Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Food: Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

A little over a year ago, while strolling around World Showcase Lagoon, at Disney World's EPCOT, a friend of mine told me about his method of stuffing a tenderloin. If you like to cook, you probably know that stuffing a pork tenderloin is sort of demanding, especially if your skills with cutlery aren't what they should be. My friend gave me an idea that until recently, I hadn't put into practice... I decided that it was time to make it happen.

Pre-heat the oven to 375.

The first thing I did was to put on some music, because you know that Chef Gunfighter likes to get his groove on when he cooks. Yes, what you see is correct, I bought that 70's R&B collection from Target. Don't laugh, the play list is very cool. It starts with that all-time favorite song, made for rubbing bellybuttons, the Marvin Gaye classic: "Let's Get it On".

Anyway, I was going to use a mushroom stuffing for this tenderloin, and got started by chopping a bunch of chives and setting them aside.

Next, I chopped a small onion, and a package of fresh, white button mushroom. I sauteed the onions until they were clear, then added the chives and mushrooms.

Continue to saute together until the mushrooms release their liquids, and reduce by about 80%, add a dash of minced garlic here (if you like garlic), and a half teaspoon of ground caraway seeds. Salt & pepper to taste.

Once finished add a tablespoon if bacon bits (use real bacon). Stir, drain well, and set aside in a mixing bowl. Add a tablespoon (or two) of high quality mustard, (I used the full-grain brown mustard).

I have a small family, so using a large tenderloin is seriously wasteful, so instead, I used a rather small (and therefore inexpensive), pre-trimmed, tenderloin from the supermarket for this dish.

OK, knives out! Lay the tenderloin on the cutting board, and using your free hand press down at the end of the tenderloin where you are going to begin your cut. Holding your knife flat, cut a flap in the tenderloin like you see here.

Next, make another cut, similar to the first, which will leave you with two flaps that open from the center like wings.

Spread the stuffing on the center portion.....

...and then close the flap.

Repeat until you are finished.

Pause here to wash your hands, which will be a real mess by now. Pour yourself a glass of red wine. You know, the kind that I like, cheap... usually from a bottle with a screw top. Hey, I'm a Philistine... sue me.

OK, take a minute or two to do some dancing. If you have a partner, great! If you don't have anyone to dance with, dance alone!. Remember what I said about getting down with your bad self, it's important!

OK, calm down, have a last sip of your wine, and put your tenderloin in the oven... bake at 375 for until finished... you'll need a meat thermometer to determine doneness, because different sized cuts of meat require different cooking times.

When you are finished, it'll look something like this:

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Put on some good music (I recommend Andrea Boccelli), and serve with pasta & veg.... and more wine.



Jackie said...

Awesome! I think I'll have to try this tonight!

Redneck Mommy said...

I drooling over you and slightly hating you at the same time.

Damn you man.

I'm hungry and alone.

Wanna share?

jessabean said...

Loving that huMANGous jug of wine, GF. You forgot to share drunk Marine stories with me at lunch the other day. Ah well, next time?

I wish I'd seen this earlier because I made pork chops last night but they weren't that good.

Gunfighter said...

Jess, we were too busy talking about the exciting world of GoogleDocs and not having word installed on our laptops!


I dunno if this dish would travel so well out to the exotic locale of Edmonchuk!

dawn224 said...

I am all over this one.... Next week....

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Could you come and cook that at my house? You lost me at chopping the chives! (hee-hee)

It does look good...and I am a fan of the wine!

Julie Pippert said...

You know I am running to Target right now, don't you? And not for any food...for that CD! Right up my alley, love it!

I wish I was running for food. I wish I could recapture my love of cooking because that? Yum!

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Whiskeymarie said...

Good job! Very professional- maybe you have a 2nd career blooming if #1 doesn't work out...

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This looks amazing! And you're right - one must cook with the right music! And dancing is one of the joys of cooking!

Wholly Burble said...

Had to wipe away a little drool as I scrolled through the pics. As they say, a pic is worth a thousand words and you said a mouthful with those. I'm going to have to give this a try--I usually stuff mine with Pepperidge Farm--good, but this looks great and more fun.

ablondeblogger said...

I just downloaded "Let's Get It On!" from Napster! LOVE that song! I'm dying to know what else they have on your CD and will be searching and searching until I find out. :)

Anali said...

Love the music, cooking, and all the wine too! ; )

Grimm said...

Whoa, you had me at pork.

Amy Barry said...

Why is it that I meet so many cool people online and none of them live remotely close to me. I feel certain that you and my hubby would get along famously (well me too!). We have so few couple friends that we click with. Some but only halfway so in most cases. John likes to cook too (although he is NOT a dancer) and would love discussing politics with you (although you guys would agree far to much which takes the fun out of a good political debate). Snyway, if you guys ever get out to OR let me know so we can meet up. I'm sure you guys could colaborate on a tasty menu.