In some countries, the tenderloin is called pork fillet. But it is the same thing, that juicy, moist and soft meat that comes from the psoas major muscle along the central spine of the pig. Pork tenderloin is something we usually prepare for lunch, as the whole family gathers around and enjoys a meaty dish. You can also prepare as a sandwich, which is actually a thinly sliced piece of the pork meat. The trick with the tenderloin is to marinade well, making the meat even juicer and more delicious. I’ll share some recipes with you, and you can choose one for your next lunch meal. I would also recommend you store your freezer with pork tenderloin, as it is extremely economical cut of meat.
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As I mentioned, the marinade is what makes pork tenderloin even better. For starters, let’s start with a honey dijon. You’ll need just five minutes to prepare the dish, and you can feed the entire family. And the best part is you need only five ingredients. So, simple, tasty and rich.
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If you are having troubles finding the ingredients, you can substitute some of them. But the beauty of the recipe is in the authentic herbs and ingredients. What I love about pork tenderloin is the versatility, as you can serve with almost any side dish. Herbs give the dish a little freshness, balancing the heaviness of the meas.
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Thai kitchen is more than just chicken, chicken, and then more chicken. You can use Thai technique for almost any meat, as the trick in Thai cuisine is in the herbs, side dishes and sauces. Cabbage is a big part of the cuisine. And instead of preparing a quick salad with cabbage, make some dinner. The dish is so colorful, tasty and most importantly, healthy.
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Not many people elect to prepare pork in a pan. Frying usually ruins the taste, and in the world of healthy lifestyle, pan frying meat is not popular. But I challenge you to try this recipe. Believe, there are more healthy nutrients than you think in pan-fried food.
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If you have been reading my blog, you know by now that I am a person who wants things to be visually appealing as much as tasty. And colorful dishes are my favorite. There are just so many colors in this dish, you cannot wait to dip in. You can use any mushrooms for the recipe, but my personal favorites are Shiitake.
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You can prepare this recipe two ways. One way is to cook the pork in the sauce. However, if you are preparing pork for many people, you can prepare the sauce, cook the tenderloin as you normally do, and then pour the sauce over it. There isn’t huge difference in taste. Be practical with your time and cooking.
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I know, I know, sweet and sour is not your thing. I know you are probably skeptical, but hear me out: cranberries are just delicious when combined with meat. They provide the moisture to the dish, and a flavor second to none. And the red color is just way too festive.
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Stir-frying is a technique you want to use when you have little to no time to prepare a meal. Just grab a pork cut of meat from the freezer, and you have a meal in no time. I love quick meals, and as I have less and less time for cooking, I am enjoying more and more of these quick recipes.
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Another sweet and sour recipe, with just a tad of freshness. Orange serves for balance in this recipe, as pork tenderloin tends to be heavy on fats. But with a touch of orange, you can neutralize the taste.
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For additional crispiness, pecans make a great choice. And if you thought the recipe is complex and hard to execute, think again. All you need to do is marinate the pork meat in some apple cider vinegar, rub with mixture from sugar and mustard, and then roll in crushed pecans. See, easy right?
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One thing that I love about pork tenderloin is that relatively cheap and economic cut of meat can be transformed into an expensive five-star restaurant dish. This is such case. Believe me when I say this, but you go to a restaurant, and you might pat fortune for this dish. Why not make it at home? Show off your cooking skills for a night with your partner.
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Wraps are great. Delicious, quick, and easy to make, wraps are one of the best ways for a single person menu. Hey, you don’t need to cook a 3lb pork tenderloin if you are living alone. We all want to experience fine dining, but cooking for one is a challenge. This recipe surely helps.
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Pork tenderloin tends to be dry sometimes. That is why as I mentioned at the beginning, marinade and sauces is the way to go. And when it comes to marinating the meat, apple cider vinegar is one of the secret ingredients that will completely transform your meal.
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The best part about this dish is that it uses just one of the two tenderloins. Talk about economical dish that looks and tastes delicious. You’ll need roughly 30 minutes to prepare the dish, and with side dishes like pineapple sauce your family members will be well and healthy fed.
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So ridiculously easy, and tasty in the same time, this recipe will take only a handful minutes of your time. With herbs and garlic marinade, you can be sure your pork’s flavor is enriched, and you are eating healthy. What more can you ask for?
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I am not usually a fan of stuffed meat, but even I know to appreciate and respect a great recipe. The reason I don’t like stuffing is that usually the taste of the meat is lost in the process. But that is not the case here. Quite the contrary, walnuts and cherries actually enrich the taste of the meat, and you get sweetness and crunchiness in the process.
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A Japanese touch to the classic pork tenderloin. Shichimi is a classic Japanese sauce made from several different sauces, and it gives such perfect flavor to the pork meat. Pork meat has become the No.1 meat in Japan, topping chicken and beef. And because Japanese have had to find different ways to prepare pork, we now have an Asian cuisine inspired pork tenderloin.
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Burger is the one of the most popular meals in America. And when it comes to burger, pork is the meat that comes instantly on your mind. We cannot go a full list of tenderloin recipes, and not include a burger in there.
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I know the recipe might look and seem hard and complex at first glance, but believe me, that is not the case. Yes, you have to prepare the apples first, and the pork second. But at the end, you’ll get delicious recipe. And don’t worry, you won’t get drunk from the brandy.
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The trick in this recipe is that the pork is seared first, and grilled second. This provides the meat with the crispy exterior. And inside, you’ll find tomatoes, garlic, red peppers and almonds for the romesco sauce. The meat gets smokey and acidic taste thanks to the sauce, but with a touch of freshness from the gremolata.
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Another stuffed pork recipe, but this one comes with a more neutral flavor. Because rosemary is such a great herb with neutral flavor, you still enjoy the tastiness of the pork meat. Figs and butternut are there just to give a slight sweet touch to the dish.
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Raise your hand if you thought pears make for a great side dish? How many? Not many right? Well, I was like that once. There was a time when carrots and potatoes were my usual suspects for side dish for any meat recipe. But I saw Jamie Oliver roast pears once with meat, and I’ve never looked back ever since.
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Look, not all of us have the time to cook. I know pork tenderloin is usually a quick dish, but there are people that can’t spare more than 10 to 15 minutes in the kitchen. And they want tasty and juicy recipe as well. Enter the slow cooker, a pot that makes everything easy. Just throw in the ingredients inside, wait for several hours, and you’ll have a delicious meal at your table. And you can do whatever you like during waiting hours. Finish other tasks at home, clean, study, watch TV, or work.
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I’ve said it many times, pork tenderloin can be dry. And you need sauces and marinades to make it moist and juicy. Enter the classic apple and brandy sauce. This sauce is as common as chicken and curry. So wait no longer, and go make it.
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A healthier take on the classic pork taco recipe, this dish comes with a touch of freshness. With mango inside, you can expect crunchiness, sweetness and piquant flavor like no other taco you’ve tried in your life.
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Everyone need a go-to recipe for dinner, when you know that there will be guests coming over. This dish is simple, quick and good enough to feed a table of six to eight people. And if there are any leftovers, you can make some great sandwiches the next day.
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Who would have thought that coffee and pork go so well together. Look, I was skeptical at the beginning as well, same as you are now. But I dived in, and now I am happy I did so. You know I won’t recommend a dish I haven’t tried previously, so you can believe me on this.
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It is only convenient that we finish this list with a sweet and sour recipe. You know I love my some berries, because they are not as sweet as other fruits, making them perfect for such combination. And who can forget about the antioxidants. Berries help make this dish one of the healthiest meat recipes you’ll find.
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