Quick and Easy Christmas Dinner

Enjoy this delicious array of no-fuss holiday dishes that’ll add sparkle to your table this season. (Serves 6)


    • Molasses Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce
      • 1 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
      • 1 1/4 cups molasses
      • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
      • 1/4 cup olive oil
      • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
      • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
      • 3 (3/4-pound) pork tenderloins
      • Red Wine (Optional)
        • 1/2 small sweet onion, minced
        • 2 tablespoons butter
        • 1/2 cup dry red wine
        • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can beef broth
        • 1/4 cup water
        • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a shallow dish or heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; add tenderloins. Cover or seal, and chill 8 hours.
  2. Remove tenderloins from marinade, discarding marinade.
  3. Grill tenderloins, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 160°, turning occasionally. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with Red Wine Sauce, if desired.
  4. Note: Tenderloins may be pan seared in a hot skillet to brown and then baked at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes.

Preparation for Red Wine Sauce

    1. Sauté onion in butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat 3 minutes, or until browned. Add wine, and cook 3 minutes. Add beef broth; bring to a boil, and cook 5 minutes.
    2. Stir together 1/4 cup water and cornstarch; add to broth mixture, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat, and serve over tenderloin.

Southern Living, December 2002



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