Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I like meals that can be made in the oven in one dish. Meals made in one dish means fewer pans to wash. This recipe is one of our family favourites. To me, it sounds and looks like a meal for a special occasion but it's really simple to make and it tastes great.

All you need to make this meal is a couple of pork tenderloins, about 400 g each, some sweet potatoes, oil, maple syrup, dijon  mustard, and soy sauce. It can be ready to go in the oven in about 15 minutes and takes about 45 minutes to cook. Pork tenderloin is a very lean cut of pork, reasonably priced and, in this recipe, easy to prepare.(I cooked some frozen peas for the meal, that's why they're in the picture below).

Here's what you do
Line a baking sheet with foil and then parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into same sized wedges. Toss them with oil, salt and pepper.

In a small dish, mix together 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tsp soya sauce.
Pat pork tenderloins dry and brush with maple syrup mixture.

Arrange pork tenderloin and sweet potatoes on prepared baking sheet. I cut each pork tenderloin in half because I thought it would help them fit on the pan better but you don't have to cut them.

If all the sweet potatoes don't fit on the pan, or you want to cook more, wrap the extra in foil and bake beside the pan in the oven.

Put the baking sheet in the oven (and extra potatoes if you have them) and bake for about 40 - 45 min or until meat thermometre reads 160 F (70 C). The sweet potatoes will be fork tender.

Slice the pork into 1/2 inch thick slices. If you cut the pork on the diagonal, it looks 'fancy'.

Serve with cranberry sauce or applesauce (see our Dec 21 2012 post for how-to make your own cranberry sauce and our Oct 22 2013 post for easy baked applesauce).


If you don't have maple syrup, you could use honey or brown sugar.
I think serving this with a green vegetable makes the plate look appealing. I used peas because that's what I had on hand. Green beans, steamed spinach or kale, or a tossed salad would also work.

Michele, RD.