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Smoked Paprika Pork Fillet

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Serves 2

A quick,easy but impressive meal. Serve with roasted cubed herbed potatoes and roasted tomatoes and Olives. Use 1 pork fillet for 2 people and adjust the recipe accordingly for more.

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  • 1 450g Pork fillet generously serves 2 people
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2-3 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 1 garlic Clove. Grated or finely chopped.
  • Sprig of Rosemary
  • Good Olive Oil
  • 2 Med-Large Potatoes, Maris Pipers are ideal.
  • 2 large Vine Tomatoes.
  • 10 Green or Black pitted Olives.
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper


    1. First of all preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Now for the tomatoes, I usually do these first and pop back in the oven near the end to reheat. Cut the tomatoes into quarters. In a bowl mix, a good glug of good olive oil, chopped thyme, grated or chopped garlic a good grind of pepper and a large pinch of salt. Add the olives to the tomatoes. Pour the dressing over the tomatoes and bake them for 20-30 minutes in the oven with the door slightly ajar. This help with stopping them steaming. This can be done while you are preparing the rest of the meal. take them out and leave them until you need to reheat. They smell wonderful when cooking and are quite intense in flavour.
    2. For the potatoes, drizzle a non stick baking dish with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and put it in the oven to heat the oil. It will happily sit there for a while.
    3. Peel the potatoes and roughly cube them into 1cm squares. Pop them into a pan half filled with cold water and bring them to a boil. Continue to boil for about 2 mins but no longer. Drain and leave them to dry for a minute or 2. Take the dish from the oven and carefully add the potatoes to the oil. It will spit so take care. Give them a shake, sprinkle with chopped rosemary and pop them on the bottom shelf of the oven. They will take anything from 25 to 40 mins. You want them golden brown so if they cook quicker, either cover them with foil or take them out and pop them back in to warm.
    4. Take the pork fillet and trim off the silver sinew on the outside with a small sharp knife. Try to take just the sinew. Season well and set aside.
    5. In a dish pour a good large glug of good olive oil, add the paprika and the juice of the lemon plus some finely chopped Thyme and mix well. Pour this over the pork fillet and rub into the meat well. Pop this on a non stick baking tray and cook for 25-35 minutes depending on how you like your pork. If you have a thermometer then after 25 mins check the temperature on the thickest part of the meat. The meat is cooked when it reaches 160 degrees. This will give you lovely slightly pink blushed and juicy pork. If you like it well done then leave it longer. Bearing in mind there is very little fat in fillet so it may be tough. Once it is done to your liking wrap tightly in foil and leave to rest while you plate up.
    6. When you are ready to serve. Unwrap the pork and cut into chunky rounds and serve on top of the tomatoes and olives. Season the potatoes with plenty of salt and lots of black pepper and sprinkle over the dish.

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