Five Spice Bacon Wrapped Pork is an excellent main dish that is full of flavor, juicy and moist when roasted to perfection.
Five Spice Bacon Wrapped Pork is an extremely flavorful entrée that is quick & simple to make and yet still fancy enough for guests at your next dinner party at home.
Two weeks ago, we had a friend visit from Singapore and Kian had invited him over for dinner that Friday. I was pretty exhausted that day considering that I had just returned from the Saveur Bloggers Awards event in Charleston, SC that Tuesday night, hosted a dinner at home for another couple from Kian's work industry on Wednesday and attended a fashion event on Thursday night. It was one of those weeks that something was happening everyday.
However, regardless of how tired I am, I always enjoy having company and making dinner for my family and friends. You don't have to always serve complicated dishes at dinner parties anyway. So, I thought about what to make that will be fairly effortless and yet still presentable enough to be served to guests. Kian suggested that I make a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, a frequent dish on our weeknight menu.
Pork tenderloins are a lean cut of meat and will risk being dry especially if it is overcooked. Wrapping the tenderloin with bacon provides a layer of fat, protecting the meat from drying out and adds an immense amount of flavor. With just four ingredients (and basic salt & pepper seasoning, of course), I was able to put together a fairly decent dinner entrée that I served with a side of salad and roasted broccoli & cauliflower. The meat was so juicy, moist and tasty, Bella had three servings that night. She often jokes and calls this dish "pork wrapped pork".
I usually make this recipe with 2 whole pork tenderloins because it is one of my family's favorite and everyone always goes for seconds, but you can absolutely half the recipe and just use 1 tenderloin.
Five Spice Bacon Wrapped Pork
by Miss Crumbs A lot
2 Whole Pork Tenderloins (approx. 3 lbs)
20 pieces Bacon
1 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice (divided)
2 tbsp Honey
Salt & Pepper
1. Season the pork tenderloins with a pinch of salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp of Chinese five spice each. Rub in the seasoning. You may even omit the salt especially if you are not using low sodium bacon.
2. Wrap the seasoned pork tenderloins with the bacon strips, slightly overlapping each other.
3. Mix 2 tbsp of honey with 1/2 tsp of Chinese five spice.
4. Place the bacon wrapper pork tenderloins on baking trays and baste them with the honey mixture.
5. Roast at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes on the middle rack. Then broil on medium for 10 minutes on the middle rack.
6. Cut into thick slices and serve. Juice from the meat at bottom of the tray can be served as au jus with the pork.
Serves 6 to 8
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