Barbecue Pork Tenderloin with Collards and Lentils
Frozen vegetables are a great option to make dinner come together, even in between trips to the grocery store. Sometimes, however, frozen vegetables need a little freshness infused back into them. In this recipe, some freshly sauteed vegetables and pickled cherry peppers (with a splash of brine from the jar) combine with frozen collard greens to make a hearty side dish for a glazed pork tenderloin.
Preheat the oven to 450˚ F. Rub the pork all over with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, turning, until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and brush with about half the barbecue sauce. Roast, brushing with the remaining barbecue sauce twice more, until the pork is cooked through and a thermometer inserted into the center registers 135˚ F to 140˚ F, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the onion, celery and thyme; season with salt. Cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the lentils and collard greens and cook, stirring, until the collards are bright green and heated through, 2 more minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and cook until the skillet is dry. Add the cherry peppers, 2 tablespoons brine and the garlic. Cook until the garlic is softened, 1 to 2 minutes; season with salt and the remaining 1 tablespoon brine, if needed.
Divide the lentil mixture among plates. Slice the pork and add to the plates; serve with cornbread.