I always love a pork tenderloin. Its tasty, you can prepare it in many different ways and its practically impossible to mess up. The downside is that it is not cheap. It can usually run about $6.00 per pound, but I wait until its on sale for $4.00 and stock up.
I recently made the tenderloin in the crock pot. It was delicious and moist. The other great thing about this sauce was that you could also use it as a marinade and it would also be good with chicken or turkey if you wished.
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin (Serves 6)
1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup red wine
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons soy sauce
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Place pork tenderloin in a slow cooker with the contents of the soup packet.
2. Pour water, wine, and soy sauce over the top, turning the pork to coat.
3. Carefully spread garlic over the pork, leaving as much on top of the roast during cooking as possible.
4. Sprinkle with pepper, cover, and cook on low setting for 4 hours.
6. Serve with cooking liquid on the side as au jus.
I would serve this with some mashed potatoes or my cornbread casserole. The cost for this dish is about $8.00 for the whole piece of meat so for 6 people we are talking $1.50 each, which is still not bad. If you round this out with a nice salad, and some greenbeans in addition to a starch you have a nice dinner party dish. In fact, even if you paid full price for the dinner, I think you could have a complete dinner for 6 for under $30 including dessert and some bread. It might seem a lot for one meal, but its way cheaper than going to a restaurant.
Everyone loved this pork, including the kids, who can be picky about meat that is not either shaped like dinosaurs, shaped into burgers or is a meatball.
The recipe serves six and it would be plenty for six adults especially if you have some sides.
Dinner Party for six
Green beens with toasted hazelnuts and lemon
Mashed Potatoes or Cornbread casserole
Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin
Brownies (from a box is fine) and Ice Cream
Happy Friday everyone!