From Guest Blogger: Ann Araps Sitler- HNG Meats General Manager
Rolled Up Pork Tenderloin
I love my grill and am easily pleased by a simple salt and peppered 100% grassfed burger any day, but sometimes I feel the need to mix it up. Pork tenderloin is a favorite cut of mine… small enough for 2-4 people, delightfully tender, and fairly uniform in shape. The shape is what makes it fun to cook and present. It is surprisingly simple to filet it open, line it with seasonal goodies, and roll it up. The result is a beautiful spiral of meat, cheese, and anything else you please.
Rolled Pork Tenderloin
- 1 – 1 lb pork tenderloin
- 1/3 cup chopped greens (spinach, watercress, kale, anything fresh)
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped or shredded cheese (Looking Glass Drovers Rd is a favorite)
- 1 T. olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Directions: Butterfly the pork tenderloin, leaving some space on either end to tuck (make a ½ inch deep cut 2” from the top of the pork tenderloin along one side down to 2” from the bottom or to the point where is starts to thin. Pull the tenderloin apart and continue to cut along the side until the whole thing laid out is ½” thick). Rub the outside with olive oil and salt and pepper. Pan sear or grill for 30 seconds/side on medium high heat. Remove from heat and set aside. Mix your greens, onions, garlic, and cheese. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Spread the mixture over the opened pork leaving 1” around the edge. Roll lengthwise, tuck in the ends, and tie with butchers twine. Grill for 20 minutes on low heat or bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Let it sit at least 5 minutes before slicing.
Play with all different types of fillings for your pork tenderloin. Some suggestions are apples and goat cheese in the fall, shredded beets and sweet potato in the winter, or garlic scapes and brie in the spring.
Want to do something a little different with your Flank Steak? Try stuffing it! Here is what you need:
1 Grassfed Beef Flank Steak (1.3-1.8 lbs)
1 oz. Dry beef rub (I used the Butcher’s Rub from Asheville Spice and Tea Exchange, but a little salt and pepper will also do the trick)
1 cup bread crumbs (I used half leftover cornbread crumbs and half old bread ripped up into cubes as if you were making stuffing)
1 T spices (fresh oregano for ex.)
4 cloves Garlic minced
1/4 cup onion finely chopped (carmelize for extra flavor)
Tenderize the Flank Steak either with a meat tenderizer or simply by working the meat with your fingers while its still in the bag. Massage the dry rub onto both sides of the Flank Steak. Mix your stuffing ingredients and lay them out like a log along the center of the Flank Steak (the stuffing “log” should be parallel with the grain of the meat so you cut against the grain when serving). Roll up your Flank Steak, tuck in the ends and tie it up with Butcher’s twine.
Grill on medium High Heat for 10-15 minutes, or Bake at 400 for 10 minutes for medium rare. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before serving (remember the meat keeps cooking as it rests!)
Spring has sprung! Time to pull out those smokers and slow cook some pasture raised pulled pork! The Boston Butt, cut from the shoulder of the pig believe it or not, is the most common cut from the hog for classic pulled pork. You can use all different types of wood chips from apple to pecan to give your pork a unique flavor. Barbequelovers.com has a great recipe and explanation of how to smoke a Boston Butt, check it out here: http://barbequelovers.com/recipes/pork-recipes/smoking-a-boston-butt-recipe
Spring is here! Time to pull out the grill and try Charlie Palmer’s Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/saras-secrets/marinated-grilled-pork-tenderloin-recipe/index.html (courtesy of foodnetwork.com). This moist and flavorful cut of pasture raised pork is said to be the most tender piece from the whole hog! Try taking it off the grill just before it hits 155 degrees and let it finish cooking while it rests (5-10 minutes).
Want to try something a little different with your Boneless Pork Loin? Try stuffing it! This recipe from Simplyrecipes.com incorporates shallots, apples, cranberries, walnuts, and maple syrup to make a delightful loin that will please your family and impress your guests. If you don’t have shallots, substitute onions and try any slightly tart apple you can find (winesaps and pink lady’s are delicious from experience). Enjoy!