For our 3rd anniversary dinner I decided to make it a special night. Food was definitely a key component as my husband and I both love food! However, to be sure it was THM friendly and delicious
I decided to try some recipes that I had never tried before. The entree was a stuffed pork tenderloin. I had cooked one in a slow cooker years ago when living at home with my family but never in an oven so this was a first! I combined recipes and ingredients from two separate recipes – ONE and TWO. I had to eliminate some ingredients so that it was a true S setting.
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
1.5 pounds pork tenderloin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 slices bacon
Reserved bacon grease
2 tsp olive oil
Goat cheese or blue cheese, crumbled
3 sprigs of rosemary and Thyme
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Fry the bacon, reserving the pan and grease. Pat bacon dry and chop
Slice the pork tenderloin horizontally down the center, not all the way through. Slice enough so that you can lay the tenderloin flat. Optional – open it up and cover with plastic wrap. Pound it evenly with kitchen mallet.
Remove the plastic wrap if used. Sprinkle the inside evening with the salt, black pepper, chopped bacon, goat cheese and/or blue cheese (I don’t enjoy blue cheese so I just did one half goat and the other half blue cheese), and pull tenderloin together , top with the rosemary, thyme, and parsley. Then tie the tenderloin together with the twine.
Heat the reserved bacon grease in pan. Coat the tenderloin in olive oil. Once the pan is hot add the pork tenderloin and brown on all sides. When all sides are browned place the tenderloin in a dutch oven or deep pan. Place the tenderloin in the oven to bake for 20-30 mins, or until 145-165 degrees with meat thermometer.
Remove from over and let the pork rest for about 5 mins before slicing it.
I was surprised at how tender and moist the meat was. The goat cheese added a wonderful flavour as did the herbs.
Paired with your favorite side dish, whether caulirice, green beans, salad, or other THM S side dish, this would be a fabulous meal for you and your family. Here were the sides I had for this entree: