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Tenderloin: The Other Succulent Meat
In the last Circle B Ranch pork cuts blog, I promised to give you more details about the pork tenderloin and to supply you with more of my tastiest tenderloin recipes. So let’s talk about the tenderloin. The tenderloin is smaller and thinner than a pork loin, and it usually weighs between ¾ and 1 ½ pounds. One of the most tender cuts, the tenderloin is a melt-in-your-mouth type of meat.
Originally, I wasn’t overly fond of cooking the tenderloin. If you overcook it, it can be a bit tough, because it is a very lean piece of meat. On the other hand, when it is prepared right, it is moist and savory. Now, I love using tenderloin in my culinary endeavors—especially since it can be prepared with a variety of flavors!
There are multiple ways to prepare a pork tenderloin. Here are just a few:
Since the tenderloin is the most tender part of the Berkshire hog, I try to find tenderloin recipes that are remarkable. When I found the original recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Honey Orange Marmalade Sauce I knew it could be extraordinary with just a few extra touches. I added a little bit of this and a little bit of that and came up with a recipe that I am proud of! I have to say that this came out delicious, and it is definitely one of my go to recipes.
Another one of my go-to recipes is Pork Tenderloin with Honey Mustard Sauce.
If you like quick and easy recipes, you will definitely want to make this one! I tried this recipe because my family likes honey mustard sauce, and I thought it would be a great complement for pork. When I prepared it, I discovered I was right! The special trick of grilling the tenderloin helps keep the juices locked into the meat, meaning that every mouthful is delicious and moist.
Pork Scallopini with Mushrooms is another one of my favorites.
I adapted this recipe from one I found on Food Network. When I found this dish, I had to try it because it brought back childhood memories; I have many fond recollections of family gathered around the table, laughing and dishing up platefuls of Veal Scallopini. So, I thought, “Why not try it with pork?” And the dish really brought back the taste of home.
You can also try some of these other delicious recipes I have posted here on the Circle B Ranch website:
- If you love Oriental food, you can prepare Marinated Oriental Pork Tenderloin with Fried Rice. I know it definitely satisfied my family’s craving!
- Or how about Circle B Ranch Pork Tenderloin with Peach Basil Bourbon Glaze? When the Kitchen Whisperer prepared our Berkshire Rib Chops with this delicious recipe, I knew that I had to try it with tenderloin.
- Cilantro Marinated Pork with Romesco Sauce: What can be better than pork tenderloin paired with Romesco sauce and topped with a zesty Gremolata? Delicious!
I hope you enjoy these delicious pork tenderloin recipes as much as I do. Look for the next installment of this series, titled “Pork chops are pork chops—right?” I’ll talk about the different types of pork chops and share more recipes to satisfy the chefs in all of you.