Pork Tenderloin with Mole Sauce and Ricotta

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Mole Sauce:
  • 1 ancho chile
  • 1 chipotle chile
  • 1 morita chile
  • 1 corn tortilla
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 radishes, roughly chopped
  • 4 tomatillos, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 ounces Mexican chocolate
  • Pork Tenderloin:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • One 1-pound pork tenderloin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper, for sprinkling
  • Ricotta, for topping
  • Micro cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  • For the mole sauce: Toast the ancho, chipotle and morita chiles in a dry skillet until fragrant. Let cool slightly, then remove the stems and seeds and roughly chop. Transfer to a blender. Toast the corn tortilla in the dry skillet. Add it to the blender along with the almonds, peanuts, pine nuts, allspice, cinnamon, radishes, tomatillos, cloves and onions. Blend well.

  • Transfer the puree to a saucepan and add the chicken stock and Mexican chocolate. Simmer until thick and fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.

  • For the pork tenderloin: Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet large enough to accommodate the tenderloin. Brown the tenderloin well on all sides. Sprinkle with some salt, pepper and cayenne, then transfer to the oven and cook to the desired doneness, about 15 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes.

  • Slice the tenderloin and divide it among 4 serving plates. Pour some sauce over the top, add a dollop of ricotta, and top with micro cilantro. Serve immediately.

Contestant/Competition Recipe: This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchen have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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