So I’ll start by saying, my hubby had a fit when I told him I was roasting part of our pork tenderloin. He tends to believe that roasting kills the flavor. However, when he bit into the first bite, his mind was forever changed! This may be the best tasting Pork Tenderloin I’ve ever had, and I’m psyched that it was my own cooking! haha. Hope you’ll try it out! I promise it is worth the time, effort and cost!
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1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed
2 slices of bacon
1 pound quartered potatoes
6 green onions cut into 2 inch pieces
4 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp parsley
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Combine salt, pepper, paprika, sugar and red pepper. Mix and rub onto the tenderloin.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon to pan; cook until crisp then remove pan and crumble.
Add potatoes and onions to drippings in pan, cook until lightly browned, ONLY TURN ONCE! Remove potato mixture.
Add pork tenderloin, cook 3 minutes then add potato mixture to pan with the pork. Sprinkle garlic over mixture and bake at 375 for 12 minutes or until a thermometer reaches 135 (it will cook the rest of the way to 145 when you remove it from the oven).
Cut across the grain (that means the same direction as the lines in the meat) into half inch slices. Sprinkle bacon and parsley over potato mixture and serve with pork.
Do you have a favorite way to cook Pork Tenderloin?
I love cooking things that are delicious and simple. The Dutch Oven Herb Pork Loin was quick and easy which certainly fits the bill of both!!! It wasn’t much work to get it together and we all enjoyed it so much there were no leftovers! The best part is that it was so great no one added ketchup or anything else! LOL. Chief ZooKeeper always insists on modifying things, this one he complimented repeatedly! It would be incredibly easy to prepare the ingredients, brown, and then start after work or school. A one pot meal with little clean up so you can get to what’s important: your life!
For our health, we chose to go to a very paleo like diet. That’s when I realized just how much junk was truly in my ‘healthy’ diet. I only call it junk because since I’ve switched, I’ve learned that my body was not happy with many of my food choices. I feel better and am healthier, that’s totally worth the sacrifice.
Dutch Oven Herb Pork Loin
4 pound boneless top loin roast
1 tsp thyme
1/2 cup water
2 onions, thinly sliced (leave out for auto immune and paleo diet!)
carrots, bell peppers, etc as desired. sliced small
Rub pork with thyme.
Heat the dutch oven on high then brown loin on all sides.
When pork has been browned, brush all sides with horse radish sauce.
Add the water to the pot. Place the lid on and turn heat to low.
Cook until meat reaches 140 degrees.
At 140 degrees, remove pork and place in a warming area (I use the oven typically and keep it covered, you don’t want the oven on or it will cook the meat too much)
Add vegetables to oven and saute. Cook until done.