A dish so elegantly wrapped up in bacon works well for any holiday menu, and it serves as a beautiful standard for any night of the week – it is the prime example of versatility at play. If you love to eat the Paleo way, this recipe is a must-add to your meat-cooking skills as it will take you a long way in the friend-making department. Let’s just say that, creatures big and small, would take a chance for a single bite. If you have extra slices of bacon on hand, and chances are good that you do, then your likelihood of pulling this off on the first try is about 100%.
The bacon wrapper acts as eye candy, but the tenderloin is not held together by that alone. It must have a proper honey and Dijon sauce to coat it, to provide the ultimate flavor and to tease the senses with a whisper of sweetness. Once it is thoroughly baked, do not resist the temptation to take more than one slice.
Preparation and cooking time together is close to an hour, yet those minutes while it is baking in the oven can be put to efficient use. Whip up a batch of sweet potato brownies as your tenderloin bakes, and as soon as it is out, turn down the temperature and swap pans. If you are well organized and like to plan your meals ahead, then you can let this red cabbage, cranberry and pecan slaw sit for several hours before serving, it makes a divine accompaniment.
Honey-Dijon Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin Recipe
Protein: 55g / %
Carbs: 10g / %
Fat: 32g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 1 1/2 lb. pork loin
- 8 to 10 bacon slices
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp. raw honey
- 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- In a bowl combine the garlic, mustard, honey, rosemary, vinegar, olive oil, and season to taste.
- Wrap the pork tenderloin with the bacon slices.
- Carefully rub the mustard-honey sauce all over the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin.
- Place the tenderloin in a baking dish, and roast in the oven 45 to 50 minutes, or until done.
- Let the pork rest 5 minutes before slicing and serving.