Kay Reed shares a favorite dish at Iz Café and Catering.  


By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson


Chef and owner of Iz Café and Iz Catering, Kay Reed has perfected pork tenderloin. She marinades it in cream, dredges it in pecans, and serves it with a dreamy mushroom cream sauce. 


Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin Ingredients

4 pork tenderloin filets, trimmed of sinew

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 ½ Cups of pecans, finely chopped

3/4 Cup of panko bread crumbs

2 Teaspoon of dried thyme

1/2 Cup of corn meal

Heavy cream, for marinade/dredging


Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin Procedure:
Soak the filets in heavy cream for one hour or overnight. Combine the pecans, bread crumbs, cornmeal, salt/pepper, and thyme. Dredge pork in pecan mixture. Brown pork tenderloins in a heavy weight pan. In a 400-degree oven, finish the pork tenderloin until internal temperature reaches 145 to 150 degrees. Let pork rest fifteen minutes before carving. Serves eight.


Mushroom Cream Sauce Ingredients:

1 Pint of heavy cream

3/4 Pound of mushrooms, sliced

1 Shallot, diced

2 Ounces of butter

1/2 Cup beef stock

6 Ounces red wine


Mushroom Cream Sauce Procedure:

Sweat the shallots and mushrooms in butter. Add the merlot and reduce by one half. Stir in the beef stock. Add the heavy cream. Reduce to desired thickness. Ladel over sliced pork tenderloin. 

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