Coconut-Crusted Pork Tenderloin Lollipops

Penny Hall

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@FantasyFaery54

Appetizers.
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these coconut-apricot “lollipops.” For an unusual presentation, Blumer likes to serve the skewers sticking out of an inverted watermelon wedge or cantaloupe half.


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Serves:

6

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Ingredients

1 pork tenderlion, (about 1 pound)
1 cup sweetened coconut, shredded
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup apricot jam
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and ground pepper
12 6-inch wooden skewers

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread coconut on baking sheet. Place in heated oven and bake for 6-8 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring halfway through baking.

Meanwhile, place honey, jam, ginger and garlic in blender container. Cover and blend until well mixed.

Rub tenderloin with oil; season with salt and pepper. Prepare a medium-hot fire in covered grill. Grill tenderloin, over direct heat for 5 minutes or just until entire surface is brown, turning occasionally. Adjust grill to indirect heat; generously brush entire tenderloin with honey-apricot mixture. Cover and grill over indirect heat for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F., brushing generously with additional honey-apricot mixture halfway through grilling. Transfer pork to cutting board. Loosely cover with foil; let rest for 10 minutes.

Brush tenderloin again with honey-apricot mixture. Coat tenderloin in coconut, firmly pressing coconut on pork. Skewer with lollipop sticks or bamboo skewers, from the top straight through to the bottom, at 1/2-inch intervals. Slice between sticks into lollipop-shaped pieces. Pat edges of “lollipops” with remaining coconut, if necessary.

Makes 6 appetizer servings.

Recipe courtesy of Bob Blumer, The Surreal Gourmet

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Appetizers, Meat Appetizers
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtag: #appetizers