Pork, the forgotten meat (at least in my eyes).
I have a history of neglecting pork and the blame rests completely on the pork chop. While growing up, it is just one of those things that I never really cared for and ate way too much of… and I somehow got it in my head that all pork was equal to pork chops.
Nowadays, I’m trying to abandon that mentality and the pork tenderloin is making it pretty damn easy. This is my second attempt at pork tenderloin and the second time it has come out pretty damn good. This time around I’ve attempted to stuff it with whatever was in my pantry/fridge and although my stuffing techniques leave a lot to be desired, we were quite pleased with the outcome.
The tenderloin I bought threw me for a loop. When I opened the package I had two smaller sections instead of the large portion I was expecting. This almost stopped me from attempting to stuff the pork… but when I started to butterfly one of them, I realized I could probably get it spread out enough to wrap it back up.
As I said, I didn’t want to buy anything besides the pork… since I already had some of that crappy Stove-Top stuffing and since it is ridiculously easy to cook in the microwave, I opted to throw some of that in there. I also shredded up some leftover tomato basil cheddar cheese and spread that over top of the stuffing.
Now we get to see my pathetic rolling job! My first mistake was not getting it as squared off as I should have… although I have no clue how I would go about doing that. Instead I tucked it in as best I could and tooth-picked the ends closed so the cheesy goodness couldn’t escape.
I also have no clue how they go about tying these types of meat up. I thought it would be pretty easy, but I’ll most definitely be doing some research before my next attempt.
After a while in the oven, I took it out and let it rest, sliced it up, and threw it on a plate. I should have spent some of my free time making a gravy to go with the pork… but I got distracted and was feeling rather lazy.
I’m still not sure if pork tenderloin is always this good or if I’m just an amazing cook, but 2 for 2 is a good enough record for me to continue buying it whenever it’s on sale.
Pork tenderloin, flattened, stuffed, and wrapped back up. If you’re looking for an easy way to change it up, give this a try.