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Sweet & Smoky "Pork and Beans"

(Family Features) - The desire for favorite dishes to soothe the mind, heart and taste buds is one of the trends identified in the McCormick Flavor Forecast 2011, an annual glimpse of the tastes and trends that will define the year ahead.

"It's no surprise that people crave foods that are soothing and warming - what's interesting is that people are also seeking an added layer of fun and flavor to up their level of satisfaction with every bite," said Larry Tong, McCormick chef.  "What this means is that bolder and more complex flavors, like the combination of sweet and smoky or an unexpected twist on a traditional dish, are making food more thrilling than ever before."

While we appreciate the feel-good aspects of comfort foods, we desire more intense flavors to satisfy our changing preferences and palates Want to redefine an American classic? How about Caramelized Honey and Adzuki Red Beans? Adzuki beans - small, deep red-colored legumes with a sweet, nutty flavor - are commonly used in Japanese cooking and are quickly becoming the hottest new bean in town. This pairing adds a modern touch to Sweet and Smoky "Pork and Beans" as caramelized honey-glazed pork tenderloin is served on a bed of adzuki beans and tomatoes.

For more information, delicious recipes and tips to experience the latest flavor trends, visit www.flavorforecast.com.

Sweet & Smoky "Pork and Beans"

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Billy Bee Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen Premium Fish Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Gourmet Collection Smoked Paprika, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Gourmet Collection Garlic Powder, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Sicilian Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Collection Coarse Grind Black Pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) adzuki beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix honey, fish sauce, lime juice, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and red pepper in small bowl until well blended. Brush pork with glaze.
    2. Roast 20 to 30 minutes or until desired doneness, brushing with glaze halfway through cooking time. Let pork stand 5 minutes before slicing.
    3. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, remaining 1/2 teaspoon each smoked paprika and garlic powder, ginger, sea salt and pepper; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Gently stir in beans. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Slice pork on an angle into thin slices and serve over bean mixture. Garnish with green onions.

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
40 minutes

Serves
Makes 6 servings

SOURCE: McCormick



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