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Coconut-Crusted Pork Tenderloin Lollipops

Ingredients:

1 pork tenderloin (about one pound)
1 c. shredded sweetened coconut
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. apricot jam
1 T. grated fresh ginger root
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 T. olive oil
Salt
Ground black pepper
12 6-inch wooden lollipop sticks OR bamboo skewers (Can be found in craft stores or food specialty stores)

Instructions:

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 15-25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 155 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.

Recipes are courtesy of Bob Blumer, The Surreal Gourmet.

For more inspiration on winter grilled meals with pork, including recipes and preparation tips, visit TheOtherWhiteMeat.com and click on “Recipes” on the menu bar and then on “Grilling.” While online, look under “All About Pork” on the menu bar for the demonstration videos, “Fire Up the Grill” and “Grilling with Food Safety in Mind.”

Published in the January 18, 2006 issue of Farm World.

1/18/2006