Pork Tenderloin + Garlic-Herb Coating + Pancetta

Mar 11, 2006 by kiteless | 0 Comments| Share it:   

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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 6

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Pork tenderloin with fresh garlic-herb coating, wrapped in pancetta, served with shallots and Yukon gold potatoes roasted in bacon fat.

For the pork, you will need:
-one pork tenderloin, approx 1.25 lbs, fat and silverskin trimmed off;
- 2 TB fresh chopped sage
- 2 TB fresh chopped thyme
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- salt
- pepper
- olive oil
- 8 thin slices of pancetta
- butchers twine.

(Additional ingredients for this recipe are listed below in recipe steps).

Step 1

For the potatoes you will need 6-8 small to medium sized Yukon Gold potatoes, 2 TB reserved bacon fat, 1.5 to 2 medium-large shallots, 1 TB thyme, salt, and pepper.


Step 2

Chop up your garlic and herbs and place in a mortar and pestle with some salt and pepper. Mash up good, then add a few TB of olive oil to make a loose paste. If you have a small food processor, you can also throw everything in there at once and whirr a few times. Rub the paste all over your pork tenderloin, and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.


Step 3

When you're ready to cook, remove the tenderloin from the fridge and let come to room temp. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450, get a large pot of water boiling, and chop up your potatoes into roughly 1-1.5 inch pieces.


Step 4

Slice your shallots crosswise into thick rounds and set aside. Don't slice too thin, or they will all turn into nothing in the oven. Boil your potatoes for 7 minutes. We are just going to par-boil them. This will make them extra brown and crispy in the oven. If you want perfect oven roasted potatoes, try this step! After 7 minutes, drain and put in a 9x13 glass or ceramic baking dish with the shallots. Drizzle with the reserved bacon fat, salt and pepper generously, and bake for 20 minutes (sorry no pics).


Step 5

Now, while this is cooking for the 20 minutes, prep the roast. Bring out your pork tenderloin, and lightly oil the bottom of another 9x13 glass or ceramic baking dish. Get out your butchers twine and your thinly sliced pancetta. Drape 8 slices of the pancetta evenly over the roast, overlapping the slices. Next, take your butchers twine and tie up the roast. I did not take pictures of this step as my hands were dirty and full of pancetta grease. It does help to have another person hold the roast when you do this. All wrapped up isn't it beautiful?


Step 6

When the 20 minutes is up, stir up your potatoes and shallots and add your fresh thyme, and pop your roast in the oven.


Step 7

Bake for another 25 minutes, or until the internal temp of the roast reaches about 150 degrees for a nice, juicy, pink medium pork (put the pork about 5-10 minutes earlier if you like your pork well-done). At this point, turn off the oven, remove the roast and place on a large platter, tent with foil and let stand for 5-10 minutes. You can leave the potatoes in the oven to keep them warm, just keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn. After the pork has set, remove the string, and plate the potatoes around the roast. Bring to the table to carve and serve.


Step 8

Serve your pork tenderloin with fresh garlic-herb coating, wrapped in pancetta, served with shallots and Yukon gold potatoes roasted in bacon fat.

Now that you have learned how to make pork tenderloin + garlic-herb coating + pancetta, please be sure to view these other pork recipes. Also, you will love these American recipes.


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