Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin in Corn Husks

Makes 8 servings


2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
1 large shallot, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced
3 1/2 pounds pork tenderloins, trimmed, cut crosswise into 8 equal logs
12 dried corn husks, soaked in warm water 1 hour, drained, patted dry
Cranberry-Avocado Salsa (recipe below)


Stir cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and black peppercorns in small dry skillet over medium heat until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Finely grind spice mixture in spice grinder or mini processor. Mix ground spices, shallot, olive oil, salt, and garlic in small bowl until paste forms. Rub pork on all sides with spice paste. Cover and chill at least 3 hours or overnight.

Tear 4 corn husks lengthwise into strips 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide. Place 1 pork tenderloin log in center of each remaining corn husk. Wrap corn husks around pork and tie center and ends of each with corn husk strips as for tamales, enclosing pork completely. Place pork bundles on rack on baking sheet. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover with damp kitchen towel, then foil, and refrigerate.)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake pork bundles uncovered until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of each piece registers 150°F, 35 to 45 minutes, depending on thickness of pork.

Place 1 pork bundle on each of 8 plates. Remove husk strip from 1 end of each; fold corn husk back slightly, exposing some of meat. Spoon Cranberry-Avocado Salsa alongside and serve.

Cranberry-Avocado Salsa


1 yellow bell pepper
1 12-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries (3 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 medium jalapeño chili, seeded, chopped
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Char bell pepper over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Enclose in paper bag 10 minutes. Peel, seed, and chop bell pepper.

Combine cranberries, sugar, and orange juice in processor. Using on/off turns, coarsely chop cranberries. Transfer to medium bowl. Add bell pepper, jalapeño, and orange peel. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Stir avocados and cilantro into salsa. Season to taste with salt and pepper.