Is there a sad looking, unused pot of marmalade sitting at the back of your fridge? Yep, mine too. Put it to good use as the basis for this delicious marinade! It doesn’t taste sickly sweet or even too orangey, it just gives a nice fruity and tangy touch and a very slight bitterness (in a good way).
I love using up random ingredients in my pantry and fridge. In fact, this is pretty much the basis of how all my meals are formed. I see something that needs to be used up, or an ingredient I’d really like to try and I will end up basing my whole menu around that particular thing. It can be a good way of getting inspiration for cooking because it gives you a focal point to start with. In fact, I think practicing cooking in this way was the thing that helped me win through the first round on Masterchef. You know the round where the contestants have to pick through a basket of random ingredients and make a meal out of it? I loved that, because it is how I actually cook every day.
This marinade only uses a few store cupboard ingredients, making it a cinch to pull together and cook on the BBQ. I brushed a little more marmalade on as it was coming off of the grill, which gave it a great glaze and boosted the flavor. The pork is so juicy and tender. Not to mention lean and heathy. This is grilled meat at its best! I served this with herby brown rice cooked in chicken stock and a chopped salad of cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, spring onion and a simple balsamic vinaigrette.
I got on a roll with using marmalade after making this and decided it would be delicious in a salad dressing, too! Check out this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Marmalade Dressing. There is something so cheerful about all of that orange together.
Here is your pork tenderloin recipe:
- 1 Pork Tenderloin
- 1 heaped tablespoon marmalade
- 2 - 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 spring onions, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
- Combine all the marinade ingredients and place in a bowl or large plastic bag with the pork. Marinade overnight if possible, or for at least 30 minutes if short on time.
- Heat a BBQ grill to medium and place the pork on the grill. Turn occasionally, making sure not to burn. Should cook through in 10-15 minutes.