Cotija-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
With Father’s Day coming up we all have one thing on our minds: grilling. But just because most dudes enjoy food cooked over an open flame doesn’t mean it has to be something a caveman would recognize. Let’s ditch the gargantuan steaks this year for something a little fancier. Let’s show all the Dad’s in our lives that they deserve something special, something, I don’t know… stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon?
This pork tenderloin looks complicated but is actually pretty simple to pull-off. I used a mixture of Cacique® Ranchero® Queso Fresco for it’s mellow buttery flavor and Cotija cheese to add a briny bite. The nice thing about these cheeses are that they hold their shape to create clean, beautiful slices after the pork has been cooked, not to mention the loads of fresh, creamy flavor.
The cheeses are combined with snipped fresh chives and some ground black pepper then you place the stuffing right down the middle of pounded-flat pork tenderloin. The whole thing gets rolled up and then wrapped in bacon, which gives it a smoky flavor and ups the wow-appeal.
This is one of those recipes that is worthy of inclusion in the Repeat Forever File. It is impressive and simple— a double whammy in the world of home cooking. Plus once you’ve got this one down you could repeat with a whole host of stuffings. Any number of Cacique’s cheeses would be wonderful here: Queso Blanco, Queso Ranchero, or even Manchego cheese would be good as well as any number of fresh herbs or spices.
This recipe is sure to get you through many a barbecue or patio party this summer not to mention the one that’s coming up this weekend, so let’s step away from the predictable this Father’s Day and surprise those dedicated Papa’s with something as unique and special as they are.