Pork tenderloin is a cut of meat that comes from the muscle that runs along the spine of the pig. It is known for being tender, lean, and flavorful. Pork tenderloin is a popular choice for many recipes and can be cooked using various methods, such as grilling, roasting, sautéing, or pan-frying. It is often marinated or seasoned to enhance its natural flavors and can be served as a main dish, sliced into medallions, or used in sandwiches or salads. Pork tenderloin is a versatile cut of meat that can be used in a wide range of cuisines and dishes, and it is a favorite among meat lovers for its tenderness and taste.
PORK TENDERLOIN STUFFED WITH BACON SAUSAGE
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Here at Big Fork we're all about the pork. And this recipe is just that. We take a tender whole pork tenderloin and stuff it with bacon sausage. It's really easy to do, and we have a step by step video you can watch just to see how easy it is. You can use any flavor of bacon sausage, including:
Hickory & Applewood
Maple & Brown Sugar
Cracked Black Pepper
Chicken & Bacon
Spicy 3 - Pepper
Bacon & Ale
In the video we are using the aged cheddar sausage.
Using a thin knife or knife steel, insert through one end of the tenderloin through the center and force the knife or steel all the way to the other end. Turn the knife around to open up the hole a little.
Insert the sausage into the hole and push to get it halfway into the tenderloin. You might need to twist the sausage slightly to get it in properly. Do the same technique to the other end of the tenderloin until the sausage links are touching in the center of the tenderloin.
Season the outside of the loin with salt and pepper.
Sear the tenderloin over a hot grill or large cast iron skillet over medium high heat until the tenderloin is seared nicely on all sides.
Cook for in the oven (400F) or low grill for 15 - 20 minutes, until an internal temperature of 155F is achieved. Remove from the heat and let rest for at least 10 minutes prior to cutting and serving.
There are several delicious garnishes that can be used to enhance the flavor and presentation of pork tenderloin. Here are some ideas:
Herb Butter: Prepare a compound butter by mixing softened butter with chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or sage. Spread a dollop of herb butter on top of the cooked pork tenderloin just before serving. The butter will melt and infuse the meat with fragrant herb flavors.
Fruit Salsa: Create a fresh and tangy fruit salsa using ingredients like diced mango, pineapple, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeno. The sweetness and acidity of the fruit salsa will complement the richness of the pork tenderloin, adding a burst of flavor and color.
Mushroom Sauce: Saute sliced mushrooms with garlic and shallots in butter or olive oil until they are golden brown and tender. Add some chicken or vegetable broth, cream, and herbs like thyme or rosemary, and simmer until the sauce thickens. Spoon the mushroom sauce over the sliced pork tenderloin for a rich and savory accompaniment.
Roasted Vegetables: Serve the pork tenderloin on a bed of roasted vegetables, such as carrots, bell peppers, and Brussels sprouts. Toss the vegetables in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast them in the oven until caramelized and tender. The roasted vegetables will add a colorful and flavorful side to the pork tenderloin.
Crispy Fried Onions: Thinly slice onions and toss them in flour, then fry them in hot oil until crispy and golden brown. Sprinkle the crispy fried onions on top of the pork tenderloin just before serving for added texture and crunch.
Chimichurri Sauce: Make a tangy and herbaceous chimichurri sauce by blending together fresh parsley, cilantro, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Drizzle the chimichurri sauce over the cooked pork tenderloin for a burst of zesty flavors.
Balsamic Glaze: Reduce balsamic vinegar with a bit of sugar in a saucepan until it thickens into a glaze-like consistency. Drizzle the sweet and tangy balsamic glaze over the pork tenderloin for a beautiful presentation and a touch of acidity.
These are just a few ideas for garnishes that can complement and elevate the flavors of pork tenderloin. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different ingredients to find your favorite combination!