My passion for cooking began in 1978, when a beautiful woman in St. Louis, Missouri introduced me to Bon Appetit magazine and The Good Cook, a cookbook mail-order club. From this cookbook club, I ordered my very first cookbook! My collection of cookbooks grew to nearly 500 books since then, many of which I have given away as gifts to my adult kids to start their own collections.
Considered a true classic today in the culinary literature, I chose The New York Times Cook Book, written by the late Craig Claiborne in 1961! Today in original form with dust cover this cookbook sells for around $70.00 as a collectible. At the time that I bought it in 1978, I had no idea that it would someday be considered so important in the culinary world.
This cookbook is the source for this incredibly savory, delicious, and perfect pork tenderloin roast. If you’re lucky you have this book in your collection and/or library. The pork sizzles in a lemony, olive oil, garlic and herbal sauce that blends wonderfully into the pork while roasting! I’ve never made a better pork roast and I don’t think that I ever will. This recipe is extremely easy to prepare and it is quite simply . . . perfect in taste!
Here’s the recipe for A Perfect Pork Tenderloin Roast from a Classic Cookbook!
Perfect Pork Tenderloin Roast with Garlic and Herbs
- 1 4-lb pork tenderloin
Marinade: (Double or triple the following, I do this every time so that there is an Au Jus to drizzle on top of each guest's entree! If you use the amounts below, there is hardly any juice left in the pan to pass around)
- 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive
- 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp. thyme (not in powdered form)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced through a garlic press (rather than one clove indicated in the recipe)
I ALSO generously sprinkle all sides of the tenderloin with:
- Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Seasoning
- Nature's Seasoning
- Puncture the tenderloin with large, gaping holes/gashes on all four sides (for the sauce to penetrate into the meat and not just glaze it on the surface).
- Generously sprinkle the tenderloin with the 3 commercial seasonings above (Accent, Mrs. Dash, and Nature's Seasoning).
- Blend the olive oil, lemon juice, thyme and garlic together in a small bowl (again don't forget to double or triple the ingredients).
- Pour the sauce over the entire seasoned pork tenderloin, with fatty side facing up in a baking pan.
- Bake, uncovered, and roast for 2 to 2-1/2 hours at 350 degrees or 45 minutes per pound or 170 - 185 internal degrees on a meat thermometer.
(slightly adapted from The New York Times Cookbook, Craig Claiborne, 1961)
Enjoy this delight pork roast!
I serve this roast with my mother’s outrageously delicious Italian garlic and rosemary roast potatoes!
Roast Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary
- Idaho Russet Potatoes (my mother used 8 small potatoes in this bowl), cut into 1" wedges.
- Olive oil
- Freshly cut rosemary, removed from the stem and chopped
- Freshly minced garlic cloves, about 4 large.
- Toss the potatoes in the olive oil.
- Sprinkle the rosemary and garlic all over the potatoes.
- Toss well.
- Place in a glass baking pan in a 375 degree oven and roast for 45 minutes to one hour until golden brown and tender when pierced with a fork.
The roast, juice, potatoes, and a croissant perfectly plated and smelling so incredible!
A close-up shot to show off the beautiful bronze glaze of the sauce with the herbs and spices all over!
One last close up of Mom’s Roast Potatoes with the olive oil, rosemary, and garlic finish!