Pork Tenderloin with Eggplant Relish

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 21 min
  • Cook: 14 min
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3 mild frying peppers, such as Hungarian or banana, halved and seeded

1 small jalapeno pepper, halved (remove seeds for less heat)

2 medium Japanese eggplants (about 14 ounces total)

1 bunch scallions

6 cloves garlic, unpeeled

2 pork tenderloins (about 1 1/2 pounds total), trimmed and cut into 4 pieces

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon paprika, plus more for garnish

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat the broiler and line a broiler pan with foil. Broil the frying peppers, jalapeno, eggplants, scallions and garlic on the foil until charred, about 3 minutes per side. Cover with a damp towel to cool, then peel the peppers and eggplants. Squeeze the garlic from its skin. Roughly chop the vegetables and garlic and toss in a bowl.
  2. Season the pork with the cumin and salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork; cook, turning, until golden, about 6 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, turning, until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 150 degrees F, about 8 more minutes. Set the pork aside.
  3. Add the lemon juice to the skillet, then add the eggplant mixture and paprika; warm through. Season with salt and pepper and add the parsley. Slice the pork; serve with the eggplant relish and garnish with paprika.
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