In the Pantry Challenge video series, Lauren Braun Costello, a chef, author and food stylist, shows busy moms how to make tasty, healthy meals using ingredients they already have in their pantries, solving their unique cooking challenges.
In this video, Lauren shows Silu N., a busy mother of two, that molasses can be used to make far more than just sweet gingerbread. In this savory application, Lauren mixes molasses into an orange-chipotle glaze that transforms plain pork tenderloins into a spicy, juicy entrée. First, she makes the glaze by bringing orange juice and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to a boil; once the mixture is reduced, she stirs in the molasses. The tenderloins are then seasoned with salt and pepper, cooked for 10 minutes, and generously slathered with the tangy glaze before being returned to the oven. The loin is glazed one last time before being removed from the oven -- a step that can be completed right before dinnertime, if much of the preparation and cooking was done earlier.
Lauren reminds Silu to let the cooked pork loins rest for at least five minutes before serving, no matter how hungry her family or dinner guests might be -- this allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a moist, delicious cut of meat.
Get the Recipe for Roasted Pork Loin with Orange Chipotle Glaze.