DCL Recipes for August: Balsamic Pork Tenderloin and a Spicy Blackberry-Orange Margarita Featured

13 Aug 2019 Amy Poore
Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.  Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.  Amy Poore

Did you just get an Instant Pot during Amazon Prime Days? Looking for some new recipe ideas to make the most of your new gizmo? This balsamic pork tenderloin is a snap – and a classic. You’ll find yourself coming back to it over and over again, trust me.  

And for those days when you really need to relax with an adult beverage (Hello, back to school!), whip up this fun, refreshing and spicy blackberry-orange margarita. All margaritas are great, but this one has an extra kick. 

Bon Appetit!   

Balsamic Pork Tenderloin (Instant Pot)

  • 2 tablespoons corn starch 
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
  • 2-3 lb. pork tenderloin (cut in half, or use two small ones) 
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Herbs de Provence (or a combination of dried thyme, basil, and rosemary) 
  • 1 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 4 tablespoons cold water 

 

Set Instant Pot to sauté. Add 1 tablespoon of oil.  

Rub tenderloins with oil. Season with the Herb de Provence and salt and pepper to taste. 

Place tenderloin in Instant pot and brown on all sides. 

In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and water. 

Once tenderloin is browned, add mixture to the pot, attach the lid, and turn the setting to pressure cook for 25 minutes. 

After 25 mins, allow a natural release.  

When ready, remove from Instant Pot to a cutting board and slice. 

In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. 

Turn the Instant Pot setting to soup,” add mixture, and stir until thickened. 

Serve the sauce over the sliced tenderloin. 

 

Spicy Blackberry-Orange Margarita

  • 1/2 lime juice 
  • 8 oz. fresh blackberries  
  • 4 oz. tequila 
  • 1 Serrano chili pepper 
  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice 
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup 

 

Slice one Serrano pepper and place in a small bowl with the tequila. Let stand for 1 hour. 

Remove pepper.  

Blend the blackberries, orange juice, lime juice, and simple syrup until smooth. 

Strain mixture into a pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in tequila. 

Divide between 2 ice-filled glasses. 

Another option is after straining original mixture you can pour back into blender and add the tequila and ice to make a frozen version.  

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