Pork is an excellent meat to cook on the grill, in a frying pan, or in the oven. Many people choose to cook pork products in a crock pot, as well. It is an incredibly versatile meat that offers a ton of flavor. Plus, pork does not have a lot of fat or cholesterol in its meat because it is a white meat product. Similar to chicken, pork is a much healthier version but has a delicious taste.
Pork tenderloin can be purchased from most butchers and grocery stores. There are hundreds of ways to cook pork tenderloin but this recipe will utilize the oven. So, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. This is the perfect temperature to roast a whole pork tenderloin. The heat is low enough to offer the pork a lot of moisture without losing any flavor. The heat will also add a nice brown to the exterior of the tenderloin.
Pork tenderloin is a great menu item for dinner parties because it can be sliced and served many ways. This recipe calls for a few ingredients. First, you should prepare the tenderloin by making slits into the piece of meat. With a knife, gently carve a few slits along the top and bottom of the tenderloin. These slits will ensure the spices are evenly applied to the whole pork tenderloin.
This rub can be prepared early and then stored in a container for other uses. The spice rub is excellent on all kinds of meat including turkey, beef, chicken, fish and pork. You should mix 1 cup of fennel seeds, 3 tablespoons of coriander, 2 tablespoons of mixed peppercorns, and 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt into a bowl. You can easily incorporate the mixture of spices together with a fork.
If you have a coffee grinder, use this to grind up all the ingredients for a much finer rub.
Once you have the rub prepared, apply the spices to the entire pork tenderloin. It is best to apply an even coat all over the meat. It can be beneficial to wear gloves while applying the rub. Next, take two strips of bacon and lay on top of the tenderloin. While in the oven roasting, the bacon will provide intense flavor to the pork tenderloin. The juices from the bacon will seep into the pork tenderloin.
Place the whole tenderloin into a pan with a rack. The rack should be at the bottom of the pan and will elevate the tenderloin away from any grease that builds up during the cooking process. Place the pan in the preheated oven and let it cook for approximately 25 minutes. Pork can easily dry up if cooked too long. To make sure the pork is completely cooked, the internal temperature should read 170 degrees. This will ensure the pork is safe to eat, but also delicious and not overcooked.
The pork tenderloin should be taken out of the oven and the pan to rest. Meat should always have a few minutes to rest after cooking to ensure all the juices and flavor have time to rest. The whole pork tenderloin should rest around 10 minutes. Then, you can carve the pork up into various servings. Because this is a whole tenderloin, you can choose how thick you want the pork pieces. It is recommended to slice the tenderloin into 1 inch thick pieces. This is the best way to ensure you have a great tasting serving size.
There are many different side dishes that you can serve with roasted pork tenderloin. Many people love to have basic sides such as rice, mashed potatoes, or macaroni and cheese. However, for something more unique, try mashed sweet potatoes. Mashed sweet potatoes are a perfect complement to pork because the sweetness will brings out the pork flavor. You can also add a green vegetable such as green beans or collard greens on the side.
No matter how you serve a whole roasted pork tenderloin, it will always be a delicious dish. Pork is a much healthier alternative to regular beef roasts. Pork is also less expensive than most beef products. For something different, try roasted whole pork tenderloin for a family dinner or for a dinner party!