Porchetta Pork Tenderloin is an Italian savory and tender boneless pork with traditional spices of rosemary, fennel, thyme and garlic. Wrapped is bacon and served over mashed potatoes, it’s a feast for the eyes as well the palate.
It is… scrumptious. Truly… incredibly delicious and special enough for any holiday or gathering.
Origins of Porchetta Pork Tenderloin
Porchetta originated in central Italy, near Rome, where it is considered a celebratory dish. Yet, it’s also a popular street food served in Rome stuffed inside Pizza Bianca. The dish is also prevalent in Sardinia.
In the early 20th century, Italian immigrants brought Porchetta to American shores and became popular as an Italian pulled pork. Often sold in markets during the holidays, it’s a special treat you won’t want to miss.
Speaking of markets… Do you have a favorite? I’m guessing you do. As do I. When I’m in Portland, Oregon visiting family, I find my way, almost daily, to Zupan’s Markets. The meat and produce departments rival the best of the best.
It was there I encountered the recipe below. Served in sample size plastic bowls they layered mashed potatoes and several slices of this Porchetta Pork Tenderloin. It smelled wonderful and I gladly accepted a sample as I made my way through the meat department.
Seconds later, I was back and asking all kinds of questions about the recipe. It was so delicious… it stopped me in my tracks.
The following recipe is theirs and I’m so excited to pass it along to you.
And by the way, if you love roasted vegetables, you might want to check out these recipes for Maple Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash and this one for Roasted Carrots with Parsley and Thyme.
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Porchetta Pork Tenderloin is an Italian savory and tender boneless pork with traditional spices of rosemary, fennel, thyme, and garlic. Wrapped in bacon and served over mashed potatoes, it’s a feast for the eyes as well the palate.
PORK TENDERLOIN MARINADE
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, coarsely chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
- 4 slices bacon, uncooked
ITALIAN SALSA VERDE
- 2 teaspoons oregano, minced
- 3 tablespoons Italian flat leaf parsley, minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
- 2 tablespoons capers, minced
- 1/2 orange, juice and zest
- 1/2 lemon, juice and zest
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Toss chopped garlic, chopped rosemary, fennel seeds, thyme, chili flakes, zest, salt, and 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl or into a food processor. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Marinade: Rub the herb mixture over the tenderloin and refrigerate at least an hour before cooking and up to 24 hours before cooking.
- For the Tenderloin: Wrap the bacon slices around the tenderloin, tucking the ends underneath the pork so that the bacon stays in place. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over the top.
- Roast: Roast in a preheated oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees F; about 35 to 40 minutes. When the pork tenderloin is done and the juices run clear, transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 10 minutes before slicing.
- For the Italian Salsa Verde: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Serve over smashed potatoes, polenta, roasted potatoes rice, or quinoa. Top with Italian salsa verde.
PORK TENDERLOIN TEMPERATURE:
I like my pork tenderloin well done. But if you don’t mind seeing a little pink in the tenderloin, cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 to 145 degrees. (The FDA recommends an internal temperature of 145 degrees). Begin checking the temperature at 20 minutes.
- Calories: 466
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