Once in awhile, we manage to find a great deal on pork tenderloin from our local discount grocery store. We buy several, freeze them, and use them for “special” meals.
Last week, we were in need of a “special” meal, so I pulled one out and made this favorite recipe.
1 pork tenderloin
1 teaspoon black pepper (divided)
1 teaspoon celery salt (divided)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (divided)
thinly sliced deli ham
thinly sliced cheese (The original recipe calls for provolone. I have used swiss, american, and once, shredded mozzarella. All were good.)
Fresh spinach leaves (If available. I haven’t made it with spinach yet because of price.)
Slice thawed tenderloin down the middle lengthwise until 1/2 inch is uncut. Slice each half the same way. I am trying to think of how to put this more clearly, and may edit the post later if I think of a better way to say it.
Cover with saran wrap.
Pound the meat until flattened to approximately 1/4 inch thick. Don’t you love my fancy meat mallet?
Remove saran wrap and rub 1/2 teaspoon of each spice into the meat. I mix them together and then rub them in for a more even flavor.
On top of tenderloin, layer ham, cheese, and spinach.
Roll up tightly and tie with kitchen twine. Skewer with toothpicks if necessary.
Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes, or until meat reaches an inner temperature of 160 degrees.
Let stand for 5 minutes or so before removing twine, toothpicks, and slicing.
Yum! It would be even yummier with spinach, I’m sure!
So, what about you? What is one of your favorite special recipes? I’d love to hear about it!