4 years ago

One-Pan Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin with Root Vegetables

Comfort food made one-pan easy! Twin Cities
food blogger greens & chocolate
shares her recipe for t
ender pork loin stuffed with delicious root vegetables.

It’s the time of
year that I crave all of the typical comfort foods: pot roast and mashed
potatoes, chicken and dumplings, spaghetti and meatballs, BBQ pulled pork and
macaroni and cheese (SO GOOD), tater tot hot dish … I seriously could go on and
on but I think you get the point: meat and carbs, meat and carbs, meat and
carbs. Repeat.

Today I have a new
meat and carb combo for you: pork tenderloin stuffed with wild rice. Plus more
healthy carbs in the form of veggies! Which, if you didn’t notice, all of the
comfort foods mentioned above are severely lacking in.

I seriously cannot
say enough about this dish. The ingredients are super simple, but the pork still
has a ton of flavor. The wild rice stuffing is made of wild rice (from
Minnesota, of course!), onion, apples, garlic and BACON. Yep, I stuffed pork
with pork.

I also made this
into a one-pan dish (minus the steps of cooking the stuffing mixture) by
roasting the veggies on the same pan as the tenderloin. They require pretty
much the same cooking time as the pork (see note below) and it’s just a proud
moment pulling out a baking pan that contains your entire dinner. Plus, it
makes for a fun presentation if you are serving this to company.

So about those
veggies. I like my veggies super crispy and even a little charred, so I was
fine with them being in the oven with the pork for the entire 60 minutes that
it was roasting. If you want your veggies a little less crispy, wait about
15-20 minutes after putting the roast in the oven to add them.

Also, my pork
tenderloin was definitely closer to the 2-pound range, so if yours is bigger,
it might

need 10-15 more
minutes in the oven. I recommend always using a meat thermometer so you can be
sure it reaches the appropriate internal temperature.

This felt like a
super fancy weeknight meal but actually came together pretty quick! I
especially loved that I could clean up all of the dishes while the pork and
veggies were roasting, leaving

me only one dish
(the pan!) to clean after dinner. This would also be perfect for having company
over, as there is no last minute prep. Just pull it out of the oven and dinner
is served!

One-Pan Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 5 slices bacon
  • ½ large yellow
    onion, diced
  • 1 apple, peeled and
    diced
  • 2 cloves garlic,
    minced
  • 1 cup cooked wild
    rice
  • 2-3 pounds pork
    tenderloin
  • 3-4 cups of
    vegetables of your choice (sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cauliflower,
    broccoli, red potatoes, beets, turnips and carrots are all good choices)
  • 2 tablespoons olive
    oil
  • salt and
    pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. In large
    skillet, cook bacon.  Once cooked, remove
    from skillet and place on plate lined with paper towel. Once cool, roughly chop
    the bacon.
  2. Remove all
    but approximately 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the skillet. 
  3. Heat oil
    over medium-high heat and add onion and apple, cooking for 5-7 minutes, until
    both are softened.  
  4. Add garlic
    and cook one more minute.
  5. Add bacon
    back to skillet along with wild rice. Stir well to combine, then remove from
    heat.
  6. Heat oven to
    400 F.
  7. Cut
    tenderloin lengthwise down the middle to make a pocket for the wild rice
    stuffing. I also pounded mine with a mallet to get the meat flattened out a bit,
    to allow for more stuffing.
  8. Place as
    much stuffing into the pork tenderloin as you can.
  9. Using
    kitchen twine or toothpicks, seal up the pork tenderloin around the stuffing.
  10. Place pork
    tenderloin on greased baking sheet. 
  11. Toss
    vegetables with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  
  12. If you like
    your roasted veggies crispy, place them around the pork tenderloin now.  If you want them not-so-crispy, just place
    the pork tenderloin in the oven without them and add them to the pan about 15
    minutes into the cooking process.
  13. Bake for
    50-60 minutes, until internal temperature of the pork reads 160 F.