Pork Tenderloin Dinner (4 recipes) (2024)

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I had an extra day off from work thanks to the Thanksgiving long weekend and decided to make a bit of a fancier meal to celebrate.

I did most of the prep work in the morning so I could clean everything up and all I had to do was throw everything in the oven when it was supper time.

Pork tenderloin cooked in the slow cooker, some stuffing & sausage balls, Hasselback potatoes, and some spaghetti squash. So many flavors and textures and, you know what, they went soooo well together.

Next time I need to impress some guests, I am definitely making this combination again.

The stuffing balls are my new favorite.

I decided to share all 4 recipes with you today just in case you decide to give it a go too!

We'll start with the Pork Tenderloin...

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PorkTenderloinIn The Slow Cooker


1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp Italian seasonings

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp malt vinegar

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 to 1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin


Combine soy sauce, olive oil, seasonings, sugar, honey, vinegar, and garlic in a large Ziploc bag. Marinate meat in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

When ready to cook, place meat and marinade in the slow cooker on low and cook until meat is done, about 4 - 5 hours depending on your slow cooker. Check temp with a meat thermometer.

When the rest of the meal is ready to serve, remove tenderloin from slow cooker and slice.

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And now for the stuffing balls.

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Sausage & Stuffing Balls


1 lb sausage meat

1 stalk celery, finely diced

1/2 medium onion, finely diced

1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped

1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

1 box Stove Top Stuffing mix

1 cup chicken broth

2 eggs


Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper or Silpat baking mat, set aside.

In a medium frying pan, cook sausage meat until no longer pink. Add in the celery and onion and cook, stirring often, until vegetables have softened - about 4 - 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.

In a large bowl, combine cranberries, cheese, and Stove Top Stuffing. Stir in the cooked sausage mixture.

Add in the chicken broth and 2 eggs. Stir well to combine. (You may want to use your hands to make sure everything is really mixed!)

Using a cookie scoop (or pinch off a golf ball sized amount of the mixture), press mixture into a ball and set on prepared cookie sheet.

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Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or so, until balls are cooked through and tops are browned. (**Note - you can also prep these in the morning and simply cover on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until ready to cook the rest of the meal.)

How about some Hasselback potatoes??

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Hasselback Potatoes


Garlic Butter

1/2 cup butter, room temp

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp garlic powder


4 medium/large potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled

aged cheddar, sliced into thin slices

1 recipe garlic butter (recipe above)

sea salt

Parmesan cheese, grated fine


Make garlic butter - stir together room temp butter, minced garlic, and garlic powder until well combined. Scoop onto a piece of plastic wrap and use the wrap to shape butter into a long cylinder. Chill butter until firm. When firm, slice into very thin slices. Set in fridge until ready to use.

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Preheat oven to 400. Line an oven safe baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.

Bring a large pot of water with 1 tsp of salt in it to a boil. Place the potatoes in the boiling, salted water and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool until you are able to pick them up.

When cool enough, Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch slices, being careful to only go about 3/4 of the way through the potato. Don't cut all the way through!!

Carefully place the thinly sliced cheddar cheese and the thinly sliced garlic butter into the slices in the potato.

Once stuffed, place the potatoes in the prepared baking dish.

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Sprinkle with a little sea salt and finely grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes - until potatoes are cooked through.

And, last but not least, some spaghetti squash!

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Spaghetti Squash Bake


1 large spaghetti squash

3 button mushrooms, chopped

1/4 red pepper, chopped

1/4 cup onion, diced

1 cup spaghetti sauce

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated


Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out seeds. Discard the seeds or reserve for another use.

Cook the spaghetti squash by either microwaving, facing down, on a plate until fork tender OR by baking, face down, in the oven until for tender. (Microwaving can take between 10 - 15 minutes, baking takes about an hour or so)

In a small frying pan, cook mushrooms, red pepper, and onion until vegetables are soft. Stir in the spaghetti sauce. Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375.

Prepare an oven safe baking dish by spraying with cooking spray, set aside.

When cooked and then cooled enough to handle; scoop one half of the spaghetti squash into the prepared dish. Spread the spaghetti sauce and vegetables on top of the squash.

Scoop the other half of the spaghetti squash on top of the sauce. Top with the grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 375 for about 30 - 40 minutes. Until heated through and bubbling.

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Here are my notes on how I prepared everything so it was ready all at the same time:

In the Morning

1. Place tenderloin in the marinade.

2. Prepare stuffing & sausage balls and place them on the cookie sheet. Cover and chill.

3. Make garlic butter for the potatoes. Cover and chill.

In the Afternoon

1. Cook squash.

2. Place tenderloin in the slow cooker on low.

1 hour before dinner time

1. Bring salt water to boil & boil potatoes for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool until able to handle.

2. Prepare potatoes and place in 400 oven.

3. Prepare squash bake in baking dish.

4. Remove stuffing balls from fridge.

When potatoes have cooked for 30 minutes - turn down the oven to 375. Place potatoes and squash dishes on the center rack, place stuffing balls on lower rack.

Cook 20 minutes.

Switch the stuffing balls to the middle rack and the squash and potatoes to the bottom rack.

Cook another 10 - 20 minutes, until everything is done.

Following these instructions the tenderloin, potatoes, stuffing, and squash were all ready at the same time. **Keep in mind it really helps to know how your slow cooker cooks!**

Hopefully my instructions are helpful and not too confusing!

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Pork Tenderloin Dinner (4 recipes) (2024)


How do you cook pork tenderloin so it's not dry? ›

Pork Tenderloin is naturally dry because there's not enough fat on it. I recommend cooking at low temperature ( 165>200*F) ) for several hours. You can use a good Broth ie:Chicken,Beef,of Vegetable Stock. never use water for your liquid.

How many pork tenderloins per person? ›

A good rule of thumb is to purchase about two-thirds of a pound of raw pork per person. Pork tenderloin is smaller than pork loin. One tenderloin usually weighs about 1 pound and serves 2 to 3 people.

Is it better to cook pork tenderloin covered or uncovered? ›

Cooking Pork Tenderloin in the Oven

Rub the exterior with olive oil and then add your preferred seasonings, whether that's simple salt and pepper or a blend of orange zest and rosemary. Once your tenderloin is seasoned, place it on a baking dish and pop it into your preheated oven, uncovered.

What vegetables go best with pork? ›

Meaty pork chops feel more like a well-rounded dinner when they are paired with a cooked vegetable — whether it's roasted Brussels sprouts or sautéed spinach. Any of these sides will balance out the plate.

What tastes go well with pork? ›

Fruit and vegetables

Pork dishes that have the perfect balance between sweet and savoury flavours are often the most satisfying. Never underestimate the power of savoury items like onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and beans when cooking a protein-packed pork dish.

What is the secret to tender pork loin? ›

If you're not confident in your cooking skills, there is one foolproof way to guarantee your pork ends up on the tender side, even if you cook it too long: Soak it in a brine or a marinade. According to Hazel, these kinds of preparations always produce the most tender outcomes.

Should you rinse pork tenderloin before cooking? ›

Washing beef, pork, lamb, or veal before cooking it is not recommended. Bacteria in raw meat and poultry juices can be spread to other foods, utensils, and surfaces. We call this cross-contamination.

Should pork tenderloin be cooked fast or slow? ›

Cook it fast and hot — but keep an eye on temperature

If there was ever a time to use a meat thermometer, pork tenderloin is it. Unlike slow-cooked meat, tenderloin can go from juicy to dry in a matter of minutes.

How much pork do I need for 4 adults? ›

How much meat per person?
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How much pork do I need for 4 people? ›

How many pounds of pork do you need for pulled pork? It really depends on how many people your are feeding and how much you want to keep as leftovers for yourself. Generally, I'd keep it to 1/4 to 1/2 pound per person - lots of children to feed use the 1/4 pound, more adults or male teens who eat a lot, go higher.

How much tenderloin for 4 adults? ›

Since beef tenderloin is a relatively lean, boneless cut of beef and tends to be quite expensive, you can easily cut down that recommendation to 6 ounces of beef per person, especially if your dinner menu includes a few hearty sides. For feeding four to six guests, you'll want a roast between 1 1/2 to 2 pounds.

Can pork tenderloin be pink? ›

If fresh pork has reached 145°F (62.8 °C) throughout, even though it may still be pink in the center, it should be safe. The pink color can be due to the cooking method or added ingredients.

What is the best temperature to cook pork tenderloin? ›

Brush the pork tenderloin with additional marinade, then bake in a preheated oven at 425°F for about 15-20 minutes, until the pork reaches a temperature of 145°F, then remove it from the oven. Cooking the pork tenderloin at the high temperature of 425 degrees F helps it cook quickly and prevents it from drying out.

What are three accompaniments and or sauces commonly used with pork? ›

Top sauces for pork
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  • Make apple cider and mustard sauce. ...
  • Piquillo pepper salsa.

Is pork tenderloin good or bad for you? ›

- Pork packs nutrients in every lean serving. A 3-ounce portion of tenderloin is an excellent source of protein, thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorous and niacin as well as a good source of potassium, riboflavin and zinc. Yet, it contributes only 6 percent of calories to a 2,000-calorie diet.

What to serve with tenderloin for Christmas dinner? ›

40 Easy Sides to Serve with Beef Tenderloin
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  2. 2 / 40. Cacio e Pepe Potato Gratin. ...
  3. 3 / 40. Creamed Spinach. ...
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  5. 5 / 40. Creamed Corn. ...
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What should pork tenderloin be cooked to? ›

The safe internal pork cooking temperature for fresh cuts is 145° F. To check doneness properly, use a digital cooking thermometer. Fresh cut muscle meats such as pork chops, pork roasts, pork loin, and tenderloin should measure 145° F, ensuring the maximum amount of flavor.


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