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Tapas-Style Pork Tenderloin

by Dawn T in Rouxbe Recipes

Thin pieces of pan-fried pork tenderloin rest on top of caramelized onions, melted brie cheese and crusty bread.

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Jenny M

So so sooooo good

I've made this recipe 3 times already and I've loved it each and every time. I know I know, how did I manage to make it 3 times when it just came today? Well, I actually edited this recipe ;) and I'm happy I did 'cause I memorized it and I can make them now in no time and it's simply delicious. Easy, fast, perfect for a Friday night with a good glass of wine.

Liz S

ditto - So, so soooo good

This combination for an appetizer is very different but really works. I toasted the baguettes and put on the onions and cheese 2 hours before serving and did the pork last minute. I didn't add salt at the end because I had already brined it, and put salt on both sides of the pork before cooking and that seemed plenty for our tastes. This is a very substantial appetizer - it served 6 for us. Another winner:)

Gregory C


Even though my first attempt at caramelized onions wasn't that great (heat too low, not enough moisture driven out, not enough color), this tasted great!

I've used this as an inspiration for picnic/summer night concert food: hot dogs! Imagine a French roll (smeared with Dijon mustard if you like), grilled pork bratwurst, brie and caramelized onions... I did a test drive on Friday night and it really works!

Linda C

Huge Hit

I made this last night for a dinner party we were having, and it was a big hit. Not one person left even a scrap! I tested it on my husband the night before, so I was confident it would be a hit, but everyone really loved it more than even I anticipated. Even got in a plug for Rouxbe, they couldn't believe such a site existed for cooking enthusiasts!

Joseph R


I have not tried this recipe yet, though it looks wonderful. I got to thinking though, instead of the caramelized onions what if you used a pear chutney. Seems that would be an excellent flavor combination. Any thoughts?

Dawn T
Rouxbe Staff

Yum I Say

Pear and Pork are definitely friends! In fact all three - brie, pork, and pears are friends, so that sounds like a winning combo.
Let me know how it turns out when you try it.

Joseph R


Well last night I tried my alternative idea. Except I thought I had pears, and did not. I made aa apple and dried cranberry chutney, and used that. It was very good, and I will be keeping this appetizer recipe handy.

Summer P

Pairing it with a main course?

It sounds like several people have made this recipe as an appetizer. I was just wondering what you served as the other courses along with it. I am planning my menu for a dinner party I'm hosting. I want to serve it as the appetizer but don't want it to be too much. Does anyone have suggestions for what main courses pair well with this dish? Good wine pairing suggestions would be nice as well.

Joe G
Rouxbe Staff

Pairing Suggestions

Here's what I'd do and have done before:

1st: Belgian Endive - (serve as finger food pass around-style (french tacos we call them)

2nd: Tapas-Style Pork Tenderloin -

3rd: Cod Provencal - (just make a slightly smaller portion of everything (serve with the Middle Eastern Couscous).

4th: Panna Cotta with Stone Fruit Compote -

I'll have to leave it up to our wine experts to pair.

Joe G
Rouxbe Staff

Here's another dessert option

(amazing this time of year). Can be done ahead just like the panna cotta

Patrick O

Wine pairing help, a few ideas for a great summertime dinner party

Hi Summer,
I've made this dish a couple of times and its great and Joe's menu idea would be fantastic. FWIW, I would lean towards the berry tart for dessert tho....:-).
A general rule to pairing is white before red, dry before sweet so I would switch the pork and Cod order but it’s entirely up to you, now lets get started.
For the Endive salad, you could combine this with your reception wine and a dry, white sparkler would fit the bill nicely. There are many fine examples and it doesn't have to be Champagne unless that's what you want of course! As this is anything but your average boring salad, you'll need something to stand up to the intensity of the cheese and the sweetness of the dates. Bubbles are great for this type of thing as they refresh your palate with every sip. Otherwise, any bright, acidic, well chilled white wine will fit the bill. A Spanish Albariño or Sauvignon Blanc (un-oaked) would work nicely.
For the Cod Provencal, a medium bodied white such as a un-oaked (or slightly oaked) Chardonnay would work well but a nice dry, well chilled Rose would be a fun option as well. The challenge here isn't so much the fish as it's the full flavours of the Ragu. If you turn up the heat in the dish much more, it would be better to go with a medium bodied off-dry white such a Vouvray or new world Riesling/Pinot Gris as they stand up to spice somewhat better than the Chardonnay.
The pork tenderloin is the easiest pairing in the menu. The different flavours are well balance which makes it easy. Pinot Noir/Gamay Noir would be my first choice as they are both very Pork and Brie friendly. The trick here is complimenting the food’s intensity so a lighter, slightly chilled, red wine is the winner. A few other options would include Chianti Classico, and a Spanish Rioja. Just stick to the lighter styles with a bit of acidity and you can't go wrong.
So we've finally made it to dessert, my favorite part!
If at this point you're still interested in more wine, fruit desserts are among the best to pair with sweeties.
For fruits, custards, pastries, etc, my recommendation lies with sweet white dessert wines, still or sparkling. You'll want something that offers rich stone-fruit and pear nectar flavours. There are many options but my favourite examples are the ones made from Vidal, Riesling, Muscat, and Semillon and they come from all over the globe. A particular favourite is from Australia and it's called Noble One. This wine also offers a slight spicy note which comes from the Noble Rot (Botrytis Cinerea) the winemaker encourages to grow on the grapes. The finest dessert wines in the world (Sauternes) are made this way. These wine are simply amazing with fruit desserts and custards. For fruity and custard desserts like the ones mentioned by Joe, stay away from Fortified wines (Port, Sherry, etc) as they are more suited to nuts and strong cheese.
So there you go, it looks like good times ahead! Have a great party!

Jenny M

Brining the pork!

I've made this recipe many many times now but I've never brined the pork 'cause I thought it was too much work and I always make it in a hurry. Well last week I had a little bit of time before our friends arrived for a movie and delicious Tapas so I decided to give the brining a try ... the only thing I can say is WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I would've never thought that it actually makes a HUGE difference. The pork was so moist and soft and flavorful and... . From now on I'm always going to take the time to brine ... everything! haha I mean, making the brine took me less than 10 minutes and then you just put it on the fridge for a couple of hours and that's it.
Oh but I have to say that I brined two pieces of pork and only used one for the Tapas so I left the other one brining for the next day and ... big mistake. Two hours is more than enough, 1 day is way too much. The pork sucked all the salt and it was impossible to eat =( but now I know and won't make that mistake again.

Joe G
Rouxbe Staff

Brining Times

Brining overnight is okay for larger pieces of meat, like if you were doing a large turkey. We do this for turkey all the time:

But for smaller pieces, Chad and Jenny are right.... 2 to 3 hours is sufficient. Thanks for the note.

Irene S

pork tapas


Dawn T
Rouxbe Staff

Salt? Do You Mean

What kind did we use? If so, we used Kosher salt, Diamond Crystal Brand. If you do not have this then you can substitute with half the amount of table salt.

I hope this answers your question...if it was a question :-)

Miranda M

Another alterative to the Carmelized Onions

This is a great recipe, we've made this a couple of times now. Tonight when I went for the carmelized onions I found that they had been thrown out. I had in the freezer some of the filling we use for Pommes Anna (prunes reconstituded in chicken stock and then chopped very fine with shallots and fluer de sel). Spread it over the bread in the place of the onions, it worked great.

Dawn T
Rouxbe Staff

Re: Another Alternative...

Yum! Sounds like your recipe for Pommes Anna needs to go into the test sounds really nice.

If you ever want to add it to the test kitchen here is the link to add your recipe. Thanks!

Rakesh C

Did not do it for me

Melted Brie is not as good as cold brie with grapes or strawberries.

Without cheese taste was barely bearable.

Julie N

Had friends for dinner and needed something special

I try and follow a recipe by the book the first time I make it, unless it has something I absolutely HATE OR AM ALLERGIC to in it. This seemed like I couldn't really botch it up too much, so I gave it a go. I brined the pork, caramelized the onions, toasted the bread lightly, and slightly melted the Brie (one of my favorite cheeses) and everyone thought it was lovely. I used it as a substitute-main with multiple veggies (asparagus and beets) and dessert (fresh strawberries with whip cream). I think my guests where quite happy, I know I was very pleased. If it hadn't been so humid I might have picked a "real" main course, but I needed something very light tonight. Thanks a bunch for a terrific recipe.

Kimberley S
Rouxbe Staff

Delicious with Cambozola Cheese, Minus the Baguette

I made something similar to this last night but skipped the baguette. As the pork was resting, I added about 3/4 cup of caramelized onions to the pan. Once heated through, I turned off the heat and crumbled some cambozola cheese over top just to melt slightly. I spooned this thick sauce over the slices of pork and served it with some brown rice and a salad. Delish!

Bob G

Why non-stick pan?

I have not made this yet, it looks fabulous. Is there a reason to use non-stick vs. stainless?

Dawn T
Rouxbe Staff

Re: Why non-stick pan?

No reason really, you can use a stainless steel pan. And is delicious :-)

Mandy K

RE: the brine

Are we supposed to use fresh or dried juniper berries in the brine?

Julie N

Wow Mandy!

Co dos to you! It didn't even occur to me to use fresh juniper berries. I don't think I've ever seen them in any of the specialty stores I've shopped at. I love that thought. I'm sure it would increase the essence of the dish. I bet I could find them on-line, but not until I come back from Europe, if I get there, with this Icelandic volcano thing going on. We'll see. If I don't go, maybe I can find them in one of my favorite specialty stores in Montreal, and experiment on my sweetie. Just an idea, thanks for it! I really appreciate the turn on....


Delicious pot-luck dish

I took this as a main dish to a dinner party tonight and it was a huge hit! The only item I skipped was the juniper berries. I couldn't find any at the local stores. I thought about adding a little Tanqueray gin to the brine instead, but didn't. Since I had to travel before final plating, I had each item, pork, brie, toasted baguette and caramelized onions ready. I warmed it in the oven prior and it came out great! Very flavorful! And fun to prep and make. I will definitely make this again. Thanks Rouxbe!

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