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Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Stuffed pork tenderloin

Its impressive appearance belies how easy this dish is to make, whether for a weeknight meal or guests. Small potatoes roasted in olive oil and our citrus salad make appetizing accompaniments, as does piquillo pepper sauce.


  • 1 pork tenderloin, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly grated black pepper
  • 4 ounces grated Manchego, Ibérico, or provolone cheese, divided use
  • 4 to 5 thin slices serrano or Ibérico ham
  • A generous handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 6 piquillo peppers, drained, seeded, halved, and dried on paper towels


Step 1

Using a sharp knife and working on a sturdy cutting board, make a lengthwise cut in the pork tenderloin to butterfly it, stopping about 1/2 inch from the edge. Sandwich the meat between sheets of sturdy plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet to flatten. Remove the plastic wrap. Brush the inside and outside with extra virgin olive oil, then generously season the meat with salt and pepper. Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese on the cut side of the tenderloin, then arrange the ham, spinach, and piquillo peppers down the length of the tenderloin, using the remaining cheese to “glue” the stuffing together. Bring the edges of the tenderloin together and tie securely with butcher’s string. (Trim any excess ends.)

Step 2

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, then brown the meat, turning with tongs until it’s nicely caramelized on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Heat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the tenderloin on a wire rack suspended over a roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes. Remove the butcher’s string, then slice the tenderloin crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. (An electric or serrated knife works best for this.) Serve with extra virgin olive oil for drizzling.

Serves 4