Spinach and Basil-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

A fancy entrée for six, finished in an hour!

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

Stuffing

1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1
large clove garlic, minced
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen spinach, thawed, well drained
1/3
cup chopped fresh or 4 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1
egg

Pork Tenderloin

2
pork tenderloins (1 1/2 lb)
1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1
large clove garlic, minced
1
teaspoon fennel seed, crushed

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  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In 8-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add 1 minced clove of garlic; cook and stir 30 to 60 seconds or until garlic is tender. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining stuffing ingredients.
  • 2 Butterfly each pork tenderloin by making lengthwise cut 3/4 of the way through, being careful not to cut tenderloin into 2 pieces. Open each tenderloin and lay flat. If desired, sprinkle cut sides of each with salt and pepper.
  • 3 Spread stuffing evenly over cut side of 1 tenderloin. Place second tenderloin, cut side down, over stuffing (to ensure even cooking, place wide end of 1 tenderloin at narrow end of the other). Tie at intervals with cotton string.
  • 4 In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon oil, 1 minced clove of garlic and the fennel seed. Brush tenderloin with oil mixture; place on rack in shallow roasting pan.
  • 5 Bake uncovered 35 to 45 minutes or until pork has slight blush of pink in center and meat thermometer inserted in center of pork reads 160°F. Remove string before cutting into slices.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In 8-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add 1 minced clove of garlic; cook and stir 30 to 60 seconds or until garlic is tender. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining stuffing ingredients.
  • 2 Butterfly each pork tenderloin by making lengthwise cut 3/4 of the way through, being careful not to cut tenderloin into 2 pieces. Open each tenderloin and lay flat. If desired, sprinkle cut sides of each with salt and pepper.
  • 3 Spread stuffing evenly over cut side of 1 tenderloin. Place second tenderloin, cut side down, over stuffing (to ensure even cooking, place wide end of 1 tenderloin at narrow end of the other). Tie at intervals with cotton string.
  • 4 In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon oil, 1 minced clove of garlic and the fennel seed. Brush tenderloin with oil mixture; place on rack in shallow roasting pan.
  • 5 Bake uncovered 35 to 45 minutes or until pork has slight blush of pink in center and meat thermometer inserted in center of pork reads 160°F. Remove string before cutting into slices.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Crush the fennel seed in a mortar and pestle or place it in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.

Spread spinach stuffing over cut side of 1 tenderloin. Place second tenderloin, cut side down over stuffing. Tie with cotton string.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
210
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
105mg
105%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
2g
2%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
28g
28%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 4 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.