Nanas will remember Donny Osmond's song about being a little bit country, and a little bit rock n' roll. Well, I'm a Baby Boomer, who thinks this recipe is kind of like that; so versatile you can pack it with anything – from farm stand veggies to jarred Italian goodies from an urban market. My recipe for juicy, cheesy, veggie laden pork tenderloin serves 6, but keeps well if you decide to use it in a Panini sandwich the next day. It's so easy to make, that whoever's cooking dinner on your special day (even if it's you), has plenty of time to enjoy a glass of wine before and after meal prep.
This dish is also highly portable. You can tune into Skype, your swivel chair picnic in hand, and visit with your grandkids while you eat. Just recently, I was treated to my three grandkids (ages 9, 7 and 6, respectively) lip synching their version of Pitbull's "Timber". They actually fell down yelling TIMBER!! – I was laughing so hard. By the way, I recommend Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet to go with your pork roll – this way, if you skip dessert, you won't feel cheated.
If you're more of a beer person, like my youngest son who dabbles in making his own craft brews, this pork dish is excellent with any of these English stouts from the Beer Advocate. You'll see a lot of love and chocolate imparted in the taste descriptions. I hope Jon is reading this, and brings over a batch of something yummy soon. Hint, hint…
For those of you who don't already know, I have three wonderful sons: Trey, Chris and Jon. My middle son, Chris and his wife, like to cook (gee, how did that happen?), and buy and prep ingredients in advance. They made me so proud once, when they opened their freezer, and revealed a stash of make ahead meals. Ideal for busy people, the food Chris and Colleen made looked a lot like these freezer pleasers – all excellent Mother's Day gifts by the way. Hint, hint…
Maybe they knew what I was thinking. They quickly shut the fridge before I managed to see any pork pinwheels. Pictured here, is a rock n' roll pork tenderloin, made in a sauté pan rather than an oven. Hey, I told you this recipe was versatile!
Even though I won't be with my kids and grandkids this holiday, I still have plenty of things to occupy me…
With three grown boys, it's safe to say I'll be on my own this Mother's Day. Not to worry. I can Youtube the latest lip synch sensation, shop lifestyle websites (my favorite right now is IndiaHicks.com), and simultaneously play around in the kitchen – because you can do all these things WHILE YOU COOK in the year 2016. This is what I have to say to Moms of every generation: after breakfast in bed and your well-deserved afternoon at the spa, keep in mind that "DAD" is still on the hook. Show him this recipe, and you'll do just fine. Happy Mother's Day everyone!
Rock and Roll Pork Tenderloin
Serves 6 with Extras
75 Minute Cuisine
Let’s fancy up the everyday pork dish by rolling it around farm fresh veggies – just about any kind you choose for this dish are delicious. Then let’s make it even better by rolling bacon around all of it.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins
12 slices bacon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
9 slices Swiss cheese
1 (6-ounce jar) julienned sundried tomatoes packed in oil, drained
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and blanched
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
Preheat the oven to 375°. Drizzle the olive oil into a large baking dish. Place the tenderloins onto your work surface. Cut each lengthwise three-fourths of the way through. Do not cut all the way through. Open each one as you would a book. Place the tenderloins between sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Use a meat mallet to pound the tenderloins to less than ½-inch thickness.
Lay out the bacon strips on a piece of parchment or waxed paper. You can cut some of the strips to make the bacon layer match the size of the pork tenderloins. Lay each tenderloin side by side on top of the bacon. Season with salt and pepper.
Lay the cheese slices over the tenderloin. Cover with sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus. Roll the bacon and tenderloins around the filling, jelly-roll style. Place the roll into a baking pan.
Stir together the ketchup and balsamic vinegar. Brush the sauce over the roll. Bake until a thermometer inserted into the center reads 145° for medium rare, about 45 minutes to an hour. Let the tenderloin roll sit for 5 minutes. Cut into 1-inch slices and serve!!
Farmer’s Market Tip
Stuff it up! This dish screams for your creativity. Substitute the filling ingredients with whatever you find in the market. Use goat cheese, mozzarella, smoked Gouda and/or brie. In place of asparagus, use sautéed spinach, chopped zucchini, peppers and/or onions. No sun-dried tomatoes? Feel free to use chopped artichoke hearts, olives and/or hearts of palm. You can even theme your stuffed roll. How about mozzarella, pepperoni and marinara sauce! Now you have a pizza stuffed pork tenderloin!