Recipe Details

Pork and Olive Bruschetta

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin, silverskin removed*
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/3 cup green olive spread, or black olive spread, also called olivada or tapenade*
1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio (for non-alcoholic, substitute chicken broth)

Cooking Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Combine Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub all over pork. Add to skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.
Leave pork in skillet and roast, turning occasionally, until an instant-read food thermometer inserted in center of pork reads 145 degrees F, 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand at room temperature for 3 to 5 minutes.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add wine and bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits in pan with wooden spoon. Cook until reduced to about 2 tablespoons, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Slice pork crosswise into 24 slices. For each bruschetta, place 1 pork slice on each toasted baguette slice. Top with about 1/2 teaspoon olive spread and drizzle with pan juices. Serve warm.

* If you desire to tie the tenderloin, cotton kitchen twine (also called butcher's twine) is handy to have on hand for a number of chores, especially tying tenderloin to help them keep their shape during cooking. If you don't have it, use unwaxed and unflavored dental floss.

*Roasted red pepper spread or sun-dried tomato pesto, in addition to or substituting for the olive spread, also work well in this recipe.

Makes 8 servings, 3 bruschetta each

Serving Suggestions

Sun-dried tomato pesto or eggplant or red pepper spread can be used instead of, or in addition to, the black or green olive spreads. The more spreads, the merrier! This is a versatile appetizer that goes well with either red or white wine. Go Italian with Chianti or Pinot Grigio, or serve Italian-style cocktails, such as Negronis or Campari and sodas.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 350 calories
Protein: 23 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Sodium: 730 milligrams
Cholesterol: 45 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 1 grams
Carbohydrates: 44 grams
Fiber: 2 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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