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Pork Tenderloin Recipes

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions


Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions are a delicious option for your regular weeknight rotation and impressive enough to serve at your next party!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes

Yeild 4 Servings




Section 1: Ingredients


  • 1 pork tenderloin, cut into 8-10 2" portions

  • 8-10 slices thick cut bacon

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper


Section 2: Directions


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Parook the bacon strips in a skillet until half-done (not crispy).

3. Wrap the medallions with a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.

4. Add to a hot cast iron skillet (heated on the stovetop on high heat). Sear on each side for about 4 minutes.

5. Spoon the melted bacon fat over each medallion while it sears.

6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

7. Remove toothpicks before serving.

Notes:

~ How long should I cook the pork tenderloin medallions?

The pork tenderloin medallions should be cooked for 15-20 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees. The internal temperature of the pork should reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit before it’s considered safe to eat. Check the internal temp with a meat thermometer.

~ Can I use a thin cut of bacon?

Yes, you can use your preferred type of bacon in this recipe. Just keep in mind that thinner-cut bacon may require less cooking time to become fully cooked. To avoid making crispy bacon, just use a little less time on the skillet. 

~ Why use a cast iron skillet?

A Cast Iron Skillet is recommended for this recipe because it retains heat well and ensures even cooking for the sear. However, you can use a different heavy-bottomed skillet if you don’t have a cast iron one available.

~ What cuts of pork can I use for this recipe?

While pork tenderloin is ideal for this recipe due to its tenderness and flavor, you can substitute it with pork loin or boneless pork chops if necessary. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the cut.




Pork Tenderloin Easy Sheet Pan Dinner


Garlic Butter Pork Tenderloin Recipe with Potatoes and Green Beans – This is the best pork tenderloin recipe you will ever have! It is a flavor-packed easy sheet pan dinner with tender green beans, crispy roasted potatoes, and delicious glazed pork tenderloin, all cooked simply on one sheet pan.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 35 mins

Servings 4



Section 1: Ingredients


  • 2 1 pound pork tenderloins, trimmed

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce

  • 1 pound green beans, stems trimmed

  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes cut in half lengthwise

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 tablespoons butter softened

  • 2 tablespoons freshly minced chives

  • 1 garlic clove minced into paste

  • non stick cooking spray


Section 2: Directions


1. Lower oven rack to middle lower position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray heavy duty baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. 

2. In a large bowl, combine green beans with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Arrange green beans in center of baking sheet. 

3. In the same bowl, toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Transfer to baking sheet and arrange on either side of green beans, cut side down. 

4. Lay tenderloins, not touching, over green beans and brush with hoisin sauce, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until thickest part of tenderloins reaches 140 degrees on a meat thermometer. 

5. While tenderloin is roasting, combine butter, chives, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. When tenderloin is done cooking, remove sheet pan and top each tenderloin with one tablespoon of garlic herb better and let pork tenderloin  rest before slicing.

6. Top potatoes and green beans with remaining two tablespoons of garlic herb butter and serve.

TIPS FOR COOKING PORK TENDERLOIN

Pork tenderloin is a quick-cooking cut of pork that is tender and very lean. It’s also very affordable, which makes it a great choice for every day or a special occasion! But because it’s so lean, it can easily dry out. The best method for cooking pork tenderloin is to cook it at a higher heat for a shorter period of time. Oven roasting or grilling are both great options. Cook it just until the thickest part of the meat has an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Carryover cooking will increase the temperature to 145 degrees. Take the tenderloin out and let it rest. Then slice the tenderloin once it has rested so the juices stay in the meat. Use an instant read thermometer to ensure the tenderloin doesn’t overcook. Generally, the slow cooker should be avoided as low and slow cooking will dry the pork tenderloin out.




Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas


Tender pork, slow-cooked to juicy perfection, then quickly browned for deliciously crisp edges. This slow cooker carnitas recipe couldn’t be easier or more incredible, made with a simple spice blend and simmered in citrus juices with a handful of aromatics.

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 4 hours

Total: 4 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 6



Section 1: Ingredients


For the Carnitas Rub

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil For the Carnitas

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin or boneless pork loin

  • half of one onion chopped, approximately 1 cup

  • 3 cloves garlic minced

  • 1 medium jalapeño stem removed, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (juice from 1 medium lime)

  • 4-5 tablespoons fresh navel orange juice (juice from 1 medium navel orange)

  • avocado oil

Section 2: Directions


 To Make the Carnitas

1. Add 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, and 1 tablespoon avocado oil to small bowl. Whisk or stir ingredients together until well combined. Set bowl aside.

2. Place 2 pounds pork tenderloin or pork loin on cutting board. Pat pork completely dry with paper towels on all sides.

3. Coat pork in carnitas rub, gently massaging spice rub into tenderloin until fully coated on all sides. Place seasoned tenderloin in slow cooker.

4. Add half of one onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 medium jalapeño, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, and 4-5 tablespoons fresh navel orange juice to slow cooker.

5. Cover slow cooker with lid. Cook on HIGH 4 to 6 hours, or LOW 6 to 8 hours. Check pork occasionally – when fully cooked, internal temperature will read 145° Fahrenheit on meat thermometer and meat will be easy to separate with fork.

6. When pork is ready, carefully shred tenderloin in slow cooker using 2 forks. Alternately, remove meat from slow cooker and shred on cutting board, but do not discard any juices.

7. If serving carnitas immediately, continue to next section of instructions. If not serving immediately, transfer shredded pork and juices to airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve, then continue with next section of instructions.

To Serve the Carnitas

1. Heat medium skillet over medium heat. When skillet is warm, add drizzle of avocado oil and continue heating skillet until oil is hot and shimmering.

2. When oil is hot, add just enough shredded pork to cover bottom of skillet without crowding. Ladle small amount of carnitas juice over meat in skillet and cook until liquid has evaporated and bottom of meat is browned and crispy.

3. Flip meat over and briefly cook other side until lightly browned. Transfer seared carnitas to large bowl.

4. Repeat process with any remaining carnitas. Once all carnitas has been seared and transferred to bowl, drizzle small amount of carnitas juice over meat and serve immediately as desired.

Notes

~ Pork: It’s important that you use only 2 pounds of pork as directed, unless you also increase the amounts of the other ingredients. If you use more than 2 pounds without adjusting the rest of the ingredients, you will not have enough liquid. Use the servings calculator in the recipe card above to adjust the quantities as needed based on the weight of the pork you’re using.

~ Jalapeño: For more heat, don’t remove the seeds from the jalapeño when you chop it.

~ Searing Carnitas: Wait to sear the carnitas until you’re ready to serve it. Until then, just refrigerate it in an airtight container with juices drizzled on top.



Stuffed Pork Tenderloin


This stuffed pork tenderloin is filled with spinach, cheese and sun dried tomatoes, then rolled up and roasted to perfection. An elegant meal that’s actually quite simple to make!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Servings 4



Section 1: Ingredients


  • 1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes sliced

  • 1/2 box frozen spinach thawed and excess water squeezed out

  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 1/2 tablespoona olive oil

  • 1 pound small potatoes , sliced or cut into 1 inch pieces

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Section 2: Directions


 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat it with cooking spray.

2. Cut a deep slit all the way down the length of the pork - do not cut all the way through. Lay the pork open like a book and pound to approximately 3/4 inch thick with a meat mallet.

3. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper over the pork. Layer the spinach, cheese and sun dried tomatoes over one side of the pork.

4. Roll the pork up tightly and secure with lengths of kitchen twine - tie each string about 2-3 inches apart.

5. Season the outside of the pork generously with salt and pepper. Place the pork on the lined sheet pan.

6. Place the potatoes in a bowl. Add the olive oil to the bowl; toss the vegetables to coat and season to taste with salt and pepper.

7. Place the potatoes on the sheet pan around the pork.

8. Place the pan in the oven and cook for 30 minutes or until potatoes are browned and tender and the internal temperature of the pork reaches between 145 degrees F. (medium rare) and 160 degrees F. (medium), on a meat thermometer. 

9. Remove pork from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Remove the string and slice the pork. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately with the potatoes. 

Notes:

~ HOW LONG DO YOU COOK A STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN?

An average sized pork tenderloin (approximately 1 1/4 pounds) will take about 30 minutes to cook in the oven. You can choose your desired level of doneness by checking the thickest part of your pork with a kitchen thermometer. You want the pork to be at least 145 degrees F for a slightly pink center, up to 160 degrees F for a more well done tenderloin.










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