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Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Italian Sausage and Basil

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Pork tenderloin Italian-style

A hearty dinner with Italian flair!

2 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1/2 pound ground Italian sausage, removed from casing
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 medium bell pepper, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 large green onions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided


1. In a medium saucepan combine Italian sausage and ground beef; brown on medium heat. Continuing browning until all fat has been rendered.

2. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, green onions, and basil; continue cooking at medium heat until vegetables are caramelized, or until they turn golden and develop a sweet flavor.

3. Take off heat; add salt, pepper, and bread crumbs; blend. Let cool.

4. Season each pork tenderloin with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

5. Using a knife steel, push through one end of each of the pork tenderloins to make a hole for the stuffing. Fill each pork tenderloin with one-half of the stuffing mixture.

6. Bake both pork tenderloins at 360 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until the pork is fully cooked (with an internal temperature of 145 to 160 degrees F). Do not overcook.

Makes 6 (10-ounce) servings.

Per 10-ounce serving: 343 calories, 126 calories from fat, 38 calories from saturated fat, 14g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 146mg cholesterol, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 46g protein, 1,093mg sodium, 40mg calcium

-- Based on recipe from Marc Gilberti, executive chef, Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans.

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