J – I could not resist just one more apple thing.
It also helps that it is one of my favorite, super-simple-but-elegant pork recipes. And, it’s really inexpensive. And, it’s served with our Chipotle Applesauce. Could I ask for more? Actually, I get more without even asking. A lesson in mindfulness; one of those I-can’t-believe-I’m-saying-this lessons in mindfulness.
For years, I have been buying these puppies pre-made from my friendly butcher and paying a $3 per pound premium. I was saving time, right? Not much. I never made the connection between how ridiculously simple they are to make and their pre-made cost. Lesson: Consider cost-effort benefits before jumping at that pre-made piece of protein. Paying $5 to save maybe five minutes amounts to almost $60/hour! Not sure I want to do that again.
Wrap them. Pin them. Cut them.
How easy is that?
Season them. Cook them.
|Pork Tender Loin Wrapped in Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon|
- 1 pound pork tender loin
- ½ pound apple-wood smoked bacon, about 6 strips
- Tooth picks
- 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lay bacon strips in parallel
- Place loin, crosswise, on top in the center of the bacon strips. Strips should cover the length of the loin.
- Wrap each bacon strip and pin with a tooth pick. Some will be too long. Trim excess. Reserve.
- Cut loin at each bacon strip
- Salt and pepper one side
- Heat flattop to high. When hot, add oil.
- Place loin units on grill and sear for about 2 minutes
- Flip units. After a minute, lower heat to medium-low
- Cover and cook until temperature is 130 degrees.
- Remove to cutting board and let rest.
- Serve with Chipotle Applesauce
Chipotle Applesauce recipe.
Serve them on top of wilted spinach, cooked with crimini mushrooms and red onions in a bacon and white balsamic sauce.
Be sure to add our Chipotle Applesauce as the finish. BTW: That’s Butternut Squash Soup in the top of the photo. Coming soon. Yum!