Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin With Apple Onion Relish


Although we try to eat more plant based meals than ones with meat, from time to time I like to add some meat into our weekly meal plans. Pork tenderloina was recently on sale at my local grocery store, so I picked up a couple of them. I love to prepare pork tenderloin because it is a very lean meat, one loin is just the right size for my husband and myself to enjoy for a couple of meals, and it is relatively inexpensive.

The preparation of this pork dish is short, and the meat cooks in just thirty-five minutes. Wrapping the loin with bacon ensures that the meat remains moist and tender. The mustard and brown sugar glaze help the bacon adhere to the meat and add a subtle sweetness. Although you could serve the tenderloin on its own, I like to prepare a quick apple and onion relish that has just a little spice.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2017

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin With Apple Onion Relish

Wrapping a pork tenderloin with bacon keeps the meat very moist and tender.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1.5 Pound) Pork Tenderloin
  • 3 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • Black Pepper
  • 6 Thin Slices Bacon

Apple Onion Relish:

  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Apples, Peeled, Cored, & Finely Chopped
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 1/2 Finely Chopped Jalapeno
  • 1 Teaspoon Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and line a roasting pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Cut the silver skin from the tenderloin, and trim of all extra fat.
  3. Rub the mustard over the loin, then sprinkle with the brown sugar, paprika, and black pepper.
  4. Starting at one end, wrap the bacon around the loin, overlapping each slice enough to completely cover.
  5. Roast the loin for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 155 degrees F.
  6. Cover the loin with foil and let it rest 10 minutes.
  7. While the loin is roasting, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and then add the onion and apple.
  8. Cook, stirring often, until the onions and apples are tender, about 10 minutes.
  9. Stir in the rest of the relish ingredients and continue to cook the relish until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Spoon the relish into a small bowl and cool to room temperature.
  11. Once the tenderloin has rested, cut into 3/4 inch slices and serve with the apple relish.