Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Recipe Contest

Sesame Ginger Pork Steam Bun

Sesame Ginger Pork Steam Bun

The reasons to indulge our appetites just keep coming. First, it was Thanksgiving. Then came Christmas followed by New Year’s. Now, on the horizon is Super Bowl Sunday, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. Can we keep the healthy and delicious recipe resolutions coming, too? You betcha!IMG_4342

To the rescue is Healthy Solutions Spice Blends. Just as I was cleaning the clutter of old unused dried herbs and spice bottles from my pantry this lovely little spice blend arrived in the mail for me to experiment with. Not only do the spice blends replace several bottles of spices, but they come in easy to store, colorful zip top bags with recipe suggestions on the back.

sesame ginger roasted pork tenderloin

sesame ginger roasted pork tenderloin

Asian flavors are among my favorite, so it was no surprise that the SESAME GINGER TUNA blend from among the 16 different spice blends offered spoke to me. Recipe suggestions on the back of the package suggest uses for fish and chicken, but Healthy Solutions was challenging me to come up with something new and different for their recipe contest. I knew the flavor profile would be a match made in heaven with family favorite pork tenderloin. Plus the lean pork was on sale encouraging not only a gourmet dinner preparation, but also an upcoming game day appetizer that could also celebrate Chinese New Year.

Sesame Ginger Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Quick & easy dinner: Sesame Ginger Roasted Pork Tenderloin Salad

The roasted pork makes an easy and delicious dinner as is with your favorite salad or side dish, but for a real crowd pleaser continue on to impress your guests with this fabulous sesame ginger pork bun appetizer.

Sesame Ginger Pork Buns

1-pound pork tenderloin

¼ cup mirin

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

1-tablespoon toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Sesame Ginger Tuna, divided

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar

¼ cup hoisin sauce

8 plain Asian steam buns or slider rolls

1 cup shredded napa cabbage

quick pickle chips (recipe follows)* or store bought sweet pickle chips

fresh cilantro leaves

Place pork tenderloin in zippered plastic bag. In small bowl, whisk mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil and 2 teaspoons of spice blend; pour over pork in bag. Seal bag squeezing out as much air as possible. Marinate pork for 30 minutes or as long as overnight. Heat oven to 400F. Line a shallow roasting pan with foil. Remove pork from marinade, pat dry; discard marinade. Brush pork with honey. Mix coconut or brown sugar with remaining spice blend; sprinkle and pat all over pork. Roast pork in prepared pan for 20 to 30 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 155 to 160F. Let pork rest on cutting surface for 5 minutes. Cut into thin slices. Meanwhile, prepare steam buns according to package directions. Open steamed buns. Layer bottoms with some hoisin sauce, napa cabbage, pork slices and pickle chips. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve immediately.

*Quick Pickle Chips

½ English cucumber (do not peel) thinly sliced

½ cup water

½ cup white vinegar

¼ cup sugar

1-teaspoon kosher salt

Place cucumbers in a heat proof bowl. Bring water, vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour hot liquid over cucumbers. Let cucumbers stand at least 30 minutes. Chill until ready to use. Can be made 1 week in advance.

Sesame Ginger Roast Pork Steam Bun