Dinner in a pinch ~ butterflied Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Mustard.
As much as I love to cook, there are nights when dinner is a complete hassle. After a day loaded with work, errands, chores, after-school activities and homework, mommy is TIRED. Luckily I have a few go-to meals up my sleeve that offer big flavor for next to no work.
When my son was 4 years, we were out for a drive one day. The car was quiet, only the low hum of the air conditioner could be heard as my little guy watched cars pass by. Then out of nowhere, he piped up and said, “Mommy… I love pig.” (Pause.) “You know, bacon, ham and the other one. PORK! Yes, pork. I love those piggy things.”
After a long wry smile of utter satisfaction I replied, “Mommy loves pig too, buddy.”
Pig Pork is my family’s favorite protein by far; so versatile in flavor and form. From lean crusty pork chops, to crisp fatty bacon, to spicy dried sausage, we are fans of the PIG.
It’s no wonder that when we need dinner in a hurry we lean on the budget-friendly protein that offers big flavor and quick cook-time.
For this purpose, I always have a pork tenderloin in the freezer. In the time it takes me to tie on my apron, pull back my hair and heat the grill, the pork tenderloin is thawed in warm water and ready to go.
Grilled pork tenderloin takes approximately 15-20 minutes to cook to medium (slightly pink in the center). Yet, if you butterfly the pork tenderloin, you can cut that time down to 10 minutes. Perfect for that night you are just too worn out to enjoy the cooking process.
This Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe, is almost laughable, it’s so easy to prepare. With just two ingredients (plus salt and pepper) you’ve got an amazing main dish. And I do mean AMAZING–pork and Dijon mustard where made for each other. The sweet juicy pork mingled with the spicy notes of the mustard offer shear porky delight.
On these hectic nights I simply slice the pork loin down the middle, open in up, slather it with Dijon, and throw it on the grill.
Then I dig through the fridge for a quick side dish, or sometimes leftovers (like this fantastic tabouli), to go along.
Although this is the perfect quicky-dinner, it’s so good you are going to want to make this all the time. It’s fabulous sliced thin, for pork tacos or BBQ sandwiches. Or dress it up with a sauce and serve it to dinner guests. They’ll never know you worried yourself so little.
Remember folks, a little pink in your pork is GOOD. Don’t overcook the pork tenderloin; it will dry out!
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Mustard
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 lb. whole pork tenderloin
2 Tb. Dijon Mustard
Salt and Pepper
Preheat the grill to medium heat. Using a pairing knife, cut a gulley down the middle of the pork tenderloin end to end. Make sure NOT to cut all the way through. Open the pork loin and lay it flat. Make additional small cuts to open it wider if needed.
Slather the pork tenderloin with Dijon Mustard on both sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides.
Grill for 5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and tent with foil for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
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