Recreating History: The Magic of Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oct 28, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

10 minutes + marinating time
25-30 minutes

Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Ah, the sweet symphony of flavors that dance on your palate as you sink your teeth into a melt-in-your-mouth, maple-glazed pork tenderloin. This recipe holds a special place in my heart, as it vividly takes me back to a quaint little town I stumbled upon during a research trip for one of my novels. Nestled amidst rolling hills, I discovered an ancient recipe book in a dusty old bookstore, its pages yellowed with time. Among its treasures was a recipe for this tantalizing dish, which hails from a bygone era. Join me on this culinary journey as we recreate the magic of maple-glazed pork tenderloin.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

– 2 pork tenderloins (approximately 1 pound each)
– 1/4 cup maple syrup (preferably grade A dark amber)
– 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 tablespoon soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
– 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
– Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Roasted Brussels Sprouts:
– 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped

Cooking Instructions


1. Marinating the pork:
– In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, dried thyme, salt, and pepper.
– Place the pork tenderloins in a ziplock bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag and massage the marinade into the meat, ensuring it is evenly coated. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight for an even richer flavor.

2. Preparing the oven and roasting the pork:
– Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
– Transfer the marinated pork tenderloins to a baking dish, reserving the excess marinade.
– Roast the pork for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C). Baste the pork with the reserved marinade every 10 minutes to enhance the glaze.

3. Roasting the Brussels sprouts:
– While the pork tenderloin cooks, prepare the roasted Brussels sprouts.
– On a baking sheet, toss the halved Brussels sprouts with the olive oil, salt, and pepper until well coated.
– Roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and tender. Shake the pan occasionally to ensure even cooking.
– Once roasted, sprinkle with the toasted pecans for a delightful crunch.

4. Serving:
– Remove the pork tenderloins from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes before slicing them into medallions.
– Plate the medallions alongside the roasted Brussels sprouts and pecans, drizzling any remaining glaze over the pork.
– For an extra flourish, garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme or a dusting of freshly ground black pepper.

Tips and Variations:
– For an extra burst of flavor, you can incorporate a tablespoon of whole-grain mustard into the glaze.
– If the pork tenderloin is larger than 1 pound each, adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure it is cooked to perfection.
– If you prefer a more intense maple flavor, you can brush additional maple syrup over the pork tenderloin during the last 10 minutes of roasting.
– Don’t shy away from experimenting with different side dishes – try serving the pork alongside a creamy mashed sweet potato or a refreshing citrus salad for a delicious twist.

Maple-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

As I savor each mouthful of this succulent masterpiece, I can’t help but feel connected to the past and the stories of those who have savored this delightful dish before us. The magic of maple-glazed pork tenderloin lies not only in the flavors that grace our taste buds but also in the way it transports us through time, serving as a reminder that culinary traditions can whisper tales of history and bring us joy today. Embark on your own journey with this recipe, and let its sweet and tangy embrace captivate your senses. Bon appétit!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 piece (4 oz / 113g)

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
  Saturated Fat 2g 10%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
  Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  Sugars 8g  
Protein 21g  
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 4% Iron 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

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