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Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Swiss Chard

This traditional Jamaican dish combines the heat of chile peppers, garlic, and ginger with fragrant spices.

  • Yield: Serves 4
Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Swiss Chard

Photography: Kate Sears

Source: Body+Soul, 2008


  • 1 bunch scallions, thickly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 piece (2 inches) peeled fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (ribs and seeds removed)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grates
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 3/4 pound)
  • 2 pounds Swiss chard, ribs and leaves separated, cut into 2-inch lengths


  1. In a blender, combine scallions, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, jalapeno, 2 tablespoons oil, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Puree until smooth. Place marinade in a resealable plastic bag. Add pork, turning to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

  2. Heat grill to high. Oil grates. Lift pork from marinade. Season with salt. Grill 8 to 10 minutes per side or until an instant-read thermometer registers 145 degrees. Let cool 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat remaining oil over medium. Add chard ribs and cook, stirring occasionally until crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Add leaves, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender.

Cook's Note

Pork imparts B vitamins, while leafy Swiss chard boosts vitamins A and C.

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