Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cooking with Beer: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

I guess the name could also be Pig with a Pig Jacket. I was just finishing up my keg of the Black California Common and wanted to cook a dish that would pair well. This was my first attempt at this dish so please read the next time suggestions at the bottom. So I went back and forth between braising the meat or slow roasting. I decided to roast it because I really wanted the drippings to flavor and cook my potatoes.

Pork Tenderloin or Loin
1/2 lb Bacon to wrap pork
Oil from browning meat
1/2 Onion to saute in pot after browning meat
2-3 Carrots chopped for Mirepoix
2-3 Stalks of Celery chopped for Mirepoix
~4 Potatoes sliced and roasted under the Pork
2 Dark Beers add to deglaze pan after Mirepoix and Roasting Pan

Wrap the tenderloin with as many bacon strips as needed. Using tongs, drop the loin into a hot dutch oven or large pot. Brown all the way around the piece of meat to get a nice crispness to the bacon. Meanwhile, set the oven to 375 F. And start slicing the potatoes, cut enough to fit along the bottom of your roasting dish. Also start cutting up the carrots, celery and onions. Add this Mirepoix to the pot after the pork is removed. Scrap as much goodness off the bottom as possible.
Put the pork into the oven, the only good way to know if pork is done is with a meat thermometer. You are aiming for 145 and with a 10 min rest it should creep up to 150-155.
Caramelize the Mirepoix and then deglaze with a nice dark, roasty beer. Let this simmer covered on low.
Turn the potatoes after about a half hour. And then they should be removed when they a suffienctly cooked through and have a nice crisp (45-60min).
When the pork is done set it on the cutting board and cover with foil. Take the roasting dish, remove the potatoes and hold it over a burner on your stove. With a stiff spoon or spatula deglaze the roasting pan with the other beer. Then add this to the other sauce pot. Here is where you have options, you can strain the gravy or blend it. I tried to blend it in the food processor and was not a big fan of the results.
After allowing the meat to rest for 10 min, slice and serve. And let your guests go crazy with the great beer pan gravy.
Tips for next time:
-Use a thicker pork loin (more juice for sauce and potatoes, plus easier to not overcook, more meat-same amount of work)
-Strain the pan gravy (could sub half the beer for beef stock (wife's suggestion))
-Use kitchen string to improve presentation (needed on thicker pork loin)

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