This is one of those lazy foods I make when I want something tasty but that doesn’t require much. And that’s pretty much all it is. There’s more than one way to go about cooking it, but my favorite way is on the stove top. (In general I’m afraid of baking meats because sometimes I overcook them that way.)
And you’ll notice there’s still a little fat on there. Most of the time I don’t even bother trimming this cut of meat because, to start with, there isn’t much fat in the first place, and it keeps it moist while it cooks.
There’s also more than one way to season it. Normally I just look at my pantry and think, what would go well with this…
But because of that, they pretty much always turn out different from one another. This one got good reviews though. Sprinkle some of each of these on both sides and add some garlic, then you’re set.
There’s more than one way to add garlic. If you have whole cloves, poke holes in the meat, cut the garlic into strips and put it in the holes. About a year ago I gave in and started buying the pre minced garlic. It works but it’s not as tasty and doesn’t have as many health benefits. You end up needing to use more, but it’ll get the job done.
Funny yet serendipitous thing is, my friend made a pork tenderloin one or two days after I did. But he seasoned it completely differently from me so it worked out nicely: I got a free meal (sort of, forced labor counts as free, right?) and I got to try a whole different flavor.
First of all, he seared his on the stove, then covered it with mustard and cumin(?) then baked it to finish it off. It was also super tasty and just goes to show that it’s hard to go wrong with something that’s inherently tasty.
But back to me, once mine was seasoned, I just cooked it on a medium heat with the lid on for about 10 minutes before I checked on it and turned it. The seasoning blackened a little, and if that happens to you, don’t worry it’s not burnt. I think overall it took around 30 minutes to cook.
Paired with a veggie and some starch, it comes to make a really tasty meal.
To go with this, I made a simple alfredo sauce/pasta and some baked asparagus.