crisp outsides moist and to allow for crunchy crisp nuggets of garlic, thyme, and red pepper to flavour them.

I usually have them with a roast of pork or beef tenderloin ... tonight it's pork tenderloin with some chunky cinnamon applesauce. We've also got some wilted kale in a soft garlic and butter sauce ... a perfect late fall meal. I hope you're also cashing in on all these great fall fruits and vegetables to make up for the other seasonal decadence that is on the dessert plates ... wink, wink!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 4 hungry folks

Toss together in a deep bowl:

4 large sweet potatoes, peeled, halved length-wise and sliced into half-inch half rounds
½ tsp kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
⅓ c. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
3 tbsp. olive oil

Let the mixture rest for one hour.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with oven spray and arrange the potatoes and all the juices and herbs in one layer.

Roast on upper level rack for twenty minutes and then turn them.

Continue roasting until they are tender, but NOT mushy.

Turn them onto a warm platter and serve … or set aside uncovered and re-heat when the rest of the meal is ready. These can easily be made ahead and zapped in the microwave to piping hot without hurting the flavour or consistency.

Pork Tenderloin on a Bed of Wilted Kale

Serves: 4 


oven spray for the roasting pan

1 ½ lb. pork tenderloin
black pepper
crushed thyme leaves
4 slices bacon
4 garlic cloves, sliced into slivers

1 large bunch kale, washed and spines trimmed from leaves, leaves sliced into ribbons
two large pinches red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. water
1 tsp. cider vinegar

Making the Dish:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place racks at the middle and upper levels.

2. Spray an oblong roasting pan with oven spray and lay the tenderloin in.

3. Stab it a few times deeply and insert slivers of garlic (2 cloves worth) in along the blade of the knife so that the garlic is right down in the loin.

4. Sprinkle on the black pepper and crushed thyme leaves.

5. Lay the bacon strips over the tenderloin so that it is completely covered.

6. Roast in a preheated oven on the middle rack for about 50 minutes and then slice in to check for a slightly pink center.

7. Remove and slice into ¾-inch slabs. Arrange the roast over the top of a bed of wilted kale.

8. Serve with a spiced applesauce on the side.

Wilted Kale

1. Place a deep fry pan over medium heat and add olive oil, 2 cloves worth of sliced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Sauté just until  the garlic starts to brown up on the edges.

2. Quickly add the washed and ribboned kale, tossing to distribute the garlic and red pepper. Continue to toss until the kale begins to wilt.

3. Add the water and cider vinegar, toss and cover, reduce the heat just a bit and let the kale finish wilting while you slice the pork.

4.  Plate the kale and arrange the sliced pork atop, crumbling the bacon around the sides.

5. When the kale is served, add some of the crumbled bacn and mix it in for a nice crunch factor.


  1. This whole post sounds too good. It's 8 in the morning and I want dinner...now!

  2. I would certainly want to have roasted sweet potatoes your way. They sound just perfect for my taste :)

  3. I never really cook with sweet potaoes, but this looks like a really tasty way to cook them and not mushy!! GG

  4. Now that is one delicious meal. Everything sounds so yummy.

  5. i would gladly have the taters alone, but then i saw the photo below of the roast pork and kale. ahhhh so good.

  6. You always put together the best stuff. I only started eating sweet potatoes 10 years ago. All the years I was missing their deliciousness. Pork and applesauce love them too. I just started eating kale within the last 10 years also. I usually have it in soup or I make one of the massaged salads.( saw it on food network) I will have to try it as a side.

  7. This is one good looking meal! It's dinner time too . . . do you deliver? I'll be making this for certain!

  8. What a lovely meal. The best part of visiting here is that I know I'll find recipes that work and really please my family. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. What a perfect recipe; I often prepare pork tenderloing;; this one is a must try...and those potatoes;wow!


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