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This Pixie tangerine Mojo is both sauce and marinade and the best thing that ever happened to pork! An healthy and easy weeknight recipe that’s good enough for company and ready in under 45 minutes!
They’re here!!!! They’re here!!! Pixie Tangerines from Ojai are here!!! These bright, sweet little orbs of tangerine deliciousness have arrived in markets – and they are bigger, sweeter and better than ever this year due to the outstanding growing conditions in the Ojai Valley. Needless to say I have been gorging myself since Pixie’s are irresistible. But of course, as a cook, I couldn’t simply eat them “as is”… and so I mixed up a little Pixie Tangerine Mojo sauce for a pork tenderloin I was making the the other night. No pixie has ever been sacrificed for a better cause… and thanks to my quick propping, I snapped a photo or two before the pork was devoured – and I am not using that term lightly!! This is, perhaps the EASIEST sauce to make a few minutes chopping up some garlic, shallots and cilantro, a few squeezes of Pixie tangerine juice and a little lime juice for balance and a small slug of good olive oil. Good enough for company and easy enough for a weeknight!! Although these luscious little orbs are terrific on their own, if you are like me and buy more than even a pixie enthusiast can eat here are some other ideas of what to do with these glorious fruits! Tangerine Gimlet Farro Salad with Tangerines and Dried Blueberries
Pixie Tangerine Mojo
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup Pixie Tangerine juice
- zest from 1 Pixie Tangerine
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro minced
- 1 shallot minced
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 - 1 lb. pork tenderloin
- Combine all the ingredients except the pork tenderloin in a medium sized bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the mojo sauce. Place the pork tenderloin in a large ziploc bag. Pour the remaining mojo sauce over the pork. Marinate for 1 - 3 hours. Remove pork from mojo sauce marinade and discard. Pre heat grill to high heat. Sear pork on both sides. Reduce grill heat to medium - move pork tenderloin to cool side of grill and cover. Cook pork until internal temperature is 150 degrees - about 20 minutes. Remove pork from grill and let rest. Slice pork and drizzle with reserved mojo sauce.