grilled peaches & rosemary pork tenderloin

grilled peaches & rosemary pork tenderloin

Grilling Peaches

It’s the beginning of peach season in the Kootenays & Okanagan and at Kootenay Spice, we are very excited! We love the juiciness, sweetness and versatility of the fruit.

A recipe we love using peaches for is grilled peaches & rosemary pork tenderloin. The combination of grilled peaches, honey and chili flakes topped with a couple of Kootenay Spice’s newest flavours, Smoked Pepper and Rosemary Balsamic Drizzle, gives the tenderloin a flavour you can’t get anywhere else! This past week we were fortunate to receive a jar of super-delicious, unpasteurized honey from a local farm, Earthy Organics, which makes the flavour of this recipe that much better!

grilled peaches & rosemary pork tenderloin ingredients

This recipe will make 2 full pork tenderloins and you will need:

peach sauce
4 peaches
½ cup honey
½ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon chili flakes
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons Kootenay Spice Rosemary Balsamic Drizzle

tenderloin ingredients

tenderloins
2 pork tenderloins
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Kootenay Spice Smoked Pepper
2 – 3 sprigs fresh rosemary

Peach Sauce

Put the honey and butter into a medium saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until the butter has melted. Add the brown sugar until dissolved. Stir often, as the sugar and butter will burn easily. Add the cinnamon, chili flakes & nutmeg and continue to heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, cover and set aside. Let cool.

sliced peaches

Slice the peaches into quarters. If you have extra peach pieces (or if a peach slice breaks as you’re pulling it off the pit or something), add them to the honey mixture.

peaches in honey sauce

Gently stir the peaches into the honey sauce and place skin-side-down on a medium-high, oiled grill. Cook until the skin of the peach is beginning to char, about 6-8 minutes.

Grilling Peaches

Flip the peach slices & grill each side for 2-3 minutes, taking care not to burn.

grilled peaches

Remove the peaches from the grill and put them back into the pot with the remaining honey mixture. Cover and set aside while cooking the tenderloins.

Tenderloins

Use the rosemary sprigs to brush the tenderloins with olive oil, 1 tablespoon each. Sprinkle with Kootenay Spice Smoked Pepper, ½ tablespoon each.

brushing tenderloin

Place on the medium-high heated grill and cook 10-15 minutes, flipping every 2 minutes, until an internal temperature of 140˚F.

cooking tenderloin

Wrap both tenderloins topped with rosemary sprigs in a sheet of tinfoil and let rest on the counter for 10 minutes.

rosemary on tenderloin

Remove the rosemary sprigs and slice the tenderloin into 1 inch or thicker medallions.

finished tenderloin

Serve topped with peaches, honey sauce and Kootenay Spice Rosemary Balsamic Drizzle.

grilled peaches & rosemary pork tenderloin

Enjoy!

watermelon salad

watermelon salad

Summer has definitely arrived in the West Kootenay! One of our favourite summer salads at Kootenay Spice is watermelon salad. We made this delicious side for the guests at our wedding last July and have since had a number of requests for the recipe.

It is such a refreshing and flavourful salad and is always a hit at picnics and BBQs. If you like watery fruits and veggies like watermelon, cucumber and tomatoes, you will love this salad!

watermelon salad ingredients

You will need:

½ large watermelon (or 1 small one)
1 fresh cucumber
1 cup of fresh, cherry tomatoes
1 red pepper
1 small red onion
¼ cup Kootenay Spice Rosemary Balsamic Drizzle
½ cup feta cheese
1 – 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1 – 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped

First you will want to cut up the watermelon into ½ to 1” chunks. You can also use a melon baller, but chopping it into chunks works just fine too. Once it is chopped up, set it in a colander over some paper towel to let some of the water drip out.

watermelon salad chopped ingredients

Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and with a small spoon, scrape the seeds out of the middle. Cut the cucumber into ½” pieces and place them into a large, non-metallic bowl.

Slice the cherry tomatoes in half (so that they can absorb more of the balsamic vinegar) and add them to the cucumber pieces. Chop the red pepper into 1/2” pieces and the red onion into thin strips and add them to the mix too.

Pour the Rosemary Balsamic Drizzle over the fruit & veggie mix and refrigerate for at least an hour. About 15 minutes before serving, stir in the feta, basil and mint.

watermelon salad

There you have it, our most favourite and most popular summer salad! Enjoy!