Bacon-Herb Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 head garlic, top sliced off

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 pork tenderloins (about 1 to 1 1/2 pound each) trimmed of excess fat

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves

12 fresh sage leaves

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

12 (1/4-inch thick) slices bacon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Place garlic in a small ramekin, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and wrap in foil. Bake until soft, about 45 minutes. When cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic flesh from head into a small bowl.
  3. Arrange tenderloins on work surface. Rub the top each tenderloin with 1/2 of the roasted garlic and season with salt and pepper. Mix together the herbs and scatter half of the mix over the garlic on each tenderloin. Wrap 6 strips of bacon around each tenderloin and tie bacon in place with kitchen twine.
  4. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Heat oil in a medium, skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the tenderloins until golden brown on all sides. Transfer seared tenderloins to medium roasting pan; place in the oven and cook to medium doneness about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer tenderloins to cutting board and let stand 10 minutes. Remove twine before carving.