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Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Apple Fennel Salad

Hello and Welcome to Djalali Cooks! For today’s Sunday Supper, I was in the mood for something like pork chops and applesauce. So I settled on pork tenderloin stuffed with prosciutto, feta and olive tapenade. To go along side, one of my favorite salads – thinly sliced apple and fennel with onions, dressed in olive oil and lemon, with a splash of apple cider vinegar. Not quite the ol’ pork chops and apple sauce, but just as tasty, and maybe a little more exciting! Are you ready? Let’s get to it!

stuffed pork tenderloin with apple fennel salad

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Apple Fennel Salad

I have never stuffed a pork tenderloin before. I am not sure why I was intimidated by it though – I suppose I thought it seemed fussy, I guess? Well, it was pretty simple and didn’t require anything fancy. I wanted to stuff it with a few fool-proof ingredients though; to give this pork tenderloin richness, and plenty of flavor. So we have prosciutto slices, feta and one of my favorite ways to add flavor – olives!

stuffed pork tenderloin with apple fennel salad ingredients

The apple fennel salad is also very simple. It’s a light and crunchy salad; the sweetness from the apples and the anise-flavored freshness of the fennel blend perfectly with the bright tang of lemon and apple cider vinegar. It really is a nice compliment to the salty and rich stuffed pork tenderloin.

Pork Tenderloin

Let’s start with the tenderloin. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take your tenderloin and slice off the silver skin, try to avoid cutting off much of the meat as you slice. A sharp knife will make this easier to get up under the thin silver skin and make a smooth, shallow cut. Once you’ve removed the silver skin, slice down the center of the tenderloin, lengthwise, making sure not to cut all the way through. Then, open it like a book and either place it in a Ziplock or lay a couple pieces of plastic wrap over it to fully cover it.

Now, we are going to flatten this tenderloin with a meat pounder, or if you’re like me and you don’t have one of those, use the flat side of your cast iron skillet. Make sure you have the tenderloin on a sturdy surface that can take a bit of whacking. Give it quite a few whacks, evenly over the surface until it flattens out and is about 1/2 inch thick.

flattened pork tenderloin

Stuffing and “Rolling” the Tenderloin

Now we will layer on the stuffing. Have kitchen twine cut into 6″ pieces or about 6-8 toothpicks on standby.

Now for the hardest part, ideally you want to tightly roll this sucker. I kinda filled mine too much for that. Unwilling to remove filling (Lol), I brought the two sides together to enclose the stuffing. I found that if I brought the two sides together, over the filling and worked to secure it from the middle outwards, it stayed together more easily so I could fasten the ties without it flopping open and spilling out the stuffing.

Once I got all the ties in place, in between each tie, I carefully tucked one side of the meat under the other to help close up the gaps and mimic a “roll”. At this point I only lightly salted the outside of the tenderloin. Get an oven safe pan hot over medium heat with about 2 tablespoons of neutral, high smoke point oil, like grapeseed or canola.

stuffed pork tenderloin in pan

Once the oil is shimmering and hot, lay the stuffed pork tenderloin in, knot-side down (or toothpick-side down). Let it get a golden brown sear before turning it (about 3 minutes). Keep turning and searing until all sides have a golden brown sear.

stuffed pork tenderloin searing in pan

Don’t worry about it expanding and leaving string indentations, we are going to slice it into medallions when it’s done anyway. After it’s seared on all sides, give it another sprinkling of Kosher salt and several cranks of fresh cracked black pepper and place the whole thing in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Until an instant read thermometer reads 145 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.

Apple Fennel Salad

While the tenderloin is in the oven, we can prepare the salad. Slice one apple on a mandoline set to 1/8″ thickness. Work around the apple to avoid the core. Then slice the larger apple slices in half. Slice the thick stem end off the fennel bulb with a knife and then stem-side down, slice the fennel bulb on the mandoline set to 1/8″ thickness. Do the same with half an onion.

fennel slices

Combine the apple slices, fennel slices and onion slices in a large bowl and add two tablespoons fresh lemon juice.

apple fennel salad

Then drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar and toss with your hands to combine. If you like, add some of the green fennel tops to the salad for a little color and mix with your hands.

When the tenderloin is ready, remove it from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then use kitchen shears to snip the kitchen twine, or remove the toothpicks. Slice the tenderloin into 1″ thick medallions.

Serve it up!

stuffed pork tenderloin

Use a fish spatula to lift the whole stuffed pork tenderloin and transfer to the center of a serving plate.

stuffed pork tenderloin with apple fennel salad

Give the Apple Fennel Salad one last good mix with your hands. Then, with your hands or with tongs, plate the salad along both sides of the tenderloin slices on the serving plate, and sprinkle some flaky sea salt (like Jacobsen’s) over the salad.

stuffed pork tenderloin with apple fennel salad

Ok so, even though my stuffed pork tenderloin is not tightly rolled, it didn’t fall apart and I didn’t lose any of the stuffing in the searing and cooking process. When it came out, there were areas where the seam opened up to reveal the stuffing, but ultimately it worked out. The meat was juicy and tender, perfectly seasoned with the prosciutto, feta and olives. In fact, I will say that the areas where the roll opened and exposed the prosciutto were my favorite parts because the prosciutto got crispy which added a delicious textural contrast to the creamy feta and meatiness of the tenderloin. A success!

stuffed pork tenderloin with apple fennel salad

We’ve come to the end of another Sunday Supper, I hope you all give this Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and Apple Fennel Salad a try! They’re great together, but would also be great on their own. I think the Apple Fennel Salad would also go well with my recipe for Smoked Meatloaf and Cauliflower Mashies – what a nice brightness it would bring to that super savory, rich dish!

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Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Apple Fennel Salad

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Dinner, Main Course American
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 27-30 Minutes Total Time: ~50 Minutes

Savory, juicy and rich! Pork Tenderloin stuffed with prosciutto, feta and olives. Accompanied by a light, bright Apple Fennel Salad.

Ingredients

  • Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 1/2-lb. Pork Tenderloin, silver skin removed
  • 3-4 slices Prosciutto
  • 1/3 cup Crumbled Feta
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Tapenade or sliced olives (Chalkidiki and Kalamata)
  • Kosher salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Grapeseed or Canola oil
  • Apple Fennel Salad
  • 1 Red Apple (Pink Lady is my preference), sliced on a mandoline slicer to 1/8" thickness
  • 1 Fennel Bulb, sliced on a mandoline slicer to 1/8" thickness
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, sliced on a mandoline slicer to 1/8" thickness
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Splash Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Green Fennel Tops, chopped
  • Flaky Sea Salt (like Jacobsen's) for garnish, to taste

Instructions

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and have several 6" pieces of kitchen twine or toothpicks on standby.

2

Slice the tenderloin down the center lengthwise, do not cut all the way through.

3

Open the tenderloin like a book and slide it into a Ziplock, or lay a few sheets of plastic wrap over the meat.

4

Use a meat pounder or the flat side of a cast iron skillet to pound the meat flat to about 1/2" thick. Remove plastic, or take out of Ziplock bag.

5

Lay 3-4 slices of prosciutto to cover the entire flat surface of the tenderloin.

6

Line the crumbled feta down the center.

7

Dollop the olive tapenade on top of the feta.

8

Ideally, tightly roll the tenderloin starting on one of the long sides to create a jelly roll-style roll and fasten by trussing with the pieces of twine, or with toothpicks.

9

Lightly season the whole tenderloin roll with Kosher salt.

10

Using an oven safe skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of grapeseed or canola oil over medium heat. When oil is shimmery and hot, lay the rolled tenderloin into the skillet, seam-side down.

11

Sear on all sides until the whole exterior is golden brown. About 3-4 minutes each side.

12

Season the whole seared tenderloin with fresh cracked black pepper and another light sprinkling of Kosher salt.

13

Place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until an instant read thermometer reads 145 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.

14

Once out of the oven, let the meat rest for 10 minutes. Then remove twine or toothpicks and slice into 1" thick medallions.

Apple Fennel Salad

15

Combine apples, fennel, onions in a large bowl.

16

Add lemon juice, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Add chopped green fennel tops. Mix with your hands to lightly coat everything in the dressing.

17

Transfer salad, by hand or with tongs to a serving plate with the tenderloin slices.

18

Sprinkle with flaky sea salt just before service.

Notes

If tightly rolling the tenderloin isn't working out for you, don't panic! Just refer to the body of this post to understand how one can make this work without having that perfect, tight roll.

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  • Nancy
    February 21, 2021 at 9:42 am

    I love to read your blog! While I rarely cook your recipes(or any other for that matter) I find your instructions & photos outstanding. My late husband was in advertising & always food photography was the most difficult, harder than kids & pets. Kelly yours rock. Nancy

    • Kelly Djalali
      February 21, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Thanks so much, Nancy! What a wonderful compliment – especially since I do it all on my phone, Lol! Have a wonderful Sunday, thank you for stopping by and dropping me a line! xo Kelly

      • Margaret
        February 21, 2021 at 7:36 pm

        I love all your recipes! Wow I am enjoying some different meals to enjoy! I love your pics of items for the meal! Great job..

        • Kelly Djalali
          February 21, 2021 at 7:43 pm

          Hello Margaret, Thank you so much! I love sharing ideas that might be new to you! Let me know when you make a recipe, I’d love to hear how it goes for you. Have a lovely evening, xo Kelly

  • Suzanne Smith
    February 21, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Oooh, that sounds good! My dad used to make stuffed pork loin roasts and they always remind me of him. This filling is interesting! I’d love that.

    • Kelly Djalali
      February 21, 2021 at 10:00 am

      Hey Suzanne! Yeah, you know the feta and olives would be enough, but the prosciutto really takes it up a few notches, especially if you’re like me, and not perfect at rolling! I loved how the exposed prosciutto got crispy. I love that stuffed pork loin reminds you of your dad! Give this one a try and let me know how you like it! Have a lovely Sunday, xo Kelly

  • Terry
    February 21, 2021 at 10:38 am

    So gma and I are shopping today I will make this tonight.. I’ll send you pics happy Sunday ❤️Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      February 21, 2021 at 11:08 am

      Great, Mom! I am sure you both will enjoy it. xo Kelly

  • Sylvia Espinoza
    February 21, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    This looks and sounds absolutely delicious. My favorite part of the recipe? “…ideally, you want to tightly roll this sucker,” since rolling gives me grief! Also love how you turned an “imperfection” into more flavor with the prosciutto getting crispy. Yum. A winning idea to keep. Would love to try my hand at the apple fennel salad. Thanks for the salt info, too! Keep it coming, Kelly. Hugs~

    • Kelly Djalali
      February 21, 2021 at 7:42 pm

      Good evening Sylvia! Good to hear from you today. And I think you know me well enough by now that I’m not about perfection! Lol! It really was one of those “oh, well, but it worked!” moments. Rolling things gets me nervous too. Sometimes there are ways around it though, and this is one of them! Thanks so much, xo Kelly

  • Terry
    March 10, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    This is the second time I’ve made this it is truly the best this time I stuffed it with Black Forest Ham and mozzarella snd of course the olives OMG delish

    • Kelly Djalali
      March 11, 2021 at 8:14 am

      I am so happy you love this recipe, Mom! It’s a good one! xo Kelly