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10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry½ cup shredded smoked or extra-sharp cheddar cheese2 oz Spanish chorizo (see Note) or hard salami, finely chopped½ tsp salt, divided3 clove garlic, minced2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided1 pork tenderloin (1-1 1/4 pound), trimmed¼ tsp freshly ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

2. Combine spinach, cheese, chorizo (or salami) and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Combine garlic, 1 tablespoon oil and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in another bowl; set aside.

3. To butterfly the tenderloin, lay it on a large cutting board. Holding the knife blade flat and parallel to the board, make a lengthwise cut through the center of the meat, stopping short of the opposite edge so that the tenderloin remains in one piece. Open as you would a book. Cover with plastic wrap. With a meat mallet, rolling pin or heavy pan, pound the pork to an even 1/4-inch thickness.

4. Spread the spinach mixture in the center of the pork, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Starting at a long side, roll up the pork to enclose the filling. To keep the stuffing from falling out during roasting, fold in about 1 inch of the two short ends as you roll. Tie kitchen string firmly lengthwise around the roast to secure the two ends, then tie it crosswise at 2-inch intervals.

5. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and lightly brown the pork on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes total. Brush the top with the reserved garlic mixture; season with pepper. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast the pork until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145°F, 15 to 20 minutes. Let rest on a clean cutting board for 5 minutes before slicing.

Note: Spanish-style chorizo is a seasoned, fully cooked smoked pork sausage. Find it near other cured sausages in well-stocked supermarkets, specialty food stores or online at

To Make Ahead: Prepare through Step 4, wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total

  • Calories 323 31%
  • Calories from fat 180 29%
  • Total Fat 20gm 27%
  • Sodium 652mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrates 4gm
  • Fiber 2gm
  • Protein 31gm
  • Cholesterol 86mg 1%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Main Dish, Dinner, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Cheese, Pork, Vegetable, American, Roasting, New Year

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