I love getting new recipes. My favorites are the recipes that I can really use--not the kind with 15 different ingredients and multiple steps, but the simple, usable ones.
My sister Ami gave me a recipe for a main dish that is amazingly simple to make but absolutely delicious to eat. I love to serve pork tenderloin: it's nutritious, conveniently packaged, often on sale for a great price, and it freezes well, so it's easy to keep on hand. But it can be kind of tricky to prepare. The meat is so lean that it's easy to over-cook and it dries out quickly. This recipe solves those problems.
I promise you'll be glad you tried this one.
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
1 pork tenderloin
1 teaspoon, more or less, steak seasoning such as McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning
(Note: I don't actually measure; I just sprinkle it all over.)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sprinkle seasoning over pork.
Wrap in bacon and secure with toothpicks.
Place pork on lightly greased wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined roasting pan. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes. Then broil about 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp. (Pork is ready when meat thermometer registers 155 degrees. Do not overcook!)
I didn't get a photo of the pork after it was sliced because we ate it all up right away!
If you're watching your fat intake, you don't have to eat the bacon. My boys always eat the bacon, but I usually don't eat mine. But wrapping the tenderloin in the bacon really makes a difference in how the tenderloin cooks--it comes out juicy and wonderfully flavorful.
This is one of those recipes that's easy enough to make on any busy weeknight, but delicious enough to serve to company. It pairs wonderfully with Crunchy Cole Slaw (click here for that recipe).
Do you have a "real-life" recipe that you turn to over and over? I'd love to know about it!