Recipe Details

Roast Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Cranberry Sauce and Pickled Onions

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Servings: 8

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

1 pound pork tenderloin
1/2 red onion, halved and very thinly sliced
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
pepper, to taste
8 dinner rolls, white, whole wheat, or combination, split horizontally
3/4 cup cranberry sauce, jellied or whole berry

Cooking Directions

In a small bowl, combine onion, red wine vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring to dissolve salt. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Season tenderloin on all sides with salt and pepper. Place tenderloin in shallow pan and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Remove pork from oven and let rest 3 minutes.
Cut pork into thin slices. Drain onion mixture.
Arrange bottom halves of rolls on a work surface. Spread with cranberry sauce, and then top with pork and pickled onions, dividing all evenly. Add top halves of rolls and serve.
 
Yield: 8 sliders

Serving Suggestions

Taste of the holidays in bitesize sliders.  Serve as part of a buffet or as appetizers. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 240 calories
Protein: 17 grams
Fat: 4 grams
Sodium: 340 milligrams
Cholesterol: 40 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 1 grams
Carbohydrates: 33 grams
Fiber: 1 grams

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About the Cut: Tenderloin

The tenderloin comes from the full pork loin. As the name indicates, the tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork. Typically, pork tenderloin weighs between ¾ and 1 ½ pounds.


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About the Cooking Method: Roasting

COOKING BASICS: 1) Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (for pork tenderloin, roast at 450 degrees F.). 2) Trim much of the exterior fat from the roast; if roast has no fat cover, rub the surface with 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Season roast with herbs and other seasonings, if desired. 3) Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. 4) Do not cover; place in oven and roast to an internal temperature of 150 to 155 degrees F. for medium doneness. 5) Remove roast from oven. Allow it to "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows juices to redistribute. Internal temperature will rise approximately another 5 degrees F.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Sealed, prepacked fresh pork cuts can be kept in the refrigerator 2 to 4 days.  If you do plan on keeping the raw, fresh pork longer than 2 to 3 days before cooking it, store it well-wrapped in the freezer.


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Butcher's Tips

Pork tenderloin makes an elegant entrée for a small dinner party but also can be roasted or grilled whole for quick weeknight dinner. When sliced crosswise (like a loaf of French bread), the resulting medallions also may be sautéed.


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