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I found a great deal on pork tenderloin last week and stocked up on it. I love pork tenderloin because it is so easy to make but seems like such a fancy meal. It’s one of those dishes you could serve at a fancy dinner party and guests would think that you slaved in the kitchen for hours.
Normally, I like to just season my tenderloin with salt and pepper and keep it super simple. When I suggested wrapping it in bacon, Mr. Real Food was pretty excited. I mean, bacon makes everything better, right? I can’t say I’m a huge fan of bacon wrapped meat, but since pork tenderloin is really lean, bacon makes it super juicy. And the maple glaze topping added a touch of sweetness that was absolute perfection!
Here’s the thing with this recipe – you only need 3 ingredients. Yep, that’s right, only 3 ingredients! It truly does not get any easier than this! Even if you may be a little, um, culinary-challenged, you can’t mess this up!
Not only does this tenderloin only require 3 ingredients, it only takes 3 simple steps to get this deliciousness on the table.
Lay out 10 strips of bacon on a baking sheet (be sure it’s one with raised edges to catch the juices).
Place the tenderloin top down near the end of the bacon slices. Allow enough space so that bacon will be about centered on the bottom of the tenderloin. Roll the tenderloin in the bacon wrapping it completely. The end of the bacon should end up on the bottom so there is no need to secure it with toothpicks or twine.
Using a pastry brush, brush about 1/4 of pure maple syrup on tops and sides of bacon wrapped tenderloin. Bake at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, slice and eat.
Here’s what the finished product looks like:
See how easy it is? It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory! And it’s easy enough for a weeknight meal but fancy enough for a dinner party!
- 1 pork tenderloin
- 10 - 12 slices of bacon
- 1/4 cup maples syrup
- Lay bacon slices out on baking sheet side by side. Be sure baking tray has raised edges to catch any juices.
- Place tenderloin top down near the ends of bacon. Wrap each slice of bacon so that it is in the middle of the bottom of the tenderloin.
- Roll tenderloin in bacon. The end of the bacon should end up on the bottom side of tenderloin.
- Flip tenderloin over and place bottom down on baking sheet.
- Using a pastry brush, brush maple syrup over top and sides of meat.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes, slice and enjoy.
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