Juicy, tender Mediterranean Stuffed Pork Tenderloin covered in a tangy Balsamic and Rosemary sauce.
Poor pork tenderloin. Can you imagine living under the shadow of bacon your whole life? Talk about feeling like the ugly duckling. While bacon has entire websites and Facebook pages dedicated to celebrating its goodness, pork tenderloin has faced a myriad of insults–too dry, too tough, too flavorless.
Guys? Pork tenderloin deserves better. So today I’m joining the Ohio Pork Council to raise awareness about pork loin bullying and educate individuals on how to treat them right.
Here’s the deal. That whole dry, tough, flavorless stuff? It’s not the pork’s fault. Pork was never meant to be cooked to the dull, gray, lifeless color we’ve subjected it to for years. Instead, pork shines brightest when it’s cooked to 145 degrees and left with a gorgeous rosy blush of pink.
When cooked to the right temperature, pork loin takes center stage. It shoves bacon to the side and steps into the role it was destined to play: Stunning dinner party entree, Easter main course, or easy weeknight family meal.
This Mediterranean Stuffed Pork Loin packs a BIG flavor punch. Spinach, feta, garlic, and sundried tomatoes provide a creamy, tangy, subtly sweet center, while balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, rosemary, and oregano lend fresh flavor to the exterior of the pork.
And the pork itself? It’s outrageously tender and juicy. The perfect canvas for all the flavors of the Mediterranean.
There are a few ways to stuff pork loin, but I find the easiest one is to simply slice it in half, spread the filling down the center, then fold it over. You can ask your butcher for some butcher string to tie it up, but I’ve cooked it without the string and it turned out fine that way as well.
If you haven’t picked up a meat thermometer yet, I highly recommend adding it to your wish list. It makes all the difference in cooking juicy pork, exactly medium steaks, and even the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.
Every oven and cut of meat is different, so a thermometer is the most reliable, consistent tool you have to cook your meats. And remember, you can always place a piece of meat back in the oven or the skillet, but you can never bring it back from it’s gray, lifeless grave!
To find out more about the Ohio Hog Farmers, you can like their Facebook page where they post recipes using all your favorite pork products (yes, there’s bacon. Lots of bacon).
I hope you’ll give pork a starring role at your next family gathering and help spread the word about #PinkPork. Together, we can stop pork bullying and be on our way to a juicier, more flavorful future!
This post is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council and Ohio Soybean Council. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
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Recipe by Neighborfood