Sauteed Beet Greens with Roasted Beets and Pork Tenderloin
If you haven't roasted beets before, you're in for a treat. Although they take a bit more time, it's well worth it; roasting intensifies their sweet, earthy flavor.
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- Servings: 4
Photography: KATE SEARS
Source: Body+Soul, July/August 2007
- 2 bunches beets (3 to 4 pounds with greens), greens removed, chopped, washed, and drained with some water clinging (about 9 cups greens)
- 2 pork tenderloins (12 ounces each), trimmed of excess fat
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Loosely wrap beets in a 12-by-20-inch piece of foil. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until easily pierced with a knife, 35 to 45 minutes. When cool to touch, grab beets with a paper towel and slip off skins. Reserve one beet; halve and slice remaining beets. Set aside.
Season pork generously with salt and pepper. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until pork registers 150 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 14 to 16 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the reserved beet and 1 tablespoon oil; process until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve (or strainer) lined with cheesecloth into a small bowl to yield 4 teaspoons juice; discard solids. Add mustard, 2 teaspoons vinegar, and 2 tablespoons oil; whisk to combine. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of oil over medium. Add garlic and cook until fragrant and golden, about 1 minute. Add beet greens, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted and tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove greens from heat and discard garlic. Add reserved beets and remaining tablespoon of vinegar, and toss to combine.
To serve, top sauteed greens with toasted pine nuts. Drizzle a little of the beet vinaigrette on the plate and top with sliced pork.