How quickly the time goes. I feel like we were just enjoying the last days of Summer and now here we are prepping for another Thanksgiving. We haven't had snow here yet so at least I can be Thankful for that. And good food. I've been surrounded by some amazing food the last week or so, from restaurants and friends to trying some new recipes in my own kitchen. It's so amazing to see what people with so much more talent than I have can do with some simple ingredients.
I've made variations of this stuffed pork tenderloin over the past few weeks and this recipe is the culmination of that work. I love the flavor combinations here and it brings out the best features of three kinds of pork. I love the ground spicy sausage in the middle surrounded by juicy pork tenderloin and then you get the crispy bits of thick cut bacon on the outside. Although I have to pick out the apple when the kids eat it, I love pork and apple together and the hits of rosemary add the final touch.
You can prep the tenderloin a few different ways. The easiest, and the one shown here, is to simply cut the tenderloin through the middle almost all the way through and open it up flat. You can then pound it out to even the thickness. You then spread the filling in the center and roll it over it. This puts the filling in the center of the roll.
The more difficult way would be to cut the tenderloin into a spiral and flatten it out. You do this by taking a sharp knife and start slicing along the top edge of the meat and then creating a spiral as you cut, almost like a backwards cinnamon roll. This will make a larger flat area once you have it done. You can then spread the filling out over the entire surface and then roll it up. This creates more of a spiral when you cut it up.
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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Apple and Sausage FillingIngredients
- 1 1lb pork tenderloin
- 6 oz. spicy or mild Italian sausage
- 1 apple, cut into thick dices
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon chopped Rosemary
- 5-6 slices thick cut bacon
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard