Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite cuts of pork. Its very lean you so have to be careful to not overcook it. When done properly the end result is moist and tender. When I saw this recipe a month or so ago (I made it straight away but didn’t get around to blogging about it until now) on Kath Eats blog I knew I had to make it but with a couple of personal preference changes. Not being a huge fan of Blue cheese I went with the more mild flavor of Gorgonzola cheese- still a blue cheese but not so strong. Walnuts in place of pecans because that is what I had on hand and since my tenderloin package contained two pieces of meat I doubled the recipe.
It was a wonderful combination of flavors. The salty bite of Gorgonzola cheese melted with the sweetness of the dates and the crunch of the walnuts and you get a little taste of everything in every bite. Yumminess – a fabulous flavor profile.
Pork tenderloin is available at most grocery stores, Sam’s Club, Costco, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Size varies and you most likely won’t find an exactly 1 or 2 pound package. This particular tenderloin weighed 2.3 pounds. How much cheese, date and nut mixture you need will depend on how large the tenderloin is. Use the following recipe as a starting point and adjust the quantities up or down as needed.
Easy enough for a week night meal but fancy enough to serve for a holiday dinner. You have to try this recipe!
Gorgonzola Cheese, Date & Walnut Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
- 2 pounds lean pork tenderloin
- 3 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese or your favorite blue cheese
- 5 Medjool dates, chopped
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped or sub pecans
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl mix together Gorgonzola cheese, dates and nuts. Set aside.
Butterfly the pork tenderloin – with a sharp knife holding, the knife blade flat, so that it’s parallel to the cutting board, make a lengthwise cut into the center of the tenderloin without cutting all the way through, so it opens up like a book. Fill the center with the Gorgonzola, date and nut mixture. Fold the tenderloin back up and secure with kitchen twine at intervals to hold it together.
Place stuffed tenderloin on baking sheet and place in preheated 400 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of tenderloin registers 145 degrees. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let meat rest for 10 minutes prior to cutting. Cut into medallions and serve.
Yield: 6 – 8 servings
Per 6 Servings: 280 Calories, 10.7g Fat, 72.5mg Cholesterol, 11.7g Carbs, 1g Fiber, 36.7g Protein WWPP 7
Per 8 Servings: 210 Calories, 8g Fat, 54.4mg Cholesterol, 8.8g Carbs, 0.8g Fiber, 27.5g Protein WWPP 5
Recipe adapted from Kath Eats Real Food.
Maybe you are like me and are in need of a little color bath and good cheer.
With my compromised mobility I couldn’t decorate the whole house so instead I put out about half a dozen holiday decorations including this glass container (leftover from Katy’s wedding centerpieces) filled with shiny Christmas ornaments. Katy said it’s actually one of her favorites – so classy and simple!
Our Meyers Lemon Tree is loaded with fresh fruit. These have been growing since about June and we are waiting for them to turn more orange in color before picking them. I am so excited – hoping to have some of our favorite Lemon Buttermilk Cupcakes soon!
So I am digging in my photo archives to share some cheery photos with you all. A couple weeks before my foot surgery hubby Tom and I went to lunch at a local plant nursery that has a restaurant in the middle of it. It’s really awesome. The restaurant has glass walls so you are looking out into the nursery while eating. Way cool! These glass flowers and colorful mushrooms in the back ground were for sale. So bright and happy – they make me smile.
They have a huge display of succulents. The old stove has been brought back to life. Hubby Tom and I both love plants and are pretty good at growing them. We enjoy browsing garden centers and nurseries – it’s peaceful and calming.
They gave this old truck a new purpose as well. I love it!
We have a new interest in succulents and added a few to our patio plant collection last summer. We will be coming back here next year to add some more. They are so beautiful. This photo could make a good screen saver one day.
I like mixing old books, dishes and linens like in this display. It was so much fun to browse and what a stroke of luck that I had my camera with me that day. I have enjoyed revisiting that experience through photos today and I hope you enjoyed it too.
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