When I was offered the opportunity to work with Del Monte on a holiday recipe post*, I started brainstorming immediately. The theme of the campaign is “Garden in your Pantry,” which really appealed to me because once your Summer garden has gone into hibernation, many favorite fruits and vegetables become “out of season” (read: harder to find and more expensive). In working with Del Monte, I learned that they really take pride in picking and packaging their fruits and vegetables at their peak ripeness, which helps their canned products retain similar nutrients to fresh when prepared. The peaches I used in this recipe actually contain more antioxidants and vitamins than fresh peaches because of the canning process they go through, making them a great choice for your pantry year-round.
I knew right away that I wanted to work with peaches, because they’re one of my favorite “Summer” fruits that will definitely only be found in my pantry during the Winter months. I considered making a dessert, but I kept coming back to the idea of making a peach sauce and serving it with meat for a festive main course. Pork tenderloin pairs perfectly with fruity sauces and toppings, so that was an easy choice.
I wanted the sauce to retain the sweet, peachy flavor of its main ingredient but also have some savory elements, so I added ginger (a perfect complement for peaches) and soy sauce (because I felt it would go well with the ginger). I also added a bit of Sriracha for zip, but if you want this dish to be spicy you’ll want to add a bit more. Because the peaches are pre-sweetened, there’s no need to add sugar – added bonus!
Searing the pork before putting it in the oven is an important step, not just for presentation, but because it locks in a lot of the flavor and juiciness while the meat cooks. You end up with soft, succulent, juicy pork smothered in a sweet, savory, and fruity ginger peach sauce that tastes decadent and will impress your holiday guests. They’ll never guess it’s less than 200 calories per serving! You can also add some plumped dried cranberries sprinkled over the top for an added holiday touch if you choose. To plump dried cranberries, just stick them in a bowl of hot water for about 10 minutes and drain.
*I have partnered with Del Monte through BlogHer to help promote their "Garden in your Pantry" campaign. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with their product, however my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. For more information on Del Monte products, visit them on Facebook!
Contest: In addition to working with me on this post, Del Monte is also offering a giveaway for you: one lucky reader will win a $100 gift card for Crate & Barrel! To enter the contest, just leave a comment on this post answering the question, “What are your favorite fruits or vegetables to stock in your pantry?” The contest ends on 12/18 when a winner will be randomly selected.