This Pork Tenderloin with Grits is ready in just 30 minutes and packed with flavor! A weeknight meal your family is guaranteed to love!
The last few years, something has become very clear. Maintaining friendships as you get older can be a difficult thing to do. There is this shift that happens as you grow, especially in your twenties, as people begin to get married, start careers and move away.
Keeping those precious friendships in tact can be tricky, because there is always something on the to do list that is a little more pressing than checking in with an old friend. I think this gets even harder when friends begin to have kids because finding time to go to the grocery is difficult, much less having lunch with a friend!
I know this is a universal problem. As you sit there right now and read this, you can probably think of a friend or two you should check in with, but haven’t had the time. I propose a movement of sorts. I say lets not put it off anymore.
Let’s call up those friends and invite them over for dinner. You are busy and they are busy but you can take one night to give those relationships a little extra love! I have tempted many friends over with the promise of a Perfect Roast Chicken for dinner and Keto Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars for dessert!
I wanted to try something easy to get our group together this time- this week has been nuts and honestly, I didn’t have the brain power to come up with something complicated! So I racked my brain and voila, I happen to have the perfect meal!
This easy Pork Tenderloin with Grits is packed with flavor and feeds a crowd! This meal comes together in just 30 minutes. The secret is using an already marinated pork tenderloin.
These cuts of meat have become an essential part of our meals because most flavors are gluten free and they make dinner time so much easier because they have already made sure the Tenderloin has the perfect amount of flavor! For this recipe I picked up a one pound Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin
Ingredients for Pork Tenderloin with Grits
- Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin- We love this flavor, but there many choices!
- Gluten free chicken stock- If you aren’t gluten free, regular stock or broth work fine.
- Yellow corn grits (not instant grits)- Instant grits just aren’t the same, are they?
- Cream cheese- Low fat or full fat both work fine here.
- Sharp cheddar cheese- I recommend using a shredded sharp cheddar here. It melts well and has a great bite.
- Green chilies- These chilies add just the right amount of kick to the grits!
How do you make pork tenderloin?
This recipe comes together in 30 minutes and is a breeze to prepare! Here is how we make it:
First, preheat your oven to 425. Place your Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. While your tenderloin is baking, bring the chicken stock to a low boil over medium-high heat in a large sauce pan.
When the stock begins to boil, reduce the heat to low. Add in your grits and cover. Cook for five minutes. Next, stir in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and green chilies. Remove from the heat once all of the liquid has been absorbed.
Following this, remove the Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin from the oven and allow to rest for at least five minutes. After resting, cut into slices. To assemble, place grits in a bowl and top with sliced Tenderloin. Garnish with additional green chilies or cheddar if desired.
It is no secret that I love grits, I think they are the definition of comfort food. They are creamy, cheesy and the perfect compliment for something so packed with flavor like this Garlic Pepper Pork Tenderloin. To make these grits extra special, I cook them in chicken stock to give them a nice rich flavor and then stir in sharp cheddar and green chilis for a little kick!
The combination of flavors for this dish is comfort food at its best! So call up those friends you need to reconnect with and have them all over for a delicious and satisfying dinner. You will be glad you did, I promise!
Storage and Reheating of Pork and Grits
This Pork Tenderloin will stay fresh in the fridge in 2-4 days, as long as you store it in a glass or plastic container with an airtight lid. Cooked grits will stay good in the fridge for up to seven days, but they will need to be stored in the same way as the Pork Tenderloin.
To reheat, put your Pork Tenderloin on a microwave safe plate and heat for 20 second increments until your desired temperature is met. Place your grits in a microwave safe bowl and warm in the same way.
Other Comfort Food Recipes
- 1 pound Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin
- 2 cups gluten free chicken stock
- 1/2 cup yellow corn grits (not instant grits)
- 1 ounce cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Unwrap the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin and place on a baking sheet or roasting pan.
- Bake 30 minutes.
- While tenderloin is cooking, bring the chicken stock to a low boil over medium high heat in a sauce pan.
- When stock is boiling, reduce heat to low and stir in the grits. Cover and allow to cook 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and green chilies and remove from heat when all the liquid has absorbed.
- Remove the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin from the oven and allow it to rest at least five minutes.
- To assemble, place the grits in the bowl and top with sliced Tenderloin and garnish with additional green chilies and cheddar if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 13.2gCholesterol: 82.8mgSodium: 516.9mgCarbohydrates: 24.4gNet Carbohydrates: 23.4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2.5gProtein: 27.9g