If you want a KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF dinner entree for your next party this is definitely it. And believe it our not, this dish came about because I was cleaning the kitchen out in preparation for our return to Lake Lure. I had a pork tenderloin in the freezer, dried figlets and apples, pecans, pear nectar and pure maple syrup that I did not want to take back with us. I remembered a similar recipe from a blogger who is no longer blogging but who had great recipes. Do any of you remember A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse? George is missed by many of us.
I butterflied the pork tenderloin, mixed the stuffing ingredients together, rolled it up and wrapped bacon slices around it. I drizzled more maple syrup on top of it, added pear nectar to the roasting dish and baked it for an hour, basting occasionally. It came out looking like glazed perfection.
This is one of those dishes that I will make again and again. The stuffing was sweet and moist and the pork was tender and tasty with it’s cloak of bacon.
This is a real winner. I can hardly wait to make it again. That will happen in my Lake Lure Kitchen. We are leaving the first of the week. I will be posting again at the end of next week. I have a lot of organizing and paring down to do before we leave.
Space will be tight.
BACON MAPLE STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN
For the stuffing:
2 apples, chopped
2 cups chopped dried fruit ( I used a combination of figs and dried apples)
1 cup dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 apple cider or pear nectar
For the pork:
2 pork tenderloins
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon cardamom (Optional)
8 slices of bacon
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 to 1 cup apple cider or pear nectar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix stuffing ingredients together and set aside.
Butterfly pork tenderloins by cutting down the middle of each one 2/3rds of the way through. Place each between sheets of wax paper and pound out to a 1/4-inch rectangle. Place as much stuffing as will fit easily on each one. You will have extra to put in small casserole to cook separately. Roll up pork starting at a long end and place seam sound down in baking pan or casserole. Wrap each tenderloin with 4 slices of bacon.
Drizzle tops of each one with maple syrup and pour 1/2 cup apple cider or pear nectar into pan. Place in oven and cook for 1 hour basting occasionally and adding more liquid if pan starts to caramalize too quickly.
Remove from oven and let rest covered for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.