The slight sweetness of the glaze on the pork is underscored by the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes. Among their many other nutritional virtues, sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin E. This is notable because the sweet potato is a low-fat source of this vitamin, which is usually found in high-fat foods such as oils and nuts.


1/3 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 pound pork tenderloin

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

6 cloves garlic, slivered


1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, vinegar, honey, chili powder, and ginger. Measure out 2 tablespoons of the ketchup mixture and set aside to use in step 6, with the sweet potatoes.

3. Spray a roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place the pork in the pan and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Bake 10 minutes.

4. Brush the pork with half of the ketchup mixture in the small bowl, and bake 10 minutes. Brush with the remaining ketchup mixture in the bowl and bake until the pork is cooked through and richly browned, about 10 minutes longer.

5. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the sweet potatoes, garlic, and water to cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.

6. With a potato masher, mash the sweet potatoes with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the reserved 2 tablespoons of ketchup mixture until smooth. Thinly slice the pork just before serving. Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts

per serving
calories 368
total fat 4.9g
saturated fat 1.6g
cholesterol 67mg
dietary fiber 4g
carbohydrate 54g
protein 27g
sodium 757mg

Good source of: beta carotene, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc

If you are carefully watching your sodium, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for a Healthy Heart, edited by Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 31 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 24 Mar 2015