Can you feel it? Spring is in the air!
Well, you’re probably feeling it more if you didn’t just have to survive a surprise late winter storm.
Here in SoCal the benefits of a wet winter have flowers in bloom and bright green grass at the park.
One weather feature I wasn’t prepared for was this concept called a “marine layer.” The marine layer is like a fog that won’t quit. It completely blocks the sun and makes everything “cold” and grey.
With the start of spring technically starting tomorrow, the #SundaySupper tastemakers have over 40 ways to make the most of your spring bounty. Be sure to scroll past my recipe to see them all! Thank you to Anne of Simple and Savory for hosting today’s event.
When thinking spring, I often think of bright green dishes, fresh veggies from the farmer’s market, and lots of salad. But I also think of the Easter season. With Lent in full swing, there’s often a lot more fish being prepared in my kitchen.
I’m not a fan of ham and growing up my family had a Polish cold meat salad called Swienconka (pronounced shven-shun-ka). Swienconka is Polish and translates to “blessed food.” My mom’s grandfather was a butcher and he would bring home the leftover meats for this dish – veal, smoked butt, two kinds of Polish sausage, and ham. These meats would be cooked and mixed with hard boiled eggs. The mixture would then marinate in vinegar and fresh and jarred horseradish.
Instead, for Easter, I’ve always made a pork tenderloin as the star of the dinner table. So, yes, for me, pork tenderloin qualifies as an “Easy Spring Recipe.”
The Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin I’m sharing today is perfect for pairing with those fresh spring veggies and some mashed potatoes!
And it’s easy. Case in point: it’s the first pork dish I ever made. In high school, with my best friend. The recipe card comes from Publix (a grocery store I’m seriously missing out here in Cali).
Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin
- 1 C panko
- 1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
- zest 1 lemon
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 2 egg whites
- juice 1 lemon
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 1 lb pork tenderloin
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a shallow baking dish.
- In a wide bowl, whisk together the panko, Parmesan, parsley, lemon zest, salt, sage, and pepper.
- In another wide bowl, whisk together the egg whites, lemon juice, and cornstarch.
- Coat pork in the egg white mixture and then coat in the breadcrumbs.
- Place pork in prepared baking dish. Bake 20-25 minutes, until an internal temperature of 155 degrees F is reached. Allow pork to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing.
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16 thoughts on “#SundaySupper: Easy Spring Recipes”
How I would love to be in the thick of your marine layer! I’m itching for green leaves and warm sun. Anyway, this recipe looks delicious. I might have to choose a smaller size pork loin, and adjust the recipe. Really nice looking.
Your pork is beautifully encrushed and looks perfectly cooked, happy spring!
Pork tenderloin is perfect for Easter dinner. We do have ham each year but lamb as well and kielbasa.
Oh wow! This is a perfect dish for Spring. We love Pork Tenderloin too!
Beautiful shot! Crusted pork is so good!
I had no idea about the marine layer! Will definitely have to remember that for taking photos. Love that parmesan crust!