Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary, Garlic, Cider Syrup, and Dates Recipe

Ideal for a formal dining occasion, this tender roasted pork tenderloin is marinated in a combination of rosemary, garlic, and cider syrup, before being cooked to perfection.

From "Ciderhouse Cookbook"
September/October 2018

  • Roasted pork tenderloin coated with a rosemary-garlic paste and brushed with cider syrup.
    Photo by Getty Images/robertsre;

Yield: 6 servings

This lovely, herbed roast would make a fine centerpiece for a formal Sunday dinner. Andrea learned this recipe from a butcher who lived high in the Alps of Switzerland, where delectable speck and other curing meats hung from every eave of their chalet's exterior.


  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 6 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider syrup


  1. Combine the rosemary, garlic, salt, and olive oil in a blender or food processor. Blend to make a paste.
  2. Coat the entire pork tenderloin with the herb paste, and let it rest in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Place the tenderloin in a ceramic or glass baking dish, and tuck the dates underneath. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes, or until cooked through (145 degrees on a meat thermometer). Five minutes before the end of the cooking time, brush the tenderloin with the syrup.
  5. Let the tenderloin rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Excerpted from Ciderhouse Cookbook © by Jonathan Carr and Nicole Blum, with Andrea Blum; photography © by Colin Price and © by Mars Vilaubi; used with permission from Storey Publishing. You can buy this book from our store: Ciderhouse Cookbook.