Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Meyer Lemon Sauce

Sliced pork tenderloin with meyer lemon sauce and sprig of fresh rosemary

Meyer lemons are a cross between regular lemons and mandarin oranges. This combination creates a very special fruit…still has that distinct lemony flavor but with a background of  sweetness from the orange. Suited for the Louisiana climate, Meyer lemons are juicy and add a distinct but understated flavor to any dish.  Pork tenderloin’s mild flavor is perfectly suited for this delicious Meyer lemon sauce flavored with butter, wine, garlic and fresh rosemary.

Sliced pork tenderloin with meyer lemon sauce and sprig of fresh rosemary
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Meyer Lemon Sauce
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If you like lemon flavor, you are in for a treat. This sauce, made with Meyer Lemons, has a citrus profile with a subtle sweetness in the background. Flavored with butter, garlic, white wine and fresh rosemary, it's great on pork, chicken, fish or just about anything you can think about. This recipe marinates a pork tenderloin with a smoky garlicky citrus-ey spice rub. When you add the sauce to the roasted tenderloin, watch out!
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 362
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 362
Sliced pork tenderloin with meyer lemon sauce and sprig of fresh rosemary
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Meyer Lemon Sauce
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If you like lemon flavor, you are in for a treat. This sauce, made with Meyer Lemons, has a citrus profile with a subtle sweetness in the background. Flavored with butter, garlic, white wine and fresh rosemary, it's great on pork, chicken, fish or just about anything you can think about. This recipe marinates a pork tenderloin with a smoky garlicky citrus-ey spice rub. When you add the sauce to the roasted tenderloin, watch out!
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 362
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 362
This is What You Need
For the Rub
For the Sauce
This is What You Do
  1. Mix all ingredients for the rub together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Trim any loose parts off tenderloin and remove the silver skin.
  3. Rub olive oil all over the tenderloins then apply the rub liberally on all sides. Allow the rubbed tenderloins to sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Align both halves of the tenderloin so the thin end of one is matched with the thick end of the other.
  5. Lay Meyer lemon slices on top of the paired tenderloin and tie them together with the butcher twine-make sure the lemon slices are under the twine.
  6. Brush some olive oil on the lemon slices.
  7. In a heavy bottom cast iron skillet, sear the tied pork tenderloin over medium high heat on all sides, starting with the lemon slices first.
  8. Once seared, add about ½ cup of dry white wine to the pan then transfer the cast iron pan into the 425 degree oven and roast for about 30 minutes, until the internal temperature reads about 145-150 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
  9. Remove from the oven and place the pork tenderloin on a cutting board to rest. Loosely tent aluminum foil over it and allow the pork to rest while you prepare the sauce.
  10. If necessary, deglaze the cast iron pan with some water to remove any burned morsels on the bottom and wipe out with a paper towel.
  11. Using the same cast iron skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over a medium heat, then add the shallots and crushed garlic.
  12. Saute until the shallots are starting to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  13. Add the flour and stir or whisk together until a light roux develops.
  14. Add the lemon zest, lemon slices and some kosher salt and pepper. Let the lemon slices have direct contact with the bottom of the pan so they get a slight sear for a couple of minutes.
  15. Add in the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, wine, stock and fresh rosemary and increase the heat until starting to simmer.
  16. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Add the 2 remaining tablespoons of butter and shake the pan while that melts-simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes while the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat.
  17. Snip off the butcher twine and slice the pork tenderloin on the bias. Remove the lemon peels and rosemary from the sauce and spoon over the sliced pork.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have Meyer lemons you can substitute 3 tablespoons of lemon juice plus 1 tablespoon of mandarin orange juice (or any other sweet orange) for the Meyer Lemon juice. The zest and slices of regular lemon or oranges will work fine.

When mixing the rub, try to use no-salt lemon-pepper mix. If you can't find that, cut back or eliminate the extra salt.

I do not recommend purchasing the pre-marinated pork tenderloins that are available in the meat department.  First, they are generally high in sodium content and secondly, you want to control the flavor profile of your dish.

Nutrition Facts
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Meyer Lemon Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 630mg 26%
Potassium 726mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 46%
Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 6%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cranberry Relish Recipe

Cranberry Relish in glass bowl with nutcracker

Cranberry Relish is that missing ingredient that brings the Holiday Turkey or Ham to life. Add a little to your fork when eating the turkey, it has that WOW factor. Leftovers-spoon a little on your turkey sandwich, you’ll never have it another way.

Cranberry Relish in a glass bowl
Sweet Daddy D's Cranberry Relish
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Cranberry Relish...tart and sweet at the same time. Add a little crunch with Louisiana Pecans and you have a traditional Holiday treat.
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
Cranberry Relish in a glass bowl
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Cranberry Relish...tart and sweet at the same time. Add a little crunch with Louisiana Pecans and you have a traditional Holiday treat.
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
This is What You Need
This is What You Do
  1. Rinse the cranberries and remove any that don’t look good.
  2. Peel one orange and remove the seeds and as much of the membranes as possible.
  3. Juice one orange and add enough cold water to make 1 cup
  4. Zest the orange and the lemon
  5. Peel, core and chop the apple into small pieces, ¼ to ½ inch.
  6. Add the cranberries, sugar and orange juice/water to a sauce pan and place over medium high heat.
  7. Bring to a boil and add the orange and lemon zest, orange pulp, apples and a pinch of salt.
  8. Adjust heat to maintain a heavy simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often.
  9. Remove from the heat and allow to coo for about 30 minutes.
  10. Add the pecans and mix well.
  11. Place in the refrigerator and chill.
Recipe Notes

This recipe yields approximately 4 cups (64 tablespoons) of cranberry relish.

Resist the temptation to cook this more than 15 minutes. It will set up once it is allowed to cool.

Try Louisiana Pecans, they are delicious.  Walnuts are also a good substitute, or leave the nuts out all together.

You want the apples a little chunky so they add a nice dimension to the texture.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Daddy D's Cranberry Relish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4g
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 0.2g 0%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Turkey Oyster Gumbo

Turkey Oyster Gumbo in a bowl with rice

This Turkey Oyster Gumbo is so good, you’ll want to make it even if you don’t have leftover turkey. But if you are looking for something to do with that leftover turkey, don’t miss this opportunity.  Oysters just seem a natural partner for turkey, whether its in a holiday stuffing or this delicious gumbo.  Try this no-angst recipe from Sweet Daddy D and you’ll see why it has become a Louisiana post-Thanksgiving tradition.

Turkey Oyster Gumbo in a bowl with rice, spoon and potato salad
Sweet Daddy D's Turkey Oyster Gumbo
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This is the perfect way to use your leftover holiday turkey. Oysters and turkey just seem to go together in a wonderful way. Try this and you'll see why it has become a post-Thanksgiving Louisiana tradition!
Servings Prep Time
15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
95 Minutes 254
Servings Prep Time
15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
95 Minutes 254
Turkey Oyster Gumbo in a bowl with rice, spoon and potato salad
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This is the perfect way to use your leftover holiday turkey. Oysters and turkey just seem to go together in a wonderful way. Try this and you'll see why it has become a post-Thanksgiving Louisiana tradition!
Servings Prep Time
15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
95 Minutes 254
Servings Prep Time
15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
95 Minutes 254
This is What You Need
Herb and Spice Blend
This is What You Do
  1. Pull the turkey meat from the leftover turkey carcass, chop into bite size pieces or shred, sprinkle on some creole seasoning and set aside. Measure out the flour and vegetable oil. Mix the Herb and Spice Blend in a small bowl and set that aside. Chop the vegetables and set aside. Chop the garlic and set aside in a small bowl. Drain the oysters in a strainer set over a bowl, but do not rinse. Place this in the fridge until needed. Reserve whatever oyster liquid you have.
  2. Place the turkey stock in a stock pot and start heating it on low. Keep it covered and on low so it does not reduce.
  3. Place a large cast iron frying pan over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil to the frying pan. When the oil is shimmering whisk in the flour to make a medium roux.
  4. As soon as the roux is dark enough add the veggies about half or a third at a time and stir to completely mix the veggies with the roux.
  5. Continue to cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently and scrapping the bits off the bottom, careful not to let it burn or scorch. This will take at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Add in the garlic and green onions and continue to cook until aromatic, usually a couple of minutes.
  7. Mix in about half the spice mix and the 2 bay leaves; a mix well and cook for another five minutes.
  8. Turn up the heat on the stock pot and bring the turkey stock to a rolling boil.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, mix in the veggie/roux mix, one spoonful at a time, stirring each spoonful until everything is blended and mixed with the stock, making sure it returns to a rolling boil in between each spoonful. Continue this, one spoonful at a time until all the veggie/roux mix has been added to the stock.
  10. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat slightly to a heavy simmer and maintain for about 15 minutes, uncovered. Then lower the heat to a simmer, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  11. After 30 minutes, uncover and add the turkey pieces a few at a time, stirring them into the stock in a similar fashion as you did the veggies, letting it come back to a rolling boil between each spoonful.
  12. Add a little more spice mix, stir well.
  13. Turn the heat down to low, cover the pot and simmer for about a 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  14. Uncover and bring to a heavy boil. Add the oysters, by hand, a few at a time, stirring before adding more. When all the oysters have been added, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  15. Prior to serving, take a spoon and skim off the grease which has floated to the top. Give the gumbo a good stir then taste for seasoning-add a little more of the Herb and Spice Blend or some more salt and black pepper, if needed. If you want more oyster flavor, add some of the reserved oyster liquid. Remove the bay leaves and serve over rice with some potato salad and crispy french bread.
Recipe Notes

If you have time, making your own turkey stock makes this gumbo really great. Check out my recipe for homemade stock here.   If you don't have time to make fresh turkey stock, this recipe is still great if you use commercial turkey stock or substitute chicken stock.

If you don't have left over turkey, use some turkey breasts and thighs (about a pound total).

Many commercial creole seasoning mixes and commercial stocks contain high levels of salt. Make sure to adjust your added salt according to the creole seasoning.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Daddy D's Turkey Oyster Gumbo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 431mg 18%
Potassium 345mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 6%
Iron 29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.