Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin - Bruno Albouze - THE REAL DEAL

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Serves ≈12
2 x pork tenderloin 2lbs (900g) each / ≈ 4lbs (1900g) Total.

1.5 ounces (50g) chopped bacon
2 ounces (60g) shallots, minced or 1 onion, thinly chopped
1.5 ounces (50g) celery, cut into small cubes
4 ounces (120g) carrots, cut into small cubes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp (≈1g) dried thyme
3.5 ounces (100g) dried prune (pruneaux) or apricot, sliced
2 ounces (60g) pine nuts, toasted
1 ea Bartlett pear (optional), cut into cubes
1 cup (250g) white wine; Chardonnay
1.3 lbs (600g) ground pork or veal or 50/50
1.5 ounce (40g) stale brioche or bread
1 ea (50g) egg
≈1/4 cup (60g) milk or half/half
Salt and pepper to taste.
15 ea. bacon slices for wrapping.

In a hot pot or duch oven, render bacon fat and cook shallots, celery, carrots, season with some salt – cook for about 8 min on medium heat or until fork tender. Add garlic and cook until fragrant ≈ 2 min. Add dried fruit, nuts, pears, thyme, salt and pepper; give a good stir and deglaze with white wine – reduce to dry. Add ground meat and pre-cook for a minute or 2. Transfert mixture onto a baking tray lined with plastic wrap – let cool completely. Soak bread in milk and set aside. Finish the stuffing by adding the egg, bread or brioche soaked in milk; chill.
Meanwhile, prepare the tenderloins; remove silverskin and open up each tenderloin without cutting through. Line countertop with plastic wrap and arrange tenderloins* to form a rectangle, top with more plastic wrap and gently pound the meat to even up its thickness.
*Tenderloin can be stuffed individually as well.

Season tenderloins with salt and ground black pepper. Spread stuffing evenly, roll out into a tight log using the plastic wrap as it goes. Chill.

Clean countertop and line up a couple of plastic wrap sheets. Arrange bacon slices in order to cover the surface of the log. (Cut bacon in half if stuffing tenderloin individually).
Line work surface with plastic wrap. Unwrap the meat log and wrap it in bacon slices; make a tight cylinder and chill. At this juncture, the roast can be devided in 2; easier to sear if desired.

Fold a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil into a large 2 inch (5cm) width strip and place the bacon wrapped stuffed tenderloin on it; seam side down. Apply foil to cover cavities in each side; trim off excess foil. Tie* the roast and season with salt and pepper; chill.

*Roasts are tied for two reasons: it maintains the roast in an aesthetically pleasing round and it holds stuffing inside of the roast.

The bacon wrapped tenterloin can be seared prior baking.

Bake in a 400ºF (190ºC) for 40 min (flip roast once half way through). Individual bacon wrapped tenterloins will bake faster ≈ 25 to 30 min. Bake until internal temperature reaches 150ºF (65ºC) – let rest 20 or more before carving. Save juice for the sauce. Enjoy!

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